As I dive more fully into my next book, I get to do more research. Y’all have no idea how much fun it can be to write a book. Ride-alongs with police, going out to the country to shoot an AK-47, figuring out just what it feels like to come back from a coma. While most authors tend to base our work in life experience, … Continue reading Imagination and research
Crime, contacts . . . CRAFT! Killer Nashville was amazing. Above, see the featured image with Max Allan Collins, the master writer behind Road to Perdition and about a million other projects, plus now Quarry. The workshops were just . . . well—like POISONS, State Department protocols, Noir, Police Procedures, Contracts and Humorous Thrillers. Because you NEED humor when you figure out what this contract … Continue reading Unreal
Always curious about new ways of seeing, I’ve been exploring 3D shadows in my next book. I used to experience them in downtown Houston between skyscrapers at night. They most often appeared like the image above (look past the lights into the shadows). Sometimes they seemed to suspend spectral shapes in midair. More recently I enjoyed them in the Chihuly exhibit at the Oklahoma City … Continue reading In Faceted Shadows
Sometimes an image stands out for its ethereal beauty or thought-provoking depth. Sometimes it reaches out and grabs your attention. Art that demands a second look can help you open up to a concept you never considered or just take your breath away. The beautiful, unnamed work featured above is part of an exhibit in Hoboken focused on peace called PAX. This powerfully quiet piece … Continue reading Art Crawl: Breathtaking
The past week ushered in changes: a new physician leading my team, another scholarship for my son, plans for an art exhibit in my hometown and a pristine, new writing project. Sometimes change can feel scary, but right now it just feels great! Check out my words in a simple little story at the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition blog, then bookmark the blog. It’s chock-full … Continue reading Words, picture, potential.