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Thursday, January 21, 2010
  Robert B. Parker

Photo credit: John Earle

Anyone who knows me or has taken any of my classes knows how I felt about Robert B. Parker. He was the master of story telling through dialogue. There was never an extraneous word in his prose—whether he was describing a new client, setting up an action sequence, or describing a rainy Boston afternoon. He was pitch perfect in his execution.

He died Monday at his home in Cambridge, Mass. At his desk. Working on a book. It was sudden, unexpected. The cause was a heart attack. He was 77.

I will miss him. I will continue to read and reread his more than 60 books because I think every serious writer should. If you’d like to learn more about him, follow these links. If you don’t, I’ll see you next week…

Sarah Weinman’s Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind.

New York Times Obituary.
Awwww. Hugs. I am so sorry. I remember when my favorite writer died when I was in college and I was heartbroken.

On a lighter note, I finally got my ms edited and off to Harper Teen. I'm still squeeing over here. Fingers crossed...

~Suzi and the tot
Very good luck on your ms. I will be sending positive thoughts your way!!

Another icon gone. Sad.
It is. I guess I thought he'd be around writing Spenser stories for another twenty years.

Great post, Jeanne. I felt the same way when John D MacDonald passed away.
Like a number of modern notable authors - I have never read any of his works. All the same, I was saddened to hear of his death earlier this week. I was always left with the feeling that he was well respected from within his field, and given his prolific nature, he clearly had a very dedicated following. No matter what genre it is always sad to see good authors go.

It was a hard blow when Robert Jordan passed away about a year ago, and I'm still eaten up inside everytime I read Terry Pratchett and remember that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. It's amazing how people we have no personal connection to can touch our lives in such a profound manner with their writing.
Since you seem to have a sense of humor and love all things vampire you should check out this video from a KTLA story on how one town has been keeping out vampires: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC0Rg8REt6A If you're concerned about the link just check out Vampire Prevention Win on failblog.org I think you'll appreciate this...
Leia-- I think I loved RBP from the first time I met him--at a small bookstore called Grounds for Murder in San Diego. Truth be told, I sometimes find myself channeling him when I write Anna. Like Spenser, Anna has a strong moral compass and a fierce loyalty to her friends and family. I just hope I tell my stories with one tenth of his flair and talent.

Wonderful video, Catfriend! Thanks for sharing.
DH and I will miss the Jesse Stone books.

{HUGS} J....
Me, too, Vickie.

Jeanne, did you have a good weekend?

The tot wants to know when Ann's birthday is. (I have no idea why)

We've been pimping the girl scout cookies. Sigh. I thought Daisy's didn't sell cookies, lol. The tot wants to sell 500--so not going to happen. I don't think we're even going to get to 150 so she gets a t-shirt (that she'll never wear, lol). At least she's in a troop where there's no pressure--my neices' troop is brutal. Yes, I think the girl scouts is a secret organization set out to control the world through mind-control agents put in thin mints...

~Suzi and the tot
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