Category Archives: Justified

And he shall be called Frank

-+*I’ve reached the 2/3 point of the novella and something odd happened. One of the two main characters, whose name was Jessie, suddenly insisted that his name was Frank. I have no idea how or why this happened. Now, I … Continue reading

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Olfactory hallucination

-+*I like winning contests. Gives me a boost. The theme for the 2014 AE Micro contest was “senses,” so I wrote a flash story called “Phantosmia,” which was one of the five entries selected for publication in this little do-it-yourself … Continue reading

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They didn’t even name him Mr. Black

-+*I don’t take on new series lightly. In fact, I’ve become somewhat mercenary. In recent days, I deleted Bates Motel and The Walking Dead from my DVR series recordings. However, I’ve been meaning to check out The Blacklist, having heard … Continue reading

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The empress of ice cream

-+*I submitted a short story this morning to the Elmore Leonard tribute anthology. I had a good draft finished for a while but had some feedback from a first reader that I needed to consider. I ended up making some … Continue reading

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-+*It’s easy to tell that spring has arrived. Yesterday afternoon my car was absolutely covered in greenish-yellow pollen. When I pulled out of my parking spot, it flowed across the windshield like snow pellets. Working on essays and book reviews … Continue reading

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Move me onto any black square

-+*Yesterday I posted about two unusual writing places: the elliptical trainer and the shower. When I started writing seriously, I was an avid cyclist. I used to go out for 15-mile rides each day, 30- or 45-miles on the weekends, … Continue reading

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Even vultures can fly south for the winter

-+*Yesterday, I spent a little over an hour at the front of a classroom. My buddy Danel Olson invited me to speak to his Gothic class at a local college, something I’ve done once previously. It was a relatively small … Continue reading

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Ice Cold — anthology release

-+*On April 29th, the MWA will launch its newest anthology, Ice Cold, edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson. The launch party will be held at The Mysterious Bookshop in New York, starting at 6:00 p.m. Many of the contributors (alas, not me) … Continue reading

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Snowpocalypse 2014

-+*It’s a good thing they didn’t have a good handle on this morning’s weather or else everything in Houston might have been canceled again. As it turns out, we saw more winter precipitation at our house today than during the … Continue reading

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Winter mix

-+*I know it doesn’t sound like much to people from northern climes, but we are under a “winter storm” warning (or a “winter mix,” as they’re describing it) for the next day or so. They’ve already started spraying the bridges … Continue reading

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