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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

REALITY PROGRAMMING

Maybe 20 years ago, early 90s or a little sooner, there was a media writers’ strike. What with all the money coming into network and cable channels, there were big paychecks for the “talent” (the actors) the directors, producers and network execs. But the writers’ heavy lifting was taken for... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 26, 2018

SAFETY MASKS

Sometimes we don’t have much confidence in ourselves. We doubt that others will really like or respect us “just as I am” so we put on a persona, a kind of mask to present to ‘them.’ We do our best to be the kind of person we think they’d want to be around. We may not at first realize that others... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

EXTREME HOARDING

I’ve watched the “reality” shows on hoarders, stunned by the useless crap some people with that tendency seem to think is mandatory for their peace of mind. Often a hoarder will have an extreme need for fuzzy pets, even keeping deceased ones in shoe boxes or wrapped in blankets. It seems a fondness... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

"NOTHING PERSONAL"

People have said that to me at times when they’ve made some gross generalization or assumption about something they suddenly realize could apply to me: “nothing personal.” It’s a mea culpa for some judgmental or thoughtless remark. Today, though, it means I'm not blogging anything personal to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 23, 2018

EDITING 922 HOLYOAKE

Thank you for all your comments on this series of posts on my true crime- based novel about George Yates, who killed his wife Isabel on election day, April 11, 1911. George was convicted of Isabel’s murder in a trial that featured rock star lawyers and a jam-packed courtroom. The accounts in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

922 Holoyake Road - Part 6

“What now?” he asked himself aloud. He sat heavily at the table. He sensed Isabel’s presence right behind him. Sure enough, she whispered a suggestion. “There are still bullets in the gun, George. You might be happier in the hereafter.” He lifted his shoulder, turned his head the way someone does... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

922 Holyoake Road - Part 5

George! Already? She hurried down the hall, stopped just outside the kitchen. He was lurching toward the counter, dumped a loaf of bread onto it. He took the butcher knife out of the block and began hacking away at the loaf before turning to go out to the ice box. He brought in a plate containing... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

922 Holyoake Road - Part 4

CHAPTER 3 - ISABEL’S VIEW Isabel was at the kitchen stove, reading the letter in her left hand, holding the lift handle in her right. She paused, lifted the lid aside to expose the flames. Her expression reflected in the flickering light was pensive, her eyes welled with unshed tears. She didn’t... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 19, 2018

922 Holyoake Road - Part 3

You may remember we left off at a point when George was thinking back on the events that led up to their final confrontation. George had been in no hurry to keep his promise to Isabel. The farm was his home, the place he loved best in the world. If she really cared about him, she would have made... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

922 Holyoake Road - about the times

PROLOGUE: 922 Holyoake Road is a “non-fiction-novel” extrapolated from newspaper accounts of a shocking murder that happened on election day, April 4, 1911. Most Twenty-First Century readers have only the vaguest notion about that time in our nation’s history. It was a whole different ballgame.... Sign in to see full entry.

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