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Even a Blind Pig Dept.

Posted by on Sep 14, 2009 in Racing | 2 comments

Well what do you know! I won a race for the first time in more than a year. My company, Flatout Motorsports, made a pilgrimmage to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for a double race – one Saturday, one Sunday. I invited family Saturday, whereupon Murphy’s Law kicked in: clammy drizzle prevailed. My family patiently waited for my race. I got a great...

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The season wears (and wears) on

Posted by on Sep 8, 2009 in Racing |

This picture feels right because of that blue tape patch on the fender of my race car, which reminds me of a cartoon bandage that Wile E. Coyote or Foghorn Leghorn might wind up with. A few weeks ago during qualifying for a Pro-IT race at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park, I carried too much enthusiasm – that is, speed – into a corner, skidded...

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Writing tics

Posted by on Jul 21, 2009 in News & Events |

When you finally get your novel ready to print and read on paper, and then go through the whole damn thing at a gallop, you wince at your writing tics – the words, phrases and mannerisms on which you over-rely. Here are some of mine, most of which were mercilessly slashed before I sent the third Conway Sax book off to Janet Reid, my peerless...

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McGee swings into the ’70s

Posted by on Jul 21, 2009 in Writing |

As I may have posted before, I’m rereading my favorite detective series – John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee novels – in order. One of the series’ many delights is anthropological. Bachelor (and how!) McGee spends the first four or five books in the 1960s of Brubeck and Hefner. The next half-dozen are set very much in the...

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Exhale!

Posted by on Jul 14, 2009 in Conway Sax, Writing |

Hmm, you ask yourself. How long can Ulfelder keep up this torrid one-post-per-month blogging pace? All right already. Here’s the excuse: for the past month-plus I’ve been consumed with the rewrite of the third Conway Sax novel. Yesterday I sent the manuscript off to my incredible agent, Janet Reid. She got back to me with edits. I made the...

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