Memorable Quotes: Crammed and Mangy and Irate

… as for the Savage brothers, they were a whole planetary system away from most people in terms of normal, acceptable behavior. The maddest, craziest, most dyed-in-the-wool, lunatic [guys] to ever come out of the Flats, the Savage brothers had thousand-yard stares and tempers so hair-trigger you could fill a notebook the size of the Read More …

Memorable Quotes: Hey Dude fascist arena

Here is another quote from Scott Turow’s legal/crime thriller Presumed Innocent that sticks in my brain (see quote 1 here). Turow’s Kindle County location is a stand-in for the Chicago area, long associated with… er… self-interested government officials, shall we say, along the lines of the old Tammany Hall political machine in the late decades Read More …

Inspiration: sad and scratchy and smelly and bleeding

Quote from Amy Sue Nathan, posted here on the blog Women’s Fiction Writers: …if we are ones meant to write our stories — the real ones or the make believe ones — we must write them loud and real. Write them big and full and explosive and relentless. Write them sad and scratchy and smelly Read More …

Best Stories I Ever Stole: the Arguing Airplane Mechanics

I confess that this story never happened to me, but I’ve been telling it for years as if it did. I stole it. And then, I wrote about it. Since I am an inveterate story thief, I have lots of these. I’ll be sharing them with you over time, in this recurring post series. This Read More …