March 3rd, 2022

Often after I finish a piece of writing, novel or short story, there is a period of… aimlessness where I really don’t feel like writing. While there is certainly a period where the creative muscles might need to re-charge, it is also easy to fall into the habit of not writing.

When I feel this effect, this slipping from re-charging to complacency, I often think of a quote from Joyce Carol Oates on mood and motivation following action:

“One must be pitiless about this matter of “mood.” In a sense, the writing will create the mood. … I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing has seemed worth enduring for another five minutes … and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.”

Here are 3 crime fiction links, 2 quotes, and 1 question for this week:


Quotes from mystery author Michael Connelly this week:

  • “What is jealousy but a reflection of your own failures?”
  • “I’ve learned over the years that sometimes if you ask the same question more than once you get different responses.”


  • Have you read any of Connelly’s Bosch or Lincoln Lawyer series? Can you pick a favorite?

Until next Thursday, happy reading,


Author the Max Strong thriller series

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