Aloha Kiddies, and Happy Friday…

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So, it’s our favorite day of the week again, and a big cheers to Chris Rhatigan for putting out the deliciously decadent read, “Squeeze.”

 

 

As I sit here at my daily, the 9-5 subbing gig, getting ready to head into the storm of teenage rebellion, I have to say I’d so much rather be doing what Rhatigan’s main character Lionel Kaspar does, making up stories for a journalism job he so craftily passes his way into!

What a lark! I mean, who among us hasn’t contemplated ditching the dreaded daily slug for a wild ride into writing chaos. And Kaspar gets all that and more with his shenanigans. Scouts honor, your Friday would be much better off with this number crossed off your reading list! Talk about no rules, no boundaries! Squeeze will take you there, and then some!

And now, off to the salt-mines, where a room full of 15 and 16 year olds await my meager presence, and where I’ll be watching Clint Eastwood’s “The good, The Bad and The Ugly” for the sixth time this week!

Truly a classic, and at least “Film Analysis” class never gets boring! But let’s just hope today  no one jumps out the window and into the quad to escape! Oh, but wait… that was last week’s episode, where I was subbing basic English to feisty and furious 9th graders who are always good for a laugh!

Working with kids, you just never know. It’s an adventure in and of itself, and my days stories are always some crazy combination of magical mischief and reality mayhem. Not so fantastical as Kaspar’s, but likely just as entertaining! Maybe someday, I’ll write “The Sub diaries – rockin’ and rollin’ with the punches.” In the mean time, keep your ears here for more tidbits.

Gotta luv that daily slug! At least it’s keeping my local brewery bustling! Which is where I’ll be headed today after the little hand hits the three and the big guy’s on twelve. Bartender, keep my seat warm!

Ciao for now!

Lisa

 

Also check out the recommendation via Paul Brazill, at https://pauldbrazill.com/2015/06/09/recommended-read-wake-up-time-to-die-by-chris-rhatigan/

 

Guest Blog: Because January is Cold and Hammett Died Broke by Aaron Philip Clark

A blast past, but a terrific guest blog here from Paul Brazill’s site, courtesy of  Aaron P Clark.

Clark relates how Hammett has been a main force of genre influence for crime writers everywhere, in spite of the fact that he was over looked in his day, and still is in certain literary circles.

” As the anniversary of Hammett’s death nears, I think crime writers of today can still learn a lot from how he lived and wrote…always fresh and never formulaic. He helped solidify a kind of crime writer’s paradigm. He wrote fast, drank hard; he was a master of sharp dialogue, double entendre and quick wit…a renegade style of writing, the kind that if he were alive today would keep him off of Oprah’s big yellow couch…” Clark

Paul D. Brazill

 
“I’ve been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.”
Dashiell Hammett
 
I seem to get most of my best writing done during the cold weather months. You may assume this is because it’s too unpleasant to spend time outside and most of my time is spent indoors, but this would not be the case. There is simply something about the winter that brings out the worst in people, and for a crime fiction author that’s a good thing. I’m an avid reader of newspapers. I mostly read the crime sections and it always seems like during the winter the crimes get more desperate, more ballsy, more bizarre; more, dare I say, inspirational. Perhaps it’s because of the holidays? I once read that the crime rate goes up significantly during the months of December and January, and so does the suicide rate…

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