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I write and live with my beautiful wife, Sandra, and sons (Solstice, Finnegan and Brahms) in a little-big house on a dirt road in a valley in the hills. My secret identity struggles through the grind of teaching high school English to the denizens of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Shadows of the Emerald City is at Amazon.com

Just thought everyone should know. It also has become one of the top 100 anthology sellers at that esteemed site.

I'm back

Well, I am crawling back from a wicked flu. Not a fun time. Still coughing, and had a few chills today, but I don't feel like I'm going to die anymore, that's a start. I have been reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, a big undertaking for me, because I tend to read about as fast as I write. In any case, I might have to take a break, I just got a copy of Shadows of the Emerald City. It is awesome, and doubly awesome to see my name in print for the first time. I am pretty stoked. I sat down and between coughing fits cranked out another submission for Northern Frights Publishing. Hopefully, I can edit it in the next few weeks and get it out. I wrote a story for Retro Spec anthology just before the old flu hit last week. Both I think did what I wanted them to do. I also noticed a strange thing. A character from another story found her way into this one, uninvited. Well, she is welcome, it was a surprise that's all, but a nice one. In some round about way, I guess I shouldn't be surprised, I find that I've been having a lot of Kilgore Trout moments myself. Well, I look forward to feeling better, and hope that if you are reading this, that the antibodies my body has created will magically keep you and your families free of this nastiness. Well, take care and stay well,

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Shadows of the Emerald City is for sale!

Hey Everybody,

If you want to buy a book with my story in it, go to the following website:


For those who want to come to reading sometime in November, just contact me and I can order a book for you to pick up at that time. Well, happy reading, and thanks for keeping up with my dream.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Another Sale!

Ladies and Gentlehumans!

I just recieved word that my story, "The Dragon Wager" is being published in the upcoming Kings of the Realm: A Dragon Anthology. I had a lot of fun writing this and I can't wait for people to read it. I am going to have to build a new shelf in my study for all these publications! And I have a long weekend coming up. I'll be writing another story or two, then. For now, I just, wow, I mean, holy cow, batman. It is really, really happening.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another Review!

I guess there was a delay in printing, but I have another review that devotes a whole paragraph to a story by yours truly. I do so look forward to reading the other stories; they sound wonderful. Here's the link...


In the mean time I have started writing again, in earnest. I am working on a nostalgic speculative piece. Wish me luck.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Halloween is coming

I've been really stressed out with dealing with a round of massive sickness at the house and my little guys continuing arthritic problems. I have managed to squirrel enough time away to edit some old projects and get them out there. I wish them well...

The air is crisp (a little too crisp this year) and the trees are almost all bare. Soon, we'll have to light the old grinning doorstep fools to keep back Samhain and all the ghoulies.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hint fiction

Robert Smartwood has promoted this new type of fiction, called: hint fiction. It is a fiction story in 25 words or less. You can read more about it at:

I submitted two such stories for his proposed anthology this summer. I'm still waiting to see if mine make the final cut. It would be cool, if they did as Joyce Carol Oates and a lot of other famous people will be in the anthology, but I had fun challenging myself to this endeavor, anyways. If I don't make it, I'll post them here later. Until then, I came up with another one recently and I'll self-publish it here:

Hitchiking in a Red State
by: T. L. Barrett
Johnny knew he was in trouble when the driver said: "Look at all these lazy animals, just sleeping the day away on the interstate."
The End
Well, I hope you enjoy that bit of political fiction. I have not gotten much done this weekend on account of some friends stopping by and the little ones still recuperating. I'll catch you later...

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Home with the kids.

Yep, home from work with the kids, again. My son Brahms has severe arthritis and it is acting up horribly. His twin may have pneumonia. Trying times. I am just thankful for the kind hearts in our life that give their love and time to help my little boy feel as well as he can. (He loved the card and the orange, Auntie Corey. You don't realize, perhaps, how rare that kind of thoughtfulness is. He will remember.)

It is ironic that my writing career's first gasp of life was inspired by the very hardship that we are facing going into another long cold winter. People always say art comes from pain. I guess the people are right. Speaking of "The China People of Oz", my wife, Sandra will be putting together a reading at the Davies Memorial Library in the White Village of Waterford as soon as I can get some copies of the Shadows of the Emerald City which is being published on the 15th of this month. If anyone would like to purchase a copy at that time, please contact me, so I will know how many I should get. I will update the blog with details when we get the final date and time for the reading.

I'm sending out a lot of stories, old and new, to all kinds of places. We will keep our fingers crossed for those.

I have decided my task for these dark months. My epic fantasy novel, The Vale of Shade, needs editing, a somewhat daunting task for it reads over 800 pages long, but it has to be done. It took me 5 years writing through house fires, births, illnesses, construction and moving, so it is really a work of blood, sweat and tears. It is also really, really good, and I have faith that you will be seeing it on the bookshelves in the next couple of years.

Well, I'm off to pick up another sick kid. Catch you later.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My second story to be published!

Sideshow fables has accepted my short story, "Number Seven was Empty", for issue #3 which should be out in March. It is a Circus Fiction literary magazine. You can find out more and purchase a copy eventually at:


things just keep on rolling on...

really my first review

Well, I was wrong. I guess this was my first review. Wanderings Magazine editor, Mike Wever, seemed to like my story all right.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

My first review!

I know, this might sound like gloating. But I keep getting rejection letters that describe how wonderful folks thought my work is, but they just couldn't fit it in their conception of their anthology. One very kind lady told me that she loved my story, but couldn't accept it, because she didn't believe that people actually had psychic powers. I guess she never met the people I know. I spent the evening sending out some of my best and hoping for the same.

A magazine just published a review of Shadows of the Emerald City. It mentions four stories and one of them was one of mine! Wow. You can read about it at the following:


I am over the rainbow.