Friday, September 2, 2016

Shootout at the roadhouse

The boom that followed the sudden flash shook the shutters on the thick bullet-proof windows. That was followed quickly by two more shotgun blasts. Most of the vets and their ladies ducked down behind the tables, and two couples took cover behind the big brick fireplace in the railroad-tie reinforced front wall. The women were staring at the men, and the men were staring at the front door on the far end of the room, where Kelly was already off his bar stool and running, an automatic in each hand.

(from Egypt Burning)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Bad Times in Little Egypt

"I think you said a truck-load of strike breakers had just got shot up over between Carbondale and Marion."

"Oh yeah-- that's right. Ol' Lester figures he'll bring in some reinforcements and to Hell with everbody. Well, Colonel Hunter heads over to the Sheriff's office and finds out that he's gone over to where the fellas had ambushed the truck. And his deputies had no idea how to get hold of him. Then the Citizens' Committee gets word that all Hell's about to break lose."

(from Egypt Burning)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I still think the best cowboy song I know is "When the Bloom Is on the Sage." I even like the Tom Mix version. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Realism, romance, romantic-realism and realistic-romance

I like to read and write romantic-realism, not realistic-romance, and not just realism or romanticism. I think romantic-realism is what Mark Twain wrote.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

POV Freedom

Don't be trapped by the idea that everything in a scene must be only what the protagonist would see or hear, etc.. Omniscient point of view has been used by good writers since story telling began, and still is. If you and your readers think it works, do it. In moderation of course. Don't be cowed by the opinions of half-baked greenhorn post-grad editors. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


"Well,' said Clyde smiling, "according to Dutch and some of the others, some of those mission Indins weren't too happy. Kinda slave labor for the padres."
Cal frowned. "Ah, bullshit," he growled. "More of that ol' anti-Catholic crap they peddle. I've talked to lots of old-timers about that, including some old ex-mission Indins, like Gabriel down there at the house. They say the Padres only took in Indin families who wanted to sign up. Indins who thought it might beat scratchin' a livin' out there in the toolies. Good food and shelter for their families, and the chance to learn a White man's trade or craft."
Looking towards the mission, Clyde said, "They used to whip 'em for runnin' away, didn't they?"
"Hell yeah they did. Just like any American apprentice runnin' away back East. And lots of ways to punish them without gettin' physical."
"True enough," agreed Clyde as they turned onto the road and headed back towards town.
"The wild ones still stayed wild," Cal added. "Huntin', fishin', fightin' and stealin', like always. Especially the young single braves. Takin' their chances with other tribes, outlaws, bandidos, drunken miners and soldiers. Not willin' or able to see that the old days were gone for good."

(from BAD MEN AND ANGELS) On Kindle now.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Micks, Krauts, and Bootleg Gin

"The little Irish vet who played the spoons yells, "He's probably one of Kaiser Bill's Krauts," which makes the women at the table start laughing, and sends the tough-guy right over the top. He hits the big Mick in the chest with a surprise short jab then draws back his right arm for the finishing blow. But this vet is as big as he is, and faster. He skips the fancy stuff and nails the tough guy with a pile-driver right between the eyes. The bouncer staggers back, and the two others rush in to help him. Now women are screaming all over the place, fists are flying; and I figure it's time to take the girls home."   (from EGYPT BURNING)