Middletown Middle / Chapter One – The Nickname Curse

Here’s the first chapter of my grade school anthology book –   Middletown Middle.  The school with more mysteries than students. Chapter One – The Nickname Curse “Coloring? Seriously?” complained the new fourth-grader as he took out his crayons. “We stopped coloring in second grade at my old school.” “Welcome to Middletown Middle,” Jeremy’s table-mate Ari…

Dee Dee McGee and Her Musical Knee

Have a little scab-picker living under your roof?  Here’s some bad poetry that may not stop your kid from picking scabs, but will let them know you’re paying attention.  Dee Dee McGee and Her Musical Knee Dee Dee McGee Skinned Her knee,      While Climbing up a sycamore tree. She didn’t shout or little…

Driving with Whales and Zeppelins

Driving with Whales and Zeppelins Boring. That was how eight-year-old Louis Butler described visiting Grandpa Charlie’s cottage on the isle of Jersey. The man did not have Nintendo or Cable TV.  His telly was a old piece of furniture with plants and books atop it. Visits always consisted of sitting around drinking tea in the…

Gross Potions – Available on Kindle Today

I had two resolutions for 2019. The first was to develop a dessert that would be the winter equivalent of ice cream.  Three weeks left in the month, and the warm mousse cone pops are still stuck in R&D. The second resolution, publish a book, check.  I focused more on publishing than desserts and discovered….

The Gamer

Some nights when I put the kids to bed my eyes are too tired to read, but I still need to deliver a story.  Usually, these freestyle tales meander with no plot, but sometimes the kids like them and I’ll write them down for another day.  ______________________________ THE GAMER King Franz was a merciful king…

The Haunting of Spill House

Julian and I wrote the framework of this story over some Bueno Y Sano nachos while John danced hip-hop next door.  Our first story The Scary Derriery focused on potty talk.  The second was about a kid who can’t stop picking scabs.  This following is a short one warning kids what happens when kids don’t…