Monday, September 01, 2014

New Poem at the Five-Two

The Five-Two: Joseph S. Pete: THE SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL IN GARY, INDIANA (1971-1978)

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Blog Tour -- Meet My Character

The lovely and talented Jan Grape tagged me to be a part of this blog tour.  I'm supposed to answer a few questions about one of my characters.  You can read Jan's answers here.  I wasn't going to tag anybody, but what the heck.  I'll tag James Reasoner.  He has about 40 dozen characters he could write about.  

1. What is the name of your character? Is he or she fictional or a historic person?  

Sheriff Dan Rhodes is about as fictional as they come.  I'd been interested for years in small-town law enforcement and small-town crimes, and one day I sat down to write a short story about a sheriff in a thinly populated Texas county.  The short story got too long to be a short story, so it became a novel and the novel became a series.  The sheriff's an intelligent, intuitive guy.  He's tall and maybe a tad overweight, but not much.  He might be the only sheriff in Texas who doesn't wear a cowboy hat and boots.  He's seen a lot of really bad old movies, and sometimes the people he meets remind him of characters in them.  He doesn't have a lot of high-tech crime-solving equipment, and he believes in old-fashioned methods -- talking to people and sifting through their stories.  Usually this works for him.

2. When and where is the story set?

The whole series, over 20 books now, is set in Blacklin County, Texas, a place just as fictional as Sheriff Rhodes.  I've lived in several Texas counties, and people from all of them seem to think that the books are set where they live.  This is probably a good sign.  The setting is contemporary, sort of.  There's probably no real-world county or law enforcement agency like mine anywhere.

3.  What should we know about him or her?

Besides what I've mentioned in the answer to #1, Rhodes is married to Ivy Daniel, who feeds him more healthy food than he likes.  He used to drink a lot of Dr Pepper, but he's still upset that he can't get it from Dublin, Texas, where it was once made with real sugar, so he's not drinking it now.  He has the unfortunate habit of picking up cats and dogs in the course of his work and taking them home with him.  He has a civilian friend, Seepy Benton, a college math teacher who thinks he's a qualified law enforcement officer (and who believes this should be called the Seepy Benton series and not the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series).

4. What is the conflict?  What messes up his or her life?

Murder, usually, but there are a lot of problems in small towns, ranging from feral pigs to donkeys and goats on the loose.  Or alligators.  You never know what a sheriff will be called on to take care of. 

5. What is the personal goal of this character?

Being a sheriff, he wants to enforce the law.  Simple as that.  Now and then he likes to watch an old movie or have a good meal.

6. Can we read about this character yet?

He's been around since 1986 or so.  The only problem is that not enough of you are reading about him yet.  So get busy and buy some books.  The sheriff and I need all the help we can get.

7. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

The current book, just published in August, is Half in Love with Artful Death.  Next August, the sheriff will be back in Between the Living and the Dead.



Small Businesses Don't Stand a Chance Anymore

Raccoons, Skunks For Sale End With Arrests  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

11 Stores That Used to Sell Unexpected Items

11 Stores That Used to Sell Unexpected Items

Interview with Anonymous-9

BITE HARDER: THE ONE-WORD QUESTIONS INTERVIEW W/ ANONYMOUS-9 

Song of the Day

The Righteous Brothers - Little Latin Lupe Lu - YouTube:

10 Great Hoaxes

10 Great Hoaxes: You Can Fool Some of the People All of the Time… 

Today's Vintage Ad


200 Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See

Bill Hader's List of 200 Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See

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Clyde Allison (William Knoles), Flesh Is My Undoing, Nightstand, 1960

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Texas firefighters perform random act of kindness that touches grieving family  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

What NYC Restaurant Menus Looked Like 100 Years Ago Vs. Today

What NYC Restaurant Menus Looked Like 100 Years Ago Vs. Today

‘Being eternally known as James Bond has no down side’

Roger Moore: ‘Being eternally known as James Bond has no down side’

11 Totally Weird Buildings From Around the World

11 Totally Weird Buildings From Around the World

Sandy Wilson, R. I. P.

NYTimes.com: Sandy Wilson, the British composer and playwright whose hit musical “The Boy Friend” starred Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut, died on Wednesday in Taunton, England. He was 90.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Why is North Always Up on Maps?

Why is North Always Up on Maps? 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Great Emu War

The Great Emu War 

Song of the Day

Wonderful Time Up There.Pat Boone.HQ Audio - YouTube:

How Many Of These Authors' First Novels Have You Read

How Many Of These Authors' First Novels Have You Read

Today's Vintage Ad


What's Your Favorite Part of the Squirrel, Miss Stephanie?*

How to Cook Squirrel Brains  

*Yes, this is another obscure reference that only one or two of you will get.  I can't help myself.

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Jimmy Starr, Three Short Biers, Bart House, 1945

10 Forgotten Horses In History

10 Forgotten Horses In History

It's About Time

Ed Wood, B-Movie King, Gets a Film Retrospective   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

How A Demolished Wall Led To The Rediscovery Of An Underground City

How A Demolished Wall Led To The Rediscovery Of An Underground City

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Woman accused of trying to burn down ex's home with bacon

Jeff and Deb will like her name.

Gator/Croc Update (Genetic Link Edition)

Lubbock Avalanche-JournalTech researchers reveal genetic link of alligators and crocodiles

It turns out the people who tend to have trouble distinguishing alligators from crocodiles had it right all along.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Review of Interest (To Me, Anyway)

Reviewed by Marvin Lachman: BILL CRIDER – Too Late to Die.

I Miss the Old Days

Space Shuttle Discovery First Launched 30 Years Ago

10 Incredible Facts About Ernest Hemingway

10 Incredible Facts About Ernest Hemingway

Song of the Day

Jungle Love- Steve Miller Band - YouTube:

Lost chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory published

Lost chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory published

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Houston the Top City for Rising Credit Card Debt

Today's Vintage Ad


I Want to Believe!

First-ever Yeti footprint photos could fetch almost $5000 at London auction  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

What Does Your State Buy the Most of on eBay?

What Does Your State Buy the Most of on eBay?

Will the Persecution Never End?

Paris Hilton Uses The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge To Further Awareness Of Her Existence  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

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Damon Drake, Seduced!, Merit Books, 1960

This Isn't about Those Twinkies from 1968 that You Found in the Back of Your Cupboard

11 of the Oldest Snack Foods We're Still Eating

Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys (August 30th)

Forgotten Hits: The Saturday Surveys (August 30th)

Professor to Students: Don't Email Me!

Professor to Students: Don't Email Me! 

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

We Take it All Back, THIS is the Worst First Pitch of the Season 

Happy Birthday to Allen Crider!

I'll bet that truck is in our attic even now.