Monthly Archives: February 2014

Trading in my computer?

The Sequel is currently a mess of scenes that need to be joined together into something resembling a narrative whole. Feels like what I really need is one of these.

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Rotary Reviews

This week, The Writing Lads did our second Rotary presentation, this time visiting Dennis Green’s home club, Cedar Rapids West Rotary.

So far, at least on Facebook, our Rotary reviews are glowing–which is good, because we have three more clubs schedule, including one this coming week.

From this week: A wonderfully fresh presentation (and I’ve seen it before). The trio is so perfectly balanced (books and writers).

And from our event at the end of January: Hilarious speakers at Rotary this morning as Dennis Green, Rob Cline and Lennox Randon talk about how they worked together to finish their novels.

Know a club we should visit? Let us know!

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The greatest of all fictional pizza deliveries

Readers of Murder by the Slice may understandably find themselves wondering if I am greatest of all chroniclers of fictional pizza delivery.

The answer, in a word, is: no.

The greatest chronicler of fictional pizza delivery is Neal Stephenson.

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In the opening pages of Snow Crash, we meet Hiro Protagonist, a young man who has a pizza to deliver on a tight timeline. Thirty minutes is the drop dead deadline when the Mafia controls pizza delivery.

As the Deliverator is pulling out of the chute, building up speed, checking the address that is flashed across his windshield, deciding whether to turn right or left, it happens. His stereo cuts out again–on command of the onboard system. The cockpit lights go red. Red. A receptive buzzer begins to sound. The LED readout on his windshield, which echoes the one on the pizza box, flashes up: 20:00.

They have just given the Deliverator a twenty-minute-old pizza. He check the address; it is twelve miles away.

The full two-chapter sequence is nothing short of amazing, and you can find the whole thing if you click to “look inside” the book on Amazon. But don’t stop there. Full immersion in Snow Crash is well worth your time.

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In praise of Daybreak Rotary, Beaverdale Books, and a pair of Wendys

The Writing Lads had a busy weekend! On Friday morning, we spoke to the Cedar Rapids Daybreak Rotary, a great group of folks. We had some friends (and readers) in the crowd, but we also met lots of new people, and were gratified by how interested in our story and work many of them were. This Rotary was the first of three we’ll visit in February, and I think we’ll probably be adding more service groups to our itinerary.

On Saturday, we headed to Des Moines to read at Beaverdale Books, a gem of a bookstore near the Drake University campus. Owner Alice and her co-worker Shirley were a delight, and we had a great time presenting to a small but enthusiastic group. Our first road trip certainly counts as a success. If you’re in the Des Moines area, be sure to visit the store.

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Dennis Green at The Writing Lads event at Beaverdale Books.

We were honored to have author Wendy Delsol attend our reading at Beaverdale Books. I met Wendy when I presented her as part of an author series in Cedar Rapids a few years back. She’s the author of the Stork trilogy–YA books grounded in Norse mythology–as well as The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls. She was winner of the 2013 Iowa Author Award in the children/young adult category, and I recommend the Stork trilogy to any and all YA readers (including any YA fan who is really just an A).

This week, I’ve also been grateful to my dear friend Wendy Thorpe Copley. Wendy is a master bento box blogger, and she was kind enough to offer some excellent suggestions for this blog. Her book, Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go, is coming soon. We plan to swap publishing and blogging stories in the coming days, and I’m confident she will be more insightful than I.

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