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Weird Endings

I feel like so much of what I read and write these days comes with unsatisfying endings.  Not that unsatisfying endings are bad, but they’re best when they inspire further thought and interpretation, not just a downer. I ended Jeopardy on a interpretive note.  I hadn’t originally intended to include the scene in the “afterlife”.  It …

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Dead Talker

This was a hard one. I’m always drawn toward the dark shit.  Not the viciously malevolent stuff, like the Manson Family or true crime serial killer stories, but the philosophically dark. From punk rock to V For Vendetta to zombie lore, I love it when things get dark.  It’s a great trait, I suppose, for …

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Captain Hanna Playlist

I did this for Jeopardy and I can’t resist doing it for Captain Hanna.  I’ve been picking at this for a while, but with the next book on the verge, I felt it was time to just sign off on it and put it up. As I mentioned with Jeopardy, I like to pair music …

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Holiday Hangover

I’m in a bit of a funk.  Things were going swimmingly on the catching up front through the holidays, and Christmas and all its craziness in particular.  I didn’t think the New Year’s weekend would be particularly difficult to at least maintain the possibility of keeping pace, but things went quite off the rails, time …

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James Bond

I have no particular affection for old movies.  Most are slow, with cheesy effects and plotlines that these days would make us laugh, but for some reason, I still enjoy James Bond, particularly the Connery era. There are things that bother me, of course.  The rampant sexism and near-rapey feel of some his Bond girl …

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Book Feel

So much of a book’s success is contributed by its “feel”.  I don’t really know how to demonstrate that, save in calling back to period pieces, where the author is able to pull you into a time and place so completely that you feel as those the atmosphere permeates your very insides. Think Tom Sawyer …

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The Day After

A handful of congratulations come through. A text, a couple of Facebook messages and a couple dozen likes. And one: “Can you send me a copy?” I guess that’s par for the course.  Obviously, I realize that this isn’t Harry Potter.  People weren’t lining up around the block to buy it at the midnight release …

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Jeopardy on The Scarlet Leaf Review

It’s up! My first published work sees the light of day, and though the formatting is a bit difficult, so be it. Jeopardy can be found here: https://www.scarletleafreview.com/short-stories4/michael-williams-jeopardy Note to my mother or anyone else who might be reading this: no, I do not and have not done heroin.  Never even seen it except in …

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Proud Of Myself

Supposedly, my novelette Jeopardy goes live tomorrow on the Scarlet Leaf Review.  I don’t really follow the publishing world because I’m more interested in creation than industry, so I have no idea if that’s a big deal externally or not. It’s possible the whole thing is little better than an also-ran booby prize, but who …