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Short Chapter

June 19, 2018
Posted at 12:13 pm

Sorry, but this chapter is fairly short. I wanted to finish this story off, but it needed to focus on the next day. It is what it is. On the plus side, while the next story is shorter, it fits in a single posting and is longer than any of the chapters so far.

The response has been very positive, and I thought I would pass along some of what I am hearing. First, as I discussed, warrants can be very complicated and need to be very precise. I have heard from a few other police professionals and magistrates confirming this. Even the tiniest typo or misspelling can invalidate the entire thing. Judges can be very particular about what they will and won't allow. The actions of Officer Hanover could have easily landed him and the department in some very hot water.

Second, a few readers wanted to know if this was going to be a version of the old Adam 12 or CHiPs series, disconnected vignettes that don't tie together but are enjoyable nevertheless. While I could have done that, I wanted the stories to have some tie-ins to each other. Still, as some of the stories unfold, I will pass along what inspired them.

Several readers were hoping to see more of the entire extended Reaper family. That was a major element in Grim's life before. Trust me, they will all reappear.

A very interesting suggestion would be to write something about Jenny. Several readers were intrigued by her. I must admit, that is a very interesting idea. I will need to give it some thought.

Anyway, this short chapter will have to suffice until Friday. Enjoy!

Block Party

June 15, 2018
Posted at 2:51 pm

So far everybody seems to enjoy the new story. This one is relatively short, only three chapters total, but as I said earlier, is based on a true story. Each story will have a somewhat different focus, and I ended up learning some things I never knew. For instance, on TV we hear all about warrants and getting them and using them, but about 90% of what you see on the TV cop shows is bullshit. There are search warrants and arrest warrants, and they are not the same thing, and the rules are very specific for each type. Fuck it up and the bad guy walks, and you might just screw up the entire case against him.

Anyway, enjoy!

The Grim Reaper: Adventures In Southern Law Enforcement

June 12, 2018
Posted at 12:12 pm

The time has come to start publishing. For those who aren't familiar with my writing, my typical schedule is to publish a chapter every Tuesday and every Friday. Sometimes life gets in the way, so cut me some slack if you miss a scheduled chapter. Also, much depends on the editing and moderation capabilities of SOL. It could well happen that while I upload a chapter, it might not show until much later in the day or even a day later. Interestingly, blog posts do not go through moderation and can show up minutes after posting, often hours before the chapter. As for voting, I will not allow voting until the end of the story.

As I mentioned in my earlier posts, this story is a collection of short stories that are building towards the final story. Before I go further, I absolutely have to thank my two 'police editors.' These gentlemen, jjmcdonald and grynslvr2, are both current or former law enforcement professionals, both south of the Mason-Dixon line. They have provided the basis for some of the stories (but not all) and have helped with both accuracy and editing. They have worked with me on earlier stories and were indispensable here.

The first story is Block Party, which was suggest by jjmcdonald. Interestingly, this story was the only one my two editors had a disagreement on. grynslvr2 considered this a 'Man Bites Dog' story, rather unusual. Many gangsters, he reported did not treat their families nicely, and were prone to beat and rob grandparents. I don't have any personal expertise on this, but I found it interesting that jjmcdonald commented that the African-American and Hispanic communities seemed to be more prone to respect for matriarchal hierarchies than other communities. Regardless, it is based on a true story.

In any case, I hope you enjoy it.

Latest Time Frame

May 29, 2018
Posted at 2:13 pm

Working hard on the new story - or is that hardly working? My wife would certainly have a thought on that. Regardless, GR:ASLE is moving forward. I am sending out some of the short stories to my editors for their review and am continuing to play with a few new ideas. If you are a police officer or retired police officer, feel free to send me a story or two. I make no promises about working them in, but you never know. As things stand I can still envision a mid-summer release; mid-summer would be July.

Writing Again

May 4, 2018
Posted at 12:41 pm

I know I haven't put anything into the blog in months, but I thought it was an appropriate time. The Clitorides just came out, and to my utter amazement, Patriots and Players finished at the top in two categories and at third in a third category. Considering the firestorm that erupted when I published it, I am surprised the servers didn't melt down! Thank you to all the voters who honored me with their choice. Thank you also to those who didn't like the story; I might not agree with you, but I do respect you. We simply live in divisive times.

After I wrote the story, I floundered for a bit trying to come up with another story. Nothing really got me excited, but then I considered Grim some more. He is certainly one of my most popular characters, and while I didn't have any great novel-length epic stories for him, I could easily see writing some more short stories. From that was born my new endeavor: The Grim Reaper - Adventures in Southern Law Enforcement. This will be a collection of short stories that will take place in 2017 and 2018 and build towards a conclusion that not all will expect.

I will warn you that Patriots and Players will be folded into this story as one of booklets. I am trying to take a decidedly non-political stance on most stories, but these days, that can be difficult. You can't even talk about the weather these days without getting into an argument about climate change. (I had three inches of snow last weekend. I could do with a bit more global warming!)

I have several of the booklets written now, with more worked out, but I am not writing them in order. That will prohibit me from publishing them until they are finished. I think that will be mid-summer. That gives me a deadline to shoot for, and for you to hold my feet to the fire.