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 Hall.
  • Surname: Gill.
  • The rebel in winter.
  • Conway Sax idea: suspect who’s a pharmaceutical sales rep.
  • The sound of bubblegum pop on a transistor radio.
  • Last name for minor character: Haas.
  • Phrase: punitive sexual practices.
  • Conway line: A gun is like four-wheel-drive in a truck: you hardly ever need it, but when you need it, you need it bad.
  • Brazilian gal in Conway book: has a long name, but goes by Moka.
  • Three-man hit team. One has a Dick Tracy profile. One looks Slavic and cruel, chews gum, never removes headphones. The third looks like a near-retirement gym teacher. He’s the wheel man.
  • Conway subplot: Floriano has a cousin who works cleaning planes at Providence airport. He fails drug test. Floriano takes the fall, gets deported so cousin can stay in U.S.
  • Nickname hand-painted on fuselage of WWII P-51: Ace High.
  • Officious jerk (gov’t worker, maybe teacher). Richard Something. Behind his back, co-workers call him Relevant Rick.
  • Phrase: flat-black truth (swiped from Anton Myrer‘s Once an Eagle).
  • Woman’s name: Savannah, called Savvy.
  • “This is my body, broken for you.” (Communion; never heard it phrased that way before.)
  • Character: woman with a ghastly marriage she can’t escape. She meets her sister, who’s in the same boat, for morning power-walks through the local mall.
  • Denmark Vesey: actual historical name. Originally from St Thomas, led a Charleston slave revolt in 1822.
  • Mesteno (tilde): Spanish for mustang.
  • Neva: Russian river, good name for woman character?
  • Magazine: Shotgun News. Actual cover headline: “Guns of the Philippine Constabulary.”