Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Elmore Leonard Died Today

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it." --Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing

Elmore Leonard died today at his home in Bloomfield Township, Mich. He was 87  He had suffered a stroke recently.  In my opinion, Leonard was one of the best writers of dialogue. His dialogue is so real, street-smart, down and dirty. He’s very talented. His writing over the years has covered various genres: westerns, crime novels, thrillers, mysteries, short stories and screenplays.

He was recipient of the 2008 F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award; and the American chapter of PEN honored Leonard with a lifetime achievement award in 2009, and stated that his books “are not only classics of the crime genre, but some of the best writing of the last half-century.”

 In 2012, Leonard published his 45th novel, “Raylan,” with the television series in mind.  Leonard was working on his 46th novel, “Blue Dreams,” at the time he was stricken in early August.  “He was pretty excited about it,” his son,  Peter Leonard said. “He came over three times for dinner the week before the stroke, he was telling me about the story: how he had changed it, how he was going to bring the character Raylan Givens (from the Leonard-derived TV series “Justified”) into it. We would tell each other what we’d worked on that day. I will miss that, and him.”

Several movies have been based on Elmore Leonard’s books, including “Hombre” (starring Paul Newman), “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight” and “Jackie Brown,” based on “Rum Punch.”

wrote a blog in June 2009 about my meeting him several years ago.  I found him to be very nice, modest, and friendly.  I also posted video of an interview by Michael Brown. 

You can also read more about him in today's New York Times .

Friday, August 16, 2013


Elvis Presley, 1935-1977

Do you recall what you were doing when you heard that Elvis had died on this day, August 16, 36 years ago?  

One of my favorite Elvis songs.  


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My Cat, Max and His Toys

I wish the pet toy manufacturers would make cat toys that not only will a cat like, but ones that will not be eaten right away.  Today I gave my cat Max a toy:  a stuffed blue bird with feathers and fuzz.  Well, this evening he brought the blue bird to me and dropped it at my feet, now minus the feathers and fuzz, which he ate.  Many times his mice have ended up tailless.  The best toy for him is the small soft rubber balls.  He loves playing with them and we often have a game of kickball.  And one rolling around the bathtub is fun.  He used to fetch and bring them back to me in his mouth but doesn’t do that very often now that he is older.  I look at all the cat toys and none inspire me to buy.  Can’t the toy makers have more imagination??  Or is my cat just too intelligent and easily becomes bored.  Someone suggested the laser light and he just looks at me holding it like I’m nuts!  He doesn’t find it entertaining at all. He has more fun knocking my wireless mouse onto the carpet when he wants me to stop working! 

Does your cat have a favorite toy?

Max is a Seal Point, Mitted, Rag Doll