June 10th, 2009

Horror in a Portland suburb – do you think this would happen without the media?

Some poor girl just moved to Portland. 21 and pregnant. Looked for baby clothes on Craig’s List. She met a woman through a listing and went to her house – and never came out alive.

Instead the other woman killed her, cut the baby out, and tried to claim it was hers. But she had to call 911 because the baby wasn’t breathing. She and the baby got taken to the hospital, where they figured out she hadn’t had a baby recently – and the ambulance crew had noticed an awful lot of blood around the house.

The really creepy thing is she had been telling everyone, including her boyfriend, who they don't think knew what she was planning, that she was pregnant with TWINS. And the police are tracking down other women who may have had contact with the killer.

I only heard about this type of crime a few years back. Do you think if it hadn’t been in the media, then crazy women like this chick would think of it on their own?

You can read more here.

And similar cases are listed here. Notice that none of them is more than a decade old?

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An interview with Elmore Leonard

The Barnes & Noble website has an interview with Elmore Leonard. In part, it says,

“EL: When I was working at an ad agency, which I did through the '50s -- I left in '61 -- I was getting up at 5 a.m., and I'd write for two hours. I was just beginning to write. I didn't know it beforehand, but I learned I could write two pages, a page an hour. I did it all through the '50s. I wrote five books and thirty short stories that way. But now it's a lot harder; it just gets harder. For a while, maybe, it gets easier -- you're relaxed, and you can just write what you want, and it seems to work. But then, you don't want to sound like you're imitating yourself, and you don't want to use the same sorts of situations over and over.

JM: Is it harder throughout the process, or just at the beginning of a book?

EL: No, I think it's harder all the way. I know that in my first hundred pages, I'm going to at least introduce my characters, and then some will come along. Unexpected characters who come along are the best; they'll just help you through a plot -- as long as you're not obvious about bringing them in to do that job for you.”

I also found out that the first time he ever talked about his 10 rules for writing was at the 2000 Boucheron – and I was there! I heard him! Me and hundreds of other people, but still!

You can read here.

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Sentenced – to write a book

On Monday, Judge Ricardo M. Urbina of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, sentenced a former senior pharmaceutical executive to write a book as a cautionary tale for other executives.

Why not just have him write “I will not lie” a thousand times? How will the judge decide if the book is finished? Who will ever read this book?

Read more here.

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