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Inside the mind of Elmore Leonard’s researcher

I recently submitted a short story for possible inclusion in an upcoming anthology that will be dedicated to the writing and style of the late Elmore Leonard. Leonard (GET SHORTY, RUM PUNCH, OUT OF SIGHT)┬áhas long been my favorite author and in many ways the inspiration for my own style of writing. Especially in the […]

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Time Travel is “In”

In the Spring of 2013, I went to see Star Trek: Into Darkness. As is the case with motion picture marketing now, there were nine (9) previews before the movie started. I happen to like previews, so seeing that green screen come up telling you that your movie isn’t starting just quite yet isn’t a […]

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Google Street View and Novel Settings

I often mindlessly search Google Street View during conference calls – not the ones where I have to weigh into the conversation, but the ones where I just have to listen in to a presentation. while I hear the presentation. My staff knows this little hobby of mine and usually asks me where I’m going […]

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New Short Story – “Black 17”

Posted my short story “Black 17” today. Hope you’ll take a minute (it’s a really quick read!) to check it out. I like going back to this story because it was my first foray into time travel. My question at the time was, “What if you went back in time to fix something and only […]

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My “Idea Museum”

A couple weeks ago, I was in my basement looking for a book – my Philip K. Dick short story collection – because I wanted to read his piece, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” on which the movie Total Recall was based. We moved into our house about three years ago, so I […]

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NOT Surrounding Yourself with “Yes-Men”

I played high school football. At 165 pounds, I am certain I was the lightest right guard in Buffalo Public Schools football history, but I fared pretty well. My coach was a notorious tough guy – I don’t think I ever saw him smile. He used to give us half-a-cup of watered down Gatorade at […]

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