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5 March 2021

 Song mood: One Thing by Finger Eleven.

Due to my becoming more of a private person, I don't post as much on this blog.  Tonight I was watching this artist’s vlog on youtube and decided to do a blog post.  Nothing super personal.


I’ve been wanting to reach out to other artists and writers.  But now days I don’t want to be a burden to other artists.


One thing I would like to do is hire someone to do is my logo.  A friend from my writing group just published a book through a small book publisher.  Within a week, someone had ordered the book and then copied and published it again through Amazon.  Though the book was copied, the thieves were in a hurry and there were a lot of typos and grammatical errors not to mention that the proceeds of the fake books went to someone else.  The thing that the fake copies didn’t have was the logo.  She was able to spread the word about the no logo copies.  But the logo may be easy enough to do by myself.


The other thing that I would like to do is to hire an artist to do book covers.  Learning to do it myself would take up time and money.  And it would make me feel better to pay an artist to do it for me.  Although I may not be able to pay more than a couple of hundred dollars for a cover.  Some graphic artists cost several hundred dollars.


I rediscovered the Inspector Maigret series by Georges Simenon.  He wrote 75 Maigret novels.  The first ten were written and published in a year.  Simenon was the master of the pulp fiction.  So far, using pulp fiction rules, I have been writing a whole lot more.  More now because I know it doesn’t have to be perfect.  It just has to be written.

I just watched the series of movies that stars Rowan Atkinson a.k.a. Mr. Bean as Maigret.  I nearly didn’t watch series because Mr. Bean was playing Maigret, and Mr. Bean is the kind of absurd that gets tiring quick.  But I’m glad I did.  It was probably one of the best detective film series that I have seen.  Atkinson is actually quite talented as an actor and nailed this really serious role.


I am making good progress on my mystery.  On the radio story, I’ve only been writing one blog post a week.  Sometime I will need to write out a new map of the story and just get a lot of segments done.  I’m glad that I have adopted the pulp fiction rules: write as fast as you can, edit the best you can and move on to the next scene.


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