A Writer’s Life

Renninger's Antique Market, Adamstown, PAI recently revisited Renningers Antique Market in Adamstown for the first time in 25 years in a search for classic pulp fiction, comic books, and a few more odds and ends. Nothing much has changed at this now ancient flea market venue. I recall this place from my youth, but it seems like it’s older than the American Civil War (or Methuselah).

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Brainstorming Ideas on the White Board for the Missy and Columbus Day Crime Fiction Story

6 May 2017 A Writer's Life

Having read Carl Hiasson’s latest novel Razor Girl, with a female protagonist, more an anti-hero, I decided to revisit a story idea I started more than a year and a half ago. The story of Missy Aldritch killing her husband on Columbus Day has no working title as of yet. And back in August of […]

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The Travels of Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely

5 April 2016 A Writer's Life

Here’s something of interest I picked up yesterday at the Ephrata Public Library’s annual Mystery Lovers Book Sale, a copy of Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely. (Photo,right) Chandler was a pioneer of in the 30’s and 40’s noir crime fiction with his Phillip Marlowe private detective character. None of that is all that extraordinary; it’s […]

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A Writer’s Life: Character and name development, brainstorming, for current and future fiction

29 October 2015 A Writer's Life

Today, I did some simple character development. This came from the thought, perish it possibly, that I might change the name of Romeo Jones, my signature crime fiction character. I took names scrawled in my small Moleskin notebook and applied them to my idea boards. I’m looking to what comes to mind, but also what “sounds” good. […]

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