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America's next gun massacre is inevitable.

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America's next gun massacre is inevitable.

Chain Your Muse

I heard this gem last week, sound advice to anyone who bleeds ink: I keep my muse on a chain. And when I get 20 minutes I yank on the chain and say, 'C'mon, muse.' The man with the chain is Matthew Palmer, novelist and Foreign Service Officer, speaking at the American Foreign Service Association … Continue reading Chain Your Muse

Coming Out Ahead

I just bought a dozen Cadbury Creme Eggs at nine cents apiece. $0.09! Now, to Malta! "I don't buy eggs from Malta," he confessed... "I buy them in Sicily at one cent apiece and transfer them to Malta secretly at four and a half cents apiece in order to get the price of eggs up … Continue reading Coming Out Ahead

World Book Day

On Earth Day I pollute. On World Book Day I watch movies. If I list my favorites, it becomes clear that most actually started out as novels---even Cool Hand Luke (Donn Pearce, '65) and Midnight Cowboy (James Leo Herlihy, same year). Easy Rider ('69) is the exception.

Miles of Fun, Miles of Files

Paul Panepinto is bored at work. How could he not be? He’s a painter trapped by lapsed policies, cold chocolate in a Federal Funding mug, and long stints of muzak while on hold with Mortgage Depot. Also there are his smarmy daydreams of ‘better times’ with Suzanne Biedertyme to get him through the monotony. Panepinto … Continue reading Miles of Fun, Miles of Files

Guest Post–Michael J. Sahno

Today I turn over this space to author and book marketing consultant Michael J. Sahno. Congratulations to Michael on today's re-launch of the novel, Miles of Files. Check back in later for a review. Marketing for Indie Authors Before I started my own publishing and consulting firm, I spent about 15 years working full time as a … Continue reading Guest Post–Michael J. Sahno

Crook v Crook v Crooked Cop

Hardboiled noir fans: Bob Truluck delivers a lot more than promised in The Big Nothing. That’s no backhanded compliment. The promise includes a vicious series of showdowns, a coterie of sadists and pervs, and a few well-intentioned rubes caught up in a game bigger than the pile they’re after. The cast of criminals and dirty … Continue reading Crook v Crook v Crooked Cop

I’d Rather Be Writing (or maybe talking about it)

The American Foreign Service Association filmed a few short clips featuring my reflections on Two Pumps for the Body Man, the inspiration behind the novel, and my thoughts on the writing process. It isn't exactly Zack Galifianakis Between Two Ferns (more like Some Guy and Bamboo) but I hope viewers will enjoy it when it becomes available. … Continue reading I’d Rather Be Writing (or maybe talking about it)

Two Pumps for the Librarian

Six months back, guy walks into the library. Hands over his Foreign Service novel. "Here ya go." "What's this?" "It's a book. Go ahead. Put it on the shelf." "Not so fast, sonny. Two Pumps for the Body Man? Sounds dirty." "You don't want this novel for your patrons?" "We want four copies of that novel … Continue reading Two Pumps for the Librarian