Short Story Series

My vacation is almost here and you know what that means… Time to write! I will actually have time to work on some stories and create something that y’all will enjoy reading instead of stupid update blogs that I know you grow sick of reading them as quickly as I grow sick of writing them. Sorry, but that’s all I’ve had time to do in this past month with how much I’ve been working. It is what it is.

Here is something that will hopefully get you intrigued and maybe you can give me some feedback on whether or not to proceed. I’m thinking of starting a little crime series. A series of short stories of cop dramas that will showcase the noir atmosphere and develop a storyline that could hopefully take off. I’ve envisioned them to essentially be like episodes of a TV show, being one short story after another. Also, because it’s noir, some endings will be satisfying whereas others will be open-ended and just like police work, you may not get to see what the final conclusion is but you might also see firsthand. What do you think? Would you be interested in reading something like that?

I plan to start working on a story developing this little noir world which, unlike the original genre, will not take place in LA because I know too little about LA to write an accurate story and develop a plot with it. I’m from Chicago, it’ll take place in and around there. It may not be as glamorous but if I’m going to stay true to the story, that’s the only way it’s going to get done.

Reading Michael Connelly novels, playing LA Noire and GTA, along with my interest in police work, I’ve become interested in exploring a crime novel. Creating an intricate plot with complex characters that unfold one layer at a time has intrigued me. Police work is like no other. You have people who love police, hate police, they respond to wild calls as well as routine ones, and they get to see the craziness of everyday people that most people will never see in their lifetime. As best described by Officer Cooper in Southland, “It’s a front-row seat to the greatest show on Earth.” I love that quote because it adequately describes police work. Police get the pain, the joy, the fear, the adrenaline, the triumph, the defeat, and most of all, the sense that their presence mattered to someone, whether it’s the citizen down the street who feels safer knowing the police are nearby or criminals were unsettled and decided not to commit a crime at that time knowing the police would be on them to see that they experienced justice. It’s one of the only jobs in society that without it, everything would collapse into anarchy. Societies need law and order but that means nothing without someone to enforce it.

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