Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Weather Underground

  Clinton, S.C., Thursday, January 30, 2014, 9:44 a.m. Yesterday I was working on a future novel, which is what I do for at least part of most days, and I had the television droning in the background. Lately, I’ve … Continue reading

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Ready … Set … Write!

Clinton, S.C., Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 9:19 a.m. Charlotte seems as far away as Sochi, and likely as cold, on this last week of January. For 20 years, the hustling-and-bustling, head-‘em-up-move-‘em-out NASCAR Media Tour occupied my time damn near completely. … Continue reading

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A Road ‘Companion’

[cb_profit_poster Guitar2]Clinton, S.C., Sunday, January 26, 2014, 1:57 p.m. On Saturday, I took quite the day trip, a round trip to Georgetown, S.C., down on the coast more than 200 miles away. I left the house at 6 in the … Continue reading

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Making Believe

[cb_profit_poster Storytelling]Clinton, S.C., Friday, January 24, 2014, 12:22 p.m. Fortunately, in this weekend bereft of football, I will manage to occupy myself for at least part of it on the road. I’m going to be making a long drive early … Continue reading

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Me and My Old Man, Two Decades Later

[cb_profit_poster Peace]Clinton, S.C., Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 9:41 a.m. As you know, I often use this blog to warm up for writing fiction. I’ve got a bank robbery to describe in a few minutes, so … La-la-la-luh-LA-luh-la-la-LA … toon-TOON … … Continue reading

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

[cb_profit_poster Movies]Clinton, S.C., Monday, January 20, 2014, 12:58 p.m. You’ve heard of the cross between the elephant and the rhinoceros, right? The “hell if I know”? Maybe the helephino. What’s NASCAR going to do? Hell if I know. I read … Continue reading

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NASCAR: A Ridiculously Brief History

Clinton, S.C., Thursday, January 16, 2014, 8:31 a.m. NASCAR these days is just a whirling dervish, which naturally leads to the question, “What is a dervish?” I mean, besides something that whirls. The whirling dance, or Sufi whirling, that is … Continue reading

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Holding Things Together

[cb_profit_poster Lotto]Clinton, S.C., Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 10:20 a.m. Two steps forward. One step back. That wouldn’t have been acceptable to my high-school football coach. The slogans on Keith Richardson’s locker-room walls gave my latter novel its name. Those slogans … Continue reading

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Stopping by Cinema on a Rainy Afternoon

[cb_profit_poster Movies]Clinton, S.C., Saturday, January 11, 2014, 9:45 a.m. From time to time, I get that “Here in Topeka” feeling, even though it’s actually in Clinton. It’s from the old Loretta Lynn song “One’s on the Way”: Here in Topeka … Continue reading

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Don’t Pin All Your Hopes on Daytona

[cb_profit_poster sponsor1]Clinton, S.C., Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 5:31 p.m. I’m going to make a few random observations about NASCAR, the reason being that, at this point of the year, I don’t have many opinions that are fully formed. The baseball … Continue reading

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