Timothy Hallinan's Blog – September 2007 Archive (4)

Death at the Chokegulch Saloon

I’ve been on tour, and today I drove from Tucson to Phoenix, across a hundred-mile stretch of Arizona. I passed a lot of towns I’d never heard of, and it got me thinking: We all know

about the Arizona towns with butch names — Tombstone, Deadwood,

Red Rock, even Yuma. But we don’t hear much about towns with names like

Florence and Queen Creek. With nothing to do except drive, I asked

myself why, and below is the reason I came up…

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Added by Timothy Hallinan on September 25, 2007 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

Bloomin' Sacrifice

In the wake of the recent Chinese ban on unlicensed reincarnation, Reuters reports another interesting religious development: On Tuesday, officials of Nepal’s state-run airline sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, because the airline was having trouble with one of its Boeing 757s.

Assuming for the moment that this approach is not suggested in the Boeing Users Manual, I think the airline officials…

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Added by Timothy Hallinan on September 7, 2007 at 11:31am — No Comments

The Wierdness of Being Published

Being published is an odd experience. First you spend a year all alone, hunched over a keyboard, talking to yourself and trying to coax a story and some people into being. Then your agent finds a publisher, and suddenly the emphasis is on the second book: What’s it going to be? How soon can you finish it? So the writer spends another year all

alone, hunched over a keyboard, and eventually turns in roughly…

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Added by Timothy Hallinan on September 7, 2007 at 10:57am — No Comments

Hot Water

I don’t know about other writers, but I get most of my really good ideas in the shower. There’s something about standing dead-center in a stream of hot water that dissolves blocks, brings characters to life, turns mental pictures into streams of words,

and generally makes me feel as though there’s literally nothing I can’t

write. Improve the opening of Dickens’ “Bleak House”? No problem.…

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Added by Timothy Hallinan on September 4, 2007 at 9:36am — No Comments

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