Top 9 Tuesday

My Favorite Mondegreens Reading time – 2 minutes        Everybody know what mondegreens are? Good, let’s proceed. Also, this would be a great character trait for one of the folks in your next story. Leads to wonderful dialogue, both in real life and fiction. As if anyone around here cares about real life! To make this […]

Top 9 Tuesday: Going Topless

Reading time: 4 minutes — New blog thing. The Tuesday Top 9, because 10 is too many. Also, Letterman already claimed the Top 10. Today’s topic: Going Topless: Lessons Learned From Driving a Convertible. Oh sorry, was that headline misleading? You were expecting something more titillating? Sorry, totes didn’t mean that. 9. Strap down important […]

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

Welcome a new player to the world of Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne  Reading time: < 2 minutes – Something seems to draw me to Baltimore even when I don’t try. I can’t get enough of Laura Lippmann. And I’ll never be able to consume too much George Pelacanos. Both of those authors stay close […]

Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child

Jack Reacher dishes out a big helping of revenge. Reading time: 2 minutes – Since I’m teaching my son to drive, I thought this title sounded like a perfect read. This is my fifth Reacher novel, and I love that you don’t have to read them in order (11th in the series, published in 2007). […]

Stranger Things Have Happened

Reading time: 4 minutes Under the category of Stranger Things Have Happened – I mean that literally in this case because, look above – someone (okay, John Frain) just won a writing contest. OFF THE MENU Theme: Transformation. 800 words max. Bribing the judges with alcohol, while not condoned, was never expressly prohibited in the rules. […]

More Driving Lessons & Life Lessons

Your Gamblin’ Days are Over Reading time: 2 minutes – Sorry I’ve been absent, life got in the way. Which is better than death getting in the way, now that I think about it, so I’m not sorry. Gabe and I are back on the road again. Today’s road lesson: Thou shalt not gamble. He wants […]

Driving Lessons: Surviving (Barely) Day 3

Gabe Plays Chicken – and Survives — Reading time: 3 minutes:  It’s called the hippocampus, the part of your brain responsible for memory, particularly the transference of short-term to long-term memory. Mine is defective enough that I have selective recall. I only remember good things. So in a couple days, when Gabe says to me, […]

Writer’s Workshop of Chicago – A Review

— Reading time: 7 minutes      Longer than usual, but I wanted to give a thorough review in case you’re debating on attending one of these workshops. Last weekend, I boarded the train to attend the Writer’s Workshop of Chicago. Actually, I waited three hours and thirty minutes at the Amtrak station and then boarded the train. […]