Eric Bishop

On Writing The Sequel

Authors cheat, at least this one does. I borrow ideas from writer’s who have been through it before. Soon, I’ll be writing the sequel to The Samaritan’s Pistol. So I’ve asked Lehua Parker whom I admire and respect what it’s like to write familiar characters the second time around. I read an advanced copy of…

DON’T WORRY BE GRUMPY

  The dog was onto another bird and maybe more, tail up wagging, working the brush and knee length grass. I thumbed the safety off just as three pheasants broke into the sky. My angle wasn’t right, but Elden shot both roosters dead with one shot each. He nailed the second bird before the first…

RIM TO RIM, AN OBSESSIVE KIND OF STUPID

A gigantic hole of gullies and side canyons. A main channel several mile away that’s so deep you can’t see the Colorado River from Grand Canyon’s edge. I’ve blogged about floating there, an eighteen day rafting adventure. It was on my fifth trip I met I guy named Steve with a booming voice and sense…

A MIDNIGHT HEADACHE

Before Mel went crazy he made some good movies, Braveheart in particular. One scene haunts me. Near the end, he rides a horse into an enemy’s bed chamber and crushes his skull with a ball and chain attached to a stick. The weapons name doesn’t matter. Dead is dead, and I’m scared of dying. My…

REAL MEN DON’T NEED THE FORCE

One hot July afternoon between my junior and senior years of high school, I was crashed on the unheated waterbed in my basement bedroom. Alone with my tunes. A twist of the knob to rattle the house, the thump of the drums, a base riff through the woofer. Van Halen’s latest spun on the turntable.…

PROFANITY NOT INCLUDED CONTINUED

Thanks to all who read or commented last week about everything from F-bombs to biblical swearing. I enjoyed standing center field as feedback flew at all degrees between hard left and right. Now for my opinion: Even though profanity doesn’t bother me for the most part, I empathize with those who can’t stand it. I…

PROFANITY NOT INCLUDED

In previous posts, I’ve cussed a bit here and there, even sworn about my religious experience, AKA Mormon mission to Pennsylvania. My first blog was about my soccer playing daughter. I encouraged her in a youth conference letter to: GO FORTH AND KICK … (insert the last part of Harass.) She giggled when she read…

Holstein Bull Sighting in Grand Canyon

A Ted Nugent interview caught my attention several years ago when he said, “The silence of the swamp and the roar of fifty thousand fans—all magical stuff.” The author part of me is drawn to contrast. The speaker who clips along, but then slows to make a point holds my attention far better than the…

The Next Big Thing

Elsie Park, another author in my publishing house, asked me to answer these questions as part of a “Next Big Thing” promotion. What is the working title of your book? The Samaritan’s Pistol Where did the idea come from for the book? Each year I take several horse trips to wilderness areas in Wyoming. Cowboys…