Everybody’s Talking

Okay, here are some examples (good ones) of dialogue from some of my favorite writers. First up, Elmore “Dutch” Leonard from his novel, “Unknown Man #89.”   “What do you call what you do?”   Mr. Perez was coming back with his whiskey over ice, taking his time.   “My title? Well, my card says…
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An Audience of One

My friend and business partner, D.J. Allen, likes to go into an introductory meeting with a prospective client and launch a little humorous scud, just to get the lay of the land. If the client laughs, D.J. knows who he’s dealing with. If the client just stares at him, well, that tells him something, too.…
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Chapter 2

So, CityLife just posted Chapter 2 of the Las Vegas Writes collaborative novel to their website. This one is by Nevada Hall of Fame writer John Irsfeld and picks up where Lee Barnes’ chapter left off. Go to http://www.lasvegascitylife.com/promotions/las-vegas- writes.php to check it out.   Enjoy.   PS I’m in the on-deck circle.
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Radio Luck

This morning, on the way to work, I had a phenomenal run of radio luck. If you’re not familiar with the term, it was introduced by author Nicholson Baker in his 1992 novel, “Vox.” He explains it better than I can: “It seems to me that you really need the feeling of radio luck in…
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Flash!

There’s a category of short, short stories known as “flash fiction.” Depending on who you talk to, it’s a story that’s less than 100 (or even 75) words. Despite that, the writer still needs a plot and a point, which makes it especially challenging. As we say in the biz, “it’s harder to write short…
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Chapter 1

Here’s the link to Chapter 1 of the new collaborative serial novel I mentioned in my last post. This one is by the outstanding Las Vegas writer H. Lee Barnes. Looks like Las Vegas CityLife will be releasing one chapter every couple of weeks, all the way up to the Vegas Valley Book Festival in…
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Serial Novelists

I just finished Chapter 3 of a new collaborative serial novel that will kick off the “Las Vegas Writes” event at the Vegas Valley Book Festival in early November. It’s the type of project in which each author contributes a chapter and passes it on to the next, who then picks up the story line…
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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Years ago, I taught a marketing class at our local community college. Students ranged from kids right out of high school to empty nesters re-entering the job force or looking to change careers. I based the lion’s share of the grade on a term project in which each student came up with a unique idea…
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Welcome

Welcome to my newly-designed website and my first official blog post. As a writer, I’m a little behind the blogging curve (I’m a pretty old guy, after all) but I’m looking forward to sharing my views on a variety of topics. For now, I just want to say that I’m happy I started my little…
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