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Aug. 2nd, 2012


I finally finished 2500 word about an interesting day in my life. It is still rough so after editing, I will put it in my lj

Apr. 21st, 2011

Writer's Block: Available: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, with hot and cold running chills

Would you live in the perfect house or apartment rent-free if you found out a brutal murder had taken place there and it was rumored to be haunted? Why or why not?

Why not,if the price was right.   In 1979, I received a phone call from my car dealer, who was also a friend.  This dealership was an Ldsmobile dealer, and I was driving a one year old Olds "98".   The dealer asked me to come to his shop, as he wanted to show me a car.  I told him I was not interested, but he insisted.  When I went to the back of his shop, there sat a beautiful two tone grey 1979 Buick Riviera.  These Riviera's were a new style, and was the car of the year and I loved it.  The car had a little over a thousand miles on it.  I asked why the owner traded it, and was told that he did not like it

I then asked the price, and gasped when he told me.  It was a deal too good to be true.  I pressed him on the reasons and finally got the answer,  The owner was a wise guy, had just ulled up in front of his apartment building, when a man with a shotgun fired through the passenger window at him.  I do not know how many shots were fired, but the car's owner, wounded, got out and started to run.  The assassin then shot him on the street and he died.

The car was taken to my friend's dealership, where the front seat and carpet were replaced, and the leather on the driver's door was repaired.  I bought the car and drove it for 4 years, putting a hundred thousand miles on it.

So if I needed an apartment, and the price was very attractive, of course I would live in it.

Jul. 6th, 2010

more authors read

How can I ever forget Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, the best vampire writer of them all

Jul. 1st, 2010

more authors read

Of course,almost all Terry Brooks, Violet Malan, Steven Lawhead, David Farland, Roger Zelazny R. Scott Baker,in between mysteries by Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and  Andrew Vachss, while reading JV Jones, and many others.

Writer's Block: Twilight is nearing

How do you feel about the upcoming Twilight film? Are you a fan or a critical bystander?

There was a time in my life that I believe that I read almost every vampire book ever written, and was fascinated, but with the glut of vampire books and authors, the topic just turns me off

Jun. 28th, 2010

Why I am here at all

I have been a voracious reader all my life, and I am now almost 72.  I remember reading the Hardy Boys books, by Franklin W. Dixon by flashlight under my blanket at 8 years old till I had read all there were, desperate for the next episode.
I have spent the rest of my life on similar quests.  First with mystery writers and action books,, of course comics and super heroes were a constant.  Then I read the first book of Thomas Covenant, Stephan Donaldson's marvelous anti hero, and a new world opened to me. Then Brian Lumley's necroscope series.  Of course I kept up with these authors as new books came out, and expanded even further, till Robert Jordan took a lot of my time.  With these and most of my favorite authors, I had to wait eons to find out where they were going with theitr characters. 

At almost the same time, back in the 90's I discovered George RR Martin, followed closely by Robin Hobb, my favorite authors of this genre.

Between these wonderful writers, I had hundreds of hours of pleasure, and all theri books were devoured.

The historical fiction writers, especially those of the Napoleanic era, were all read till that well ran dry, so of course Naomi Novik is a favorite. But Patrick O'Brian, Alexander Kent, Dewey Lambdin and others piqued my own personal fantasies.  In another entry, I will try to list writers that I have read all or almost all their works. It is a pretty long list.

musing-or why I do not write or Post

While I am a gabby guy, with opinions on many topics, I basically do not like to put anything on paper.

My uncle Joe told me, "Never let your left hand know what your right hand is doing".

My thoughts were: If you don't write it down, they can't get you for it.

So I say inconsequential and inoffensive things when I do write a little.

In the meantime, I am bursting with things to say.  As I have gotten older, and evolved so much, I have much toshare, and at the same time, when I blunder I do it big time.

Thoughts going through my head..

Dec. 28th, 2009

Writer's Block: Bottoms up!

New Years is quiet these days, and have been for many years.  When I was a drinker, it was a wild holiday.

May. 18th, 2009

Writer's Block: Same Name

In celebration of R.E.A.D. in America Day, tell us about what you're reading. How is reading important to you? What would you recommend to others?

We had a family not a half mile from our house, with two sons with the names of Robert and Charles, with Bob the older on both families.  We went to the same school, and the other boys were each a year ahead of my brother and myself.  It was often confusing.

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