That’s my Mom and Dad in happier times. I keep thinking if him and my dog Adam, and the last line of an old movie starring Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason: “Well, he’s got a good dog up there.”
Yes, it has been a while. Family illness, sorry about the radio silence.
I had a chance to do a bunch of writing this past weekend. Plotted a number of pages at the Detroit Fanfare, which was pretty fun. Great to meet and talk with comics fans. Here’s the next page I’m working on:
It’s just getting started, but Bouchercon is underway. Panels I’m interested in feature authors like Val McDermid, Gary Phillips, Tom Schreck, Peter Spiegelman and, well, a host of others. The Jordans, of Crimespree Magazine fame, have put together a terrific program and you can’t two steps without seeing a author you’d love to spend some time with. And you can, everyone’s accessible and friendly. If you’ve never been to a con like this, it’s a great way to recharge your creative energy. And this goes Read More +
It’s for a mystery convention called Bouchercon – four days away from work and family. I don’t miss work… On the train down, I started writing a completely different story – a prose novel. Things are getting interesting.
So since my knees aren’t what they used to be, and since I have a few gray hairs, I promised myself a while ago that if I got my black belt I would seek to learn how to use the cane as a weapon. That’s something available to learn in Hapkido, taking a street-legal item like a cane and using it for self-defense. Thursday night I brought my cane to class and Master Michael showed me a couple of techniques afterward. The first is deceptively Read More +
The thing I’ll always remember about that day ten years ago isn’t what I guess most people will recall. Certainly there’s the shock of the attack and loss of life, and I say that with no intention of minimizing what other people went through. But during the moments when the attacks were occurring, I was walking one of my daughters to kindergarten. It was a special time when one twin got a parent to themselves, and it continued that entire year. And to this day Read More +
I haven’t done this in more than 20 years, but I started a modest pull list at the comics shop I occasionally go to. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a pull list is a list of comics you’d like the store to set aside for you to purchase when you come in. I was intrigued by DC comics decision to restart all the series at number 1, so I requested Detective Comics. I also heard that Gene Yang will be scripting “Avatar,” Read More +
There are two things that really raise my blood pressure – to the point that my head might explode: driving in traffic and computer problems. Saturday, my family tried to combine the two. I was driving home when I got a call from my one of my daughters. Apparently we were having printing problems so severe they needed to call. As calmly as I could, I said I couldn’t do anything for them while I was on the road, and hung up. Now, I hate Read More +