Second Law

NEW SHORT STORY PUBLICATION: “The Girl Who Loves the Boy Who Loves the Girl Who Plays the Cello,” describing the circuitous path romance can take, has been published by The Sunlight Press. Feel free to enjoy and leave comments.

BOOK GOODIES INTERVIEW: An overview of my voyage to becoming a novelist, including some of my favorite books in many genres.

SHORT STORY PUBLICATION: My speculative fiction short story, “Final Report from the Land of Red-Headed Children,” was published late last year by a new local publishing house, Third Flatiron. The anthology, Things With Feathers: Stories of Hope, features 24 stories that range from future science fiction to ancient myth to mysterious bird lore, all demonstrating different speculative takes on hope. See

ANTHOLOGIES RELEASED: The Speculative Fiction Writers have released several anthologies recently. Joy to the Worlds, a holiday anthology, lets you take your pick of maniacal Christmas bots, unexpected visitors from other worlds, omnipotent in-laws over for dinner, or a time travel mission gone terribly wrong. Buy one to pass the time this winter or store for next holiday season. Second Law Anthology features those laws less important than primary decrees but often imperative for social stability, morality, or survival. Ten original speculative fiction stories in several subgenres. For information on these and other specfiction news, visit the website for the fourth quarter newsletter.

COLORADO WOMEN IN HISTORIC SPOTLIGHT: Mary Coyle Chase, whose Harvey became a raving success when first performed, then translated for the screen with Jimmie Stewart, was a Denverite. Her life story has been produced for Rocky Mountain PBS and will air on Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. Mary Chase, From Housewife to Pulitzer Prize should be available at additional times and on DVD. Other films in the series include:

  • 13, 7:00 p.m., Josie Heath, A Voice for the Voiceless
  • Jan 13, 7:30 p.m., Rachel Noel, Champion for Equal Education Opportunity
  • Jan 20, 7:30 p.m., Joy Burns, A True Pioneer for Excellence
  • 3, 7:30 p.m., Frances Wisebart Jacobs – Mother of Charities

Denver Woman’s Press Club supported production of the Chase program. Member Mimi Pockross wrote the book, Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat: The Amazing Story of Mary Coyle Chase, from which the video developed.

READERS’ CORNER: JANUARY 2022 — eaders’ Corner: Jan. 2022 – Brew a cup of tea and read during National Tea Month: Sample one of these. The Alice Network (Kate Quinn) offers an adventure in the ever-popular historical period of the World Wars in Europe and two women involved, a young pregnant American and an experienced female spy. Island of Sea Women (Lisa See), set on a Korean island, ranges over decades in the 20th century, with armed conflicts and crises, featuring female deep-sea fishers, minus any modern equipment, who leave child care to the men. The Comfort Book, Matt Haig’s collection of lists, short quotes, and observations delivers on all counts while never becoming maudlin or preachy. See

SPECUTIVE FICTION WRITERS newsletter and blog. Go online for blog and winter newsletter, including an interview, “A Word with Spec Fic Writer Cheryl Fallin.” Cheryl won top prize in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold contest in the speculative fiction category. See behind the scenes on the process and what a writer gets from being a writer. Cheryl is a pediatrician in her “real” life. Lots of news, tidbits. For info on the SpecFic group, see

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