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21 March 2021

 Song mood: Situation No Win by Big Audio Dynamite (BAD).

Currently I’m reading The Big Four by Agatha Christie. This one isn’t grabbing my attention. When she tried to write international spy novels, the weren’t as good when she did straight out mysteries. Her spy thrillers weren’t realistic at all.

I’m also reading Maigret Sets a Trap by Georges Simenon. I wanted to know how the book compares to the television series with Mr Bean playing Maigret. This book caught my interest right away. It is very similar to the TV series.

Georges Simenon published 10 Maigret novels in the first year he became a he started writing the Maigret novels. About as many the second year. He published nearly 500 novels and many short stories. There were 75 Maigret novels and 28 short stories. Granted most of the Maigret novels are actually novellas, but still, the numbers are impressive. He truly was a pulp fiction master. I’m hoping that by studying his works, that I too could become a pulp fiction master.


One thing I noticed in the Mr Bean series of Maigret films is that the great detective bounces ideas off his wife. That was the other thing that I wanted to see if it was in the books as well. I think that was such a great idea. Also, it’s something that I will have my detective do. Though in this first story, Inspector Trevor meets his wife.

I also think, that I need someone to bounce ideas off with. Especially with someone who is good with outlining and brainstorming. Once I do find someone who will do that with me, I will try to outline the hundreds of stories that I have running around in my head over the past couple of decades. So that even if I don’t get to them in my lifetime, someone could pick up the outline and write out the story.

Or, once I’ve mastered an outline or two, I could probably brainstorm with anyone. Who knows what is to come. At any rate, it would be great to have a wife who I could bounce ideas off of like Maigret does.


For craft books, I’m reading How to Write Dazzling Dialogue by James Scott Bell. I really like Bell’s books on writing. There is always a tidbit of knowledge I pickup by reading his books. And I’m also reading Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn, which is currently free on Amazon in ebook format. Bell recommended How to Market a Book, which is also by her. But that is for later. Once I finish the current list of books.


My glasses came today. Yay. Everything seems to be a bit crisper. Pine needles sharp with colour. I bought two pairs of glasses.  It’s always good to have a spare.


Currently I’m listening to The Year’s Best Horror Vol. 8 edited by Ellan Datlow. It’s okay. A good break from mysteries. I haven’t decided what will come after that, but I’m thinking either The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury or The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec.


So, that is me at the moment. It’s a gloomy week so far. I don’t mind the rain, but it limits the amount of walking that I do.

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