This page offers a mixed bag, hence the name borrowed from the British licorice assortment ... and possibly just as colorful and tasty. Here are links to more published work, mostly non-fiction, including a recent editorial, a wartime military diary, and some academic papers. Order my first novel, RANK, if you like. But wait ... there's more! Scroll down and take a look. New pieces will be added regularly. Comments or questions? Get in touch through the "Contact" link above.


My first novel, RANK, is now available from Bold Strokes Books in paperback and e-book formats. You can order a copy now. You can also find it on This link will take you to the publisher's website.

Eugene O'Neill


An electronic archive of primary and secondary sources relating to America's greatest playwright, Eugene Gladstone O'Neill: photographs, scholar- ship (including a couple articles of mine), texts of many O'Neill plays, audio and video performances, and much more ... an eclectic treasury.

Might as well throw in a wordsmithing joke, since that's my line of work, after all:


SAM: "My new thesaurus is

      just terrible."

DAVE: "How bad is it?"

SAM: "It's just terrible."


And I'm off and running.


I had the great pleasure of talking with Austin Chant and Amanda Jean for the November 2016 edition of their "Hopeless Romantic" podcast. We discussed my U.S. Air Force service, the "don't ask, don't tell" policy -- and my debut novel RANK. Have a listen!

Reading and Writing Romance

(Keynote address to the Gay Romance Northwest writers' conference, held in Seattle, 24 September 2016)


I’ve been an avid reader ever since I learned how, nearly fifty years ago. My favorite stories featured characters I could fall in love with. As a young man, I looked for people like me in the books I read. There weren’t many, and those I could find weren’t very likeable, either -- more often the object of pity or ridicule. So I had to make do with characters who merely possessed traits I would seek in a mate -- men who were charming, handsome, witty, and smart.

It's Still Scary to be Gay

In the aftermath of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June, I submitted an editorial to the Seattle TIMES. It ran in the paper and online and was picked up by news outlets in Alaska, New York, New Mexico, Virginia, the Virgin Islands, and several online news sources as well. This link will take you to the text as printed in the Seattle TIMES.

Notes from a Journal: Afghanistan 2003-04

I've kept a journal for years, at home and abroad. On deployment to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom (the Global War on Terrorism, as it was known in those days), I wrote a great deal. Some of my entries (along with a dozen photos) appeared in the 2004 edition of WAR, LITERATURE & THE ARTS, the U.S. Air Force Academy's publication. This link will take you to my journal, archived on the WLA website.

   Seek the Truth

 Help the philosopher find himself.

Design Display Associates-Metro Blinds

If you need window treatments or interior design in the Seattle area, you won't do better than Design Display Associates-Metro Blinds. I'm biased, incidentally, as my spouse runs the company and I work for him. He's been in business for more than thirty years. This link will take you to the company website.

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