by Robert Lopresti
Panel on short stories at Left Coast Crime: Travis Richardson, Bharti Kirchner, Deborah J. Ledford, Brian Thornton, What's-his-name. Photo by Teresa Wong, used by permission.
spent the weekend in Portland, Oregon, at Crimelandia, the 25th Left
Coast Crime. A good time was had by all, or at least by me. And just as
I did at Bouchercon in November, I took notes on some of the words of
wisdom that the panelists distributed, as well as some of the nonsense.
You get to decide which is which. Apologies for any
misquotes or misattributions.
"Watching cartoons is really good for writing sex scenes." - Linda Joffe Hull
"We are living in the golden age of nonfiction." -Brian Thornton
"What really hurt is that this reader trusted Wikipedia more than me." - Steven Saylor
"(My character) believes that what separates us from the rest of the animals is our ability to accessorize." - Heather Haven
"She was built like sadness." - Johnny Shaw
"You can't just have your character say the kidney was kidney-shaped.'-Terry Odell
"As we used to say in the navy, maintain rigid flexibility." - Janet Dawson
"When I read violence and it doesn't hurt that makes me angry. Because that's the only violence that's dangerous." -Josh Stallings.
"We're all twelve year old boys at heart." - Holly West
"No one in Britain has enough money to put twenty writers in a room long enough to write Seinfeld." - Catriona McPherson
"My true stories are more like independent films." -Johnny Shaw
"I went on the FBI tour today and found out I'm on the watch list." - Linda Joffe Hall
grew up in the seventies and my parents were so high that they couldn't
start a commune. So they just invited people over." - Jess
"When you're doing research, never skip the footnotes." -Jeri Westerson
"You can stand on any street corner in Bangkok and have five novels in ten minutes." - Tim Hallinan
"I call the info-dump 'As you know, Bob.' For example, 'As you know, Bob, as forensic psychologists, we can...'" -Andrew E. Kaufman
"I live in Colorado and I'm probably one of four people who doesn't have a concealed weapon permit." - Terry Odell
"Helen's work is critically acclaimed, best-selling, and award-winning, which is just greedy." - Catriona McPherson
"When I started writing I used alcohol. It diminished my anxiety completely. It diminished other things too." - Tim Hallinan
"I don't put years in my books because things change." - Andrew E. Kaufman
"You're always on the psychoanalysis couch when you're writing these books." - Steven Saylor
"Research is like fishing. You never know what you're going to catch." -V.M. Giambanco
"Adverbs are the date that wouldn't leave." -Brian Thornton
"I'm supposed to repeat all questions, so: Parnell Hall's room number is 618." -Jess Lourey
"Don't touch a menopausal woman and don't give her a gun." -Terry Odell
"They're not very interesting people before the murder." - Frederick Ramsay
"If you can't laugh at your life, it's going to be a long life." - Heather Haven.
"Adolescence is essentially a country-western song." -Tim Hallinan
"Fun fact: Chris is wearing a training bra, but not in the traditional manner." - Simon Wood
"Good writing is good writing." - Josh Stallings