Meandering author talk – late September 2013

Well, before I head off to bed for the night, I’m blogging. There is more than one school of thought about this. Some believe that blogging by authors should be purely professional. Others think it is ideal if authors never make any money successfully selling their works, but that it is great if they provide some free interaction and entertainment – wasn’t it really just that they wanted attention?

It is weekend. I still haven’t revisited the local church for the purpose of seeing if my German has improved enough to understand the service in German now, and to commune with the divine. I do believe, and have dealt with a lot of people who don’t and with a lot of people who seem weird about it on the believer side as well. I had thought I would have by now, but still haven’t.

I watched some more movies. I under use TV nowadays and over use movies. It means I have been watching some movies just once and others many times over. There are certain ways of handling it that also make it possible to see how the mind changes.

I did yard work today and some housework. Due to my lifestyle I just do some daily instead of mainly catching up on all of it at the weekend. Middle aged stuff. In my own view, I’m now old enough to switch to decaf: age 45 years. I haven’t but when I was between 30 and 35 years old I decided in my own mind that age 45 is a good age for dropping the use or abuse of caffeine. Get over it, out grow it, stuff like that.

Same Story at CrimeSpace

When blogging, there are days when the first question is what to blog about.  Today is that type of day.  In real life, this is a re-playing a movie that I actually bought a copy of.  My son was with me for the earlier part of the day.  Right now it is dark out: it is 5:30pm local time.  The Germans are like the English in that they kept the 24 clock after the world wars – weird that in the end they agreed about that…This involves a side issue about misunderstanding when using different languages to communicate.  So, on that front it is 17:30.  I am American and continue to be ‘uncomfortable’ with the 24 clock thing. 


Well, today I wanted to write a little bit about the crime genre in general.  Personally, I scare easily, and in general I have not been a big fan of the genre in book form.  How it is that I wrote a crime fiction novel despite that…I don’t know either.  When it comes to crime fiction I strongly find that the further it is from the quality of my real life or the lives of those around me, the greater the separation from the real world, the easier it is for me to deal with and the less things like fictional violence bother me.  I really don’t want to live in a world that is really that harsh.  I don’t want you to either. 


That said, LJ Sellers has been plotting fictional murders just to avoid her housework – this is according to her, but it works for me as a way to remember who she is: the lady my age who writes Detective Jackson novels to avoid housework…and still have a good way to excuse her behavior to her husband – I don’t know her husband, so he may not need any excuses, but that sounds good.  LJ has been amongst my FB friends for a while.  I still haven’t read one of her novels, but maybe you will because I mentioned her to you and that’s something.   One of the recent ones is called The Baby Thief and is about a really twisted plot by a woman to steal some other lady’s baby.  Creepy as all get out.  Contemporary, urban, plenty of female characters. 


That wasn’t what I had thought I would write today, but I have been bothering to keep up on the housework since I reached about 25 years old.  I’ve never been immaculate but I don’t like it too dirty.  As I have not been to LJ’s home, I cannot tell you whether it is a publicity fib and all it means is that she hasn’t bleached the floorboards so they are cleaner than a hospital or whether it is so bad that I would only want to meet her out in public unless she won’t be offended if I clean her dishes or run the vacuum cleaner while I am visiting.  I have some faith in her abilities as a writer and encourage all you crime fiction fans to check out her Detective Jackson series or at least The Baby Thief.


Truth be told, I did write one fiction story in which a living person is discovered beneath some disarray in university student housing….It is written fiction not written for TV, but to cross reference to TV I would say ‘reminiscent of The Young Ones’ in terms of domesticity.