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Notebook dump!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2010 in Conway Sax, Writing | 3 comments

They begin in my walnut-sized brain, progress to my Blackberry, find a home here on the blog, and – if they’re lucky – eventually find their way into a book. Here they are, in no order and with as little cleanup or explanation as possible: Tactile: the crown’s tiny ratchet when you wind an automatic watch (love scene?). Fellowship...

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Busman’s holiday

Posted by on Mar 11, 2010 in Racing | 3 comments

How do race-car builders spend their downtime? At Flatout Motorsports, our crew builds stuff like this – the ultimate videogame rig for the racer who has everything. The lucky recipient goofs off … er, prepares for the race season with iRacing, which is such a cool videogame that the company would prefer you not call it a videogame, but rather a...

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Sold a book – time to get to work

Posted by on Feb 28, 2010 in News & Events | 6 comments

Back when I used to work for somebody other than myself for a living, I managed to earn a promotion or two (God knows how). The sweetest (albeit briefest) times, I came to realize, were those between the announcement of the promotion and the morning the new duties started. Flattering memos! Attaboys! Drinks on us! I’m now in the writer’s...

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Race video from the archives!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2010 in News & Events |

Found some in-car video shot by my friend and teammate, Jeff Harding. The race took place a few years ago at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. I am not driving the car the camera’s mounted in; I’m in a green-and-orange Mazda RX-7. This first sequence shows me, then Jeff, passing a red BMW to take the lead in the race’s early stages. It’s...

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The thick of it

Posted by on Feb 14, 2010 in Writing | 1 comment

A few evenings ago, near the outset of a new writers’ group I’m part of, I took my turn to deliver a one-minute report on what I was working on and how it was going. When I finished, the woman who was next in line blinked and said, “Well … it’s hard to follow a happy writer.” Happy indeed, because the work in progress...

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