I grew up on the grounds of Larned State Hospital, where my father was its dentist. That was interesting. I went to The University of Kansas during the tumultuous 1960s. That was interesting, too. For the first half of my adult career I worked in newspaper journalism. You couldn't call that boring. I won my share of honors, twice winning the award for investigative reporting from the William Allen White School of Journalism at KU. For the second half of my career I was Director of University Relations at The University of Kansas Medical Center. There were some boring times, but the exciting episodes made up for it. I retired at the end of 2010 from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, where I was its media relations officer. You see, my degree from KU was not in journalism, but in art history. Unfortunately, my father died when I was 21 so I couldn't make him eat his words about that art history degree not being worth anything. I've had stints living in Italy and in Japan.
During all this time I've been putting words on paper, creating fiction. My works don't fit into neat genres, unless that rather new genre "quirky" applies. And each work is quirky in its own way. What that means for me is that in each work is evidence of a deep search within myself. Sometimes it's scary what you find in there.
I'm semi-retired now in Kansas City, keeping busy with a lot of things, among them promoting my fiction and creating new works. That search within yourself never ends.
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A Match Made in Heaven
The Mormons have left the Earth to populate the planet Moroni, finding their destiny among the stars and themselves. Mormonism explored, in a sci-fi sorta way.
One More Victim
The most important summer of my life began with a house-shaking thunder-boomer that woke me up on a Thursday night in 1958 near the end of my fifth-grade school year.
I walked out of my bedroom to the living room and saw Dad, in his brown pajamas, standing at the window looking out and up at the fury in the sky. On a nearby table, the transistor radio was playing softly so he could hear the news
Then and Now: The Harmony of the Instantaneous All
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Stan Nelson, in his forties, is mired in nostalgia for the 1960s and the woman he lost then. He figures his only way out is to write about why he is so frozen. He creates in words the times and characters of then. He locates those characters in the now so they can comment on the veracity of his words about then. Except for the Chinese woman who first introduced him to the Tao.
The 41st Sermon
(5.00 from 1 review)
When a 45-year old Episcopal minister suffering from mid-life and mid-faith crisis gets involved in a phony kidnap plot with his sexy blond parishioner, the result is a supercharged novel of sex, payback for decades-old double-dealing, and despair, which only God can cure. Satan's complications are never easy; God's grace is never free.
3 Very Quirky Tales
(5.00 from 1 review)
3 Very Quirky Tales
Tell Us Everything
It Was Me (I)
Crazy About You
(5.00 from 6 reviews)
Service brats grow up on military bases. Asylum brats grow up on the grounds of mental hospitals where their parents work. Both juveniles and adults will be riveted by the story of high school asylum brat Brad's week in 1964 that tests his sanity and grows him up faster than he ever wished.
The Strange Case of James Kirkland Pilley
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
A Lovecraftian style tale of the horrors that surround the simple draining of a park pond and the modern day research that leads back to the Civil War and the discovery of an undead zone.
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Smashwords book reviews by Randy Attwood
- Spring Water Haven
on Aug. 02, 2011
Shawver's Spring Water Haven is an intriguing read with wonderful scene setting in which a nostalgic return to the former Naval base that was their home 30 years ago when newlyweds turns not only into guilt-ridden jaunt down memory lane but an object lesson that paybacks are really hell.
- Gonna Buy Me a Dog
on Nov. 27, 2011
Gonna Buy Me a Dog, is a wonderful manual for new dog owners, and, I think, new dog owners who think they know it all because they had a dog when they were a kid. I had an aunt who raised miniature Schnauzers and my care and raising of a puppy was important to the raising of myself as a person. By golly, we even won a blue ribbon at a dog show. It's really good for children to learn how to care for an animal. And adults need to know, too. Gonna Buy Me a Dog is the manual you should have for the latest information on choosing a dog, understanding its diet, how to train, teach it to socialize, and the myriad of activities and duties needed when you take on the serious responsibility of owning a dog. Myself, I think I'm going to print out the chapter on "Excessive Barking" and stick it in my neighbor's mailbox! Please, don't be that kind of dog owner.