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AA Procedural: Lawrence Block’s A Drop of the Hard Stuff

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011 in Reading, Writing |

A Drop of the Hard StuffBy Lawrence BlockMulholland Books How’s this for daunting? May 10, I fulfill a lifelong dream by publishing my first novel. Purgatory Chasm introduces amateur sleuth Conway Sax. He’s a recovering alcoholic, and AA is tightly woven into (indeed, inseparable from) the story. Two days later, there’s another novel...

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Notebook Dump!

Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in Conway Sax, Writing | 1 comment

It’s been way too long since I did one of these. I jot things down in my Blackberry (yes, I am the Last Man in America with a Blackberry), and I need to capture the ideas here (hell, anywhere) before said phone gets lost or croaks. So here are the phrases, names, and images that rattle around in my walnut-sized brain occasionally. If you have trouble...

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Notebook dump!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2010 in Conway Sax, Purgatory Chasm, Writing | 4 comments

Time to hose out the Blackberry by dumping notebook ideas here. Fun fact: I can look back through old notebook dump posts (here, here and here, for example) and find ideas that have made it into books – including the title Purgatory Chasm. Kinda kool! (Well, I think so, anyway.) Here’s the new batch: Title: Western Star Man facing firing squad...

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Godspeed, Travis McGee

Posted by on Jun 15, 2010 in Reading, Writing | 3 comments

For some time after the great John D. MacDonald died in 1986, there were rumors he’d written a final Travis McGee novel in which McGee – hero of MacDonald’s best-known work, boat bum, under-the-table salvage expert, knight in rusty armor on a swaybacked steed – died himself. The rumors persisted, veered and flared awhile, as rumors...

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Contest: Guess wordcount, win swag! UPDATE: Winners!

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Writing | 24 comments

Slow blogging month, but I think you’ll agree my excuse is valid: Yesterday I finished the first draft of a book (its working title is Black Cat Arkansas, and I blogged about it here and here). If you include my 20-year-old doorstop novel, Black Cat marks my fifth first draft – and I’ve yet to fully sort my thoughts on them. Rookies and...

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