April 3, 2015
“The Joy of Story,” to steal a phrase from a wonderful author, publisher, and one-time blog-tour-mate, John M. Daniel http://johnmdaniel.blogspot.com/ – is a phrase I like, and really believe as a concept. A well written story to me is indeed a joy, and when I read those kind of stories, I’m in awe and appreciation. A story that is complex, symbolic yet real, characters (ones you like and hate) that are identifiable, while also being unique, settings that take you there, puzzles to solve (murder or otherwise)—are some of the elements that bring the “joy” to me as a reader. P.D. James said to “read well,” and I so agree! So I keep re-reading her books.
In my personal writing adventure—learning and trying to do all those things I admire—I easily bog myself down. Rewriting, refining, blah, blah, blah. But also being a practical and lazy person, at a certain point usually also say, “hell with it,” this book will never be as good as I want it to be, time to move on. With this novel, I forgot to move on for far too long. Finally, I did say, this is it, no more refinements, rewrites, edits, whatever, and I sent it off to my publisher (several more edits!). So here it is, unfinished (ha, ha never will be), but done. There is something to be said, and a joy to be felt, I think, not only from telling the story, but also from a story finally told.
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April 1, 2015
Wonderful author, author supporter, and friend , Marilyn Meredith is kicking-off her latest blog tour here today! And she’s talking about one of my favorite characters–a character who almost feels like I know in person.
F.M. Meredith, also known as Marilyn Meredith, is the author of over thirty published novels. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Besides having family members in law enforcement, she lived in a town much like Rocky Bluff with many police families as neighbors.
What’s Happening With Gordon Butler?
For the first stop on my blog tour for the latest in the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series, Violent Departures, I thought it would be fun to write about one of the ongoing characters, Officer Gordon Butler.
One reason I decided to do this is because Gordon has many fans—one of which is my friend and blog host, Madeline Gornell.
Officer Gordon Butler has a checkered past. Though he’s an over-the-top “by the book” officer, things don’t always go well for him. So much so, he’s been the brunt of many jokes.
His romantic life hasn’t been much better. However, in the last two books, Dangerous Impulses and Murder in the Worst Degree things began looking up when Officer Lizette Gibbs comes on the scene.
In this book, Gordon has matured, he’s learned to make good choices, and shows his ability to train a new hire.
So without giving too much away, let me just say that Gordon displays great courage and true love is within his grasp.
As an author, I’ve had a lot of fun putting Gordon through his paces. He’s been the comic relief in many of the earlier mysteries, but I regretfully have to recognize that he’s changed enough that I’ll need to look elsewhere to make my readers laugh.
F.M. aka Marilyn Meredith
Violent Departures: Here’s a “sneak preview”:
College student, Veronica Randall, disappears from her car in her own driveway, everyone in the Rocky Bluff P.D. is looking for her. Detective Milligan and family move into a house that may be haunted. Officer Butler is assigned to train a new hire and faces several major challenges.
(And there’s a contest)!
Because it has been popular on my other blog tours, once again I’m offering the chance for the person who comments on the most blog posts during this tour to have a character named for him or her in the next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery.
Or if that doesn’t appeal, the person may choose one of the earlier books in the series—either a print book or Kindle copy.
Buy Book http://tinyurl.com/jvmubw5
Tomorrow I’ll be here: http://christanardi.blogspot.com/ with an Introduction to the Rocky Bluff mystery series.
And if you want to read a another review about “me, my dogs, and Gordon Butler,” https://mmgornell.wordpress.com/?s=spare+bedroom
Marilyn at Lompoc Library
January 11, 2015
A friend asked me a couple days ago if I knew Ron–the Ron at Daggett Airport.. A bunch of lovely memories returned, so thought I’d share again …
“If it were a snake, it would have bitten you!” is one of my grandmother quotes I still remember with loving fondness. Along the same line, my husband and I have a modern day quip pertaining to finding stuff right in front of us. We call it, “refrigerator blindness.” You know, when you can’t see the mayonnaise on the shelf right in front of your eyes, or the keys you’ve looked over twice on the desk…
The Barstow-Daggett Airport has been boldly sitting under my nose since I moved to the desert, and I’ve driven by it on Route 66 and I-40 hundreds of times—but never taken the time to stop and look. Shame on me! Recently, hooray, with my two friends Janice Maloney and Mary McGee, I enjoyed another “Route 66 day.” This time, right in my own backyard.
First off, I didn’t realize how large the airport actually was—over a 1,000 acres. The airport’s history is interesting and goes back to 1933. Built by the Douglas Aircraft Company for the army to modify A-20 “Havoc” light bombers. There’s great information on the internet and in Route 66 books by various authors, including details on current military (helicopter) and commercial activities. But what I like most of all about going to Route 66 points of interest is talking to the people!
So far, everywhere we’ve gone, and without exception, there’s been a palpable passion for The Mother Road, a generosity of spirit of owners/operators/greeters, all delivered with an underpinning of warmth easily shared with inquisitive strangers (like me and my friends!) We also went to the Barstow Route 66 museum the same day, and Debra (a prime example of the Mother Road spirit), as always was most welcoming!
And at the Barstow-Daggett Airport, Al and Ron, Daggett Aviation Inc., couldn’t have been nicer and more generous with their time. I left in awe. The historical wall pictures and artifacts, the memorabilia, and the stories and pictures of helicopters, airplanes, and celebrity adventures—WOW! Thanks, Al and Ron, it was a great visit. If you find yourself cruising this piece of Route 66, The Barstow-Dagett Airport is a peek not only into the past, but a look at a valuable piece of current day Mojave infrastructure.
And once again I’m reminded what amazing feats amazing people have done before us–and continue to do.
For my mystery-writing friends–on the airport property there is also a no longer operating community pool in the shadow of a huge, and also no longer used hanger. Law abiding as I am, I couldn’t take a picture of the hanger. Nonetheless, fictional mayhem involving that pool and hanger are a-brewing in my imagination…
Well, we didn’t run into any snakes, but there is a pond, and the pond “rulers”— large flocks of geese (several kinds), and ducks (again, many varieties) came to “greet” us. For me, it’s the unexpected that makes exploring Route 66 so special!