Thursday, August 23, 2018

Having a Horse in Your Story

I slipped a fresh clip into my revolver and slipped off the safety... and every firearm aficionado reading this story rolled his eyes and stopped reading, then gave the whole sorry business a one star rating on Amazon and explained why - the author is willfully ignorant.  The same thing happens when horseman reads about horses.

Lucky for writers everywhere, Blake Smith, an irregular member of the Mad Genius Club, has written a three part article on horses specifically for authors.  I read all three parts, and it's an informative, easy read.  I'll give it four stars out of five.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Book Review: Instinct by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Instinct (previously published as Murder Games) by James Patterson (Author), Howard Roughan (Author)

File Size: 1922 KB
Print Length: 369 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316273961
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 26, 2017)
Publication Date: June 26, 2017
Sold by: Hachette Book Group
Language: English
ASIN: B01M0CDHMG

My Rating: * (out of 5)


I'd cheerfully give it one-half star, but I can't find a decent icon.


The writing is very poor.  In the first part of the book, the authors, editors, and proofreaders, all offer conclusive proof that none of them know anything about guns, hunting, or hunters.  In the second part we're given equally solid evidence about their knowledge of motorcycles and the people who ride them.  In the conclusion, the protagonist wins and doesn't deserve his victory, the villain is dispatched via suicide so as to safely shift any possible blame, and the final showdown is just bad writing, no more, no less.

This is the last book by Patterson I'll ever waste my money on.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Things I Miss

If you want to go out for a quiet drink at any neighborhood bar that isn't full of frat rats and similar objectionable people, you'll likely find a bar populated entirely by old men and the occasional old lady.  None of these people will bother you, thus allowing you to relax a little.  But with old people it's inevitable that someone will bring up the good old days and how things were so much better back then - when girls were girls and men were men.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Sites I Frequent

I promised someone I'd point him to an interesting site, then promptly forgot just who I'd made that promise to and what the name of the site was.  As a compromise, here is a list of sites that I generally read or use, in no particular order.

Notable Quotes: Gertrude Stein

Warning: Not Safe For Work.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Eastside Writing Group

I finished a short story and uploaded it to the site on the Eastside Writing Group for the meeting tomorrow.  I know that my story is too long by half, but I can't seem to shorten it.  Every single time I begin to write, something happens and the story gets longer.

So, off we go.  I have to review several stories for tomorrow, I have soup on the stove that needs to cook another hour or so, and I'm thinking about wings.  I love wings.

Maybe I'll just settle for a dry martini and a cool place to sit and read.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

New eBook Site

Here's a new eBook site that worth looking at.  Robert Denton, the owner of the site, emailed me and after the usual pleasantries got right to the point.

I need a shameless commercial plug for my site.

Happy to oblige, Robert.  The name of the site is Daily Kindle Deals, and it looks good enough to browse around a little.  I think Robert is just getting started, and I wish him luck.

Here's the expected link:  Daily Kindle Deals.  Should you be inclined to do so, you can reach Robert via email: Email Robert Denton.  Thanks for stopping by, Rob.  Best of luck to you.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Time Waster


Here's a little time waster for those of us who read, or write, or do both with equal enthusiasm.  Unequal enthusiasm will work equally well, but doesn't look as good in print.  All answers are presumed to be factual and true to the best knowledge of the author.

Credit to The Guardian for the questions.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Artwork by Alma Roper

My mother's maiden name is Cameron, as in the Cameron Gas & Oil business in Toledo, Ohio.  The four sisters grew up in the Great Depression (1929 - 1939) without much by way of money, as the gasoline company was forced out of business by Standard Oil.

All four sisters are talented, each in her own way.  My aunt Alma painted watercolors, a stack of which I found when I was packing up the old homestead.  Here are a few from those paintings I still have, and which were scanned in with my new printer / scanner.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Things That Go Bump in the Night


LB Johnson wrote a humorous missive about scary movies and what not to do should you find yourself in a classic horror film situation.  For instance, should your car stall out on a two lane blacktop in the middle of rural American, the first thing you should do is split up.  Have the girl stay with the car while the guy goes out to find some fuel.

Maybe I read that wrong.  Well, you can read all about it here, in Saturday Smiles - Scary Movie Time by LB Johnson.  It's an easy read, and entertaining.

This put me in mind of a true story, something that happened to me when I was around 6 or 7 years old.