clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Monday, January 28, 2013

Introductions All Around

Welcome !

I'm the writer whose topics include lies, deceit, murder, liars who murder, and murdered liars.

It's a cup of WeeGee at the All Night Cafe while you wonder how you ended up with a bus ticket to Omaha in your pocket. The strangers here are all safe. The people you think you know? Maybe not so much.

 I try to cast these stories into mainstream commercial fiction instead of a detective or cozy scheme. I follow rules poorly so its a question of latitude more than genre preference.

I love the topic of deceit and the process by which it evolves. Why ? I write fiction. I'm a liar.

At the top left is a little friend - the .32 automatic ( from a photo on wikicommons I believe by Bob Adams) from all those pulp detective stories of the last century. It's gentle enough for a lady's purse and practical enough for a detective's pocket. It's dispatched tens of thousands of fictitious villains but so far none of mine.

I'm editing a story now where I kill a fellow (off stage) with an exploding chicken coup. How ? The chickens flash to steam and explode. Pot pie revenge!

I'm working on a good dozen short stories that will be making the submission rounds late this spring as I step back into the fold of long-form fiction. I'll release the short stories in hopes that a couple make publication while the novels are being penned.

 I share what I see, what I learn, and what I'm thinking. I've been at this for thirty years. I had some success years ago, hung up the cleats, and got them back out last July. You can't get it out of your system once you start no matter how hard you try. Tryst me on that.

I'd love to know what you're thinking. Thanks for stopping by ...


I'm participating in the lovely re-introduction blogfest today. The link is here to find a heap of bodies.*

* talented writers re-introducing themselves ... not all with murder or mayhem on their mind.

Pistol image courtesy of as per their terms of use published in the wikimedia commons.


Unknown said...

Hello, Jack!

Nice to meet you! I'm glad you put your cleats back on because you have a knack for drawing people in with your words. I totally agree, once we start, there's no stopping. I'm glad I stopped by. I look forward to learning more about you. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Exploding chicken coop? Smelly and deadly.

jack welling said...

Celeste - glad you stopped by. Yes, the stories won't stop rolling around until you decide what to do with them. They leave little peace until pushed to print.

Susan - Ah, the coup. Blunt Force Trauma. In a town with mixed feelings on backyard chickens and a overly educated population, it was bound to happen. Great to see you here.

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Pot Pie Revenge???? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Too funny! Nice to re-meetcha!

jack welling said...

Cathy -

Thanks for stopping by! Glad you like the pot pie murder scheme.


Michelle Wallace said...

Hey Jack. Great to meet you.

That .32 looks like a nice accessory... you could use it instead of the pot pie revenge method...?

jack welling said...

Oh yes - the .32 will make an appearance in a couple of stories, shortly. The bullets will be custom frangible jobs as favored by the GRU.

Thanks for stopping by !

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Hi-ya. Nice to meetcha. After reading your post for the blog hop, I read some of your other posts, and you really have some great stuff here. Helpful stuff, even. Count me in as your newest groupie.

Elise Fallson said...

When I first read your post, I thought you wrote "exploding chicken soup." LOL! I guess I'm a bit hungry at the moment, hence the mind slip. Very nice to meet you, Jack! (:

jack welling said...

Thanks for stopping by. I've stolen my philosophy from Popeye (I yam what I yam) and so the whole potato theme is wonderful. However, blogspot hates me and no comments will stick.

Elise - hope you enjoy the poultry poppers. Lovely piece today on $1300 chicken coups for gentlemen farmers in urban areas courtesy _WSJ_. Only a matter of time until feathers fill the air. It's one science fair away from happening.

Mark K said...

Tis a pleasure to meet you, Jack - hope you're blessed with more stamina than I in making the rounds on the re-meet circuit?

jack welling said...

Mark - glad to see you by. Hope the dog is doing well !