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Thanks, Elisabeth -- my TBR list has been updated accordingly!
Toggle Commented May 2, 2016 on Western Disunion at Steve's Web Place
Thanks for the recommendations, Tom! I was familiar with the book The Ox-Bow Incident (though I haven't read it yet) but I didn't know The Cowboys was based on a novel. I'll have to check 'em both out. You're right: great movies! I'll definitely check out Bower one of these days, Elisabeth. What would you recommend for a cheapskate like me who's likely to go hunting for Project Guttenberg-style freebies?
Toggle Commented May 1, 2016 on Western Disunion at Steve's Web Place
Wow -- you do get props for an obscure pick, Elisabeth! I'm afraid I'd never heard of B.M. Bower. I'll have to add Tiger Eye to my TBR list. What is it you like about it? I *almost* put Forty Lashes Less One and Valdez Is Coming on my honorable mentions list. I've read five or six Leonard Westerns, and those are by far my faves. I've read a few of his Western short stories, too, and they were all very good -- especially "The Tonto Woman." That one really packs a punch.
Toggle Commented May 1, 2016 on Western Disunion at Steve's Web Place
I read Shane for school, too! I remember liking it, but that was, like, 1981. I'm betting I'd still like it if I revisited it because (A) the movie's a classic and (B) I really dug Monte Walsh, which is by the same author. I haven't tried The Virginian yet, but I'm going to get around to it sooner or later. I'm a little worried that Owen Wister's prose won't hold up. I tried reading Zane Grey once, and...oof.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2016 on Western Disunion at Steve's Web Place
Thanks for the kind words, Daisy! But I won't consider myself truly versatile until I've conquered the worlds of film, television, music, gaming and synchronized swimming. So much more work for me to do! It's funny, Bryan -- I never was a Mad fan. I used to flip through it at the library, but I never bought an issue. Don't ask me why. In hindsight, it seems like it should have been right up my alley. Maybe after buying "Green Lantern" and "The Brave and the Bold" and a few pieces of bubble gum I didn't have enough money left over for it.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2016 on Man of Feels at Steve's Web Place
**Please keep putting YOUR name on more books online & in my bookstore!** I'm trying! My publishing pace is probably going to drop off a bit soon, but there's still plenty more in the pipeline.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2016 on Ballot Pox at Steve's Web Place
Glad you dug the books, GGR! Trivia: There was almost a fourth book in the series, but the plug got pulled right before I started writing. In hindsight, I'm glad the project got canned. The trilogy feels just right as is. I left the N&T books off my list because (A) I wanted to stick with books for adults and (B) I figured pimping 14 books was enough!
Thanks for loaning out your name for Cadaver in Chief! "Adam McFarlane" does have a nice ring to it. I'll have to use it again one of these days. Which would your rather be -- a murderer or the victim?
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2016 on Ballot Pox at Steve's Web Place
I have some good (I think) ideas for Cadaver in Chief 2 (and I dig your title!), but I'm so busy with other projects I don't know if I'll ever get around to doing anything with them. If more readers vote for it with their wallets, though, I'll find a way to make it happen! Good question about my PPZ books. They haven't been optioned. Which kinda surprises me -- I would've thought the studio would want to lock that all up just in case. On the other hand, even if the PPZ movie is a hit and the studio decides to do a sequel, they're not obligated to use my books as the source. I've heard that the movie goes off in a new direction at the end, so maybe they'd keep going that way and leave the books behind. Time will tell....
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2016 on Ballot Pox at Steve's Web Place
Thanks for the spoiler-free review, JT! I haven't seen the movie yet, and by some miracle I still don't know who dies/turns to the dark side/makes a surprise return. (Hello, Jar Jar!) Actually, it hasn't been a miracle. I've stopped visiting sites like io9 while training my eyes to skip over all headlines with the words "Star" or "Wars" in them. It's *mostly* worked. (I accidentally saw a headline about [REDACTED]'s surprise cameo. So that won't be a surprise for me.) Tomorrow I'll be traveling all day, the day after that is Christmas and the day after that I'm finally seeing the movie, so I think the odds are good that I'll actually see the movie unspoiled. Wish me luck!
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2015 on Star Words at Steve's Web Place
By all means, keep an eye on me for encroaching academese, Parspeak. If you catch me using the term "pedagogical," give it to me with both barrels! You'll forgive me if I say "nerts" to the cowboys-didn't-wear-broad-brimmed-hats thing, Bryan. As for those Stetson-wearing Amlingmeyer boys, I'll have an update on them in six or seven months. I have another tarot mystery I have to write, a graphic novel I have to write, and then.... [Cue "The William Tell Overture."]
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2015 on A Fistful of Details at Steve's Web Place
Although I work for a university now, I'm on the communications/p.r. side, not the academic or administrative side. I'm certainly familiar with academese and bureaucratese, though. Both are pretty much the opposite of my normal style, but if you see any of it creeping into my writing, please warn me!
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2015 on A Fistful of Details at Steve's Web Place
In toto, I'm waaaaaaaaaay less productive, of course. I produce a fraction of the words I used to in a given week. But I suppose I do more with the limited time that I have. I procrastinate less now because an hour of uninterrupted writing time is a precious thing. It'll be interesting to see what impact that has on my style and choice of projects down the road. Stay tuned: I have a feeling that'll be the subject of a blog post in about seven months....
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2015 on A Fistful of Details at Steve's Web Place
I read "Doc" last year, Tom, and I agree that it's a great novel. I've read a wee bit about Doc Holliday and the Earps myself, and I really appreciated Russell's nuanced approach. I do think she went a little easy on the guys -- I suspect they were a tad scummier than she presents, especially Wyatt -- but she's a great writer who, as you say, creates a vivid picture of the time. My local library doesn't have "Epitath," so I guess I'll have to break down and actually buy it (or wait a couple months and ask Santa for it). I love research, too, Bridget/Occupy! Love it so much, in fact, I've been doing it for a book I probably won't have time to start writing until next summer. Just goes to show how much I'm chomping at the bit to get back to the Amlingmeyers!
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2015 on A Fistful of Details at Steve's Web Place
Thanks for the question and the follow-up, Kymberlie! I'm also one of those people who occasionally ponder the big mysteries of life but don't really believe in absolute answers. Although I suppose they might be out there. I can't be absolutely sure!
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2015 on Infrequently Asked Questions at Steve's Web Place
Thanks, guys! I didn't end up winning an Edgar, but I got a great consolation prize: lots and lots of good vibes from friends and colleagues. I can't put that on my mantelpiece, but it's something I'll treasure all the same. (I'm not a hippie kind of guy, so it's a little odd that I like the phrase "good vibes" so much. What can I say? I think it captures something real in a nice, pithy way. Don't expect me to start wearing bell bottoms or saying things are "groovy," though.)
Toggle Commented May 2, 2015 on New York State of Mind at Steve's Web Place
The people have spoken! I will definitely be writing another Holmes on the Range mystery. Eventually. When I can. It might take a while. Sorry. No one said democracy was perfect.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2015 on Hock the Vote at Steve's Web Place
Thanks, Toni! I hear the Nick and Nora Mysteries are off to a rip-roaring start, too! And thanks for saying ixnay on the anfay ictionfay, Greg. I don't think I or the world (or, more specifically, the people who own the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies copyright) are ready for that particular combo!
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2015 on Hock the Vote at Steve's Web Place
And I lose again! Whatever. At least Graham Moore didn't. (Woo-hoo redux!)
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2015 on Up the Academy at Steve's Web Place
Thanks for asking, Pamela! Unfortunately, I can't give you a definitive answer yet. My plan is to start writing the sixth Holmes on the Range novel as soon as I've wrapped up all my contractual commitments. At the moment, though, it's unclear whether that means I'll have to write two books, three books or as many as five other books before I can get back to Big Red and Old Red. (Two big, multi-book projects are up in the air at the moment.) A bright side to the logjam: most of the books are for kids and would be fairly short. So I'm guessing I'll be at work on HOTR #6 sometime between six months and a year from now. Stay tuned!
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2015 on New Year's Revolutions at Steve's Web Place
Hey, Lee! Great to hear from you! It's been a while, hasn't it? You're one of the reasons I should've gone to that danged Bouchercon last fall. I had some good reasons to stop going to cons, but unfortunately it meant I fell out of touch with some really cool people. It's nice knowing that by hanging in there the way I have I've provided some inspiration. I know things got quiet for me for a couple years there, but believe me: I never stopped plugging away. It just took a while to pay off. Not that there's anything wrong with taking a break! I'm glad you've recharged your batteries and will be jumping back into the fray. Let me know how it goes!
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on New Year's Revolutions at Steve's Web Place
Hey, Jonathan! Long time no read! I've been wondering what you're up to. Looks like you went and started a blog without asking my permission. Cool! Although my post might have seemed a little downbeat, I'm not feeling that way. I'm truly excited about what's ahead. There's a longer blog post coming one day that will lay out the whys of it. Unsurprisingly, it all comes back to money. Specifically (but still vaguely) the fact that, though I'm not filthy rich, I have more than I used to. And that means freedom -- the kind that'll finally let me grab whichever damn iron out of the fire I feel like!
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2015 on New Year's Revolutions at Steve's Web Place
The boys will definitely be back one day! And "one day" is finally starting to look like it's coming closer. If all goes according to plan, I might have something to announce by the end of the year....
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2014 on Whirled Series at Steve's Web Place
I hear you, D. I think the Nick and Tesla books are pretty fun, but they're definitely aimed at the middle-school set. I've been meaning to bring Big Red and Old Red back for a while now, but the timing was never right. It looks like two major roadblocks will finally be behind me soon, though. Stay tuned!
Toggle Commented May 18, 2014 on 10 Is a Magic Number at Steve's Web Place
That's it exactly, Sue -- I do O.K. at signings and such, but I'm not exciting enough to rate network air-time. I had a chance to get on Craig Ferguson's show years ago, but I didn't make it past a screening call from an assistant booker. He told me "Don't try to be funny," which really threw me. I mean, I get it -- Ferguson's the funnyman -- but it left me not knowing how to *be*. Hi ho. At least now I'm part of a team that's half telegenic!
Toggle Commented May 8, 2014 on 10 Is a Magic Number at Steve's Web Place