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First I want to tell you that the 17th audio episode of The Maltese Jordans – Jack Palms’s newest epic adventure—is coming out tomorrow on my Patreon. If you’re already subscribed, great! You have something good to look forward to. If not, here’s your chance to join the Patreon page and get all of the MJs episodes (51 chapters!) for just $3 a month. That’s right. Cancel anytime. I’m so convinced you’ll like what I’ve got going on there—you did used to listen to my podcast, right?—that I’m offering it for just $3 to get all the episodes, caught up, and ready to roll on into the ending and book-release in January and Feb.
And here’s how you can get your name in the book: join now and you’ll be assured a spot on the Maltese Jordans Acknowledgements Page! That’s right, I’ll be thanking all my Patreon subscribers specifically in the book. Get on this before I start my special offer campaign and you’ll be in the most-special spot.
Does this email read like I should be offering you a free set of Ginsu knives? Well… actually I have a special offer coming up soon and I will be giving away Jack Palms Swag! Check out this poll and vote now to let me know what items you’d covet. Yes indeed! Maltese Jordans swag is coming!
That’s all for today from Easthampton. It’s cold here, but sunny with no snow on the ground. Great things! I wish you all the best for a wonderful holiday season and rest of 2018. May 2019 start off killer-awesome for you and yours.
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Episode 01 is free now — Three Chapters — live and direct for your ears!
What if Michael Jordan played one secret pickup game in summer 1996 to pay off a debt so big it would get him banned from the NBA for life?
Follow Jack Palms on a hunt from San Francisco to Hawaii and back across the country as he tracks the one man who knows the truth and has the shoes to prove it, a felon who just skipped bond to chase his dream — and the mythical pair of sneakers that can only go by one name.
Here’s my Southern Gothic style story “To the Bone” for your ears. Click here to download or listen.
This audio first appeared on CrimeWAV with guest host Mark L. Berry–my boy! Thanks, Mark!
“To the Bone” was first published in The Booked. Anthology back in 2013. Thanks much to the Booked. Podcast guys, who’re also on Patreon here. Backstory on the story: I don’t know where this one came from, but I wrote it back in SF about 5 years ago. It feels very Faulkner-influenced and, since I’ve just picked up Go Down, Moses again for the first time in a LONG time, I thought of it. Where did these characters come from, Duncan and Estep? Neither of them PC or forgivable? Perhaps the story “Pantaloon in Black” holds the answer. Also, if you’re looking for a good read you could do a lot worse than to start there.
Anyway, that’s my background on this one and a reading tip for the month.
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to hear all of episode 1, 3 chapters, all free for your ears! Take the story out, give it a test-drive and see what you think before you buy, purchase, support right there on the Patreon page. Go on! What have you got to lose?
So here’s your boy, working on a new publishing model for audiobooks, asking you to come along for the ride. Enjoy!
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In 1999 I had the good fortune to study with one of my heroes, the novelist and short story writer Denis Johnson. This happened at a workshop put on by the University of Montana at a place called Yellow Bay on Flathead Lake.
I took a two-day train trip out of Boston, on Amtrak, and stepped off a train in Whitefish, Montana, spent the night there, and arranged for someone to drive me the rest of the way to the lake. A couple hours, I think.
During that week I met other writers and had a great time. But the highlight was meeting and actually becoming friends with my hero, Denis Johnson.
He liked the pieces I put up for workshop very much, chief among these “When They Were Calling You in for Dinner.” Late in the week, he took me aside. We walked along the shore of the lake, skipping rocks onto the water. He told me (and here I’m paraphrasing), “if you take care of your craft and focus on writing well, everything else will work out.” He said it much more succinctly, clearly, but that was the heart of it. In short, he gave me the confidence to write. Even more than that, he gave me the seed of a faith that this could work. Not the start, but perhaps a foundation of my belief.
He encouraged me to apply to graduate programs, and a year later I wound up at his alma-mater, the University of Iowa, and the Writers’ Workshop. We corresponded for a few years after that and I had the pleasure of being his Iowa City tour guide when he came to read in 2002.
He was a friend, a teacher, and a great writer–the author of Jesus’ Son and the National Book Award-Winning Tree of Smoke, among others.
And now we have lost him. May Denis Johnson rest in peace.
This summer I searched out the tape I bought of his “craft lecture” at that conference and found it, bought a small auto-reverse cassette walkman with a USB output, and I converted it to audio. I hope you’ll enjoy this. I certainly taught me a lot.
Click here to listen or right-click to download the file: http://shoutengine.com/SethHarwoodCrime/SethHarwoodCrime-1999-denis-johnson-craft-lecture-1999-37622.mp3