I am an emerging fiction writer living in Chicago. While I am a Luddite, I am using the forum because I love to meet new people, especially fellow artists, and learn new things.

Anyone interested in reading my published work can access it through the link under the My Web Site header on this blog. My short story "Life Goes on Without Me" recently won an honorable mention from Conclave: A Journal of Chracter's 2009 Fiction Contest. I am currently working on a novel, new short stories, and a creative non-fiction essay. My friend T.E. Russell has encouraged me to write a screenplay.

And as always, I am still submitting, submitting, submitting.

I look forward to meeting and reading from you.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mike "Murph" Murphy: 1976-2008

Mike Murphy was a dear friend of mine. I met him through my husband, and ever since our meeting, he became a part of my life. Only knowing me as "Laura" when my husband introduced us, Mike gave me a hug. I had the privilege and blessing of being a part of his too short life. Mike was a remarkable artist. In addition to being a talented signer and songwriter, Mike was special and loving person. Genuine and caring. A rare find in the music and art worlds.

The best way to remember Mike is through his legacy of friendship and music. I have posted a video that Leave made several years ago. I hope you enjoy this short sample of Mike's life and artistry.