The Genius of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

M.J. Downing Just recently, preparing for a mid-February "Zoom" meeting with "The Derby Rotten Scoundrels," the Louisville Chapter of "Sisters in Crime," I dedicated some time to studying the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in order to spell out some things I'd long seen in his writing. Truthfully, I have enjoyed the Sherlock ntHolmes... Continue Reading →

“What to do with a bad review.”

M.J. Downing It's like getting a C- on that paper on which I really worked hard. It's a psychological gut punch I didn't see coming. It puts me down, like on the canvas, trying to breathe, think, though nothing happens. George Foreman, as I recall, called them 'canvas moments.' I don't know which boxer said... Continue Reading →

“Brothers, A Halloween Tale.”

By M.J. Downing Denny Crandell, my classmate Robbie’s odd fraternal twin, showed up at my door on Duncan Avenue after six o’clock one evening just before Halloween, 1968.  My friend Tim Rogers and I had been listening to WAKY on my transistor radio and reading comics in my room when the doorbell rang, and Dad, who’s... Continue Reading →

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