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Scott Harris

When All Hell Breaks Loose

Russ Towne is a friend who writes books in a variety of genres, including children’s books — which I love. But in the past year or so, Russ has worked his way into the world of Westerns, and he is a welcome addition. We’ve done a few projects together, which have all been enjoyable. Russ’

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Mile 29: Quit?

My last entry was about how many words you could/should you be writing — and I mentioned that there will be tough days, maybe many in a row, where you simply feel you’ve got nothing left to put down on paper, at least nothing that someone would want to read. You wouldn’t be human if,

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Movie Review: How the West Was Won

“How the West Was Won” was originally released in 1962. It was an MGM “epic” and one of its last ones, running three hours and requiring an intermission. In the simplest of terms, the movie is spectacular. Here is a partial — and I stress partial — list of stars: Carroll Baker, Walter Brennan, Lee

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Forum Featuring Brent Towns

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I liked watching Westerns as a kid, but it wasn’t until a friend gave me a heap of paperbacks in a paper bag that I really became hooked. I think I was 12 at the time. After that I used to scout

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Showdown at Possum Trot

“Showdown at Possum Trot” by David Watts is good old-fashioned Western fun. It’s got plenty of bad guys, including one very bad guy (Horse Diggins) who runs the whorehouse but, of course, wants to run everything. It’s got a stand-up sheriff with a quick temper and a quick gun, a whore with a heart of

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Mile 28: Pace

By now, you should have a few words down, maybe even a few thousand, and be well on your way toward finishing the first draft of your first novel. At some point, you may have asked yourself, how many words should I be writing a day, a week, a month? It’s a fair question and

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Movie Review: Broken Lance

“Broken Lance” is a 1954 film starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner and the beautiful Jean Peters. It was directed by Edward Dmytyk. Matthew Devereaux (Spencer Tracy) is an old-school Irishman who has spent a lifetime building a huge cattle ranch — 50,000 cows spread over a huge section of an unidentified state. He has three

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Forum Featuring Clint Clay

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I have always loved Westerns. My brothers and I grew up watching them on the black and white television — “Roy Rogers,” “Gene Autry,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Sky King” and “Zorro” to name a few off the top of my head. But

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Six Bullets to Sundown, Volume 14

“Six Bullets to Sundown, Volume 14” is (and this should be no surprise) the 14th book in the “Six Bullets” series. It’s a relatively new series, and a new volume is being released almost monthly. This particular anthology has six stories by six different authors. As with most anthologies, I liked some stories more than

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Mile 27: Writers’ Groups

My last entry covered Facebook friends, and I mentioned two specific organizations: Western Fictioneers and Western Writers of America. In the simplest of terms, as soon as you are eligible, I strongly suggest joining both groups. They have each been tremendously helpful to me, and I look forward to becoming more and more involved as

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