Arturo's Brains: a short story

Despite his powerful heritage that linked him to the Aztecs of Central Mexico, even the Anasazi of ancient New Mexico, Arturo was a desperate man. He hadn’t had paying work in months. The artist Erik rewarded him with food and drink in exchange for helping with a little art project that involved a gallon of red paint and a shotgun. More

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Published: Feb. 17, 2012
Words: 12,310
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466064430
About Jeff Posey

“Where did these rocks come from?” asked the geology professor.

The fifty or so students ambling among the pile of stones at the bottom of the hill offered answers in tentative voices: a Precambrian ocean, an ancient river, the continental shelf ….

The professor shouted “No!” to each answer.

Then a skinny, prematurely balding student pointed at the top of the hill with his rock hammer and said in a ringing voice, “They come from up there!”

“Exactly!” boomed the professor.

That skinny boy was me. I’ve always had a flair for pointing out the embarrassingly obvious. Friends and colleagues say I have a gift for explanation, clarification, synthesis.

I’m also fascinated by darned near everything.

Which explains why I: Have a geology degree, nearly earned a degree in biology, nearly earned a master’s degree in journalism, spent a decade as a magazine writer and editor, did five-and-a-half-years of night school to get a master’s degree in financial analysis (of all things), and once tried my hand as an independent financial consultant.

I like challenges. If I feel ignorant about something, that motivates me to figure it out.

My work credits include:

DFW Writers’ Conference, for which I was Director in 2011
Founder and sole member of Jeff Posey Enterprises LLC, the business entity for both my Author and Corporate work
Javelin Marketing Group, where I labored on more than 80 pitches to prospective clients and placed nearly 50 stories in the trade press
Carter & Burgess Inc. (now Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.), where I managed external and internal communications
Free Range Communications Group Inc., a marketing/communications company I founded and managed for five years
VHA Inc., where I started up and managed a book-publishing division
American Way magazine where I managed more than fifty freelance writers and started up a fiction section
D Magazine, where as City Editor covering Dallas politics I learned over and over that nothing is as it seems
Sun Exploration and Production Co., where I looked for (and found) oil and gas deposits
The University of Dallas and Fun/Ed Inc., where I taught people how to write fiction

Along the way, I’ve earned an award for investigative magazine journalism, gathered more than a dozen speaking awards with Toastmasters International, and published about a half-dozen short stories with small literary magazines.

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