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Under The Influence - Elmore Leonard - By Tom Leins

I was 25 when I picked up my first Elmore Leonard novel. The Big Bounce.

I plucked it off the communal bookshelf at a hostel in Tulum, Mexico, during a thunderstorm. 600 more words

Crime Fiction

Naked Man Stuck In Napa Store Shaft Thought It Was A 'Wishing Well'

NAPA (KCBS/CBS SF) — Fire crews had to rescue a naked man after he got trapped inside a vent shaft above a Napa Togo’s sandwich shop Tuesday morning because he mistook it for something magical. 175 more words


Under the Influence: When A Landslide Brought Me Down

Lately, everything’s been feeling a bit like a landslide. It gradually starts with just a bit of instability, picks up speed when it finds like-minded volatile objects, and suddenly, with the solidarity of a thousand moving parts all determined to fall, it comes crashing down. 684 more words

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Meandering Monday about Muddled Meandering

I’m sick. I had a rather poor showing in the writing department last week; I’ll go into the details Wednesday, but I had hoped to make up words toward my quota. 410 more words




Under the Influence asks who influences your characters and whether they break away from that or not.  Plenty of story ideas there.  I also go on to suggest who some of my favourite fairytale and other characters were influenced by.  196 more words

Status Quo - 1999

Here’s an interview I did with Status Quo in April 1999 at The Star and Garter in Manchester.

It was part of a pub tour they were doing to promote their new album called… 203 more words


Under the Influence: Hero, Icon, Alien.


It’s January, which means that A) it’s time for another Under the Influence column, B) it’s inauguration month, C) it’s… 1,099 more words

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