2006 Novel #3: Rogue Wave

Posted On Jan 25 2006 by

This is one of those novels that get mentioned in “How to write a freakin’ good mystery” books. Kiernan O’ Saughnessy wrote a series with her forensic pathologist turned PI protag. I’d have to give it an okay rating. The protag was good, strong, feisty female lead. Using San Francisco as a setting always seems to be a winner. She threw in a lot of forensic detail. Unfortunately, I didn’t see that detail as necessary. She spent a lot of time proving that a drowning victim was bashed in the head before going overboard. But we’d already assumed the guy …


Thorns

Posted On Jan 21 2006 by

It’s funny how I can read one of Jesus’ parables, completely understand it, and then completely ignore His teaching. My favorite is the Parable of the Sower. Jesus tells the story of a farmer who tosses out his seeds. Some fall on hard ground, where the birds gobble them up. Some fall on rocky, shallow soil, where they grow, but because they have no roots, the die quickly. Some fall in fertile soil, where they multiply thirty or a hundred fold. No, I didn’t skip one, I just saved for last the part of the parable that references me, and …


A Table by the Window

Posted On Jan 16 2006 by

Novel #2 for 2006: A Table by the Window by Lawana Blackwell I’m not sure why I’m drawn to novels like this. Though it had a hint of mystery and suspense, it was actually more of a general fiction, coming of age type of story. The heroine, Carly Reed is a woman with a troubled past. Abused as a child by the boyfriends of her alcoholic mother, she seeks to rediscover both her family and herself. She moves from the Bay Area to a small Mississippi town, where antique shops and college football fill most conversations. I think I like …


A Place for Slackers

Posted On Jan 14 2006 by

It’s been a week since I posted. I’m slacking big time. But I have several excellent excuses:1. Winter semester and 2 classes this term (MBA).2. Horrible week at work.3. Fantastic week at work (I have several bosses as I push toward communications and away from engineering).4. I’m lazy But I’m back now. Besides, it was do this or change my oil now that the temperatures are back in the normal January range of lower 20s. We hit 53 this week. Convertable tops were down. Only in the north. Especially in Motown. The novel writing is about as slow now as …


California Girl

Posted On Jan 7 2006 by

Novel #1 for 2006: California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker. California Girl is a mystery with a bit of suspense set in the mid to late 1960s in Orange County, California. Obviously, Parker takes advantage of this locale and uses the exploding drug scene to make for a very colorful setting. He does it tastefully, though, and does an excellent job of fairly portraying all sides of the issues of the day. The story centers around the murder of a young woman. The extremely beautiful and disturbed Janelle Vonn, who is found beheaded in an abandoned orange packing house. Parker …


Story Board

Posted On Jan 3 2006 by

I’ve found, during my brief stint on this planet, that the best way to learn something is to teach it. Not that I would ever charge money to teach something I knew little about. You’ll notice a new link on my blog here to Story Board. This is a joint effort between me and my good friends, Robin Miller, Ronie Kendig, and Dineen Miller. We were looking for a way to entertain, educate, and learn while doing something fun. What we came up with is a blog where we can write a story, Round Robin style, where each of the …