Clues: Alex's Blog

New Podcast Episode!

Listen in here on your desktop to learn about Alex's latest book (which is actually his late Grandfather's) Big Cabin and Dispatches from the West. He shares the journey of this forgotten, 25-year-old unpublished novel from a dusty box to your Kindle.

Autographed paperbacks hereAmazon link here for ebooks and non-autographed copies.

Speaking of lengthy waits, Alex updates you on the next John Pilate Mysteries project.

Of course, it's Halloween, and Alex has some fun spooky podcasts he recommends you check out, including: 

Astonishing Legends

The Halloween Haunt

Halloween Unmasked

The Retroist

Hauntcast

UNTIL NEXT TIME....Keep Reading.

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Twenty-Five Years Later, Grandson Finishes Grandfather's Final Novel

Late Western Novel Writer's Last Book Now Available

Robert E. Trevathan's five-decade career as a novelist ended twenty-five years ago with an unsold, unfinished manuscript, but 25 years later his grandson made sure it was brought to publication.

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"In 1993, my grandfather was in touch with Avalon books, which had published his work before, about this manuscript, but they passed on it," said his grandson, Alex Greenwood. "At the time I was editor of a small town weekly newspaper, and we were planning to serialize it, but then the newspaper closed, so the book never saw publication."

When Trevathan passed away in 2002, his papers were given to Greenwood, who put them in storage. A recent move reminded Greenwood, himself a mystery writer, about the last of Trevathan's twenty-plus Western novels.

"I found Big Cabin amongst his papers and remembered it had never made it to press, so I thought I would do it with my publisher, Caroline Street Press."

Greenwood had one problem: the first chapter was missing.

"I frantically looked everywhere, but it was gone. I suspect it was lost back in 1993 at the newspaper in the confusion when the paper shut down. So, working closely with my editor, I reconstructed the first chapter."

Greenwood and editor Robert Hayes, Jr. worked for months polishing the manuscript, leading to the publication of Big Cabin and Dispatches from the West (2018 Caroline Street Press 261 pages available in ebook and paperback exclusively from Amazon.com). The book cover by Jason McIntyre features a pair of horses in the sunset, one riderless.

Making sure Trevathan's historical research details were integrated smoothly into an exciting story of the beginnings of several towns in Southeastern Kansas and Northeastern Oklahoma in the late 1880s was most important to Greenwood and Hayes.

"My grandfather was a writer and historian, so his books were very meticulously researched," Greenwood said. "He had a knack for weaving real people and events into exciting stories of cowboys, frontier entrepreneurs and in this book, Ginger Young, a heroic, dedicated female news reporter."

He added that residents of Parsons, Kansas, Vinita, Oklahoma and of course, Big Cabin, Oklahoma will find the book a treat--as will railroad buffs. "You get a deeper understanding of how the railroads were instrumental in building America."

Greenwood also found a short story; "Cherokee Strip or Bust" originally published in a pulp Western magazine in 1957, and added it as a bonus, along with several essays, poems and letters Trevathan wrote in the last ten years of his life.

"He was deeply in love with history and words," Greenwood said. "Something he passed on to me. I hope this book, which is a love letter to his generation of writers of Western fiction, will help him find new fans. Most of his previous novels are out of print now, but you can find them online here and there and in some libraries. I think he's a great talent just waiting for a new generation to discover him."

"I think he would be really tickled by this book," he added. "He never lived to see the rise of ebooks and Kindles--he wrote all of his books on an old manual Smith Corona typewriter, and we of course never got a chance to write together, so this is very special to me."

About Robert E. Trevathan

A historian by trade, the Detroit-born cowboy Robert E. Trevathan fell under the spell of the Old West at an early age. After serving with distinction in the Navy during World War II, then teaching English in Japan, he spent a few years as a writer toiling in the pulp Western magazines (including Texas Ranger and the curiously fun Ranch Romances - an action-packed story from 1957, one of several that earned publication in that periodical, is featured herein). His first published novel was Dead in the Saddle (writing as Trev Roberts in 1959). He moved into hardback the next year with Stage to Laredo, and then began a long string of popular books with numerous publishers including Avalon, Criterion, and Thomas Bouregy & Co.

Other "Trev Roberts" works included Rawhide Trap (1962); Comanche Interlude (1963); The Hide Hustlers (1967); Cannon River (1967); and Desert Campfires (1967, in U.K. as Desert Flame, 1970). As Robert E. Trevathan he wrote Longhorns for Fort Sill (1962); Badman's Roost (1963); Showdown at Ringold (1968); Longhorn Gold (1971 in U.K. as The Moonstone Bullet); Ballanger (1974); Tracking the Bar-J Gold (1979); Rawhide Legacy (1983); Ransom Trail (1984); Ambush (1984); Plunder Trail (1985); Shootout (1985); Holdup (1986); Oklahoma Outrider (1988); Red River Bullets (1990); Red River Angel (1997) and finally, Big Cabin and Dispatches from the West (2018).

His signature work, the award-winning, cinematic and gritty Ballanger, earned the prestigious Colt. 44 Western writing award in 1974. He passed away in 2002.

About J. Alexander Greenwood

J. Alexander Greenwood is the author of the award-nominated John Pilate Mystery Series; including Pilate's Cross, Pilate's Key, Pilate's Ghost, Pilate's Blood, Pilate's 7 and Pilate's Rose. He also wrote the nonfiction top seller, Kickstarter Success Secrets. The Oklahoma native resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

For more information, visit Amazon.com, Caroline Street Press or PilatesCross.com.

 

Writing, Editing and Prison

The Mysterious Goings On podcast returns with a spirited and often poignant discussion with editor and writer Robert Hayes, Jr., author of Stay Out of Prison: A Practical Guide to Avoiding Incarceration.

In this lively discussion, Robert shares his freelancer journey and philosophy about creative work. He tells writers what they need to know about working with editors and the significance of a sketchy toilet.

Robert has also spent time in some of Colorado's finest Graybar Hotels for bank robbery. He tells Alex why you should never use a gun in a robbery and most importantly how and what he is doing to stay out of prison. 

Robert edited Alex's acclaimed novel Pilate's Blood and the award-winning short story compilation Pilate's 7 and is editor of the upcoming Big Cabin and Dispatches from the West by Robert E. Trevathan.

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Overcoming Writer’s Block with Automatic Transcription

Guest Post

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If you’re a writer — of books, essays, scripts, blog posts, whatever — you’re familiar with the phenomenon: the blank screen, a looming deadline, and a sinking feeling in your gut that pairs poorly with the jug of coffee you drank earlier.

If you know that rumble all too well: this post is for you. Maybe it’ll help you get out of a rut; at the very least, it’s good for a few minutes of procrastination.

Here’s the core idea: thinking out loud is often less arduous than writing. And it’s now easier than ever to combine the two, thanks to recent advances in speech recognition technology.

Of course, dictation is nothing new — and plenty of writers have taken advantage of it. Carl Sagan’s voluminous output was facilitated by his process of speaking into an audio recorder, to be transcribed later by an assistant (you can listen to some of his dictations in the Library of Congress!) And software like Dragon’s Naturally Speaking has offered automated transcription for people with the patience and budget to pursue it.

But it’s only in the last couple of years that automated transcription has reached a sweet spot — of convenience, affordability and accuracy—that makes it practical to use it more casually. And I’ve found it increasingly useful for generating a sort of proto-first draft: an alternative approach to the painful process of converting the nebulous wisps inside your head into something you can actually work with.

I call this process idea extraction (though these ideas may be more accurately dubbed brain droppings).

Part I: Extraction

Here’s how my process works. Borrow what works for you and forget the rest — and let me know how it goes!

  • Pick a voice recorder. Start talking. Try it with a topic you’ve been chewing on for weeks — or when an idea flits your head. Don’t overthink it. Just start blabbing.

  • The goal is to tug on as many threads as you come across, and to follow them as far as they go. These threads may lead to meandering tangents— and you may discover new ideas along the way.

  • A lot of those new ideas will probably be embarrassingly bad. That’s fine. You’re already talking about the next thing! And unlike with text, your bad ideas aren’t staring you in the face.

  • Consider leaving comments to yourself as you go — e.g. “Maybe that’d work for the intro”. These will come in handy later.

  • For me, these recordings run anywhere from 20–80 minutes. Sometimes they’re much shorter, in quick succession. Whatever works.

Part II: Transcription

Once I’ve finished recording, it’s time to harness ⚡️The Power of Technology⚡️

A little background: over the last couple of years there’s been an explosion of tools related to automatic speech recognition (ASR) thanks to huge steps forward in the underlying technologies.

Here’s how ASR works: you import your audio into the software, the software uses state-of-the-art machine learning to spit back a text transcript a few minutes later. That transcript won’t be perfect—the robots are currently in the ‘Write drunk’ phase of their careers. But for our purposes that’s fine: you just need it to be accurate enough that you can recognize your ideas.

Once you have your text transcript, your next step is up to you: maybe you’re exporting your transcript as a Word doc and revising from there. Maybe you’re firing up your voice recorder again to dictate a more polished take. Maybe only a few words in your audio journey are worth keeping — but that’s fine too. It probably didn’t cost you much (and good news: the price for this tech will continue to fall in the years ahead).

A few more tips:

  • Use a recorder/app that you trust. Losing a recording is painful — and the anxiety of losing another can derail your most exciting creative moments (“I hope this recorder is working. Good, it is... @#*! where was I?”)

  • Audio quality matters when it comes to automatic transcription. If your recording has a lot of background noise or you’re speaking far away from the mic, the accuracy is going to drop. Consider using earbuds (better yet: Airpods) so you can worry less about where you’re holding the recorder.

  • Find a comfortable space. Eventually you may get used to having people overhear your musings, but it’s a lot easier to let your mind “go for a walk” when you’re comfortable in your environment.

  • Speaking of walking: why not go for a stroll? The pains of writing can have just as much to do with being stationary and hunched over. Walking gets your blood flowing — and your ideas too.

  • I have a lot of ideas, good and bad, while I’m thinking out loud and playing music at the same time (in my case, guitar — but I suspect it applies more broadly). There’s something about playing the same four-chord song on auto pilot for the thousandth time that keeps my hands busy and leaves my mind free to wander.

The old ways of doing things — whether it’s with a keyboard or pen — still have their advantages. Putting words to a page can force a sort of linear thinking that is otherwise difficult to maintain. And when it comes to editing, it’s no contest: QWERTY or bust.

But for getting those first crucial paragraphs down (and maybe a few keystone ideas to build towards)? Consider talking to yourself. Even if you wind up with a transcript full of nothing but profanity — well, have you ever seen a transcript full of profanity? You could do a lot worse.

This article is originally published by Descript.

Happy New Year. There, I Said It.

Well, I have to tell you I had high hopes for a great 2017, but the election pretty well quashed that potential "era of good feeling" for me. Happy New Year, my ass.

Now, I realize you do not read this blog--or my books--for politics, so I will spare you any further commentary; other than to say I think we are in for a terribly rough ride and our republic may have been dealt a near-mortal blow.*

Just sayin'.

But enough about that. Let's talk about something important.

How about a word or two about where the John Pilate saga is? First thing's first--Pilate's Rose is behind. Like really behind. A novel initially promised to you on Halloween, then postponed to just before Christmas...is now in freefall. No end in sight. I have the story set, the characters are patiently awaiting me to return to them. I just don't have it in me to get it on paper.

Want my reasons (excuses)?

Well, firstly, the aforementioned election really distracted (and depressed) me. I went through the stages of grief (and not because I was in love with HRC, I was just very concerned about the damage DJT can--and likely will--do to our country). I just couldn't return to the manuscript when I was plagued by nightly dreams of armageddon. Then the holiday insanity hit, which was a nice diversion...yadda yadda yadda.

Secondly, I was pasted by work in December. That's a good thing. Have to earn (especially with my low book sales...yes, it's not attractive to mention that, but man, my sales are just in the tank). So, the day job takes precedence, and in my advancing years (!) the days of working 9-10 hours a day, then having family time, then staying up late to write for three hours or so are officially off the table for the foreseeable future. Stephen King (and Robert E. Trevathan, for that matter), I am not worthy.

Thirdly,  I made a commitment to myself and my family to take better care of myself. I have worked since October 2015 on getting in shape through a light crossfit/kickboxing regimen. It works! I lost nearly 20 pounds, increased my energy and stamina and am probably in the best shape of my life. Not only do I hit the gym 5-6 times a week, I'm back to running (half-marathons, 5Ks and obstacle races). Fitness time is scheduled every day and is non-negotiable, as it keeps me healthy, sane and happy.

So, not a lot of time to tend to JP and the gang.

That said, please know I love the saga and I want to finish Pilate's Rose. I do in fact pledge to do so in 2017. I'm not going to give a firm date--but definitely in 2017. Who knows, I may pull a Jason McIntyre and surprise you one day with a new book announcement. 

After that, I have some other plans for my writing. Won't say what, but I pledge this: stick with me and I will deliver. I will also crank up the Mysterious Goings On podcast again, so check out the back episodes on iTunes if you haven't yet--you have some time to catch up.

Friends, your support is vital. I sincerely appreciate your continued interest, your encouragement and your love of the John Pilate Mysteries. Thank you.

So Happy New Year. There, I said it in spite of myself. Let's hope we make it out alive. 

--Alex

* By the way, there was some good news: Pilate's 7 was named #35 on the Shelf Unbound Magazine 2016 list of Top 100 Notable Books! It was also the top-ranked collection of short stories on that list. That was really nice.

Thanksgiving Mackin' About The Walking Dead, Writing, Trump and More on the Podcast

Alex gives thanks with a Thanksgiving bonanza of a show!

Click here to listen on iTunes--select Chapter 26.

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He welcomes back acclaimed bestselling author Jason McIntyre to the show! The guys talk about (and provide tips for) the writing life, indie audiobooks, book cover creation by JasonThe Walking Dead and more!

Jason is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE and his latest: ZED. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards.

His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an 'uncomfortably thrilling' read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Currently, McIntyre is preparing for the launch of THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND which is the latest installment in the THE NIGHT WALK MEN saga.
 

Learn more about Jason at his mothership: http://www.thefarthestreaches.com/p/the-author.html.

 

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2. Select a book written by Alex.

3. Leave a starred review.

4. Screenshot the review (must be 3 stars or better)--this book review has to be new--reviews posted prior to the release of this episode are not eligible. 

5. Email the screenshot to Team(at)Alexgpr.com with the subject line "My Amazon Review" along with your name, mailing address and how you would like Alex to inscribe your copy.

6. The FIRST listener to do this will get the autographed copy. That's it!

 

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My Comfort Zone Has Mud and Barbed Wire

By Alex Greenwood

"Did you think you could do it?" my friend asked, his face earnest.

"What? Finish the race? Yes. I did," glancing at a large purple and green bruise on my left bicep. "But I was nervous about taking the plunge. It's intimidating in a lot of ways."

I was referring to the Rugged Maniac, a 5 kilometer obstacle course/race held at Snow Creek ski area near Weston, Missouri on July 23, 2016. Here's how the Rugged Maniac folks describe it:

Picture this:  You arrive at Snow Creek on July 23rd with a carload of your most adventurous friends.  As you step out you notice the people around you admiring your group’s coordinated “Avengers-in-bathing-suits” costumes and your on-point Hulk-green body paint. In the festival, people are already riding the mechanical bull and playing beach volleyball (Rugged Maniac is definitely more than just a mud run), but you’re more interested in the stein-hoisting contest on the main stage. You make a note to sign up for that and the pie-eating contest after you run.  You see obstacles in the distance – mud-covered people jumping over fire, bouncing on trampolines, rocketing down a huge water slide – and your surging excitement confirms what you already knew: Today is going to be awesome!

"So why did you do it? To win or...?"

I thought a moment, then explained, "Win? No chance. I just wanted to finish it."

 

"Why?"

"I wanted to do two things: one, prove I could do it, two, to shake things up a little. I was getting stale. Not just physically, either."

So, joining a team of pals from my local gym, 9Round Kickboxing Fitness of Waldo (Sidebar: without the past ten months getting in the best shape of my life at 9Round Waldo, I would NEVER have attempted this) I hit the snow-free slopes in 100-degree heat for more than an hour of running, climbing obstacles, treading water, crawling through mud, squat-walking through tunnels, swinging on rings, jumping over fire and much more. It was hard. Really hard. Days later I'm still terribly bruised and achy.

But you know what? It was fantastic and I want to go again. Why? Because I can, and it reminded me of a different me: a hungrier, more energetic, less risk-averse me.

My friend then told me my eyes were bright when I talked about it, and that I had a more confident bearing since the race. He reminded me that when he texted me after the race and asked "Did you die?" I texted back a photo of me, exhausted at the finish line with the words "And was reborn."

What about you? Are you pushing yourself outside your comfort zone? Are you making it happen in your business by taking risks, jumping through the fire, swinging over the water hazards or climbing under the barbed wire? Or are you playing it safe?

The rewards of safety are many: comfort and fewer negative surprises are at the top of that list. The rewards of risk may get you bruised, but it can also get you to new levels and wake up something inside you--perhaps a "rebirth" to the day you started your business?

Reborn?

Maybe an obstacle race isn't for you. Maybe it's guitar lessons or giving speeches at Toastmasters. Just do something to knock you out of that comfort zone. Push yourself. You may like what you find.

But I like something that ends with a giant water slide, myself. By the way, my friend? He's joining me for my next obstacle race.

 WHEEEEEEEE!

WHEEEEEEEE!

Shock That Monkey

On this episode of the Mysterious Goings On podcast, Alex talks about inspiration he drew from attending a Sting/Peter Gabriel concert recently. Specifically, he discusses ways that getting our "monkey" shocked (as Peter Gabriel's hit "Shock the Monkey" illustrates) in real life can be dangerous, but perhaps can be useful in your writing.

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Stephen King: Creative Writing Cannot Be Taught

Stephen King on creative writing classes....I have to agree. Some of the most tedious hours of my life have been in creative writing classes.

 

Not every writer is good and not everything written by good writers is great.

That's true, and the idea that someone can tell you how to create is ridiculous. Certainly you can learn structure, format, discipline and tricks of the trade, but even my grandfather--who had more than 30 of his books published--could never give me the secret of how to make a good, solid story.

The idea of teaching a fledgling writer how to be the next Hemingway--or Stephen King-- is like teaching a tone-deaf person to sing. You can't do it.

Either they can create or they can't.

To keep this from being a complete downer, I will say this: you can write if you work your butt off. You may be like me, terribly average with an occasional "good one" that comes from that hard work (and reading this helps). And if that "good one" is satisfying, then keep writing. But if it's all frustration and "where's my book deal?" then you might want to try singing.

 

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A Death in the Family

Alex discusses why the loss of celebrities we've never met like David Bowie, Prince, Garry Shandling and even Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, can feel like a death in the family. 

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Weeding Out New Ideas

In the latest episode of the podcast... 

Alex talks about mowing the grass as a means of generating ideas for his fiction.

Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast!

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Latest Podcast Episode with Jason McIntyre Available Now

The latest chapter of Mysterious Goings On podcast welcomes back acclaimed author Jason McIntyre about the unique concept of Jason's ten-book Dovetail Cove series, reading books "out of order," and more. The pair also compare and contrast the style of the Dovetail Cove Series with Alex's John Pilate Mystery Series.

Jason is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE and his latest: ZED. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards.

His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an 'uncomfortably thrilling' read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards.
 

Learn more about Jason at his mothership:http://www.thefarthestreaches.com/p/the-author.html.

 

Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast!

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Why I Hate Book Signings

Listen in to the Mysterious Goings On podcast for this week's episode...

Alex talks about why he hates doing book signings. (Yes, smart guy, it's mostly because nobody shows up.)

 I want a brownie.   

I want a brownie.

 

However, he also offers some tips on ways to make your book launch more successful with the huddled masses yearning to read.

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New Podcast Episode Up!

Chapter 8: The Keys Go Viral is available now!

I have the stomach virus, so you get the Key!

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Our Podcast Named "New & Noteworthy"!

Our new podcast, Mysterious Goings On, was listed on the iTunes "New & Noteworthy" page! This resulted in dozens of downloads in one day. So, we are up and running and having fun.

What's a podcast? Where you been living, under a rock? Just kidding. Think of a podcast as a free, recorded radio show that you can download onto your smartphone, tablet, computer or MP3 player--you can time-shift and listen when most convenient. I listen to podcasts at the gym (well, not the kickboxing gym--the other gym with the elliptical machines) or before I go to bed or while I'm doing house or yard work.

We call each episode a "chapter" and at this writing, we have produced seven. No idea how long this "audio book" will be--if people continue to listen, we'll continue to produce new chapters. 

So far, we have had shows that featured audio essays from yours truly, readings from my books and two episodes that featured interviews--really more like conversations--with acclaimed novelist Jason McIntyre. We aim to get other authors to appear soon, and of course would love to interview editors, reviewers and regular ol' readers, too. 

The show comes out (mostly) on Fridays--but you don't need to remember that if you go to iTunes or Stitcher and subscribe. It's free! If you want to subscribe, here's the link on iTunes. Click here to subscribe on Stitcher. And here's the link so you can listen on your desktop while pretending to be working. 

Want to help the podcast grow? (You know what I'm going to write next, then...) WRITE A REVIEW! Here's how to do it--just click here
Well, that's it for now. Thanks so much for reading, er, I mean listening!

 

 

Be Sure To Listen to My Interviews with Jason McIntyre

On last week's podcast (Chapter 5: Creator of Worlds) we spoke with  acclaimed Canadian author Jason McIntyre about writing a series, creating a universe of characters and his 10-part Dovetail Cove series, published by Booktrope. We also discuss the weather as character in our work.

Jason is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE and his latest: ZED. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards.


His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an 'uncomfortably thrilling' read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Currently, McIntyre is preparing for the launch of THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND which is the latest installment in the THE NIGHT WALK MEN saga.

Learn more about Jason at his mothership: http://www.thefarthestreaches.com/p/the-author.html.

Jason will be back this Friday (Feb. 19, 2016)  on the next episode, so be sure to subscribe now!

About Mysterious Goings On Podcast

Every week author J. Alexander Greenwood talks about writing mystery, thriller, suspense, horror and other genre fiction on the Mysterious Goings Onpodcast.

Join Alex for plenty of writing-related topics, as well as interviews, guests and some stuff that has nothing to do with anything.

It’s free, and you can subscribe on iTunes,  Stitcher or listen on your desktop here.

Alex Launches A New Podcast!

Alex has launched "Mysterious Goings On," a podcast version of the "Clues" blog. Available on iTunes, Mysterious Goings On will feature news about Alex's work, interviews with other authors and readings of chapters and short stories. There will likely be some malarkey and silliness here and there, also. Check it out on iTunes--and please subscribe and leave a quick review!

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What's New

Hello and a belated happy New Year to you. I hope you East Coast readers are weathering the blizzard okay. Probably best to stay in and read a good book. (!)

A quick update on what's happening here:

I've spent the past few weeks getting back to normal pace at the day job since the relative inactivity of the holidays. I'm on month four of a kickboxing exercise regimen and I love it--as hard as it has been to get in shape, it's definitely worth it. I wonder if John Pilate will try it, too?

Been catching up on my reading, also...if you have not read Jason McIntyre's Zed you're missing out on a hell of a good book.

The new collection of Stephen King short stories has been a bit of a chore, frankly, and a letdown compared to the masterpiece that is Full Dark, No StarsBut hey, he's King. Even his average stuff is usually worth a read. In the case of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, I mostly enjoy his introductions, which illuminate the backstory behind writing each piece, 

If you're reading this, however, chances are you're more interested in when you might hear from our friends in Cross Township again, right?

Well, I have some things that are working...and some things that are not. I have been working (struggling may be a better word) on a project that involves a completely new direction for my "brand" as a writer, and must confess it's not catching fire. More on that as it develops (or doesn't, for that matter).

Back to John Pilate. 

The surprise success of Pilate's 7 with the breezier short story format is intriguing. I enjoyed writing those stories immensely, and sales have been fairly brisk. That said, I'm contemplating another round of short stories, then returning to the novel format. I'd love your thoughts on that--just plug 'em in in the comments section.

Otherwise, I am putting thoughts together on a novel that is more of a mainstream affair--something different from the mystery/thriller/horror stuff. I'm not saying it will be out anytime soon, but it takes up some mental real estate that I usually devote to the Pilate Mysteries. 

I'm very excited about the return of a show I literally watched from the beginning: The X-Files. I am a huge fan and am looking forward to seeing what Mulder and Scully are up to these days. 

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for dropping by, and I hope if you have not done so already you will write a quick review of my stuff on Amazon. Just click here to find the books. Thanks so much...stay warm!