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Notebook dump!

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...

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74,978 (Part 2)

Posted by on Jan 2, 2010 in Conway Sax, Writing | 5 comments

Where was I? Ah yes, the ultrapredictable year-in-review post, a staple of lazy journalism. Consider yourself fortunate I don’t bookend it with the equally tiresome 2010 Predictions piece or, worse, Resolutions. In Part 1 I accounted for 36,225 words of my 2009 output; that’s what I wrote to finish Purgatory Chasm, the third Conway Sax book....

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74,978 (Part 1)

Posted by on Dec 31, 2009 in Conway Sax, Writing | 1 comment

Hey, you know those insipid “by the numbers” pieces newspapers and magazines do at the end of the year (not to mention decade)? This is one of them! (Inside former-journo scoop, although you probably figured this out long ago: the reason periodicals love end-of-year wrapups is that you can prepare them well in advance, then get the hell out of...

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Out with the old

Posted by on Nov 12, 2009 in Conway Sax, Racing | 6 comments

Just sold the Mazda RX-7 I raced for six seasons, and I did so with no regrets whatsoever. Indeed, when the guys at the Flatout Motorsports shop told me they were set to trailer the car to its new owner and asked if I wanted to drop by, snap a few pics, and maybe pat its haunch tearfully, I said hell no – haul that sucker away and bring me a...

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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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