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1) A Cup for the Dead, by @Faith
2) BRUGES BLOOD - A Chandler Travis and Duke Lanoix mystery. by @Mike Donald
3) The Long Game- @David Howard
4) Off the Grid - @Brad Leclerc
5) Bad Italian Wine- @D.R. Ransdell
Mike, sorry bu t i really liked Mike Donald’s SciFi thriller, and though UPLOAD looks promising, i think there’s only room for one SciFi themed, in the spirit of conveying our syndicate’s true genre.
Cheers all! thanks for the help.
Nope didn’t get the bell nor the Email this time :(
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BUT THE AUTHOR OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T GET ANY CREDIT. So, despite what you may or may not hear...the site is buggy as hell.
I was depending on your holding out, William—now I have no shadow to stand in. ‘Hello, my name is Hesse Caplinger, I’m a writer, and I hate cold introductions’—is what I normally say when this sort of thing comes round the table to me, and all points are true. I’ve recently relocated from the height of the industrial south, to the heart of the heart of the country (see William Gass for further detail on this location), and I write for a living (here, the expression ‘a living’ is being used loosely to convey monetary exchange, and by no means to imply that ‘a living’ may be fashioned, wreathlike, from such monies). Most frequently, but by no means exclusively, I write on the arts, for papers, magazines, and other venues of cultural concern—a few years ago, for example, I even wrote the stage play for a musical theater collaboration, where the palpable sense of misfit loomed over me all the while, much as it hangs now over my Inkshares campaign.
Rather than ‘thrillers’ per se, what I love with the entirety of my feeble little heart is writing—just writing—just the best, most palm-moistening, fever inducing, soul-affirming, life-interrogating, knife wielding writing available under any genre, in any form—word-masonry, I suppose, also and alternatively known as literature.
I do enjoy Fleming, who is quite a fine writer on his good days; I very much enjoy Le Carré, who is an exceptional writer at all times; but I love Greene, who while lazy in some books and masterful in others, always radiates a worldview which is wise and weary and urbane—he is keenly attuned to the defective machinery of well intended societies, and the moral failings and frustrations of men who struggle against themselves armed with little more than the collective opinion and the gossamer of flagging will.
I was breast-fed on Fitzgerald, and Hemingway, Conrad, and Crane, Chekhov, Cheever, Updike and Malamud (and no I’m not eighty, so don’t ask): these are members of the fraternity of writers whose faith in the divining force of the word and the devotional ascetic of the writer to it, have shaped my innermost thoughts on, and ambitions for writing.
Smoke cloud of ambition aside, my own work, this work, “Equipment,” aims for a drop point more in the zip code of Greene’s ‘entertainments.’ My choice of subject matter in this work has largely to do with my interest in exploring the characters and attendant psychology of figures moving in almost perpetual duress; as well as those who, while their behavior may be heavily governed, their full expression of action is not—in this case the ‘thriller’ offers a sphere of motion and latitude for choice, not as common or readily plausible under other conditions. And of course, it should be at least a little bit fun.
My fellow Thriller Night Syndicate members, I appreciate your biographies. I live in Rochester NY where I teach Anatomy & Physiology at a local University. My children are all in college now and their growth has allowed me time to delve more seriously into the creative writing I have done all my life. I am impressed with the authors listed as your favorites in all your pieces but I will openly admit that my writing is influenced by films as well as novels, action-adventure films to be specific. Movies like the Jason Bourne series, Mission Impossible, and of course James Bond have all helped me form the plots and characters within my stories. I enjoy similar television series, 24, Alias, Nikita, Person of Interest, Sons of Anarchy. I enjoy stories where the characters are pinned against circumstances from which they must make a decision to act in a manner that is often violent to resolve their situations. The best plots involve a big problem, like saving a business, a family a community or the world with the infusion of more intimate personal problems, the safety of a loved one, a valuable cherished object or a personal secret. I like dialogue that is crisp and clear yet also nuanced and thought provoking. I like action that is purposeful and essential to moving the story forward not just used to fill time and space. I like secret’s that unfold slowly and only after the reveal do the clues, which were there all the time, make sense from a changed perspective. I like to see the downtrodden rise and the mighty fall with neither of those trips being easy or easily accepted and understood by characters that never saw the approach of their changed predicaments.
Novelists that have inspired my writing include Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Tom Clancy, Raymond Benson and a special acknowledgment to Mark Greaney whose Gray Man series helped me find my character’s voice.
My novel, Tears of the Assassin, will be coming forward as a draft very soon and I’ll be very grateful for your time and energy spent reading the chapters. I benefit from critical remarks. I have found the best editors, are frank about what they didn’t like or found confusing. Their honest assessment helps me see my writing through the reader’s eye. With a new perspective I can adjust passages, wording and whole sections to better convey the story. Editing is the key to good writing. As an author I strive to write from my imagination while seeing the story from the reader’s eye. I look forward to sharing this experience with you. Thank you.
My vote would be Transilience this month because the story seems well developed, has an interesting premise (detective on Mars, nice genre split) and a limited amount of time left. Next month I'd do Hesse's Equipment because it's a really interesting premise that has strong potential and I like the opening. Both are strong examples of thriller. The only reason I picked Transilience is because Hesse's book has a longer funding period and I think we could do it next month (and should since he's a member, I really do agree with endorsing our stuff).
I'm less interested in endorsing Piper's story only because it feels a lot more like SciFi and that's well covered on Inkshares IMO.
I’m very grateful for being proposed—but of course I recuse myself from any deliberations over my own material. I’ll take a look at Bragg’s Transilience, along with other mentions, and weigh-in accordingly.
I tend to agree with Christopher that our concern should likely remain with projects in, or in need of funding—the others have presumably gotten what they came for. Also, given what are likely to remain limited resources to actually tip the scales for an author teetering at the verge—perhaps we ought to consider our backing an affirmation, or a seal of endorsement—rather than feeling obligated exclusively to rare and unlikely moments for intervention. But, I put the matter to the group…
Indeed, William, thank you for the link. It looks as though Associate Membership is available with annual dues of $95, for those of us yet to put a volume down the bore of one of the ‘established’ or otherwise preordained houses on their list.
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