Most Used Word in 2020 – and into 2021?

UNPRECEDENTED – defined as never done or known before. The term is used interchangeably with words like unparalleled, uncommon, and out of the ordinary.

Hardly a day in 2020 ended without the word “unprecedented” being mentioned at least once in a news article or TV news feature that I read or watched. In the second half of 2020, the word was used so often that it became a distraction as I caught up on current events.

I usually don’t comment or write about religion, sex or politics—and I don’t intend to start 2021 by changing that rule—but I think we can all agree that 2020 was the year of UNPRECEDENTED HAPPENINGS.

Unfortunately, “unprecedented happenings” appear to be the 2020 hangover that continues to afflict us as 2021 emerges, and I long for a more ordinary time. I’m weary of politics consuming and drowning out other news. I long to shake hands and hug friends without fear of death. I long to be under a roof with others while enjoying a shared experience. I long for normalcy.

Some people that I admire have said that I need to be more MINDFUL and that is very true. I tend to push ahead and often don’t reflect or take pleasure in the moment. I’m the tourist guy touring with a group in a faraway land who is constantly taking photos to review later rather than drinking in the splendor of an historic or wonderous place.

Mindfulness is that mental state achieved by focusing awareness on the moment, calmly accepting one’s thoughts, feelings and sensations in the present. I acknowledge that mindfulness should be my number one New Year’s Resolution—to take pleasure in the present moment.

When people are allowed to travel safely around the world again, the postponed trips my wife and I had planned for 2020 and into 2021 may actually become a reality late into the year—places of ecological and historic significance like the Galapagos Islands, Petra in Jordan, and the Antarctic. Hopefully, my resolution to be more mindful will allow me to soak up the grandeur of the moment in those places—yes, take a few photo opportunities, but also to immerse myself in those wonderous places.

There I go, looking toward the future, and not being mindful of the present and the joy of health and safety—yet another New Year’s Resolution broken!

Thoughts? Comments? I’d like to hear them

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A 2021 New Year’s Wish

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

May the problems of 2020 be forgotten

May 2021 be filled with Hope, Joy & Happiness

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Wishing You Much Health and Prosperity in 2021

And may this be the BEST YEAR of your life!

To You and Yours

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays 2020

May You and Yours

Be Filled

With Peace and Joy,

Health and Safety

This Holiday Season

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Ghost Kitchens: A Pandemic Thing or a Durable Future?

Until recently, I had not heard about the idea of Ghost Kitchens—also known as Cloud Kitchens and Virtual Kitchens. Maybe I’ve been focusing so much on the pandemic and trying to hide into the virtual world of my novel writing that I didn’t notice this new phenomenon in food delivery. My wife and I have been preparing simple meals at home.

 A Ghost Kitchen is a facility that contains all the physical food prep aspects of a restaurant—the usual kitchen equipment and facilities needed for food preparation and the required kitchen staff—but has no designated customer space. That is, there’s no dining-in area (not even an outdoor patio area) and no space devoted to customer walk-in traffic. These food service entities are totally a closed door, delivery-only concept.

During this pandemic, many restaurants adopted a food delivery service concept as an alternative to dining in, along with curbside food pick up services, but this is even different from that model.

Although Ghost Kitchens may include part of the new business model for some existing restaurants not able to have customers dine in at present, this is a concept once removed from a restaurant preparing a meal and then calling an independent delivery service to deliver that meal to a customer.

Ghost Kitchens are cropping up all over the world and the business model is all about efficiency.

The physical kitchen equipment and staff are in place, but the physical space doesn’t need to be anywhere near high rent or high foot traffic locations. These businesses might even be located in refurbished warehouse buildings in more industrial areas of a city. All that’s needed is a point of sale website, and ordering software that accommodates a variety of delivery platforms—like GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash, etc. 

Some of the articles I’ve read about these new food service operations indicate that the business model may be here to stay, much like the concept of working from home for many may not go away after this pandemic is in our rearview mirrors. 

Certainly, the convenience of such a food service is arguably great; and, with a high quality meal just a phone call away or with a few clicks on a keyboard, an online order can be in process. I think this food service concept is yet another habit that humans will adapt to as future common practice that results from isolating during this pandemic. 

As a writer, it’ll be interesting to see how many of my author friends include these new concepts of everyday living into future plots.

Thoughts? Comments? I’d like to hear them!

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My latest book The Serial Chemist has been entered into a book cover contest for the best cover of the month in December. I would sure love some votes before Dec 5th! 

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Thanks so much!

 

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Please Vote for my Book Cover

Hi Everyone:

My latest novel The Serial Chemist has been entered into a . . .

book cover contest for the best cover of the month.

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A Hopeful Author – Even During a Pandemic!

November in the United States is Thanksgiving time. This year, the US Thanksgiving holiday is Thursday November 26th.

It may seem to be an unusual time to be thankful with so many across the world being economically fragile, food insecure and with many individuals suffering from COVID-19—and so many mourning the loss of a loved one. Thankful is possibly not the correct word to use this year, but hopeful is definitely on the menu for Thanksgiving.

There is much hope that the science driving the research and testing for meaningful therapies to treat Covid-19 as a less lethal disease will continue to be successful.

I am also hopeful that news of several effective vaccines may truly be on the near horizon, and that widespread administration of those vaccines in 2021 will allow for a more normal life and for prosperity to return to all.

As an author and “an older gentleman,” I’ve spent much of my time this year socially distancing from others and isolated while doing what I love—writing and publishing novels. I did complete a book that I was already working on when the pandemic hit and focused fully on completing The Serial Chemist novel and publishing the book this past August. Amazon Order Link HERE!

After that, the question was, “What to do next?” The answer was obviously to start another book, and I am doing that. It will be another Detective Rosie Young thriller novel and will involve another serial killer. The plot is a bit more playful this time and maybe less dark than the last one. My characters, however, have a habit of taking over my mind and directing the story however they choose. It will be interesting to see how this plot turns out, even though I have already planned the ending.

So, in this month of Thanksgiving, I am both thankful and hopeful. I’m hopeful that next year we can return to a more enjoyable existence, and I’m also so thankful for the gift of imagination to be able to create stories that readers enjoy—and I so much love writing.

Be safe, stay healthy and be thankful for the good that is in your life, now as well as with whatever future possibilities may come your way.

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them. 

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!

Halloween is celebrated each year as one of our first Fall holidays on October 31st, and this year that happens to be this Saturday.

Have a HAPPY (and safe) HALLOWEEN this year, everyone!

Halloween Blog

With as much modern fun that Halloween is, I realize that the celebrations this year may be a bit subdued compared with previous years.

So, I thought I’d bring in a bit of the holiday’s ancient history in today’s blog. 

The early Celtic pagan holiday of Samhain at the end of October involved ritualistic ceremonies to ward off ghosts of the dead. The Celts celebrated in costumes made mostly of animal skins as disguises against evil spirits of the past, and they prepared and enjoyed special feasts of autumn foods. Lanterns made out of gourds were used to light the night and these became the ancient version of our pumpkin lanterns. Huge bonfires were lit to ward off evil.

Halloween is distinctly tied to the religious holiday of All Saints’ Day, which in modern times is celebrated on November 1st.  Halloween, translated literally as All Hallows’ Eve, coincides with the more religious All Saints’ Day, a day set aside to remember our deceased loved ones.

The ritual of apple bobbing, still popular at Halloween, was originally a fortune-telling game on All Hallows’ Eve a couple of centuries ago. Apples would be selected for all of a woman’s suitors, and the guy represented by an apple that she would end up biting into would become her future husband. This Halloween ritual became a matchmaking opportunity for young women in the early 19thcentury.

For Halloween now, we simply eat, drink and be merry on what was once a much more ghoulish holiday.

For a great Halloween weekend read, my novel The Serial Chemist should give you a thrill and a chill.

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Tips on Writing That First Novel – and All That Follow (Part 3)

This is my final installment (Part 3) of my three-part series on a recent talk and interview I did recently about my latest thriller novel release.

As I’ve mentioned previously, my local writers’ group—The San Antonio Writers Guild—invited me to be the guest speaker at their August meeting. They asked me to speak about the process of writing a novel, how I choose the plots for my novels, and what skills I needed to learn before starting that first novel. The focus of the talk was aimed not only to first time novelists but also to those struggling with their works in progress (WIP).

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been sharing aspects of my talk about my journey from an aspiring writer to published author with now four books on my author page at several publishing sites.

This is the third and final posting on the subject.

In that talk, I stated that there were several criteria, or skills, a writer should have before starting a novel.

In my humble opinion, there are six pillars of successful novel writing. These are 1) having confidence to express your innermost thoughts, 2) a familiarity with the subject matter of your plot, 3) researching your subject matter well, 4) consider attending seminars and classes to become a better writer, 5) seek the support and guidance of other writers, and finally, 6) become a habitual writer by writing often.

In the last weeks, I wrote about “Confidence,” “Subject Matter Familiarity,” “Importance of Research,” and “Learning to become a Better Writer.”

Parts 1 and 2 can be found HERE and HERE, respectively.

Today, I will address what I believe to be the last two pillars of successful writing. These are:

SUPPORT OF FELLOW WRITERS: There is no better advice I can give a would-be author than to write something and read it aloud in front of a critique group. No matter how good we think our writing is, there is always room for improvement. That point is proven every time I bring ten pages of my WIP to a critique group, read them out loud, and the dozen or so attendees give me feedback about the good and bad of what I’ve written. No matter if the group is small (6 or less) or larger groups (no more than 20, I would say), it’s important to let other experienced writers critique your work and to listen to that advice. By the same token, listening to what other writers have to say about other peoples’ works is an education in itself. Even with all the seminars and classes I’ve taken to develop my writing skills, the critique classes I’ve been involved in continue to be educational and worth the time commitment. Often, these same writers/authors in a critique class can become your editors and beta-readers before publishing your novel.

WRITING OFTEN: Become a habitual writer. I have a framed photo in my office over my desk that says the best way to write a bestseller is to first sit down and take the time to write one. After learning the skills of writing and the structure of plotting a novel, you have to put in the hours to write the book. Writing becomes a habit if you do it often (at least four times per week). If you write approximately the same time of day in the same place (like the same office or desk), that habit will allow you to “get into the writing mood” so much faster. I find that I need to tune out the noise of the world around me, and the noise in my head from daily distractions, to write effectively. Writing each day on a regular schedule in my office signals my mind that it’s time to tune out everything else and focus on my book, that it’s time to create and interact with my characters. Whatever else is happening in the world around me can wait and the regular schedule helps outside distractions melt away.

Lastly, I was asked how I plan my novels—my process for plotting out my novels. Some authors write from chapter one linearly to the ending, and some plot out the chapters in an outline before tackling the writing.

With my last two novels, I plotted out the general arc of the plots on a storyboard, written the first few chapters to build my characters’ worlds, and then I wrote the ending chapters next. That way when I constructed the remaining chapters of the books, I knew where I was going and what ending goal I had in mind. I deviate as necessary to make the plot work and to create additional excitement, but writing the ending before the rest of the book helps me stay focused.

If you want to read about my novel involving a sinister plot for an investigational drug study turned upside down, pick up a copy of my international thriller Lethal Medicine HERE.

If you want to read about my novel involving an international conspiracy to hijack the world’s prescription manufacturing and supply industry, pick up a copy of my medical thriller Imperfect Murder HERE.

If you want a bit more background on my detective duo, Homicide Detectives Rosie Young and Vince Mendez, pick up a copy of their first book called Almost Dead HERE.

If you want to read about a serial killer that will break your heart in the process, pick up a copy of The Serial Chemist HERE

THE SERIAL CHEMIST is my Latest Thriller! If you like the TV series Dexter, CSI, or Criminal Minds, you will LOVE this one!

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

All of my books are available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, Overdrive, Baker and Taylor and can be ordered from your local library. And, of course, all are available to order in a paperback version.

James J. Murray is available for presentations and interviews with writers’ groups, book clubs, and more. Leave a reply to this blog with contact information, or email james@jamesjmurray.com.

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Tips on Writing That First Novel – and All That Follow (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my three-part installment on a recent talk and interview about my latest novel release.

As I mentioned last week, my local writers’ group—The San Antonio Writers Guild—invited me to be the guest speaker at their August meeting. They asked me to speak about the process of writing a novel, how I choose the plots for my novels, and what skills I needed to learn before starting that first novel. The focus of the talk was aimed at not only first time novelists but also those struggling with their works in progress (WIP).

Over these next couple of weeks, I’d like to share the remaining aspects of my talk about my journey from an aspiring writer to a published author with now four books on my author page at several publishing sites.

This is the second posting of three on the subject.

I began that talk by stating that there were several criteria, or skills, a writer should have before starting a novel.

In my humble opinion, there are six pillars of successful novel writing. These are 1) having confidence to express your innermost thoughts, 2) a familiarity with the subject matter of your plot, 3) researching your subject matter well, 4) consider attending seminars and classes to become a better writer, 5) seek the support and guidance of other writers, and finally, 6) become a habitual writer by writing often.

Last week, I wrote about “Confidence” and “Subject Matter Familiarity.” Today, I will address the next two pillars of successful writing, and next week the last two. These next two pillars are:

RESEARCH: As much as I wanted to write a thriller when I sat down at my computer that first day to start my first novel, I knew that I should write about something familiar. I knew all about investigational drug studies and clinical pharmacy—the science of intravenous drug therapy and the business of testing those innovative new drugs in clinical trials that was my profession—but I needed to add a sinister twist for entertainment value. The international drug trade and all the lethal happenings in that sinister world was my research.

I studied article upon article regarding how international drug trade happens and how the drug cartel bosses function and get caught. The marriage of clinical drug trials devolving into international drug trade and drug cartels became my first novel, Lethal Medicine.

These days, in addition to considerable online research, I seek out experts in the field I’m writing about. With that first novel, I didn’t want to find and interview a member of a drug cartel (might be way too dangerous for a pharmacist turned author), and I didn’t feel confident enough to seek out the guidance of a DEA agent. After four books, however, I’ve learned that experts in the subject matter you are writing about are happy to freely share their expertise with you.

In my latest novel, The Serial Chemist, which deals with the subject of a serial killer acting on uncontrollable impulses developed from childhood abuse, I sought out the expertise of two clinical psychologists, an expert in forensics, a legal expert and a past law enforcement officer. I assure you I knew little about serial killers before relying on these experts for guidance, but with their help and patience I became confident enough to tackle the subject, as long as I knew they could help me edit the finished manuscript for accuracy.

LEARN TO BE A BETTER WRITER: Just as in other life endeavors, education is the key to success. After I wrote my first draft of that first novel, I liked the basics of it, but I knew it lacked suspense and polish. I wrote too much about what I was comfortable with (clinical pharmacy) and less about the entertaining part (the drug culture and all the sinister, thrilling stuff that makes a plot pop for the reader).

So, I took classes and attended seminars—on how to make dialogue sound like normal speak, how to add backstories in an entertaining way, how to write narrative that is dynamic and moves the story forward with each sentence, how to integrate narrative and dialogue effectively, and how important that first sentence of the first paragraph of that first chapter is and the writing skill necessary to propel that initial impression and strength through that first chapter and into those that follow. It takes work to do that, and a successful author must put in the time to learn the skills of writing and practice those skills often to become a better writer.

More about my writing advice and those last two pillars of writing your bestseller will be coming next week.

If you want to read about my novel involving a sinister plot for an investigational drug study turned upside down that I mentioned earlier, pick up a copy of my international thriller Lethal Medicine HERE.

If you want to read about a serial killer that will break your heart in the process, pick up a copy of my novel The Serial Chemist HERE.

Both are available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, Overdrive, Baker and Taylor and can be ordered from your local library.

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

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Tips on Writing That First Novel – and All That Follow (Part 1)

Recently, I was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of my local writers’ group—The San Antonio Writers Guild—and they asked me to speak about the process of writing a novel, how I choose the plots for my novels, and what skills I needed to learn before starting that first novel. The focus of the talk was planned not only for first time novelists but also for those struggling with their works in progress (WIP).

Since I have now published four novels and contributed short stories to four anthologies, I suppose they considered me, if not an expert, then surely an “experienced” author. I was flattered that they asked me to speak. I accepted and really enjoyed the experience of talking about my writing journey and how I’ve grown as a writer.

Being interviewed as an author is a fairly new experience for me. Even with me posting a blog since 2012 and publishing my first novel in 2015, it’s hard for me to wrap my head around people being interested in my work as an author. However, my confidence continues to build each time one of my books achieves another five-star review on Amazon.

Over these next three weeks, I’d like to share aspects of my talk about my journey from an aspiring writer to a published author with now four books on my author page at several publishing sites.

This is the first posting of three on the subject.

I began the talk by stating that there were several criteria or skills a writer should have before starting a novel because writing a novel is no easy task. As an analogy to my running experience, if a short story is a 5K race (3.1 miles), then a novel is a full marathon (26.2 miles).

In my humble opinion, there are six pillars of successful novel writing. These are 1) having confidence to express your innermost thoughts, 2) a familiarity with the subject matter of your plot, 3) researching your subject matter well, 4) consider attending seminars and classes to become a better writer, 5) seek the support and guidance of other writers, and finally, 6) become a habitual writer by writing often.

Today, I will address those first two and write about the other four in two more weekly installments.

CONFIDENCE: We all have thoughts and opinions to share that we are knowledgeable about. We can even be called experts in those certain things. First, having the confidence to share that knowledge is a huge initial step. It’s confidence-building to lay out that familiar knowledge logically or entertainingly on paper or screen for publication.

SUBJECT MATTER FAMILIARITY: I write murder mysteries and thrillers, not so much because I live that kind of life (certainly not!!), but because that’s what I’ve read for enjoyment most of my life and those are the kinds of plots I relate to the most. I’ve always been a “what if” kind of guy and have taken life experiences and thought about ways to twist them into something sinister for a better story in my mind. No one reads boring stuff, but to take a bit of fact and weave that one piece of truth into an entertaining plot is interesting and something I strived for.

More about my writing advice and those other four pillars of writing that bestseller next week, and the week after that.

One Last Comment: The above is just the first part of my 45-minute talk to my local writers’ club. Fortunately, the talk was over Zoom and attendees were asked to mute their microphones until the Q&A session that was to follow.

When the Q&A time arrived, someone in the audience asked exactly what I knew they would. “So, you said you write about what you know, and you’ve just published a book about a serial killer.” The person paused for a long moment before asking, “Should we be worried about you or what?”

After a good laugh, I confirmed that everyone was safe, including my wife. She learned long ago that my devious mind only showed itself on paper or the computer screen and never in real life.

I have been a fan of the TV series Criminal Minds for years and in the recent past have become a fan of the Netflix series Dexter. I decided that I wanted to write about a troubled mind, but to present the subject in such a manner that the reader would be both outraged and sympathetic to the character at the same time. I decided that a book about a troubled, tormented individual should elicit an equally conflicted response from my readers.

I think I succeeded since two of my beta-readers told me they cried at the end, and I just noticed that I got my first five-star rating on Amazon for my recently published The Serial Chemist novel.

If you want to read about my novel involving a sinister plot for an investigational drug study that I mentioned earlier, pick up a copy of my international thriller Lethal Medicine HERE.

If you want to read about a serial killer that will break your heart in the process, pick up a copy of my novel The Serial Chemist HERE.

Both are available on Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, Overdrive, Baker and Taylor and can be ordered from your local library.

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

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