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Know Jack #354 It’s Alive!

Well, the monster seems to have come to life. I’ve laid the Colonel to rest and I’m moving away from much of the writing theme here in favor of doing that on the House of Honor Books blog. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to talk about my writing at all. It only means it will have a different slant to it.

I have finished the first draft of Ed Landry’s newest adventure, Voodoo Moon. It has been a bit of a struggle. I started and restarted the book four or five times trying to get it right. I celebrated the wrap up on Thursday night at karaoke with a couple of New Orleans songs.

Ed Landry’s back in Louisiana for Voodoo Moon and I have brought back some of the characters from Bayou Moon. It amazes me when I get comments from readers asking about the characters in this series. They are real enough to me, but for other people…?

My friend Cameron Buckner of Dixie Cryptid, who narrated the first two Ed Landry audiobooks has said he’s not letting me off the hook for killing off Penny in the Blood Moon. It seems he’s not alone.

I finished reading The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis not long ago. It is a wonderful story about a bus ride that begins on the outskirts of Hell, from a kind of Purgatory, that makes a stop in Heaven where the passengers are met by people from their past who try to convince them to stay. It has great insights into how people view life, its purpose, and where it’s going.

I also stumbled across a book that I hadn’t heard about by Thomas Harris (Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon). This one is called Cari Mora. I don’t know how this one got in the bargain bin, but I’m glad I found it.

I think the greatest gift a person can give themselves is to turn off the Tv and pick up a good book. It’s more than just the content of the stories—reading engages the mind, it’s entertainment that you become involved in. That’s the reason some people don’t read.

I’m grateful for people who choose to read, whether they buy my books or not. Of course, I am grateful for all the people that surround me. We may not always be conscious of it, but each one of us is busy writing their life story, and what a blessing those lives are to share.


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