Just to show a slice of life in L.A. as my 20-something self. Drew upon experience with a certain cultish religion.
If I remember right, the "Cigarettes killed my wife" conversation between Benny and Cassie was the original scene of this story. [Random quotes, below:]
"I'm going to blow up the building."
"Yeah, I heard.'"
"My wife was walking to the store on the corner for a pack of cigarettes when a speeding truck went out of control and ran her over on the sidewalk. If not for those cigarettes she would be alive today."
Wanted to state my political opinion and point of view. And what better way than to follow a candidate for president?
This one started right where the books starts. [Random quotes, below:]
"If products are made by workers earning less than a living wage, I won't allow those goods into the country. I will rescind NAFTA and all the 'free trade' agreements made by previous administrations. Such agreements only undermine the working man!"
"The main problem with this country is that it is run by politicians. They start out as lawyers, find that unfulfilling, and turn to politics. We need real people in positions of power, no more elites."
To show what various 'intelligence' agencies, and bad people in general, do to the innocent. Put in a lot of humor to make it more palatable. Also wanted so see if I could write a thriller-type of novel.
This one started with "They're Out To Get Me," which ended up as chapter 2. [Random quotes, below:]
"Who are you? What is this all about?"
"I've been asking that myself, actually. I can tell you one thing: The people making me do this are not anyone you want to mess with."
"So, who are you with? CIA? NSA?"
"You think you rate a visit from one of them?"
"IRS? TSA? NBA?"
A speculation on what might go horribly wrong in the future with our daughter adopted from Russia. For me personally, this is a horror story.
It began with the actual adoption and descriptions of the hotel where we were staying. [Random quotes, below:]
"Make him fall in love, silly."
"I am not a call girl!"
"You are whatever we say you are."
"We've been in town five minutes, and you've already got boys knocking on our door?"
Another attempt at political opinion, but with real world solutions, as it follows Dobie doing just that on his speaking tour. A lot of humor here, too, but with some definite ugliness. Also threw in an alien presence because, whether they exist or not, there are forces and energies in our world that influence us, for good and ill.
The original scene that this book grew out of was The Blue Spoon Diner, which ended up being chapter 4. [Random quotes, below:]
"Remember Colonel Charonne? He's got a thing for you. Hates you. Keeps going on about 'stamping out The Red Menace' or some such. I've seen it before. You need to go away if you know what's good for you."
"Either way, watch out for those that flatter and convince you you're better than everyone else. You're not. Don't get me wrong, we're all wonderful, but as the old saying goes, 'you are better than no one, and no one is better than you.' And, 'You are special... just like everyone else!"
A silly, fantastical love letter to our dearly departed pugs.
This began as a plan for an actual business, but ended up as just a story. As short as it is, it took YEARS to finish before I forced myself to give it a plot. [Random quotes, below:]
"How should I know? Do I look like I speak tree?"
"Because you are at the bottom of the pack, and people at the bottom have to do whatever people at the top say. That's how things work. And, I say don't talk to me, boy, while I'm peeing!"