Posted by on Nov 20, 2009 in Writing | 4 comments

Hey, haven’t done one of these for awhile. Here are the names, phrases, ideas (such as they are) and ephemera that have been piling up in my Blackberry:

  • Name: Professor Graymeat (Dickensian!)
  • Holed-up heist gang sends 1 guy to supermarket. He comes back with 48 chicken pot pies ’cause they were 3 for a buck. They eat nothing but chicken pot pies for 3 days. Everybody’s pissed.
  • Dust Bowl – rabbit drives – Black Sunday, April 1935 [This is from PBS’s “Surviving the Dust Bowl,” which leans heavily on The Worst Hard Time, a fantastic book by Timothy Egan.]
  • qfisllc.com, forensics website
  • CODIS – FBI lab DNA database
  • University of Leyden – Dutch, John Quincy Adams studied there
  • Whip City Chargers
  • Dexter Arthur Wheeler, known as Dart?
  • Character from Black Cat, AR
  • Actual name: George Forsyth
  • Plot: a son or daughter makes self up to look older, can pass for parent – uses this trick for gain
  • Whip City Sinners
  • Actual surname: Pitkat
  • Prissy FBI supervisor makes his office a foot bigger than regs allow
  • Mood Ring Eyes
  • MS13, brutal Salvadoran gang
  • Mannix Whitlock
  • Dindo Ramos: actual Filipino name
  • Fulfilled as a strip-mall mattress salesman
  • Title: SUICIDE RUN
  • Odd feeling: seeing something you once owned (a chair, etc.) used as a period movie prop
  • Sunset hero: a big talker who seems not to be around when shit hits fan
  • Shards of silence (from Dwight Yoakam song)
  • Character with huge beaky nose, reminds narrator of canoe-carrying Indian from old cartoon
  • Name for minor character: Sherm Howe (tip of cap to Travis McGee)
  • Title: INDIA INK
  • “You’re uncouth.” “Me? I got couth drippin’ out my asshole, lady.”
  • Song: Flora’s Waltz
  • Character: singer/songwriter who scrapes by in bars. He’s afraid nobody’ll clap when a song ends, so he segues each song into the last, plays 45 minutes straight.
  • You might as well tell a skunk he stinks.
  • Character who takes delight in being unmemorable, invisible
  • Title: FELONY STOP
  • Title: CEMETERY RIDGE (from Gettysburg?)
  • Abe Lincoln: “Argue long enough and you can convince yourself there’s no difference between a horse chestnut and a chestnut horse.”