Boucher Con: On Rules

October 29, 2009 at 7:51 am (Book World, Writing Life) (, , )

  • Stephen King said, Shit has it’s own integrity.  Write what you love, don’t jump on a trend. — Harlen Coben
  • Forget the rules.  Either it’s right or it’s your way.  — David Levien
  • It’s a craft, respect the rules.  Too many people don’t even understand basic grammar.  David Fulmer
  • Use the rules that work in the world and throw out the ones that don’t work. — Charlaine Harris
  • Be true to your own rules.  — Heather Graham

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Boucher Con: On Writing Process

October 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm (Book World, Writing Life) (, , )

  • I consciously choose to be lazy.  Copying speeds the process.  — Ken Isaacson
  • Writers who seek to be published lack ambition. — Harlen Coben
  • I don’t buy the “write what you know.” How many people have actually murdered someone? — Twist Phelan
  • Start with “What if” then decide what character is least suited to solve the problem.  — Twist Phelan
  • Know when to be vague.  — John Maddox Roberts
  • I’m of the “hum a few bars and fake” school.  Harlen Coben

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Boucher Con: On Research

October 23, 2009 at 6:23 am (Book World, Writing Life) (, , )

  • Society lives on white lies. — Charlaine Harris
  • Know what material is propoganda [in your research] and use what is not. — Kelli Stanley
  • Facts kill you. — David Levien

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Boucher Con: On Character

October 22, 2009 at 8:27 am (Book World, Writing Life)

  • Aren’t all characters an idealized version of yourself, but five years younger? — Martyn Waites
  • Sookie is more like the person I’d like to be: loyal brave, doesn’t hesitate to act. — Charlaine Harris
  • I didn’t kill my husband! — Sara Wisseman
  • Evil people never recognoize themselves.  — Sara Wisseman

Just listening to the panelings was thrilling, even when I wasn’t familiar with the authors’ body of work.  Or, when I was and didn’t get what the fuss was all about.

Another set of great quotes was collected by the Word Nerd.

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Boucher Con: On Mysteries

October 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm (Book World, Life Long Learning, Writing Life) (, , )

  • First person is really a perception problem.  — Hank Phillipi Ryan
  • Dude, I’m making this up. — Harlen Coben
  • I write the books I want to read.  — Gary Phillips

There were so many snippets of wisdom to glean from the greatness of BoucherCon.  More to follow!

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Parasites have some unusual properties

October 20, 2009 at 6:25 am (To Do)

  • They caused anemia in the Southern US
  • They might cure allergies and asthma, which developing countries experience fewer cases of
  • They might be the reason you’ve a cat lover or becoming the crazy cat lady.

Thanks to Radio lab at the wondeful WNYC for this incredibly thought provoking lessons. And, as they say, pole around on the site. You will find some fab stuff there.  Listen to Parasites, for example.

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The Plan for Bcon

October 16, 2009 at 6:00 am (Book World, Writing Life) (, )

I’m totally psyched about this schedule.  Except the driving at 4 am on Friday morning.  The rest will make up for it though.


  • 4 am – leave Oshkosh, drive to Indy
  • 11:30 ish – Arrive, find lunch, registration and fellow attendee WordNerd
  • 1:30 – Michael Connelly Key Note interview
  • 3:00 – How I met my Protagonist
  • 4:30 – Telling Women’s Stories – Or – You talking about Me? – Or – Keeping it Fresh (gotta decide still)
  • 7:30 – Rex Stout Banquet (if included.  I didn’t register for anything extra and am not sure how this falls)


  • 9:00 – The Kindle
  • 10:30 – Crime through Time
  • 1:00 – What do you need to know to write a crime novel
  • 2:30 – The Sting goes on
  • 4:15 – Awards and reception
  • 7:00 – Charity Auction


  • 9:00 – On Mystery
  • 10:00 – Would I lie to you?
  • There’s also a book bazaar to hit up between 9 and 11.

Check out the BoucherCon2009 website for more deets.  And, if you are going, I’m @slpenney on Twitter.  Tweet me if you want to meet.  I have a fabulous local guide and I hear drinks are in order.

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Last Minute To Do List for BCon

October 15, 2009 at 6:08 am (Book World, To Do) (, , )

  1. Pack
  2. Grab some cash
  3. Print cheapy business cards with contact information
  4. Finish all homework due before Sunday
  5. Check homework list for what isn’t done
  6. Panic if it’s more than a drawing assignment for Econ

Check out the BoucherCon2009 website for more deets.  And, if you are going, I’m @slpenney on Twitter.  Tweet me if you want to meet.  I have a fabulous local guide and I hear drinks are in order.

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Jon’s Favorite YouTube Videos

October 14, 2009 at 6:34 am (General List) (, )

What can I say?  The kid loves to sing

  1. Puff the Magic Dragon
  2. The Boa Constrictor Song
  3. Chica Chica Boom Boom

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The Best Parts of Calvin and Hobbes

October 13, 2009 at 7:48 am (Book World) (, )

Calvin and Hobbes continues to be my favorite comic of all times. The complete collection was released several years ago. Adding to my personal library is a longish term goal; the pri e tag needs to come down a bit or I need one heck of a coupon first.

Here’s what I love about Calvin

  1. The noodle incident
  2. Snow monsters
  3. Calvin’s crush on Suzy
  4. Calvin’s tremendous vocabulary
  5. His creativity never collapses in the face of numerous adversaries
  6. He values his time of doing nothing

A collection of fan art shows what Calvin might have grown up like. It’s very bittersweet.

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