Dan L. Coleman
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ALMS FOR OBLIVION

From Youngblood Hawke, the '60s movie at least, starring James Franciscus, seems an appropriate word for the sea of offerings to the world by writers seeking recognition, much like a fish trying to…Continue

Started Jul 3, 2014

LOAN vs. LENT
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Don't know about you but I'm tired of seeing even so-called educated, accomplished people misusing the word "loaned" as "lent." After a while it seems to become acceptable, but I suspect because the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by I. J. Parker Dec 25, 2013.

FAT IN THE MIDDLE
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The middle of a story. In so many stories authors fluff and stuff it with extraneous wording, unimportant to the story, like belles lettres; whole chapters in some cases to add girth to the thing.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Seitz Nov 21, 2013.

BRAIN vs. BRAWN
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Suppose it's a matter of personal taste and experience, but since I haven't read all crime writers/stories--who really has?--what might be the opinion here of the brains versus brawn crime novel…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Martin Roy Hill Nov 28, 2013.

 

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Dan L. Coleman posted a blog post

Finally: FOUL SHOT, a Wray Larrick Mystery

Well, after a million years of considering it, I relented and had a murder mystery novel put up on Amazon in ebook format, but not before having to hire someone to do it because I don't know how. The paperback will have to come later. Typing is tough enough for me, and computers--past making a Word doc and doing email, and maybe a little surfing--are from outer space, while I'm from the Stone Age. So shoot me.Don't even know how to put up the cover here. And not worried about it. My daughter…See More
Oct 6, 2016
Dan L. Coleman replied to Daniel Hatadi's discussion Annual Call For Donations 2016
"Daniel, Every time I've tried to donate over the years the payment doesn't go through. Is it something between here in the States and Australia?"
Oct 6, 2016
Dan L. Coleman replied to Elsie's discussion Please help me find this book
"Sounds like you've already read it. In fact, you probably wrote it and want to steer people to it. Awful lot of information and details for someone who just overheard a conversation. Good try."
May 17, 2016
Dan L. Coleman replied to Andrew Graham's discussion Submissions to Literary agents
"Well, you could put an apostrophe in "wont" and make "Any body" one word, for starters. And two question marks aren't necessary after "tips," even if done for expression. I mean well here, but agents and editors…"
Dec 15, 2015
Dan L. Coleman replied to Matt Sanborn's discussion Looking for crime and mystery writers
"Claiming to know little about one of their two writers, except what P.O. box to send the checks to,  indicates the author is also the publisher. Lot of lofty self-promotional language here, guarding of information, or flat-out naivete, to be…"
Aug 24, 2015
Dan L. Coleman replied to Jed Power's discussion Dead Site?
"Real good, I.J. Thanks. Assume all is okay with you, too. I try to recommend your books to readers I meet--and maybe some stick-- but the ancient Japanese mystery theater is a narrow field with the folks I run into. Lol."
Jan 9, 2015
Dan L. Coleman replied to Jed Power's discussion Dead Site?
"I still drop in infrequently, hoping to see something interesting, am usually disappointed. So when I put up something to generate a little interest, it gets no response in a day or two, so I have to figure folks aren't as attracted to it as…"
Jan 8, 2015
Dan L. Coleman and Rick Taylor are now friends
Dec 30, 2014
Dan L. Coleman replied to Gavin Woods's discussion Writing Virgin
"Yes, just keep writing until you're finished."
Oct 31, 2014
Dan L. Coleman replied to Rick Taylor's discussion A little out there
"Welcome aboard, Rick. Things seem a little slow here now, but they do get busy on occasions."
Sep 7, 2014
Dan L. Coleman replied to minervaK's discussion success story
"Congratulations."
Aug 25, 2014
Dan L. Coleman commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post My Life in a 9 by 9 Foot Cell
"That ought to do it, long as they don't grow and eat one another."
Aug 24, 2014
Dan L. Coleman commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post My Life in a 9 by 9 Foot Cell
"Sounds like a nice little writing hole, Victoria, but now that the dog is gone, what's going to eat the diapers?"
Aug 22, 2014
Dan L. Coleman commented on Dana King's blog post Writing as a Career
"Right. If something is worth having or desirable, people are lining up to get it."
Aug 4, 2014
Dan L. Coleman posted a blog post

COUNTING ROWSONS

I discovered a way to get to sleep fast. Count the little Pauline Rowsons jumping over your headboard, until you fall out.See More
Jul 19, 2014
Dan L. Coleman replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"The story is the only important thing and must stand alone, but I wouldn't patronize, say, Hitler, if I knew he'd benefit from it. I'm always curious about the writers whose novels I read, and I would never dismiss an author…"
Jul 19, 2014

Profile Information

Hometown:
Newport News, Virginia, living in North Carolina
About Me:
I'm currently retired from sales and marketing work, but am back into business. Education in Political Science. I'm a veteran of the Marine Corps, before and during the Viet Nam era, which has a profound influence on most of what I write, whether mystery or literary. Am the founder of the short-lived International Crime Study Club of the early '80s, established for the purpose of investigating old and cold cases of murder and missing persons. And like my character, Wray Larrick, I just hate it when such a case goes unsolved in real life. Expect to live way past a hundred, unless somebody runs over me or shoots me first, which is a real possibility.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Website:
http://Cancelled one, building a new one.
Books And Authors I Like:
James Lee Burke, Sue Grafton, Jonathan Kellerman, Elmore Leonard, Anne Frank, Robert B. Parker, the Florida mystery novelists Randy Wayne White & Edna Buchanan/others, Pat Conroy, Wm. Styron, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, I.B. Singer, Harrison E. Salisbury, Ernest Hemingway, Ken Follett, Elie Weisel, James Michener, Nelson DeMille, et al.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
60 Minutes(news, documentaries & investigations), some crime & police series, including Shark, Kojak, Andy Griffith, Crime Story, Seinfeld, Tonight Show, the general run, but not overly so--seen'em all a million times, could write the damn things.

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At 8:21am on November 17, 2013, Tammy Hawkins said…

I've only read a couple of his books and it was a long time ago. He just isn't among my favorites

Dan L. Coleman's Blog

Finally: FOUL SHOT, a Wray Larrick Mystery

Well, after a million years of considering it, I relented and had a murder mystery novel put up on Amazon in ebook format, but not before having to hire someone to do it because I don't know how. The paperback will have to come later. Typing is tough enough for me, and computers--past making a Word doc and doing email, and maybe a little surfing--are from outer space, while I'm from the Stone Age. So shoot me.

Don't even know how to put up the cover here. And not worried about…

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Posted on October 6, 2016 at 1:04pm

COUNTING ROWSONS

I discovered a way to get to sleep fast. Count the little Pauline Rowsons jumping over your headboard, until you fall out.

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 8:40am

DUBIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

For authors who give away the most free copies of their works in a given year. And the award goes to...

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 10:38pm — 5 Comments

 
 
 

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