Making It

  He received the invite. Nashville's Grand Ole' Opry. Now, it was real. Satisfaction cut through the engraved stress marks on his face that belied his young years. He had earned it. Rough schedules, racking up miles across the country, opening shows with a mixture of envy and admiration for those who had paid their … Continue reading Making It

Cowboy

Some said he was born on a saddle. Others said he was one hell of a man. Didn't matter what you believed, he was an authentic cowboy and wore the title well. One night he cleaned off the dust, slipped into his best shirt, new Levis, and drove to a dance in the valley. A fiery redhead caught … Continue reading Cowboy

Last Stand

Satisfaction cut through the engraved stress marks on his face that belied his young years when he received the invite to Nashville. He had earned it. Rough schedules, racking up miles across the country, opening shows with a mixture of envy and admiration for those who had paid their dues. Billed as the new Hank … Continue reading Last Stand

Keep them strong

It's the fight. It's not winning the game. Protagonists of contemporary fiction might not win or come out on top, but they remain strong throughout the conflict. If they lose, they go down fighting.  Additional strong characters support and help the protagonist achieve victory. If not joining the fight itself, they offer compassion and empathy. Life struggles … Continue reading Keep them strong