Mountain View Cemetery
This Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle
has an article
about Bay Area cemeteries. They rightly point out that Mountain View Cemetery
in Oakland is the jewel in the local necropolis crown, but they fail
to point out that (according to my warped view of history) Evita Peron is buried there!
Check out this plot summary
for my latest novel, The Big Wake-Up
, for a hint about why I claim that might be the case."Waiting Angel" at Mountain View Cemetery
Another grave for a famous person buried at Mountain View that the Chronicle
didn't mention is the one for the Black Dahlia.Gravestone for the Black Dahlia
Yes, although Elizabeth Short's
gruesome murder took place in LA and inspired many films and novels set there--including James Ellroy's The Black Dahlia
--her mother lived in Oakland and had her interred in Mountain View.
(Elizabeth Short gravestone photo by Gregory Wild-Smith. CC 2.0 license.)
I've gotten a few questions from readers and friends about what's next for me after the publication of my novel, The Big Wake-Up
. Usually the question is phrased more directly: "Are you working on another Riordan?" (Riordan
being the name of my private eye protagonist.)
Well, I've got a new protagonist. His name is Coggins.
That's right--I'm working on a memoir of sorts. But rather than coughing up a book-length fur ball about my not-so-exciting life, I'm doing a "greatest hits"--or more accurately, greatest misses--compendium of first person essays a la David Sedaris
I've tentatively titled it Prom Night and Other Man-Made Disasters
and this is a mock cover for the book:
I'm a ways off from completing it, but if you want to get a flavor for the sort of essay I'll be including, check out "Confessions of an Email Forger
" on the Huffington Post.
(Photo by Northpolemama. CC 2.0 licensing.)
I Write Like ...
sponsored by Coding Robots
and Mémoires, (journaling software for Mac)
offers a statistical analysis tool that analyzes the word choice and writing style from a sample you provide to suggest a famous writer whose style is closest to your own.
My initial submission consisted of the text from the first chapter of my latest novel The Big Wake-Up
. To be honest, I was hoping the tool would say that I wrote like Raymond Chandler
or Dashiell Hammett
since I was certainly trying
to write like them. Nope. Here's the result from the Magic 8-Ball
I decided to give it another sample where I was absolutely, positively--no holds barred--attempting to precisely mimic the style of another writer:
Better. The sample in question was my Sherlock Holmes pastiche, "The Adventure of the Black Bishop," which was recently published in the chess fiction anthology Masters of Technique
Finally, I couldn't resist submitting the text of the first chapter of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep
. Is there any excerpt of his writing that could be more quintessentially Chandler
? Check it out:
Oops. Apparently not!Update:
I couldn't resist trying it one more time with a selection from my novel Vulture Capital
. As I describe here
is modeled after Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key
, including the use of the (now less common) "objective" third person POV. If anything I've written should come up Hammett-like, this would be it.
Check out the results:
The latest Mystery Readers Journal
just shipped. It's the paranormal mysteries edition and the cover features my photo of Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. There's some dripping Southern (paranormal) Gothic there for sure.
Check out the cover and the table of contents here