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One! Two! Got the swine flu

Posted by on Oct 23, 2009 in Conway Sax, Writing | 1 comment

I’ll never know for sure whether I had a bona fide case of H1N1, as I didn’t go to the doc for confirmation, but this much is certain: Been sick as a damn dog since Saturday. So’s half the country, of course; schools are ghost towns, the Cleveland Browns are so decimated they’re seeking a roster-rules exemption just to field a team,...

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The first paragraph of Conway Sax 4

Posted by on Sep 25, 2009 in Conway Sax, Writing | 1 comment

Yeah, I’m going to need a better working title than that. One candidate is Mood Ring Eyes, but while I like the feel of the phrase – three four-letter words with distinctly different vowel sounds – it’s better suited to a romance (or for that matter a cheesy pop song) than a noir mystery. Anyway, here’s the opener as it now...

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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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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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Notebook dump!

Posted by on Apr 14, 2009 in Writing | 1 comment

As I take a few days off before wading into my Purgatory Chasm rewrite, it’s time for administrative tasks. There’s one job I never look forward to, but which always turns out to be kind of fun: transferring random notes and thoughts from a notebook to a Word doc. The notebook is now actually a Blackberry. It took me time to give up my hardcopy...

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