Hi, Jack, thanks for the note! I enjoy the forum. It's great to hear what other writers are thinking and get an idea of what's happening in the genre. Sounds like you've been "hacking" longer than I have, but I have kept my fondness for Dickens all through the years.
Hey you.... sounds like you have got the picture as to what a daunting task lies before me. I was married to a lie for 25 years: a closet homosexual (what a waste of my virginity), a pornography addict, narcissistic sociopath, thief, liar, child molester, professing Christian (missionary/preachers kid).... need I go on? I want redemption in the story I tell, as I have not received it in life. There must be love for me before the end of the story??? Please advise....
Jack... Thanks for the input. It would be nice to sit down with you and answer each question you posed, take notes and get your feedback as to how to form some kind of outline. I noticed that you live in Baltimore. The book I am working to finish at this point, largely takes place at Hopkins, where my son had 41 surgeries. I know the Inner Harbor AND the Inner City well. I grew up a lot in that city. Look for my book, ON THE EDGE OF GRACE, in the future.
I dig your hard-boiled style, Jack. I read "Blondes" from the URL you sent me. Nice touch with the Mauser, the pick fits the feel of the story. Some would've just said "gun." Being a casual firearms enthusiast, I can appreciate the detail.
Hey Jack, Just checking in to see if you were up to anything that you could talk about in public. Finally read Blondes. Great read. I think Michael Marx has shamed me into a submission to TD. It's been sitting in the drawer for a month now and I've been so busy I haven't formatted it and sent it off yet. Drop a line from time to time.
Thanks for the comment. I've always loved to read and thought it would be fun to write something but I could never come up with a starting point or a plot. My dad got about halfway through writing his first novel when he died and so far it's a really good book so I thought this would be a good way to get my feet wet ;)
Jack, I've enjoyed many pulp authors since I was a kid. I only wish that I could afford to collect more of the great detective pulps like BLACK MASK and DIME DETECTIVE, but with two kids in college, I have to limit what I purchase along those lines. Thankfully, one of my favorite pulps, ADVENTURE, is still reasonably priced. I can still pick them up for around twenty bucks, even issues from my favorite period of the magazine, the 1920s.