_Fiction authors have a reputation for housing bats in their belfries.  I prefer to think of it as excess clutter in the attic.  A continual stream of stories, ideas and characters pile up until there's simply no room left, not even in the corners. 

Eric and I both find that putting these random ideas down on paper is the only way to clear out that clutter and, if we're lucky, the result is in story form.  Over the next months we'll be posting some random short stories on our "Whriterz Blok" page.  These random shorts are in no way related to our current novel, but are a means of making a little room, because honestly it manages to get pretty crowded up there.  Doubly so in our case.  So, feel free to come and browse, but watch your step.  We cannot guarantee your safety.

P.I. HARRY LYMAN
Episode 1, Part 1
    The legal-sized manila folder was deceptively thin and unassuming considering it held every pertinent detail of Dr. Jameson Coleman’s life.  It outlined his entire existence from uncomplicated birth, Los Angeles Memorial Hospital – June 12 ’65 – 2:03 a.m., to gruesome death, Beverly Hills home – August 19 ’11 – 9:46 p.m., and everything in between.  He liked anchovies, dyed his hair tawny taupe, spent every Thursday night with a mistress he’d nicknamed Bunny, preferred custom-made slacks that were perfectly tailored to allow his dick to hang to the left, and desperately loved his kids. 
    P.I. Harry Lyman lit the first of thirty-three daily cigarettes and scanned the folder’s contents without reading a single word.  No need.  Every piece of information had been scribbled by his own hand.

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_ Why?, why?, why? … seems to be the ultimate question.  Everywhere you go, people are obsessed with the notion.

But, I say, forget the “why”.  Let’s talk about “how”!

IF speaker and audience articulate and listen perfectly, it is theoretically possible for the  notion of  “why” to be accurately perceived.  But a good look at the process of “how” makes it damn hard to miss the point.  “How” naturally reveals “why” in the same way that a picture is worth a thousand words.   Why an action is taken, a conclusion made or, in this case, a novel written.

My favorite authors are those with whom I can personally relate.  It’s not that I naturally relate to them in a literary way, but that I relate to who they were and how that knowledge shaped their finished product.  Life situation at the time of novel conception, hurdles that spring up during the writing process, daily personal growth and the perpetual struggle to find words true to themselves. 

Now, all this makes my approach to fiction sound very intellectual, but I assure you this is not the case.  Testing shows (if we can believe a test) that I am slightly left brain dominant, but almost equally right-brained to the point of continual internal conflict --which is to say that, whether you deal with me in daily life or read my novel, you are in for a hair-pulling, teeth-clenching roller coaster of a ride.  I’ll warn you now.  But hey, that’s why Eric’s here to help!  (sarcasm - in case you missed it)

So, bottom line, “why” blog about the writing of this novel?  Well, follow along and I’ll show you “how”!   

 

 

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