Want a good read? Check out Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman write outstanding thrillers. He’s written fifteen such books, including Spilled Blood, which won the best hardback thriller of the year award by the International Thriller Writers. He excels in depicting complex yet relatable characters. He makes the reader care about the detectives who are his protagonists. Here’s the link to his homepage.  As a writer, […]

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Crime and (Somebody Else’s) Punishment, Pt. 1

Did you ever escape justice? Not for something terrible like murder or robbery. I’m talking about stupid stuff, like when you were a kid. Better yet–did someone else take the blame? Oh, I know how awful that sounds. But when you’re young, it can feel pretty good. God was on your side even when you […]

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Test Mania Punches Novels in the Nose

Maybe some of you remember a time in grade school when you and your classmates read a whole novel–Charlotte’s Web, Where the Red Fern Grows, The House on Mango Street, The Outsiders–the list goes on. You took your time, several weeks or longer. You had discussions, small group and large. You wrote journal entries about […]

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Recent Google Searches

If for some reason Homeland Security is monitoring my computer usage, I hope their agents understand I’m an author. Fellow writers, you know what I’m talking about. Here’s a partial list of my recent search items: women’s hairstyles, handbags, & wallets, how to avoid flinching when shooting a pistol, japanese surnames, Missing Persons Database California, newspapers […]

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A Bad Guy

A book’s got to have a villain, right?  Here’s a short piece featuring the villain of the book I’m writing now: Hijab.  It’s in the first-draft stage, nearing 30,000 words, so lots more writing and even more revising lie ahead. He drew back the three-wood and right away it felt awkward and so he abandoned the […]

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Dispelling Stereotypes

Researching as I write the first draft of my newest novel, Hijab, I am learning interesting contradictions between what is often portrayed versus how real life actually plays out. As those of us who write fiction understand, conflict sells.  Those who practice journalism also understand–that’s why salivating diatribes and waving placards featuring xenophobic anger earn […]

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Hijab–my next novel

What did I do during the December holidays?  How ’bout pages and pages of plot and character notes for a new novel, my third one?  I’m giving it the working title Hijab.  It features a young Syrian refugee who has an unusual side job: she’s a “honey trap” detective who specializes in catching cheating spouses–that […]

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You People

A draft of a poem… You People I’m sorry, but murderers hide among your people. We might welcome you But how can we know You’re not one of them? I’m sorry, but murderers hide in your midst. We might like your nation Though you mistrust us Scratch our souls, squeeze our spirits. Your people Or people […]

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Advice on Ties

Askew won’t do— Aligned, symmetrically split Straight down the chest. No yin-yang curvature— A two-column chart Solid where ribs meet. No tilts in the knot— A bold line Level across the throat. No deviations— An abstract pattern Pinned in place. No pictures, images, cartoons— People may get the wrong idea.

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Sonnet on Burning

While darkness chills we gaze at flame And though the burn pile heat counsels retreat We stand hypnotic–by fire we’re claimed. One side cold, the other hot, we meet Then drift above the field, dreams revealed Among cinders floating like fiery sleet. We roam, our fervor by night concealed, To arctic oceans, bringing warming potions […]

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