Protagonist - which is your favourite? We all have our favourite protagonist, these are a handful of mine. Being a fan of noir, protagonist Philip Marlowe, the private detective created by Raymond Chandler, is high on my list. He is one of the most inspirational character I have ever read. He's the epitome of heroism, toughness, and loneliness. Another classic noir protagonist is Sam Spade, from Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Sam Spade is able to take care of himself in any situation, able to…

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Overpopulated by the over privileged, or is it a myth? The Earth is overpopulated, there can surely be no argument about that. And even if you don't see the world as being overpopulated, you cannot refute the logic that a finite amount of land is incapable of supporting a population with a limitless potential for increase. Therefore, at some point in time we have to limit growth, and given the current situation, that time is now. There are some, however, who regard the overpopulation argument as a…

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Noir and neo-noir fiction and movies. Noir was an easy choice for today's letter 'N' for the April A to Z Challenge. Noir is one of my favourite genres in both books and movies. The core of popular noir stems from authors such as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain - "The Postman Always Rings Twice", Patricia Highsmith - "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1955), and David Goodis - "Down There" (1956), which is a moody, intense novel of a musician who's fallen on hard times,…



Micky DeWitt is the main character and narrator from Flank Street. Micky is entirely fictitious, or as far as a character can be. When it comes to creating characters, we all draw on people who've crossed our paths, or influenced us in one way or another. I don't know who Micky is, or where he came from, but it started like this— Late one night, I was looking down a wet, tree-lined street, and spotted Micky walking in the shadows. After a while,…



  Today I'll leave you with a classic track witch touches on learning.   [amazonad] Thanks for stopping by. I hope you're enjoying these A to Z Challenge posts, and that you'll call in again tomorrow. Until then, happy reading and blogging.     If you want to catch up on some great blogs, check out some of the others on the A to Z Challenge

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What is J for? Jumping around all over the place, looking for inspiration. Judgement? No, that sounds a bit serious and negative. Joker? Better, and never better than when played by the brilliant Heath Ledger. Such a shame he died so young. Jesus? Better leave that one alone. Jimi Hendrix? Maybe we'll finish with a track from him. Or perhaps J J Cale ... Joint? Save that for later too. Jaguar? Yes, that's a subject I like. But I doubt many of…



Introverts - and how they can be misunderstood. Introversion is one of the major personality traits. People who are introverted tend to internalise, or focus more on internal thoughts, feelings and moods, rather than seeking external stimulation. Shyness and introversion are often confused. Not all introverts are shy. Some have active social lives and love being with friends, but they all need time to be alone to "recharge". And their circle of friends tend to be smaller, and conversations deeper. The word "Introvert"…


Hurt, Heaven, and Hell; what does it all mean to you?

Hurt! We've all felt hurt, and at some time or another most of us will have dealt it out. Perhaps when Stephen King said in one of his writing tips 'remember every scar', he was really referring to hurt; the scars and hurt that we have both inflicted, and collected. I think it's great advice for the writer, and a method to add depth to characters and plot. However, in our personal lives, it is not a good thing. Each time we remember…



If course language offends you, leave, have a great day, and call back again tomorrow.       Today, I'm talking about one of my pet dislikes. I won't waste emotion hating something, but this just ticks me off. You'll see it in many posts and comments, as I'm sure many of you have. What I'm referring to, is the annoying use of ‘f-bomb’ instead of 'fuck'. One of the reasons it annoys me is that when you read ‘F-bomb’, what word do you hear in your…


Excerpts from The Sydney Quartet

Excerpts from two books of The Sydney Quartet It’s been a busy few weeks in many ways as I prepare for the publication of Flank Street, and start those spring jobs in the garden. I’ve also been working on the third book of the Sydney Quartet. Today I’m taking the easy path and pasting some excerpts here for you to enjoy, and comment on. Flank Street Excerpt We join Flank Street as Micky and Carol drive back to Sydney to collect a…


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