“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.
Where to find Jeff Posey online
The Witchery of Flutes: Forty-seven short dramas of Anasazi daily life
What was life like for the Anasazi Indians of the Four Corners area of the United States a thousand years ago? What took the attention of their daily lives? What forces compelled them to act?
Now you can walk in their yucca sandals as you read “The Witchery of Flutes” and forty-six other stories.
The G.O.D. Journal: a search for gold
After he accidentally kills his wife, Baxter runs. Hiding in his derelict boyhood home in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, he discovers a journal that leads to a treasure of gold. With the guiding hand of a deranged hunter and Wall Street financier, Baxter discovers true gold is concealed in the heart of a woman who helps him search for an Anasazi pictograph that is the key to the family treasure.
Making Spares: a short story
Take a juvenile delinquent bowling? Preposterous. Mr. Meyers put it out of his mind.
But one day he found himself at the detention center offering to take a kid bowling. Reuben defied all expectations, especially his own.
Less Than Nothing: a novel of Anasazi strife
“I really enjoyed it. It was well-written.” —Thomas Windes, thirty-seven-year veteran Anasazi archaeologist with the National Park Service.
When the Crab Nebula Supernova appeared on July 4, 1054, it hung like a tiny sun in the daytime sky.
What did the ancient ones of Chaco Canyon, N.M., do when they saw this unpredicted event?
Went into a cannibalistic frenzy.
It takes the combined efforts
Miss Papa B.: a short story
For a mere ten grand, Miss Lilly Newcastle brought Cousin Vallee back from the dead. At least that’s what everybody else in the family thought when he appeared at Papa B.’s funeral.
But Miss Lilly hired Cousin Vallee for a specific purpose. To take care of her biggest obstacle now that Papa B. was gone: Miss Lacey.
Unwoven: six short stories
This sixpack of short stories includes:
1. Girl on a Rock;
2. The One-Hundredth Goliath;
3. The Pump Jack Potion;
4. An Invisible Man;
5. Arturo’s Brains;
6. Walk, Not Stay.
Excerpt from “The G.O.D. Journal: a search for gold,” by Jeff Posey, available spring 2012.
The Pump Jack Potion: a short story
This is the story of a petroleum prospector of the future, wandering the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico, the stomping grounds of the First Anasazi 1,300 years earlier, as well as the immigrants who flocked there after the first collapse in 2054 to establish a Second Anasazi colony — these were the ancestors of petroleum prospector Richard Langhorne Serles.
Carl’s Hat Wins Marathon: a short story
At age ninety-two, the last surviving player from Super Bowl XXI in 1987, Carl decides to win the New York Marathon or die trying.
And that’s exactly what he does. In front of the world’s cameras, he crashes to the ground, finished. But his hat doesn’t stay finished. Runner after runner picks it up and relays it to the front-runners, where a battle of epic proportion ensues to get Carl’s hat acro
Girl on a Rock: a short story
When Anasazi archaeologist Tucker Roth found a pretty girl in pink sitting on a rock in the wilderness north of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, he couldn’t help but worry. Such strange behavior sent a chill up his spine.
The girl, Marissa, said she wanted to hide. To sneak. To not be seen. When she finally climbed down and he saw her, he understood why.
Worse than her physical damage was an abusive,
Walk, Not Stay: a short story
After a three-night stand with a gorgeous college professor with no use of her legs, a man who spent years backpacking the American West thinks the unthinkable: he may be in love.
Anasazi Runner: a novel of identity and speed
Sean, a gifted runner, inherited only one thing from his mother, a mysterious carved amulet with three haunting faces. He doesn’t understand why, but when he carries it, he runs faster and feels closer to his unknown ancestors. With the help of the amulet and his former high school running coach, he begins to train for an audacious attempt to make history.
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.