Three Dollops from the Weekend

1. Had fun at LitQuake, watching Nick Mamtas’ wife Olivia read from SENSATION, and grabbing a late lunch with Nick, Olivia, Maggie Croft and Chris Reynaga. Coolio!

2. Read some short stories I liked, including from Joyce Carol Oates and Harold Lamb. Also, one from Roddy Doyle that was just okay. Funny thing about British/Irish/Scottish/Australian/Canadian comedy and me . . . I don’t much care for it in print (unless you’re Douglas Adams). Love it in movies, TV, and radio, but just on the page, meh. And that goes double time for Terry Pratchet (sorry, genre world!). I know people love him, and god bless you, but I can’t handle more than a chapter before I realize I need to wash the dog, post haste.

3. Hearing that James Ellory trained at a dojo run by Judo Gene LaBelle! How cool is that? Maybe I’ll give Ellroy another shot (enjoyed his memoir, but have not yet read THE BLACK DAHLIA or TABLOID, but probably should.

Revisions continue. Good news is percolating. Sleep awaits.



About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at
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