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Quotes from Robert B. Parker

"Writer's block? That's just another word for 'lazy.'"

“I never heard a plumber complain about plumber’s block.”

-Robert B. Parker.

The Westerns of Robert B. Parker

 I was browsing through the shelves of my local library the other day, searching for a book that I haven't read yet when I stumbled across Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker.  I read the first few pages and was hooked.  I'd heard of Parker before and knew he wrote detective fiction but I'd never read any of his work.  And I was totally unaware that he wrote Westerns.

Appaloosa was made into a movie a few years ago starring Ed Harris and Viggo Mortenson, but I never got the chance to see it.  It's just as well though because it would have spoiled the novel for me.  Needless to say, when I finished Appaloosa, I quickly read the following books in the series, Resolution and Brimstone.   The fourth book is Blue Eyed Devil.  I plan on reading it as soon as I can get my hands on it.  

He also wrote a Western featuring Wyatt Earp titled Gunman's Rhapsody.  Generally, I don't like fictionalized accounts of the lives of real historical figures, but Parker does it very well.  

His writing is sharp and to the point with no wasted words.  His dialog is wonderful and witty.  Most of his chapters are rarely more than a scene long, but each scene advances the plot and deepens characterization. If you like Westerns, you can't go wrong with Parker.  I highly recommend picking up his work.
Nothing makes you more excited than receiving good news, especially when its totally unexpected.  There were some very kind words written about The Western Online and some very good reviews of some of our stories.  Needless to say, I am extremely flattered.  And of course, without the fine work submitted by our contributors, all of this would not be possible. 

There was also some nice things said about Frontier Tales Magazine, where one of my stories was recently published.  And Kenneth Mark Hoover and his Haxan stories received some compliments as well.  All in all, it was a good day for Westerns.  :)

Here is the link:  Meridian Bridge

I am extremely thrilled and honored to be included in this anthology!  

Dead West - Cover and Full ToC

Jerrod Balzer - A Show of Rage
Steve Vernon - Border Crossing
Hunter Lambright - Things Worse Than Ghosts
Daniel I. Russell - Rainchild and the Trickster
Rick Hautala - Screaming Head
Steve Rasnic Tem - Sleeping Ute
Lisa Morton - St. Thomas of El Paso
Harry Shannon - The Reckoning
Martel Sardina - The Turtle's Only Friend
Michael Knost - Thinning the Herd
Maurice Broaddus - Trails End 
Steven Shrewsbury - Boston Corbet:: Castro Gunfighter
Matthew Pizzolato - Windigo


There's nothing like waking up to really incredible news. 

I just received an email from the editor of the Dead West Anthology letting me know that my story was accepted.  :) 

Needless to say, I am thrilled.  Words cannot describe how excited I am right now. 


There's rejection, and then there's rejection. 

This may sound funny, but I got a very good rejection and while I'm certainly disappointed that my story wasn't published, I can't help but feeling a little excitement.  The editor took the time to write a personal reply, which I think is always a good thing.  He stated that he thought I had an excellent story that needed a little tweaking and would like to take a look at a revision.



I guess I'm old fashioned, but I don't quite get the Twitter fad.  I don't know much about it, but I'm assuming that its similar to Facebook status updates, and I know that some people can seriously over do it with status updates.   I know that some celebrities post things on Twitter and I understand the fascination with that; the general population wants to know what famous people are doing.  But other than that, I don't particularly care to know what Joe Blow is eating for breakfast. 

I've read that it is a good tool for website promotion and I've thought about setting up an account for The Western Online, but I don't know anything about it.  I guess I'm going to have to sign up for an account and see what all the buzz is about. 


The Superbowl

I can't believe that hell actually froze over tonight.  I guess the devil's got icicles in his beard. 

My vote for the best superbowl commercial is the Doritos - House Rules.

"You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club."
  ~ Jack London