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A. N. Smith
I eat too much.
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10: Spy novels. Specifically, Daniel Silva's spy novels. I'm hooked. I've read all of them over the past three or four years (except for The Black Widow), and they have pushed me onward towards Chris Pavone, John LeCarre, and Mick Herron. I guess I'm hooked because they are the sort... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at docnoir
I'm at the point in my career where I now believe that if I write a good book, someone cool will publish it. And I'd like to work with several cool publishers. Lots of small presses on my radar. I'm no longer mad at my ingrate fans for not buying... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at docnoir
At my university, we get a couple of days off every mid-October for "Fall Break." One of my favorite breaks, because it's usually right at the beginning of "real" Fall weather, and we usually go up to the North Shore of Lake Superior, right past Duluth, for an extra long... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at docnoir
What did I learn from Bouchercon 2016? That I'm not a Bouchercon guy and probably won't go back...unless I'm invited (and paid for), which I can't imagine ever happening. That I might write books that not many people read, but at least they read them, so I should keep writing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at docnoir
Yeah, I like the music I'm listening to when writing to match the feeling I'm going for in the book. So for Castle Danger (forthcoming in 2017), I went with something different. Here's a playlist. (PS - Since my stupid format cuts half the video off, just go watch it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at docnoir
I can try. I might still try. Well see.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2016 on what i'm up to at docnoir
What am I up to? Not much. Classes have begun, and I'm enjoying the two I'm teaching right now. but it's only been a week. Biking? Not this week (until today. Climbed back on this morning), but going to carve out as much time as I can over the weekend.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at docnoir
Don't worry, this won't be like the Steve Martin "One Wish" skit. It's just another way to complain. I wish I was healthier. I'm working on it, but I wish, you know? I wish twenty miles on the bike felt "routine" instead of "giving myself a stroke". Luckily, fifteen miles... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at docnoir
I haven't been blogging the rides lately, but rest assured that I'm riding. I might have overdone it last Friday on a very tough ride, so I've been aching from that, but I got in a good 13 miler yesterday, and an 8 miler today. I'm working on making the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at docnoir
THE BAD Popped a spoke yesterday. Hope to get it fixed today, but in the meantime, I got the old bike (i.e. "Trek", i.e. "Edward" (according to my wife)) ready for today. That's the only real bad, other than I spent so long out there enjoying myself that I don't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at docnoir
THE MOTHERFUCKING MARSHALL WIND That about sums it up, folks. As soon as I hit the end of my driveway, the wind hit me, and I knew that any chance of speed improvement was gone for the day. So I said, "Fuck it," put it in the easiest gear, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at docnoir
THE METAPHOR I used "The Wall of Fists" as a metaphor for the motherfucking Marshall wind before, but I like it as an all-around state of failure. Thus, I will use it as such. THE BAD It was nearly all bad as far as I was concerned today. The wind... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at docnoir
5 days of riding in row. Total, 73.6 miles. Today was just a nice riding with Brandy for a few miles through some of the nicest parts of the trail, which I've wanted to show her. Then, while she drove home, I pedaled another 5 miles home, just for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at docnoir
THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY, AND THE GOOSE POOP Mixed bag today out there. The wind picked up, and the motherfucking Marshall wind is tough enough, but this time I hit the wind and went, "Yeah, cool." I saw it as an opportunity. I want to be a better... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at docnoir
I am gutwrenched. Is that even a word? Well, I'm gutwrenched, gutted, gutchurned, whatever. Seven people dead--two men carrying legal guns shot by police over small infractions, and five cops doing their jobs, murdered at a peaceful protest rally. I can't do much, can I? Except talk about it. Write... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at docnoir
THE DISCLAIMER I'm no expert. I'm learning as I ride. But I write about the rides because I want to look back one day and see how I've changed as a cyclist since these early rides. And, well, shit, I'm a writer. I write about stuff. THE BAD When I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at docnoir
I finished up the first book in what I hope will be long-running series (or at least a handful of books) with Castle Danger. It's for Bastei Lubbe, an indie publisher in Germany making all the waves, and Oolipo, a new app that will tell stories in new ways. Keep... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at docnoir
THE NEW WHAT? Sometimes, you just can't pass up the right deal on the right bike. Yes, the Trek 1.1 has been my life-saving workhorse for three years now, and I didn't expect to replace it anytime soon. Maybe in another year. I'd always figured I'd "upgrade" to something better,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at docnoir
THE BAD More wind, but on the way home this time (fuckyoufuckyoufuckyou). No intervals today (listening to my body. it said no). Still slow (again, listening to body. it doesn't like me right now). THE GOOD Still, fifteen and a half miles. Didn't expect that. I'm sensing a pattern--my legs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at docnoir
THE BAD Not fast enough. The ACHES! Shit! Took a long time. I had a lot of stuff to do...but this took a long time. THE GOOD Twenty miles! My first time to go twenty miles in one ride. If it was a bit slow, it's because I found some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at docnoir
THE BAD That MOTHERFUCKING MARSHALL WIND! I hate riding in that motherfucking Marshall wind. Like riding into a wall of fists over and over (and take fists in any context you like there, as I'm sure they all feel similar). For fuck's sake! Eight miles straight into the motherfucking Marshall... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at docnoir
Pitched some ideas to My Man in Edinburgh. Did not realize how much math and physics would be involved in pitching thriller ideas. Needless to say, I didn't fare so well. But the ideas I do have, well, I've got to write them. And if that means writing two or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at docnoir
Someone gave me the ARC for Dead I Well May Be a long time ago. I struggled through it, sporadic reading over the course of months, but came out the other end thinking this was really strong stuff. But then I bought another one of that series, somehow forgot about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at docnoir
Finally finished the initial first draft of Castle Danger, which was written in three distinct parts ("seasons") for serialization on Oolipo before it becomes a "real book" on Bastei Lubbe. Felt weird, because usually the end of a book is a bit of elation. This one was all, "That's done.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at docnoir
This is the best Alice in Chains song: "We Die Young." #2 is "I Stay Away", and #3 is "Heaven Beside You." But there are plenty more great ones. I was not an instant Alice in Chains fan. I listened to "Man in the Box" and thought, "Meh. Also, sacrilegious."... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at docnoir