Michael Bracken

Award-Winning Crime Fiction Writer

NON-FICTION

 

“When The Pittance Of A Paycheck Is Spent, What’s Left For Leisure?” Scene Magazine, May 13, 1977

 

“Budget (buj' it),” Scene Magazine, May 13, 1977

 

“More Than A Footnote,” Knights, March 1979

 

“Charles L. Grant: In The Shadows,” Night Voyages, Fall, 1979

 

“The Monteleone Connection,” Night Voyages, Spring, 1981

 

“Grant Carrington: More Than Amazing,” Night Voyages, Fall, 1981

 

“When Dark Descends,” The Newsletter, September 1982

 

“In Short,” The Newsletter, March 1983

 

Learning Through Experience,” Mothering, Winter, 1986; The Wet-Set Gazette, October 1987; The Messenger, March 1991; Fathering, November 1999

 

“Making Homework Pay,” Flicks of the Tale, June 1986

 

“Writers And Readers,” Flicks of the Tale, September 1986

 

“Changes,” Flicks of the Tale, June 1987

 

“We’ve Been Typecast,” Flicks of the Tale, March 1988

 

“Collecting Memories,” Parent To Parent, January 1989

 

“The Vegetable War,” Parent To Parent, April 1989

 

“One Way To Self-Motivate,” Clues, October 1990; Gotta Write, Winter, 1991

 

“Patience,” Clues, March 1991; The Third Degree, June 1991; Gotta Write, Winter, 1991

 

“Why Don’t You Ask Us To Dance?” Columbus Single Scene, July/August 1991

 

“Mother’s Warning,” Columbus Single Scene, November/December 1991

 

“Blind Alleys: Too Many Genres,” SFWA Bulletin, Winter, 1992

 

“Writing And Selling Confessions,” Gila Queen’s Guide To Markets, October 1993; Word Museum, 1999; From The Heart, January & February 2000; Absolute Write, February 2001; SFWA Website, 2001

 

Long-Distance Daddy,” Fathering, July 1998

 

“We Have Ways Of Making You Talk,” Atlanta Parent, July 1998

 

“The Soothing Garden,” Texas Gardener, July/August 1999

 

“Writer’s Block: A Definition By Example,” Absolute Write, April 2001; SFWA Website, 2001

 

“When Bylines Collide,” The Official Newsletter Of The Horror Writers Association, April 2001

 

“Dan Fox And Deadly Campaign,” Mystery Scene 71, 2001

 

“Waco Reads,” The Official Newsletter Of The Horror Writers Association, June 2001

 

“Introduction,” Fedora: Private Eyes and Tough Guys (Wildside Press), 2001

 

“Searching For All White Girls,” Mystery Scene 73, 2001

 

“Surfing The Mean Streets,” Mystery Scene 73, 2001

 

“Things Yet To Do,” Phoenix, 2001

 

“Corpus Christi Author Knocks ’Em Dead,” Senior News, June 2003

 

“Markets About Which We Only Whisper,” Reflections In A Private Eye, Summer, 2003; Gila Queen’s Guide To Markets, January 2004; Sleuth Sayer, February 2004

 

“That’s Not The Way My Mother Did It,” Senior News, August 2003 (as Pat Myers)

 

“Surviving Submissions Beginning To End,” Sleuth Sayer, September 2003

 

“Writing For Mystery Anthologies,” Gila Queen’s Guide To Markets, November 2003; Sleuth Sayer, May 2004

 

“It’s Not Just What You Say,” MAMM, November/December 2003

 

Writing Erotic Mysteries,” Writing-World.com, April 2004

 

Bullet-Proof Your Short Mysteries: Editors Tell You How!Writing-World.com, April 2004; The Purloined Newsletter, March 2006

 

“Travel Fun In The Big Easy,” written with Sharon J. Bracken, Senior News, September 2004

 

“Cost-Effective Market Research,” Funds For Writers, January 30, 2005

 

“Fashionable Gardeners Say Pink Is The New Green,” Texas Gardener, March/April 2005; Seeds, August 2, 2006

 

Job Application,” Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2005

 

“By The Seat Of My Pants,” Senior News, May 2005

 

College In The 40s,” Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2005

 

“We’re Not Who You Think We Are,” Gila Queen’s Guide To Markets, June 2005

 

“Take Dead Aim At Mysteries,” The Writer, August 2005

 

“Sundays With My Grandmother,” Senior News, September 2005

 

“Gardening Rocks,” Senior News, October 2005; Seeds, August 23, 2006

 

“My Wife’s Ghost,” True Romance, March 2006

 

“Manspeak: Cultural Pride,” True Confessions, April 2006

 

“Surviving Disasters,” The Writer (online edition), April 2006

 

“Money For Nothing And Burnt Fingers For Free,” Senior News, June 2006

 

“Man-to-Man On Mother’s Day,” Jive, July 2006

 

“Why My Face Is Red But My Tomatoes Aren’t,” Seeds, September 20, 2006

 

“Making That Time With Your Man Special,” Jive, September 2006

 

“Manspeak: Is That A Book In My Pocket?” True Confessions, October 2006

 

“Manspeak: Where Evil Lurks,” True Confessions, November 2006

 

Trees For Texas,” Texas Gardener, November/December 2006

 

“Gnome On The Range,” Seeds, November 8, 2006

 

“Manspeak: Giving Thanks,” True Confessions, December 2006

 

“Urban Harvest: Improving Houston From The Ground Up,” Texas Gardener, January/February 2007

 

“Types Of Community Gardens,” Seeds, January 3, 2007

 

“Write What You Know,” Teacher Miracles: Inspirational True Stories From The Classroom (Adams Media; Brian Thornton, editor), 2007

 

“Dandelion Whine,” Seeds, April 11, 2007

 

“Organizing For Anthology Success,” Gila Queen’s Guide to Markets, May 2007

 

“Weatherization Provided At No Cost To Low-Income Homeowners,” Senior News, June 2007

 

“Love Letter,” True Romance, July 2007

 

“Feeding The World One Garden At A Time,” Texas Gardener, July/August 2007

 

“Water Foul,” Seeds, August 15, 2007

 

From Small Ideas, Big Projects Grow: Victoria Educational Gardens,” Texas Gardener, November/December 2007

 

“Writing Dialog,” Gila Queen's Guide to Markets, November 2008; The Write Ingredients, February 2009; Writerstalk, January 2016

 

Anybody Seen My Shorts?Sleuths’ Ink, September 24, 2009

 

“30 Great Towns To Retire In Texas,” Senior News, December 2009

 

“Hunt Youth Discover Gardening!” Texas Gardener, March/April 2010

 

Sky Island Gardening,” Texas Gardener, November/December 2010

 

“I Write Short Stories” Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons In Writing Popular Fiction (Headline Books; Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller, editors), 2011

 

In Praise Of Technicians,” Criminal Brief, July 13, 2011

 

“Don’t They Come In Pairs?” Wait A Minute, I Have To Take Off My Bra (Inkspotter Publishing; Betty Dobson, editor), 2011

 

Market First, Write Second,” SleuthSayers.org, October 26, 2013

 

“Eat Fresh,” Texas Gardener, May/June 2014

 

“High on Gardening,” Texas Gardener, March/April 2015

 

“Good Writing, In Short,” First Draft, July 2015

 

The Unacceptance Letter,” Rejectomancy, March 7, 2016

 

Tales From The Dark Side,” SleuthSayers.org, November 5, 2016

 

I Confess,” SleuthSayers.org, November 28, 2016

 

One More Time, From the Top,” SleuthSayers.org, October 21, 2017

 

Smooth Criminal,” SleuthSayers.org, November 14, 2017

 

Ripples,” SleuthSayers.org, December 5, 2017

 

The First Two Pages: ‘Dixie Quickies’,” ArtTaylorWriter.com, December 19, 2017

 

Three Typewriters and a Desk,” SleuthSayers.org, December 26, 2017

 

You Only Live Twice,” SleuthSayers.org, January 16, 2018

 

Stiffed,” SleuthSayers.org, February 6, 2018

 

Poster Child,” SomethingIsGoingToHappen.net, February 14, 2018

 

Rejected!SleuthSayers.org, February 27, 2018

 

Dubious Writing Advice,” SleuthSayers.org, March 20, 2018

 

One Last Job,” Trace-Evidence.net, March 20, 2018

 

Epiphany of a Blue-Collar Writer,” SleuthSayers.org, April 10, 2018

 

The Buddy System,” SleuthSayers.org, May 1, 2018

 

Noir at the Opportunity Bar,” SleuthSayers.org, May 22, 2018

 

Paneling,” SleuthSayers.org, June 12, 2018

 

Manuscript Janitor,” SleuthSayers.org, July 3, 2018

 

Just Like Starting Over,” SleuthSayers.org, July 24, 2018

 

Not Like Us,” SleuthSayers.org, August 14, 2018

 

Prolific Slacker,” SleuthSayers.org, September 4, 2018

 

Not A Dry Eye In The House,” SleuthSayers.org, September 25, 2018

 

The Obstacle Ahead Is A Mirror,” SleuthSayers.org, October 16, 2018