WordPress is a butt.

So I’ve been here trying to post a few pleasant little stories I’ve written, but WordPress does this thing where it doesn’t apply any of the formatting I give it in msword, and I don’t push no inferior products. Unless I get it fixed up by tomorrow, I guess that means another entire year passes without me making any of my work available. Unless, of course, you count the table scraps I’ve thrown out featuring Donald Dallas and Harry Croak.

Not to end the year on a low note, but there ya go. For the moment, let’s talk about how excellent a book Elmore Leonard’s Hombre is. It’s a tale of the Old West, and an Apache named John Russell. Leonard was perhaps the most underrated crime novelist in America, even though several of his books were made into movies. To him, the western was the natural predecessor to the modern crime genre. It makes sense, too. The trademarks are all there, the grizzled antihero, the suspense, the grey morality, and most of all the sharp, often brutal action sequences. Hombre is a straightforward book. John Russell hops on a stagecoach headed for the big smoke. Outlaws attack, choices are made, and SPOILERS, the Apache dies at the end, just like the western did. It’s a work of master craftsmanship. The guy knew his way around a story.

 

I would post a picture of the cover, but apparently WordPress can’t handle that too well at the moment either.

 

I’ve just realised my copy has some pencilled notes at the end. I think it was a line of dialogue for a book I haven’t released. It reads ‘Get busy or get fired’, and oh how true that is.

Here’s hoping your 2016 went alright. Get ready for 2017, it’s definitely going to be a year.

Mitch

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