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 notebook, and in many ways I think it’s superior, but why carry two things when you can carry one?

Here’s an unedited list of items, beginning a few months ago. (You’ll quickly notice I love dreaming up titles – I’d have to live to 150 to write a crime novel for each great title I’ve got.) Here goes:

  • Title: Swank
  • Bell choir plays “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” (“A Scottish Melody”)
  • Name: Bert Saginaw
  • Titles: Cherry Bomb, Tahoe Baby, Wheelman, American Bullnose, Death or Glory, Flat Broke, Hot Pursuit, Police Interceptor
  • Real name: Billie Smaha
  • Have a retro-punk character who dresses like 1977 punk rocker
  • Character: Cruzatte, descendant of a member of the Lewis & Clark party
  • “He’s not immune from me.”
  • Title: Cripple Creek
  • Fact: many GIs in early Korean War had committed crimes while stationed in Japan – had a choice between the brig and fighting in Korea.
  • Have a character who hates the Amish
  • Purgatory Chasm
  • Breond Yarbrough – (real) name
  • Surname: Bowyer
  • Woman with eye patch
  • Name: Archie
  • Title: Baby Blue
  • Derwin Loundin – (real) name
  • Occoneechee Speedway, Hillsborough, NC
  • Famoso Drag Strip
  • 80 West opener: Fat Jack Sebring was quicker than he looked, so nobody was surprised it was him shot the Somalian through the eye. Even the Somalian’s remaining eye – his left – looked more or less resigned.
  • Eat an apple in the dark – that way, you don’t notice the soft spots.
  • Switchback
  • You could lose a one-man staring contest
  • Actual first name: Roebuck
  • Bellet – French surname
  • Steve Seabolt – actual name
  • It is difficulties that show what men are – Epictetus
  • Title: Slow Pay
  • Title: Damaged Goods
  • Slow as a middle-school second hand
  • Sarah Siddons: 18th century English actress
  • Name: Herschel
  • Surname: Cranch
  • Name: William Abdee, former slave
  • There is an urbanity without ostentation or extravagance which will succeed everywhere and at all times – John Adams
  • Title: Top Fuel
  • Name: Cotton Thaxter
  • If conscience disapproves, the loudest applauses of the world are of little value. – John Adams
  • Name: Tymon Dogg
  • Star of Wonder
  • Put Lacross and Ike Maple together in story (Pure?)
  • Coffee – good cop name
  • Open a book with a plane crash into water
  • Title: Lefty Loosey
  • Hot Rod Noir
  • Tumblehome
  • Have a character who wrote a musical based on COPS.
  • Have a character whose claim to fame was appearance in “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” ad.
  • Have a character who thinks wind direction should be determined by where it’s going, not where it’s been.
  • Have a hail-fellow-well-met character who says things twice, gaining momentum. “That’s the spirit, THAT’S the spirit.”
  • Memphis County Jail.
  • Have a character who works in a furniture store, likes to sit in chairs after closing.
  • Ram you damn you (adj. describing Jack Aubrey)