Border Walls, Mass Murder and Non-Sequitur Solutions. As Long as We Can Talk Crazy

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” – Of Mice and Men

The Washington Post reported on July 24th, 2015 that there had been 204 mass shootings in 204 days this year.

The murder of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, TV journalists in Roanoke, Virginia, last week on live TV, added to that statistic and buried the, same day, story of James Holmes‘ (the Colorado movie theater killer) sentencing to 3318 years in prison. A pessimist might say, “it could be worse” while a optimist could state, “it doesn’t get any worse than this.” Both statements are true. But what all of us can say in unison is “this is so sad.” It is numbing to the soul.


So the usual banter begins, yet again, of a group that believes the proof is in the pudding; we need more strict gun control. The other side professes the God given right to own a gun and that we need better laws in force to not let guns into the hands of mentally ill people. Each side gives compelling arguments with no room for compromise. I don’t know a particularly great answer. I love my freedom, and I detest anyone screwing with my rights.

As pathetic as it may be, there is a solution.

The facts are that in our techno-intrusive world, we know who the “bad guys” are. For example, web based databases identify registered sex offenders and other felons by neighborhood. The FBI and local law enforcement know who and where law breakers of any kind live. If you believe that the FBI, Homeland Security, the CIA, and local law enforcement agencies don’t know where the vast majority of criminals involved in human sex trafficking, pedophilia, and any other of the vilest form of human debasing creeps live and operate, you are naive.

If the Chinese military can hack into the Pentagon network to spy on us, and the Pentagon can infiltrate the Chinese government network, law enforcement surely knows who the “bad guys” are.

So as long as we have “crazies,” whom law enforcement knows, roaming the streets, who happen to own guns and are prepared to kill targeted individuals or worse yet, randomly kill strangers, let’s make it count. I mean, let’s show them how to take out the really bad people, instead of just shocking us with random, senseless murder.

Certainly, pedophiles or rapists have places they hang together, don’t they?

Tell the wacko, vengeful crazies where the next pedophile convention takes place. Let’s arm them with information about the horrible people and where to find them all in one place. Then let them loose with their god given, rightfully owned assault weapons. They might be doing us all a favor. It’s a “win-win” scenario. They kill the creeps and the police storm in before it’s all over, and kill the wacko.

Whatever we are doing now doesn’t seem to be working. Today’s televised crime scenes and solutions are dystopian. So the movie theater killer gets sentenced to 3318 years for the crimes. Do you think the guys who are planning the next mass shootings will be deterred by the fear of three thousand years? In other words, draconian solutions don’t enlighten the minds of the mentally ill and sociopaths.

Perhaps the most efficient solution is to build walls at the borders of the United States and keep everyone out during the next, yet to be named, American Dynasty.



Welcome to the last day of


If you’re new to March Book Madness, it’s an excuse for me to discuss everything about writing, editing, and reading books with some amazing authors and readers. If you’ve missed any days, make sure to catch up. It’s been awesome.

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Creating Flawed but Likable Characters

Welcome to the tenth day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS!

Today, A.L. Sowards is here discussing characters. She’s the author of Espionage, a Whitney Award finalist this year, set in France during World War II. The sequel, Sworn Enemy, is due out this April.

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Creating Flawed (But Likable) Characters, by A. L. Sowards

The words stung a little because I knew they were true. One of my friends just emailed me her thoughts on an early draft of my second novel.

About the protagonist, she said, “I like him . . . but that’s all. I feel like I should have a crush on him, or want to be like him, or he should remind me of someone I admire, but I don’t feel any of that.” In another note, scribbled in red ink 2/3 of the way through the manuscript, she pinpointed the problem:


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Welcome to the fourth day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS!


.Today, author Sharon Belknap is here. Sharon and I have been friends for about eight years. When I found out she was a writer, I was astounded because she’s one of those people who seems to do everything: crafts, photography, composing music, interior designing. She’s always stylish. She’s super nice. Plus, plus, plus, she has eight kids AND a clean house. So…yeah.

Sharon and I swap manuscripts, which means she’s read my stuff early on when it’s ugly and confusing. Yet, she makes comments that are not only helpful, but don’t tear out my soul. 🙂 I really value her insight. (And her book is awesome, btw. It’s a time-travel romance. I can’t wait to see in print someday.)

Last September, Sharon drove across the country with me to attend the first ever LDStorymaker’s Midwest Writer’s Conference in Kansas City, Missouri…

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Welcome to the ninth day of



Today, Anthony Mercado is tackling the subject of adverbs. 

Anthony is one of those talented people I mentioned above. He comes from a great background in journalism where he learned to write with power and brevity.

His wife, Mary, gave that great post last week about The Art of Accepting Criticism. They’re a fun couple to hang around. They know the coolest stuff and have entertaining stories.

Anthony is quick to make me laugh with his dry sense of humor. He and Mary are the kind of people I try to glean as much as I can while I’m with them.

Today Anthony is going to help us strengthen our writing with a great post entitled,


Never Pity the Adverb, by Anthony Mercado

“Just the facts verbs ma’am. Just the facts verbs.” ~ Joe Friday  A conscientious writer

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Welcome to the eighth day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS!

Today, Christopher Rosche is talking about the amazing power of storytelling.

Chris has lived the kind of life us writers write about: journalism, terrorism consultant, congressional staffer. He’s had some amazing experiences, so I feel very lucky to not only know him, but to glean some knowledge from him in our new writing group.

And today.

He and his wife are the nicest people you can imagine — his kids, too. I’m so excited he’s writing a novel. It’s going to be amazing.

I’ll let him take over and educate you on the human brain. Very cool.


The Power of Storytelling, by Christopher Rosche

The First Attempt

Back in 2003, an opportunity opened up in my life that allowed me to finally launch the book-writing career I had dreamed about since I was nine years old.

One Monday morning I drove…

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MBM: The Art of Accepting Criticism, by Mary Bateman-Mercado

Other than those days that you wake up, sit at the keyboard and have nothing to say, the worst thing that happens to a writer is that gut-wrenching and valuable criticism of your work. My wife does a splendid job advising the squeamish types on how to take it.


Welcome to the sixth day of MARCH BOOK MADNESS!

Today, Mary Bateman-Mercado is here talking about the Art of Accepting Criticism. I’ve known Mary for almost ten years. Like me, she has five kids; three boys and two girls. But unlike me, she seems to have her act together. 🙂

I’m constantly amazed by Mary’s abilities and talents. (Make sure to read her bio, although there’s a lot not included, like awards and cool people she’s met over her years in journalism — hello, Oprah!) But the best part is that she’s also a gracious, loving person, who’s more than willing to share her knowledge with us. Yay!

  • (Even as I type this, she’s working with a group of young women, including my daughter. She’s so awesome.)

The topic Mary chose is one most of us struggle with — me especially — so I’m thrilled she picked it. Here she is:

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