Writing is a lifelong affliction.

Once contracted, the only prescription is to write constantly in whatever form to express your condition, in whatever construction to carry your words beyond you.

Thanks for traveling with me.


Writer, producer, and director of the award-winning adventure travel documentaries "Emigrant Road," "4Corners" and "The Alps" • featured appearances at hundreds of university, college, school, and performing arts venues, including Carnegie Music Hall, the Sundome, and the National Geographic Society • numerous short stories, several screenplays, loads of articles, and a couple of books • member of Wattpad, Goodreads, and Amazon • fan of literary fiction, stories with a strong sense of place, progressive rock, orchestral film scores, and wandering in general


"Unclaimed" [Featured Short Story]
A widow finds a unique and ironic way of helping children who were abandoned after they died. Based on true events. "Absolutely stunning," "beautifully written," and "wowie!"

"droplets of god"
Marguerita's handsome new island neighbor Savio sends her a rose, nearly killing nine-year-old flower vendor Antoníto. She resolves to mentor the budding entrepreneur, angering the calculating Father Francisco of the San Carlos Mission School. Can Marguerita survive the tropical storm headed her way, trust to love, and find the serenity she so desperately seeks? "I was floating from one word to the next," "beautifully expressed," "I'm loving every word," and "this opening is as good as any I have read."

A hiking adventure in the Colorado backcountry turns dangerous for Kole, as she and her would-be rescuer Ben struggle to survive tons of falling debris. "Adventurous," and "you've got me perspiring!"

"Price of the Child"
Jake rescues an injured boy off the sheer face of Black Mountain. For social worker Helen Beecher, Jake's quiet heroism moves her heart as no other case ever has. "Unique," and "poetic."
  • The mountains of California
  • JoinedJanuary 28, 2013

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“Who died?”Marguerita looked up suddenly. She had fallen asleep sitting on the sofa. She looked around the dim room. Berta’s door was closed. It must be barely morning, she realized. “Who died?” ’N...
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Stories by JRTompkins
Unclaimed  [Featured Short Story] by jrtompkins
Unclaimed [Featured Short Story] Short Story
Elspeth bent and placed a single daisy upon the grave. The plainest of flowers, perhaps the purest, she thought. In her mind, little Andrea deserved only the unstained purity of the simplest of daisies, a daisy tha...
droplets of god by jrtompkins
droplets of god Romance
Marguerita's handsome new island neighbor Savio sends her a rose, nearly killing homeless nine-year-old flower vendor Antoníto. Her mentoring of the budding entrepreneur seems to anger Father Francisco of the old M...
Price of the Child by jrtompkins
Price of the Child General Fiction
For social worker Helen, Jake's struggle to rescue injured seven-year-old Sam off the sheer face of Black Mountain goes beyond all measure, moving her heart as no other case ever has. When backpacker Jake ventures...
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