We strive for goals “not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because (they) will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills” — John F. Kennedy

November, 2014: This Just In:

The Baltimore Writers’ Conference was held at Towson University on November 15, and as usual it was filled with good writers, good information, and good advice. The keynote speaker was MK Asante, the filmmaker and author of Buck. Thanks to everyone who helped make the conference such a success!

I recently attended performances of Macbeth at the Annapolis Shakespeare Company (annapolisshakespeare.org) and The Tempest at the Chesapeake Arts Center (chesapeakearts.org). Both were fantastic! Check out their websites for information on additional programs.

The Maryland State Arts Council has developed a website for writers and artists  who live and work in Maryland. The site is focused on generating publicity for artists and giving them a forum for selling their work on-line. It’s a great initiative! Check it out at http://msac.org.

March, 2014: 

“The Ferret,” a political and military thriller set during the early days of the Vietnam War, has been published in the winter 2014 edition of “The MacGuffin,” a literary print magazine published by Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. To order your copy, or to subscribe to the magazine, please go to:


and click on the box that says, “Start Reading The MacGuffin, Order Now!”

If you are ordering only the current edition, make sure that you specify “Winter Edition, Vol. XXX, No. 2,” on the order blank.


… and some news about David Illig:

When two species collide, things can get sticky. But with a little negotiation and a lot of understanding, maybe we can work it out. Be sure to read David Illig’s short story, “There Oughta Be a Law,” found in the March 2013 edition of the on-line magazine, “The Glass Coin.”

Leave a comment on the website, and support the arts!

Also, be sure to buy your copy of “The Field Guide to Nature of New England” by Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman, 2012, ISBN: 978-0-618-45697-0, now available on amazon.com. On page 339 you can see David Illig’s photograph of the elusive but fascinating Greenhouse Stone Cricket!

Current Assignments

Book Reviews for Children’s Literature.

Current Book Projects

“Thumper, or, Life on the Farm” – A novella about a boy growing up on a farm in Maryland.

“The Elephant and the Bird Feeder” – A chapter book about an unlikely trio who journey through forests and the Thai upcountry in search of a home for an orphaned elephant.

Current Short Story Projects

“The Luck of the Draw” – A damaged Lexus and a championship show dog spell trouble for two teenagers on summer vacation.

“Dreamers” – A young husband tries to come to terms with his life after a series of encounters at a cemetery in Rockville.

“Parallelogram” – An adventure story about a clash of cultures in Egypt during the First Gulf War.

“The Bar at 50 Millionth Street” – A tale about God and the Baltimore Orioles. Enough said.

Previously Published Fiction

“Baltimore Billy,” a Western about three individuals who find more trouble than they bargained for in Missouri in the 1800’s, published by “The Western Online,” July, 2013 edition.

“Ring Down,” a story about technology, politics, and intrigue in the year 2024, published in “Larks Fiction Magazine,” August 13, 2012 edition.

“One for Our Side,” a short story about Yemen prior to the Gulf War, published by “The North Atlantic Review,” Issue 22, 2011.

“The Starting Gate,” a short story about horse-racing that is out of this world, published by the on-line magazine, “Residential Aliens,” 2010.

“Oil to the Chief,” a flash-fiction story about a futuristic Washington, published by the on-line magazine, “Golden Visions,” 2007.

Previously Published Non-Fiction

“There’s No Place Like Dome,” a humorous look at building a home astronomical observatory, published by “Sky and Telescope” magazine, November, 2008.

Previously Published Photography

Photograph accompanying the article “In a Galaxy Far, Far Away,” by Leslie Ayers, published by “MacLife Magazine,” February, 2009.

Photograph accompanying the article, “Tidbits that are Good to Know,” by Mort Butler, published by “CapMac Offline, the Monthly Newsletter of Capitol Macintosh, Austin, Texas,” October, 2008.

Previous Assignments

Special Issues Reporter (Environmental), 2011—2014, League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County

Publicist, 2011-2014, League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County

Newsletter Editor, 2008—2009, League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County

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