Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Working Title: Xander and You New Short Story Excerpt

Christina clinked her wine glass. “Best farewell party, ever.” Everyone clinked glasses. Smiles all around the table. “Leaving is not sweet sorrow, just sorrow. I leave Rome tomorrow to return to New York. Great party. Rome has restaurants like this one. Cecilia Matella will stay in my thoughts, especially this farewell, especially the fountain covered with roses in the parking lot.”

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Short Story First Paragraph

Rain clouds chased the mid-August sun. Pothole and Hiram stood in the barn loft, watching young men pass hay bales hand to hand toward the barn tackle and pulley, waiting to be lifted skyward to an almost full loft.   The Crayton family barn, ecumenical gray against the sky, lorded the landscape.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Starbucks Door Sign

During this past weekend, on Friday, my local Starbucks door contained an extra sign: "Behind every cup of coffee there's a story." During the past two months, my local Starbucks barista put a copy of my latest short story on the bulletin board. Several people took the short story down, read it, and put it back. Walking in to Starbucks on Friday, 25October2013, was a pleasant surprise, so thank you to the universe.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Short Story Link

Thanks to Triangle Writers Critique Group 2 for the critiques and feedback. Deep South magazine showcases Southern culture. Enjoy the short story and the web site.

Here's the link to Shell Partners: http://deepsouthmag.com/2013/08/shell-partners/.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

From the Cincinnati Review Online

Either write something worth doing or do something worth writing. The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say. Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Revision from Interview

After the five minute interview with my local police department staff, one minor change involved the protagonist taking garbage from a party and setting it out for local pick-up. Not a big change but one direct result from the interview.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Five Minute Interview: Local Police Department

Writing a mystery novel usually involves research. My visit to the local police department yielded useful information and good revisions. I’ll recount the interview below. You can judge when and how you need to contact your local law enforcement for revisions. My choice was to wait until the last possible moment after I had finished the writing. I’m glad I did. It meant I did the research, the creative work, the hard work of writing. My need was for 70K words, and contacting the local resource boosted my word count to reach the goal!

You may choose to consult resources first and avoid any major re-writing. However, as I said, I completed 99% of my mystery novel before going to a local resource.

The question came up from one of my mentors about collecting fingerprints: when is collecting illegal search and seizure?

Time: five minutes to closing time at the Cary Police Department. I located the last person in the office before closing time. The stand-up interview was perfect: informative and brief. We got down to the question: can I have my protagonist in my novel throw a party for the purpose of collecting fingerprints from the glassware? The answer is yes.

If you attend an event in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, and your wineglass or cigarette stub is thrown away, it’s no longer your private property. It’s public property. The police can collect it for DNA identification. Once garbage is set out at the curb for collection, it’s public property.

So I was correct all along. Many thanks to the Cary Police Department for the five minutes at closing time.