Category Archives: Writing and Reading

I read and write, primarily non-fiction. For the past several years I’ve paid the bills as a software technical writer and business analyst. I’ve also written crime fiction even after I’ve given up the fantasy of being a “full-time” novelist.

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’tis the season to think about maintaining a web presence. I’ve had a DreamHost account hosting WordPress for a few years. Every so often I spend too much time writing a blog post, then lose interest. This marks my latest attempt to consistently write for and post to the web. I’m not too interested in a classic weblog in the form of a dated journal focused on a single topic and structured chronologically. For the time being I will be experimenting with WordPress and topics. Maybe after six months of consistently posting about semi-random topics, I’ll identify my passionate niche. Until then, I simply hope to do some work every day.

Crime Writer Recommendations

Here are my recommendations for crime writers that you should read, if you haven’t already. I’ve put them in alphabetical order rather than listing them in descending order. Most of my recommendations tend toward the hardboiled and noir sub-genres, but I include a couple PI writers and even one police procedural. (Note that this list may change at any time, for any reason, and with no notice.)

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Creative Pursuit Period

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” — Albert Einstein

Today begins a period of creative pursuit.

Although Einstein specifies reading as the diversion that may lead to lazy thinking, he does not prescribe writing as the cure. However, writing provides me the most likely avenue of creativity. I sing, but don’t carry a tune. I draw, but rarely and only out of curiosity. I dance, but only to the amusement of my family.

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