Saturday, December 31, 2005

2005 Down The Shitter

As we approach the closing seconds of 2005, I have to admit for me 2005 was a trainwreck or er... a shipwreck.

As 2005 swirls down the toilet bowl of the ages, here's hopin' for a much better 2006.

Life . . . as we know it

There's a revolution going on. It doesn't feel like it. It rarely does, but there is. Life, as we know it, is changing very dramatically and very quickly. All of us will feel the changes. Writers and artists are feeling the first effects.

As we moved from an agrarian society to an industrial society, from the horse and buggy to the car, telegraph to the telephone, many workers, jobs, and technologies were replaced and disrupted. Some industries and workers transitioned effortlessly. Others were trampled or left behind. The current rapid advancements of technology are making businesses obsolete at a record pace.

So comes the Creative Age, or what some have called the Information Age. We've been in the Information age for about twenty years. But now, the useable products are coming to the marketplace in a big way. The convergence that all the techno talking heads have been hawking for years is finally producing real products; the Blackberry and Ipod for example.

The Creative age will supply vast opportunities for those who can wade through the barrage of information and can decern a pathway to a viable, sustainable business model. Those that will thrive will embrace the technological advances that are sweeping models and businesses into the abyss with greater frequency.

"Big Box" retailers like Walmart, COSTCO, Sam's Club and Barnes & Noble, combined with online retailers like Amazon and Ebay have redefined how many Americans shop. These retailers have harnessed and are exploiting the new technological realities. This has forced immobile or entenched smaller retailers either out of business or into bankruptcy in thier wake. "Mom & Pop" businesses now must change or die. Independant bookstores are struggling now for survival.

Certain service industries seem safe because technology thus far has been unable to touch them. Restuarants and bars will continue sell food and liquor, beautitions and barbors will cut and style hair, plumbers will fix leaks, contractors will build houses, but as we adopt emerging technologies into our daily lives these old business models may also become obsolete. If not obsolete perhaps modified.

These advances have sent the Mega Media companies scrambling. Publishers, Movie companies, TV stations, Radio, all are trying to figure out how to move digital product on the internet while retaining thier current profit stucture.

The one thing that has not changed and will not change is all of these media outlets need content. Here lies the opportunity for writers of all genres and for me. So, as I continue to develope my writing skills with a target towards novels and short stories, I am going to slowly look into script and play writing.

As the times change, so must we all, or we"ll be trampled or left behind.

Friday, December 30, 2005

For Kinky Fans

I found a recent interview of Kinky Freidman at Bookslut.

Check it out.

Resolution, Revolution, or Revelation

We all know what a resolution is; that which we tend to break before the end of the year. Therefore, I resolve not to have a New Year's "Resolution" this year. I prefer, instead, a New Year's Revolution and Revelation.........

Revolution; a: a sudden, radical, or complete change b: activity or movement designed to effect fundamental changes in the socioeconomic situation c: a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something : a change of paradigm

Revelation; a : an act of revealing to view or making known b : something that is revealed; especially : an enlightening or astonishing disclosure. c : a pleasant often enlightening surprise.

Though I began it late in 2005, it will continue and strengthen in 2006.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

A Beer Prayer

Our lager,
Which art in barrels, Hallowed be thy drink.
Thy will be drunk, (I will be drunk),
At home as in the tavern.

Give us this day our foamy head,
And forgive us our spillages,
As we forgive those who spill against us.

And lead us not to incarceration,
But deliver us from hangovers.
For thine is the beer,
The bitter and The lager.
Forever and ever,

Borrowed from The Red Lion Pub, Chicago.........

A Volkswagon Radiator Hose

There's nothing sexier to male(and probably some female) mystery fans than a woman firing a gun. (Ok, other than maybe a naked woman firing a gun.) Anyway, I digress.

Years ago, as a teen, I attended an automobile mechanic's class. During the first week of class, the teacher sent me to the local auto parts store to pick up a radiator hose for a 1970 Volkswagon Beetle.

The joke, on me and every new student that fell for it, was there is no such thing as a VW Beetle radiator hose. It doesn't exist. The VW Bug is air cooled. There is no radiator. Everyone laughed. I felt like an ass.

Anyway, though fiction writing is "fiction", it is important that the factual information used; gun descriptions, location descriptions, forensic and investigative techniques must ring true. Any author that avoids verifying or checking the facts risks pissing off readers, loosing credibility, or at the very least, diminishing some readers pleasure in reading the story.

I recently finished a short mystery story and submitted it to my critique group for comments. A big critique was that the main location was the Detroit Police Station but I had not researched the layout and some of the investigative processes. I have since contacted the Detroit Public Affairs Officer and am seeking clarification of layout and processes involved in my story.

There are two good articles on this subject on Writing World's website. One specifically about guns, and the other about general research and fact checking. The uninformed can easily step on their proverbial dick; by racking the slide on a revolver (revolvers do not have a slide), by slapping a clip in a revolver (revolvers do not have clips), by switching the safety off a Glock(Glock is famous for making pistols without external safety latches).

So, before you send off a manuscript make sure the facts are correct . . . lest you get sent for a Volkswagon radiator hose...

Monday, December 26, 2005

A New Pulp Noir Publisher

From World War II through the 1960s, paperback crime novels were one of the fastest-selling categories in book publishing.

Millions of readers snapped up hundreds of millions of books by well-known authors like Erle Stanley Gardner and Mickey Spillane, as well as by promising young writers like Lawrence Block, Elmore Leonard, and Donald Westlake.

Today, Block, Leonard, and Westlake still make the bestseller lists with each new hardcover — but the pulp novels that first captured the public's imagination weren't hardcovers. They were paperbacks you could fit in your back pocket, with jaw-dropping cover paintings and bare-knuckled prose that grabbed you by the collar with the first sentence and held you until the last page. No one's published books like that in years. Until now.

Hard Case Crime was created by authors' Charles Ardai and Max Phillips; the line is published as a collaboration between Winterfall LLC and Dorchester Publishing.

New Year's Revolution

I wanted to write some pearls of wisdom for the coming New Year. I wanted to list some resolutions that would propel me and my career into 2006.

Every year in the past, I have sat down after Christmas, reviewed goals of the previous years, and listed new goals for the coming year. Usually, I could review the list with some satisfaction, putting a line through tough goals, and creating the new list combining incomplete goals with ambitious new ones.

This year for what ever reason, it has become more difficult than prior years. The words and goals are not as evident. The "things" I want out of life have so drastically changed, that a list seems almost superfluous.

If you seek to be a professional writer, author Joe Konrath has an excellent list on his December 17th post at Newbies Guide to Publishing.

As for me, I hope to have a few short stories published, find an agent, complete the novel and non-fiction book, and seek a publisher.

That is what I am working towards.

If you are going through Hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Charity . . .

For this blogsite, I generally try to stay on topic as much as possible, but because today is Christmas Eve, I found myself drawn to write something very personal. For me, Christmas for the most part has been perverted by commercialism. Devoid of its true essence.

This year I find myself in a somewhat unique position. Unique for me, though a position that many around the world find themselves in every day. . . alone.

In my life, I have been alone many times. Those times in the past, I have responded with self- pity and depression. Though I feel these emotions, something that has been missing in my life for a long time has returned. The spirit of giving.

Throughout my childhood and even today, my parents have given; time, clothing, food, and much more to prisons, mental intitutions, military families, homeless shelters, and charitable organizations. My parents have always struggled financially so thier charity has been remarkable to me. To give when one cannot afford to give. I think this is true charity.

Being alone this year has caused me to reflect intensely on my past and future. My journey. Today, I reflect on the blessings that I have been given; life, education, health, home, friends, family, and former and future loves. I have been and am truly blessed.

In that spirit, I am approaching this Christmas differently than I ever have in the past. From my parents example I am going to try to give, in a very personal way, to people in need. I will start tommorow and will try to continue for the rest of my life; every day of my life. To live up to the standard they set. To give the most when they had the least to give.

It is so easy to forget, while I sit in my well-heated home, surrounded by good food and drink, with all the amenities, that men and women are dying in Iraq and Afganistan for my freedoms, that homeless people are staving and cold, that people are alone and ill in hospitals and mental institutions.

These thoughts put my life truly back into prospective. I hope to give emotionally when I feel I can least afford to give.

Merry Christmas to all.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Salve for the Soul

"These are the times that try men's souls" Thomas Payne

In the spirit of Christmas, I'm in need of a little more salve for the soul than normal. I find myself in a very strange place. Not horribly bad place, just different. Times they are a changin'.

Jim Beam isn't cutting it. Corona. Nope. Not rum in the eggnog. Nothing.

So where do you turn?

To good books. The Good Book? Others?

I usually read the book of Job when I feel like this, and I recently picked up the book of Tao. I wanted a quote to cling to; the Bible, Tao, Nietzsche, Sarte, Kant, something Existential, but nothing seems right.

So I'm left with me and four words.

The Salve: To truly love, release.

Ok, Show me the Friggin Money

I have discovered some troubling things while researching how to become a successful, published novelist.

Here are some staggering statistics; there are almost 200,000 books published in the United States every year, and of those approximately 10,000 are novels.

What do these numbers mean to a Novelist?


Competition to be published, competition for a published book to be purchased, and competition to continue to be published.

As in most industries, in the past ten years, the publishing and book selling industries have undergone a massive consolidation. This has left the market with about six large publishing houses and many, many, smaller niche publishers.

Publishers now expect all pubished books to "earn out" or breakeven. For new authors this is extremely difficult. New authors have little or no fan base and have difficulty getting publicity in the crowded market place. Most larger publishers no longer seem willing to carry and support an author as he or she establishes themselves in the market place.

Smaller publishers have appeared to fill the void but with smaller budgets and less ability to significantly penetrate the market place. These niche publishers are growing in popularity and success but good books are still crowded out of the market place by the constant search by larger publishers for the breakout bestseller.

Rapid changes in book distribution channels have also occured in the last ten years. Mega bookstore chains like Barnes & Noble, and on-line booksellers like Amazon have encroached on traditional book distributers, local, and independent bookstores. These changes have greatly influenced publishers and book buyers in what I percieve as negative ways.

In the good old days, most book buyers went to thier local independent book stores and found well informed helpful booksellers that would and could suggest good books by new, lesser know authors. This still happens, of course, but unfortunately, in fewer and fewer numbers. Now, the book buying public typically hops on line to or drives down to the local Barnes & Noble for a cup of Starbuck's coffee and a book.

If you go to a Mega Bookstore and take a hard look, you will find a theme, and if you look very hard you"ll see a gaping hole on the shelves. The theme is bestsellers and bestselling authors. The gaping hole is new authors. Yes, there are a few new authors from large publishing houses and a few from smaller houses, but if they don't sell, they disappear quickly, unless they are coop'ed. (publisher's ad money to booksellers).

Now a little about the money. Authors are paid an advance and receive a royalty on books sold. There are also subsidiary rights which I will not cover here because unless a book sells well or breaks out they are relatively insignificant in the scheme of things.

Typical new authors get an advance of between $1,000 and $35,000. Royalties run anywhere from 5 to 15% on the cover price. There is a royalty dynamic for hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and mass market paperbacks that I have yet to grasp but it exists.

It appears that publisher's first print run is between 7,500 and 25,000 hardcover books for a new author. Few new authors breakeven i.e. make the original investment back for a publishing house. Ergo, publishers are reluctant to republish a non-earning author.

I have yet to find good data on the mystery genre's advances and royalties but Romance Novelist Karen Fox has an excellent chart for the Romance genre.

Here is a sample:

number of titles included: 17
Average advance (first book):$1,000
Average advance (subsequent books):$1,000
Advance range: $1,000 - $1,2000
Standard royalty percentage: 10%
Average earn-out $1,200
Range: $1,000 - $2,100
Avon/Harper Collins
number of titles included: 55
Average advance (first book): $13,500
Average advance (subsequent books): $26,5000
Advance range: $3,500 - $100,000
Standard royalty percentage: 8%
Average earn-out $26,000
Range: $7,000 - $100,000

Ok, I've probably bored you with the numbers. What does this mean for the struggling mystery writer to get published, stay being published, and live in the lifestyle for which I have become accustomed?

-Good writing. A good book must be written. More then a good book, it must be exceptional and different than what is currently being published.

-Marketing. I must become a marketing juggernaught. Build the brand. Build name recognition. Build a fan base. Build, build, build.

-Find a publisher. I must find a publisher that will team with me long term to be able to build name recognition, brand, and a body of work that sells.

-Write, write, write. Sell, sell, sell.

It has now fallen on the shoulders of the author to ensure that his or her novels are successful in today's marketplace.

Last thought; go buy a book. A new author from an independant bookstore. They need your help, and so do I. . .

Thursday, December 22, 2005

More Sex....with a Climax

The Climax. I guess that's what we desire a book. Seduction, excitement, and ultimately satisfaction. Sex and books have the same goals.

Author Robert Gregory Brown has an excellent detailed blog on Anatomy of a Book Deal. Here is a brief excerpt:

Reaching the Climax
"Let’s talk about sex.Those of you who are uncomfortable with the subject, feel free to bail out now – I’m likely to get pretty raunchy. Still with me? I thought so. When we make love, most of us have a particular goal in mind: that moment when our entire body seems to stem from one central point, when every nerve-ending tingles wildly as fireworks assault our brain. That moment, of course, is orgasm, and anyone who has experienced one (or two or three) – especially with a willing and enthusiastic partner (or two or three) -- knows that it can be an exquisitely pleasurable sensation. But are all orgasms created equal?"

Well, well, that gets to the meat (no pun intended) of the question.

Check it out.

It's well written and a good writing analogy....... click on the link above or go to

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The Grim Reaper in America

While I was researching Causes of death in the United States, I came across the following interesting statistics. So in the spirit of Christmas and good cheer, enjoy.

In 2002 in the U.S. the top 10 causes of death were:
Heart disease: 696,947
Cancer: 557,271
Stroke: 162,672
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 124,816
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 106,742
Diabetes: 73,249
Influenza/pneumonia: 65,681
Alzheimer's disease: 58,866
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis (Liver Deseases): 40,974
Septicemia (Internal Infections, Bactieria in bloodstream): 33,865

Other notable causes of death in the United States (2002)
Suicide: 30,622(2001)
Murder: 16,110
Execution: 71
Intentional abortion: 1,293,000
Note that there is much debate as to when a fetus should be considered "human." The death of a human zygote — a one-celled combination of a sperm and an egg — is counted by some as the death of a human, and by others as simply the death of a cell. The above number would apparently include abortions to save the life of the mother, abortions of obviously highly defective fetuses, and abortions of fetuses unlikely to reach term.

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Very Cool Female Detective Comics

Check out Supernatural Crime for some very cool free online comics.

I like the Femme Noir about a female private dick. . . . if you are into that thing.

Detective Cliches to Avoid

Thrilling Detective website has an excellent list of "Thundering Cliches" for mystery writers to avoid.

Some samples:

Any story that begins with the P.I. sitting at his desk, drinking from the office bottle.

Any story that begins with a sultry woman walking into a PI's office while he's sitting at his desk, drinking from the office bottle.

Any woman with "legs up to here."

The Mafia. C'mon, guys, get with it. Give the Sicilians a break. There are tons of hard-working Russians, Iranians, Irish, Jamaicians, Hiatians, Greeks, Jews and WASPS who'd like proper respect paid for their great contributions to organized crime.

Arab terrorists (see above).

Any P.I. who flashes a photostat of their license. I mean, photostats? Who uses that term anymore? Hello! It's not 1929, anymore. And by the way, gunsels aren't actually guys with guns...

Excessive references to jazz. Nothing wrong with jazz, really, but jazz snobs are a dime a dozen these days. Anyone fifty or under who listens exclusively to jazz is probably a geek or a snob. It's more likely they grew uplistening to the Stones or the Sex Pistols or Garth Brooks or Elton John or Nirvana or Motown or soul or Public Enemy or the Beatles. And chances are they're still listening to 'em. There's no shame in admitting pop culture exists. Name-dropping Mingus or Charlie Parker doesn't make you an intellectual.

The detective should be a man or woman of their times. At least Amos Walker KNOWS he's an anachronism.

Private eyes who drive classic automobiles or brightly-coloured sports cars. C'mon, forget Magnum, P.I. What sort of idiot tails someone in a car that draws attention to itself? Can't you just see it? "Hey, Mugsy, isn't that the same 1955 cherry-apple red T-Bird convertible in immaculate condition, with the mag wheels and the white pinstriping that was behind us yesterday?" "No, Bugsy, it must be another one."

What's interesting is that I have ready a few contemporary short stories in the larger paying mystery magazine and they contain many of these cliches. Please add any cliches that may have been missed.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Lust, Love & Loss

The seasons cycle. As spring follows winter and fall follows summer. Why must lust and love be followed by painful loss? There is no greater desire than lust, no greater feeling than mutual love, and equally no greater pain than the loss of love.

Love dwindles; relationships die.

These emotional afflictions have driven the human existence to the heights of great accomplishment and the depths of deep dispair.

Most good writers are tragically flawed in one or many areas of thier lives. All the writers that I admire either killed themselves literally, or through alcohol, drugs, and addiction suffered a slow death. Writers must be sadomasichistic and manic-depressive to subject themselves to the tremendous rejection writing for publication brings.

So, why do all good artists; writers, painters, musicians, etc., expose their private selves; publicly subjecting thereselves to critique and ridicule? Because they're artists. Driven to do what they do. It's thier passion. Pain and pleasure, torment and extacy, are expressed through thier art. Most do art for themselves. If the public enjoys it, then that is a bonus. But the ultimate for the artist is self-expression and self satisfaction.

I don't know if I will ever rise to level of an artist, but I have the requisite tragic flaws. I've experienced the losses and the pain, and continue to do so.

As spring follows winter and fall follows summer, hopefully, so too will love follow loss.

Critique, Root Canal, and a Proctology Exam

What do they have in common? All Necessary. All suck and are painful, er . . . well some folks may like the Proctology exam.

I belong to a mystery writer's critique group that meets every few weeks and we critique each other's work. Last night they were pretty rough on me. I thought I had written a good compelling mystery short story (email me if you're interested I'll send it to you for your input) for publication in a national mystery magazine.

The group had many comments about my lead character in the story and some paragraphs that didn't propell the story forward. I was a little hurt and argumentative. This was my baby.

So I had to apologize. I'm sorry. I'm a lawyer. That's what I do. Argue. Passionately . . . and loudly. I have a few things going on that has made me a little more on edge and emotional than normal, so I left the meeting feeling a little depressed and beat up.

Yes, the goup is a rough crowd, but I am serious and passionate about writing and getting published. I have made writing my life. So though I found some of the critique very painful, it is extremely valuable. The group brought up many valid points that will only make my writing better. I hope I do the same for the group. Taking the critique is about as fun as root canal or, for some, a proctology exam.

If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.

Hemmingway said it and the group confirmed, "Kill your darlings." That is very hard to do. Many of the suggestions from last night were paragraghs or thoughts that I liked when I wrote them. Though they may have been important to me for character development purposes, they did not belong in the story. They slowed down the pace and did not add to the plot. Also, though some of the things described the protagonist physically, I had not develped or portrayed him psychologically or show his true character -Which is a must. If I can do all these hopefully I"ll have a good story for publication.

Critiques keep a writer from writing in a vacuum. They are necessary and if the group dynamic is right benefitial to all members. So kill your darlings........

Blogs from the Asylum Added

In the right hand column, I've added a link section for non-mystery genre rantings from a group of my friend's blogs. Some may find these entertaining and informative, others may find them disturbing, and some may find them outrageous.

So if you are so inclined, please check them out.

WARNING & DISCLAIMER: Any opinions expressed at the above mentioned blogs may or not have any relationship with reality.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Mystery Magazines Added

In the right hand column of the blog, I added a section for Mystery Magazines. These are paying mystery magazines. There doesn't appear to be that many of them.

Please let me know if anyone knows of more. I would like to make this as complete a list as possible.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Bend Over, The US Postal Service Will Drive or I'm Ready to Go Postal

The United States Postal Service, with over $69B in revenue in 2004, has approved an across the board postage increase as of January 8, 2006.

So all writers that are submitting mss for publication or representation should remember to include the appropriate amount on thier SASEs. Everyone else should remember to pony up and start buying 2 cent stamps for general letters.

A selected chart of the postage increases is available at: Governors Approve Change in Postal Rates.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Sex, Bad Sex, and More Bad Sex

Since I'm not getting any, I may as well write about it. For most guys, any sex is good sex. But to write a sex scene is difficult, sometimes embaracing, and even the best writers struggle to get it right.

The literary world actually has a Worst Sex Scene Award. Author(s) P.J. Parrish have hilarious blog posts about sex , bad sex , and the written word. Check out an exerpt:

"Did you know there are actual awards for bad sex scenes? For nine years now, the Literary Review has been handing out its Bad Sex award to 'draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it.' "

My favorite is the 2004 winner,Tom Wolfe's throbbing passage from I am Charlotte Simmons:

"Hoyt began moving his lips as if he were trying to suck the ice cream off the top of a cone without using his teeth ... Slither slither slither slither went the tongue, but the hand that was what she tried to concentrate on, the hand, since it has the entire terrain of her torso to explore and not just the otorhinolaryngological caverns ... "

What the? Otorhinolaryngological. That sent me to Webster's Dictionary which said, "a medical specialty concerned especially with the ear, nose, and throat."

Oh my. . . slither, slither, were in hell did the tongue go. I think that only leaves a couple orifices . . . none of which a woman would want described as cavernous - I think. Tom sure is a cunning linguist.

I'm not sure about the heat of a sex scene that sends one to a dictionary. I think a good sex scene should advance the story line, reveal something about the characters in the scene, and produce some type of viseral response from the reader - the response the writer was trying to elicit; laughter, tears, excitement, revulsion........and I think good sex should be, well, good. I wish I could find some and not just read or write about it...

Pulp Fiction?

What happened to Pulp Fiction? Not the movie. The outlet. The magazines.

As I prepare a couple of short mystery stories for submission and look for markets, I am amazed. There just aren't that many paying crime fiction magazines.

After WWII, there were somewhere close to 100 pulps. The Black Mask, Dime Detective, and on and on. The magazines that Chandler, Hammett, McDonald, and a gaggle of good crime writers cut thier teeth on.

They were killed off by TV, the short attention span of a technology driven and upwardly mobile society, and media consolidations. Slash and burn economics. Profit. Profit. Profit. The same thing that has put midlist writers on the street.

What happened to magazines and publishing houses that nurtured and supported authors as they developed thier craft? Progress.

Sorry, I'm waxing nostalgic. Maybe there are online Pulp magazines that pay and small publishing houses that an author can grow and develope with . . .

Thursday, December 15, 2005

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The List - A Flash Short Story

As I wiped sweat from my brow, I threw the shovel into the back of my old pick-up. I pulled out my to-do list out of my shirt pocket and with a finger scanned it:

Pick up 6 pack
Drop off dog at the vet
Get plane ticket to Cancun
Put gas in truck
Dispose of wife's body

I took out a pen, drew a line through the last entry, got in the truck and headed for the airport.

**In less than 100 words no less.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

In My Underwear (or not)

So here I sit, in my tattered robe, slippers, and underwear mid-afternoon on a cold Wednesday in the midwest. A foot of snow on the ground. Grown men are suppose to be working, making a living . . . sweat of the brow and all that.

I feel like the character in that Steven King movie. The one about the writer, played by Johnny Depp.

Well, I've found that writing is as exhausting as physical labor, in some ways, more so. No, not the back pain, bone deep type of exhaustion but the mentally draining type that - suck the life out of you - exhaustion.

Some days I can't write a word. Don't want to. Others I can write 5000 words and want to write more...even if its 3 am. Some good, some bad. Throw away most of it or find stuff that I can't believe I wrote. The writer's life.

This is a strange profession. A whole lot of work with not much up side -but God I love it.

John D. McDonald once said he wrote about a million words before he truly understood what he was doing. I should be writing. I know it.

"The people whom God or nature intended to be writers find thier own answers, and those who have to ask are impossible to help. They are merely people who want to be writers." Raymond Chandler

Never, Never, Never Quit . . . Winston Churchill

I think I have a six pack of PBR in the frig . . . . . me

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Live From The Lazyboy

The goal for this blog is to track my progress in pursuit of publication. The pain, sorrows, hardships, successes and failures as I attempt to get published and make a living in the short story and novel mystery genre.

At 43 years old I gave up a well paying but unsatisfying job to pursue a writing career. So this should be a bumpy ride. I hope to inform and entertain other struggling writers and mystery lovers if at all possible.

I have a life long love of mysteries and thrillers in all their forms. So, stay tuned for murder, mayhem, sex, violence, struggles, triumph, and redemption..........

I am currently working on three short stories; one hardboiled detective, one hardboiled hitman, and one memoir-ish human interest article. Also, I have a thriller novel and a non-fiction small business book in the works.

I plan to use short stories for character development and to hone prose writing - and hopefully make a few bucks.

I will be working on this blog daily so please check back.