Darryl’s Journal

Tom Mix: the E-Book

This is the cover of the e-book edition of "Tom Mix Died for you Sins." I like it much more than the original. A new e-book edition of "Andoshen, Pa." is due to drop soon. I'll post that cover, also better than the original. Good job, Speaking Volumes.

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Cuban Rum, Cuban Music, Cuban Love

“It’s a good omen,” she said, but that’s the only kind of omen she ever saw. Trevor envied that in her. He saw only the other kind. He was young then, trying to find his own voice, to get out from under the influence of great writers. They were in Havana, their first...

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A Man, A Dog, and A Fat Boy

I put my helmet on the bar and ran my fingers through hair in great need of a cut. I was wondering if I had another hundred and twenty miles on a Fat Boy in me. Tomorrow would be the Fourth of July, not a good time to ride a bike. An older couple were at one end of...

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Harry and Louise Make a Sex Tape

It is never too late to make a bad decision. At 82 and 76 Harry and Louise decided to make a sex tape. Technology had, in fact, advanced beyond tape, and beyond Harry’s comprehension. Harry had argued for a sex tape back in the days of VCR, when Louise’s body and...

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Jackson Pollock: The Final Tally

As it turned out, Jackson became the most famous of all American artists.  His rise was fueled by the good graces of one influential art critic and one rich old woman, who convinced him that what he was doing were paintings.  It followed that he took a...

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“It Is What It Is”: The motto of our time

“It is what it is” is a valid observation in any situation, irrefutably, but as a motto in life, as adopted by the Pennsylvania North Schuylkill High School Class of 2019, it’s an odd choice, except as a class prank. It is what it is, nothing to be done about it....

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Tom Mix: Western Hero, Fallen Star

This is the cover of the eBook reissue of my 1975 biographical novel. The book was originally commissioned by 20th Century Fox in conjunction with Delacorte Press. They wanted a writer who could write a book and then adapt it to film, and at the time I was one of a...

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The Screenwriter’s Other Dilemma

He wanted to talk to me like a Dutch uncle, but he was too young to play uncle to me, Dutch or otherwise.  “This is a business of relationships,” he said, “you get to know people, establish  rapport, go to their parties, their kids’ bar mitzvahs, you support...

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Roseburg: Shots Fired

I knew that place. I remembered it as a nice town, friendly people, rained a lot. I stopped there once on a motorcycle trip from Seattle to San Francisco, and felt good enough about it to stop again on my way back north. I called a barber from the motel but it was...

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Splitting 8’s in Reno

I sat third to the deal, until a new guy sat down to my right. I took little notice of him. I had the brim of my hat lowered to eye level to block out the dealer’s mouth. He’d been running his stand-up routine, based on the accident of his birth, like most other...

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4ver: Love and Hate in the Digital Age

Herewith, the entire text: “Dayvid: U lost a good thing 4ver. Bye bye u troll/tool. Bus left! Now u can do whatevr u want with whoevr. U were never right 4 me or u would have been there, so there u go. Theresa.” I had no Theresa in my contacts. The texter's ID was a...

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A ScreenWriter’s Life

The two most worrisome times in a screenwriter’s life are when he does not have a job and as soon as he gets a job. Once he is into the first draft he is fine, but upon agreeing to an assignment he is beset with anxieties: can he make it happen, is it right for him,...

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Airport Mirrors

They passed each other at Gate 31, a little boy of eight with his parents and sister going in one direction, and a man of forty going in the other, looking for different gates to board different planes to different cities.  The boy's sister was dressed in little girl...

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Odyssey: Syracuse to Ithaca

Jamal had a way of hearing what was not said. He met this co-ed one January night that held no other promise. He wasn’t all that attracted to her, but when they were going through the act of saying good-night she left the car door open and he jumped in. He woke up...

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Hobos: A Father’s Lesson

Back then in that little town we had to take our own trash to the dump, which was an open pit two miles beyond the American Legion. We would back up the Chevy to a steep drop-off and overturn our trash cans into the pit. I had to...

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SPLATTER

The artist called his wife, who was also an artist, some say better than he, into his studio. Two dentists can marry and together open a practice. Two teachers can marry and work well in the same school. Two actors often marry,...

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“I’ve written a baker’s dozen of novels and if I’m no longer burning rubber I’m still firing on all eight cylinders.”