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Weapons for Writers Pushed to June 2015
Wellsir, there's no way to couch this in snark or hokum. But I am, in true PR fashion, posting this on a Friday.
Writer's Digest informed me my book, Weapons for Writers: A Practical Reference for Using Firearms and Knives in Fiction, will not be released this year. Instead, it's slated for a June 2015 release. Its pre-order page is missing on retailer sites, including Amazon. Not to worry, everyone who pre-ordered will still get the book when it hits.
This isn't a reflection of something on my end. The manuscript went in on time, I returned the edits promptly and there were no hiccups in the process. It was a scheduling change and that's it.
I'm not so much angry as bummed. Working in publishing myself, I've been on the other side of this switch. There are many reasons a work might get bumped. There are also many reasons to be upset with a publisher, but this instance is pretty mild. So, no, not angry. Bummed.
On the plus side, time isn't the worst thing to have. It means I'll be exploring some other avenues of working with Writer's Digest. Who knows? Maybe this will turn out to be for the best.
In the meantime, sign up for my e-newsletter to stay in the loop for the release. I'm also baking pies for charity. And my new crime novel set in the North Dakota oil boom is out with beta readers ahead of the agent/publisher hunt. So stay tuned. Everything works out in the end.
|Posted on August 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
My wife and I are once again taking part in the Twin Cities Kidney Walk to benefit the local chapter of the National Kidney Foundation. The NKF is a leading advocate for kidney health and patients, including transplants. You might recall that I received a kidney back in 2010. And if didn't, well, now you know.
Last year, any donor to my Kidney Walk team got to name a character in a Maynard Soloman story. This year, all donors will receive a copy of that story, Maynard Soloman vs. The Kidney Thieves.
And if you chip in $100 or more, I'll bake you one of my award-winning blueberry pies. Doesn't matter if you live near me or not (that's what overnight shipping and freezers are for).
We're trying to raise at least $1,000 this year. Please click here to help us hit that goal. And thank you!
|Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:35 PM||comments (0)|
It's clunky, hard to operate and a relic from the 1800s. So of course a time-traveling robot from the future would use it.
"I'll be back" is the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger line from the Terminator movies, but can you name the iconic shotgun from the second film? That's it in Ah-nold's right hand on the movie poster.
It's a lever-action Winchester Model 1887. Here's the scene from the movie that helped make it famous.
As this video from the National Firearms Museum points out, it likely made its way onto the silver screen for looks. It's actually pretty clunky to operate. Not even its designer, John Browning, was all that fond of it.
Despite its name, many Model 1887s are still in circulation, and new clones continue to be manufactured. For writing fiction, it'd be available for characters in settings from 1887 through today.
However, a character using a Model 1887 needs to be strong and able, sort of like a Terminator. Working the large lever-action, as the next video demonstrates, is a chore. A pump-action shotgun might be a better fit if the character isn't cut out for the Model 1887.
Here's a video from a Guns of the Old West magazine editor firing one of the newer clones. Note how easy it jams and how difficult it is to reload.
Is the Model 1887 the right fit for one of your characters? In my work-in-progress crime novel, I give everyone pump-action shotguns. They're popular, easy to use and reliable. But that's just me. What do you think?
|Posted on July 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
Following up on the post about making shots from inside a pocket, here's a product that could help characters do just that. It's called the DeSantis Pocket Shot. The demonstration shows how to draw and fire a handgun in a pocket, but I'm thinking fiction could come up with reasons to skip that first step.
This holster would be ideal for assassin and spy characters, methinks. Just make sure the holster is available for the pistol the character is using. Check out the DeSantis order page for those details. There are only 12 models available, which isn't much, but should be enough if a scene calls out for a product like this one.