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Dermott Bottoms Is Blacktip Island’s First Private Eye

Dermott Bottoms has opened a private investigative service on Blacktip Island, the first of its kind on the small Caribbean island. (photo courtesy of Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives) 478 more words

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Figurative Language

When a writer uses figurative language that is surprising or funny or original, it catches my attention and keeps me reading.  Sometimes the expression captures exactly what I am thinking and creates a connection between me and the writer, which is the goal of every writer. 368 more words

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Jeremy Renner Akan Memerankan Sam Spade?

Sebuah rumor sempat santer terdengar di beberapa sosial media bahwa Jeremy Renner, aktor pemeran Hawkeye dalam “The Avenger” akan memerankan tokoh detektif swasta Sam Spade rekaan Dashiel Hammet. 222 more words


The nonviolent violence of Sam Spade.

I have an explicit definition of a violent scene. It has to have the characters punching, kicking, pushing and screaming, fist fighting, teeth knocking, stabbing, and seriously injuring each other. 533 more words


Cultural References as Shorthand

In one of my three critique groups, we came up against a common issue in all our writing—using cultural references that don’t work for everyone in your audience. 415 more words


life of the nosy unemployed

You know what your problem is? You think too much like a dick.
a private dick?
No – just a dick.
marlowe or spade?
You watch too much on habits and then select judgement to pounce… 107 more words



Earlier, I posted a little vignette entitled Way Station Coffee Shop. In this little vignette I spoke of how I enjoyed a little coffee while my vehicle had all of it’s fluids checked and oil changed at my local auto shoppe. 197 more words

Brandon C. Hovey