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Writing Rituals: Bob Martin

I guess I can best describe what it takes to get me to sit down and write, by referencing the late Glenn Miller’s 1940 big-band hit. I have to be “In the Mood.”

August 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Call Box: “I Outdrew Marshall Matt Dillon”

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD In the mid 1950’s, L.A.P.D. patrol officers carried .38 caliber, 6” barreled revolvers. The choices were either a Colt Officer’s model, or a Smith and … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

Writing Rituals: Paty Jager

It’s interesting how over the years my “rituals” have changed. When I first started writing, I would always check my emails and respond as the first “warm up” of the day. I felt the typing of the emails warmed up my fingers and my mind.

August 11, 2017 · 12 Comments

Ramblings: Shoes in the Street

Every once in a while, you see a news story of a pedestrian who is hit by a car. The TV news shows a pair of shoes in the street.

August 6, 2017 · 4 Comments

Writing Rituals: Thonie Hevron

When I first began writing, I believed that I needed to be moved by the muse. Okay. You can stop laughing now.

August 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

View from the Tower: Adventure at the Range

By John Schick, Retired California Corrections Department Officer Frank C. was a character by anyone’s standards. He was the original “Make a Mountain Out of a Molehill” kinda guy. This … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

How Do You Know It’s “The End” -Mike Black

By Michael A. Black A lot of people ask that question. I remember back in my first creative writing class the instructor answered that query with, “You just write ‘The … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · 4 Comments

When is it “The End?” Sandra Orchard

For years I’ve carefully plotted the end of my novels before beginning writing. Then I discovered the fun of allowing my characters to derail my carefully laid plans and write their own ending.

July 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Roll Call: The Calling

By Mikey, Retired LAPD Today is June 15, 2017, a day after the shooting in Virginia and the near massacre that was thwarted. Everyone there, the politicians, the aides, the … Continue reading

July 23, 2017 · 7 Comments

When is it THE END?: Ellen Kirschman

By Ellen Kirschman: The end of the story: who decides? I do. This is a great question. For me, the answer changes with every book. I wrote the first Dot … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · 8 Comments

Cop Talk

For all things about cop culture-the work, the family, the days off.

The purpose of this page is to educate writers of all genres to be accurate in their portrayal of law enforcement professionals. This includes meter maids (I was a "lovely Rita" many years ago), dispatcher, patrol officers, detectives, and administrators.

I have many resources in my 35 year career in California law enforcement. I index and explain common errors that found in all media. Guests will also post about police professionalism today and tomorrow as well as historical articles about the way things used to be, "back in the day".

Examples of police media myths: missing persons cannot be reported by anyone but the family; missing persons reports can't be taken until the subject has been missing 24 hours; all cops eat donuts.

You get my drift.



Just the Facts, Ma'am posts Sundays and Wednesdays. Guest writers Gerry Goldshine, Hal Collier, Melissa Kositzin and sometime Woody Hoke take us through the days and nights of those who protect and serve. Extra postings will include California 'Officer Down' notices or something special. I will update progress of my current literary project as they develop. --Thonie Hevron

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