Monday, July 29, 2013

Acknowledgements


Good news here at the Black Lizard Lounge.  I finished the final draft of my second novel, Last Puffs.  I'm really happy with the way the revisions turned out, and I think it's going to be a fine and successful book. 
 
I suppose I should wait for the print edition but I'm eager to acknowledge those who helped me on my way, so here goes: 
Thanks to those who helped me express my thoughts in fiction:  to Janet Burroway who showed me how to reveal the emotional tide beneath the waves on the surface, to Charles Baxter, who taught me about subtext, and to Stephen Koch who gave me a revision plan.  To Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James M. Cain three men who sure knew how to write, for their lessons about pulp and noir.  To Jim Mathews who taught me to write a page turner, and to Con Lehane for guiding me through the final revision.   

I’d also like to thank the readers whose feedback keeps me on track.  Writing is a solitary profession, and unless someone tells you what they think about your work, you could be like Col. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, out in the jungle, writing without any decent restraint, totally beyond the pale of any acceptable human conduct.  Or English lit.  So for reading,  a thank you to editor Tim Holland, who gave me ideas and showed me opportunities to do more; thanks to California verisimilitude and anachronism specialists John Covell and Kathryn Carter, and to fellow writers SiriChateaubriand, Christina Kovac-Loebach, Jenn Stroud Rossman, Mary Edelson, Arlene MacLeod, and Devika Mehra, whose interest and kindness have kept me from being terminated.     

Most of all, thanks to my wife, Anastasia, who happily allows me long hours in my writer’s garret, the Black Lizard Lounge, and suffers my desires and the time it takes me to write, knowing it makes me happy.  I love you, Tasia.

 

2 comments:

  1. OK FINALLY FOUND IT
    poor eyes
    i AM READING ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE
    THE STORY IN JANUARY 2011 THE BLONDE AND THE BOILER ?
    WAS EXCELLENT
    there are few old hard boiled detective stories areond.
    i download the books in audio from the B A R D site as I have limited vision
    and I spoent a coupls of ouirs spelling and mis-spelling your last name until I locasted your site.
    I also emailes eqmm
    I lookrdon the B A R D site to d/l more of your books buty that do not appeasr to be there.
    I did get large print books from the library in philadelphia ( by mail)
    but gave up as my eyes would not deal with the (even) large printing.
    Ihope more of you stories and noivels appear on this site.
    I am 79 and enjoyed reading for all my life.
    the va ( wilkes-barre pa) is working to help keep or improve my vision.
    In the meantimeI listen to what is available.
    thank you

    wdegroot@ptd.net

    the VA gave me magbifiers a larger lcd monitor and a large keyboaRD WITH WHITE LETTERS i CAN ALMOST SEE W/O GLASSES.

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  2. Well, this makes me smile, Walter. Thanks for the kind words!

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