May 27th, 2021

Sometimes, mostly as a way of procrastinating, I sit at my desk or prolong the cup of coffee and try to think of the perfect line to start a scene and start my day of writing. I often sit there for a long time, avoiding the work. Avoiding getting started. The mind is amazing and can play amazing tricks on you with false resistance. Just get started. Just put down some words. They don’t have to be perfect.

Okay, let’s get to it.

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



Two from Steinbeck this week:

  • “I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.”
  • “There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.”


  • Do you have a favorite thriller or mystery written by a ‘serious’ writer? Graham Green or Patricia Highsmith comes to mind for me.

Until next Thursday, happy reading,


Author the Max Strong thriller series

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