Lavender Hour

Without him, I would be free to think, to feel, to breathe. I could weather the storms that loomed over my life. I could prepare my food the way I liked it. I could strip naked without fear of provoking him in the daylight.

I made that mistake once. About a year ago, I freed myself of the sand-laden scratchy clothes I wore. He took this as an invitation to tackle me in the surf.

When I saw what had become of him, I fought with every ounce of energy I possessed. I didn’t want that thing in me. It was a lumpy stick that bent at an odd angle at the end. He must have been hiding it from me since the wreck. We hadn’t messed around for months. He always explained that he was still hurting from the injuries he suffered during the crash. I guess he had been. It looked like it would be painful. It was.

My reaction angered him so he bruised my face. It felt like an apple that had been bounced around and left to sit for a week. He avoided me for a couple weeks after that, but then the real trouble began. He wanted to convince me that nothing had changed, that even though it looked deformed, it still performed the same.

I tried. I tried to let him have me like he used to back home. But the sand, the heat, the deformity and my healing face all screamed that life was unfair – that he was to blame. At first, I pretended, but I knew he knew. Then I just didn’t care.

~ Michael Ray King, from his short story, Lavender Hour. Published in the Rogues Gallery Writers’ collection, Writing is Easy.


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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


Five Easy Minutes

I was hunting around the cupboard for Tommy’s favorite Koozie – the one with the foam boobies on it that he’d gotten at South of the Border – when the doorbell rang.


I froze, beer in one hand, booby Koozie in the other.

“Babe, can you get that?” Tommy called. “I just sat my ass down.”

“Sure.” I hurried from the kitchen and across the living room, my heart roosting in my throat like a big, overstuffed hen.

Through the peephole I saw the lawnmower man, shirtless and slick with rain.

~ Rebekah Hunter Scott from her short story – Five Easy Minutes – published in the Rogues Gallery Writers collection, Writing is Easy.

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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


Mr. .22 Caliber

“Brad straightens his arm and the blast from the pistol startles me, startles all of us.”

~ Jeff Swesky, from his short story, Mr. .22 Caliber. Published in the Rogues Gallery Writers’ collection, Writing is Easy.

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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Quotes


Witch Moon

While we Rogues are working hard to complete our first group novel, The Method Writers, we’d like to remind you about our short story collections, Writing is Easy and More Writing is Easy, by giving you little tastes of the writing from time-to-time. Both collections are available on the ClearView Press website, as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and BooksAMillion.

Below is a quote from Writing is Easy:

“Overhead the sky quickens to a roiling cauldron of slicing moonlight and piercing darkness.” ~ Michael Ray King, from his short story, Witch Moon.

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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Quotes


A Novel Idea Comes to Pass!

Yes, I speak of none other than The Method Writers, the Rogues Gallery Writers foray into novel-length fiction. A scintillating joy to write, The Method Writers continues to thrill us as we near completion of the first draft. Our work continues, of course, through the editing phase of polishing up our creation. We look forward to pushing this book to print, most likely by Autumn.

Updates should begin popping up with more regularity as we throw ourselves behind the marketing and promoting bus (not under it, mind you), and press forward. The Rogues could use as much support as we can get. Novel-land remains a very competitive arena where books get overlooked by the thousands by the public consciousness. Our job becomes placing the Rogues along with The Method Writers into the minds of potential readers – like you!

Please let us know you support us. Emails, comments, phone calls – anything will ratchet up motivation. Not that we need a lot, just that you can never get too much, right?

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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Uncategorized


Rogues Mockumentary

The Rogues wrapped up filming our new mockumentary Behind the Prose on Sunday, May 22, 2011. The film is now in edit and will soon be out to the public at large. We had a blast (even with all the takes necessary to produce a short film). It will be apparent that the Rogues are writers, not actors (with the notable exception of Bloodtrail Jeff). But we did a fine job nonetheless.

We worked off a fun script, mostly concocted by Jeff, but we had plenty of adlibs to make the shoot truly a group effort. Even our crew tossed in some great lines for us to use. We actually had a cameraman, sound man (boom mic), director, producer, actress and of course, the Rogues. This experience came filled with excitement, laughs and tongue-in-cheek humor.

Kaylee, our actress, played the part of Suzy Slander whose job was to cover the Rogues Gallery Writers in a video-journalistic manner. Kaylee is definitely a star. She stepped up and delivered a wonderful performance. Our film crew worked hard to make sure we attained shots with good lighting and sound. Steve Woodin headed up the crew with sons Steve and Alex stepping in as cameraman and sound man. Theresa Davidson supplied many excellent suggestions as to scene placement and visual aesthetics that otherwise would have gone unnoticed.

Stay tuned for where you can go to see snippets of the mockumentary AND, once edited, where you can go to see the whole thing!

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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Uncategorized


Filming of the Rogues Mockumentary

This coming Tuesday the Rogues Gallery Writers will convene for rehearsal for their upcoming mockumentary “Behind the Prose”. Filming will begin Sunday, May 22, 2011. The mockumentary will feature the Rogues and their upcoming book project The Method Writers.

Once filming is complete, the video will be placed on Kickstarter is a funding site for creative projects. Benevolent folk drop by and pledge money toward the various creative projects listed on the site. Once funding is accomplished, the money gets dispersed and voi la! Funding! Yippee!!

Part of the book project will be a set of trading cards depicting characters in the book. One side of the card will be the character’s pic while the other side will have some character info. Another aspect of the project will be a deck of playing cards featuring the character pics. Also on the docket are calendars, mugs t-shirts and hats.

Once the film is on Kickstarter, the Rogues would greatly appreciate your pledge. We will have 30 days in which to meet our pledge goals or go back to the drawing board. Please consider helping us complete this project with proper funding. Stay tuned. We should be going live with the fundraiser in June!


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