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Ted Clifton's   Updater   2020

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A Thought?

 
The world seems to be in a mess.  We’ve got hateful politics, terrible TV shows and COVID-19.  Is this the end of the world or just a bad season?  No matter the subject in America and much of the world, there seems to be two sides taking opposing positions.  It’s a crisis; no, it’s a hoax.  Maybe, in some way, we’ve always been like this; but it does seem to be getting worse. 

This could also be impacted by our apparent need for enemies.  You can’t blame others unless there are others.  Enemies have become more important than friends.  The more enemies you have, the less responsible you are for anything.  All of the bad stuff is because of the evil enemies.

We all need more friends and fewer enemies.

 


Author Update

 
Good news, I think?  Have contracted for three audiobooks.  Dog Gone Lies, Sky High Stakes and Four Corners War are in production with a release planned for June or July (yes, this year!).  You might be aware of the planned audiobook for Santa Fe Mojo which has been going on for some time.  That project died a merciful death.  Lots of bumps in the road for SFM and everyone involved decided it was time to give up.  No blame—it’s just over.

I’ve always been a reader.  My perspective when as a writer was based on being an avid, enthusiastic reader.  It felt like my years of reading had been the ground work for my writing.  Audiobooks are a different story.  I have never listened to an audiobook.  As an author my experience in the audiobook world has been somewhat problematic.  But I’m learning.  I’ve listened to large segments of Dog Gone Lies and an odd thing happened.  I became interested in the characters and the story.  Wow, news flash; author like his own stuff!

I know that sounds stupid, but that is what happened.  Listening is different.  The guy narrating the story is super good and yes—I became interested in the story.  Now, of course, I know how it’s going to end.  Just the same, I can’t wait to hear more chapters.

As a reader, not a listener; this surprised me.  I have had a snobbish bias against audiobooks—and I was wrong.  It is different, not worse or better than reading; just different. 

Stay tuned, hopefully these audiobooks are completed and available on time. 

Writing projects are slowly moving along.  Durango Two Step is planned for release later this year; Doctor Hightower is still in the works but resting at the moment.
 
LAS VEGAS, NEW MEXICO
Researching a new book that would take place in Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Yes, Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Below are some excerpts from Wikipedia
 
Las Vegas is a city in and the county seat of San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States. Once two separate municipalities (one a city and the other a town), both were named Las Vegas—West Las Vegas ("Old Town") and East Las Vegas ("New Town"); they are separated by the Gallinas River and retain distinct characters and separate, rival school districts.

The population was 13,753 at the 2010 census. Las Vegas, NM is located 110 miles (180 km) south of Raton, New Mexico, 65 miles (105 km) east of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 122 miles (196 km) northeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 257 miles (414 km) south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 326 miles (525 km) south of Denver, Colorado.

Las Vegas was established in 1835 after a group of settlers received a land grant from the Mexican government. The town was laid out in the traditional Spanish Colonial style, with a central plaza surrounded by buildings which could serve as fortifications in case of attack. Las Vegas soon prospered as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail. During the Mexican–American War in 1846, Stephen W. Kearny delivered an address at the Plaza of Las Vegas claiming New Mexico for the United States. In 1877 Las Vegas College, the precursor to Regis University, was founded in Las Vegas by a group of exiled Italian Jesuits. In 1887, Las Vegas College moved to Denver whereupon the name was changed.

A railroad was constructed to the town in 1880. To maintain control of development rights, it established a station and related development one mile (1.6 km) east of the Plaza, creating a separate, rival New Town, as occurred elsewhere in the Old West. The same competing development occurred in Albuquerque, for instance. During the railroad era Las Vegas boomed, quickly becoming one of the largest cities in the American Southwest. Turn-of-the-century Las Vegas featured all the modern amenities, including an electric street railway, the "Duncan Opera House" at the northeast corner of 6th Street and Douglas Avenue, a Carnegie library, the Hotel Castaneda (a major Harvey House), and the New Mexico Normal School (now New Mexico Highlands University).

The arrival of the railroad on July 4, 1879 brought with it businesses, development and new residents, both respectable and dubious. Murderers, robbers, thieves, gamblers, gunmen, swindlers, vagrants, and tramps poured in, transforming the eastern side of the settlement into a virtually lawless brawl. Among the notorious characters were such legends of the Old West as: dentist Doc Holliday and his girlfriend Big Nose Kate, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Mysterious Dave Mather, Hoodoo Brown, and Handsome Harry the Dancehall Rustler.

Historian Ralph Emerson Twitchell once claimed regarding the Old West, "Without exception there was no town which harbored a more disreputable gang of desperadoes and outlaws than did Las Vegas.
 
I had business dealings in Las Vegas related to my consulting practice which focused on helping owners sell their businesses.  I made numerous trips to Vegas and found the town and its people to be friendly and interesting.  It's surprising, considering the town's history, that more people don't know about the unique little Vegas (with no gambling).

As my research develops I'm looking forward to  visiting and enjoying the hospitality of Vegas once again.
Ted Clifton (short) bio
Ted Clifton, award winning author, is currently writing in three mystery series—Pacheco & Chino Mystery series, the Muckraker Mystery series and the Vincent Malone series.  Clifton’s focus is on strong character development with unusual backdrops.  His books take place in Southwest settings with some of his stories happening in the 1960s, 1980s and current times.  The settings are places Clifton has lived and knows well, giving great authenticity to his narratives.  Clifton has received the IBPA Benjamin Franklin award and the CIPA EVVY award--twice.  Today Clifton and his wife reside in Denver, Colorado, with frequent visits to one of their favorite destinations, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Odds and Ends (from past newsletter)
 
 

What’s in a Name (or label)?

I categorize all of my books as mysteries.  Started thinking maybe they are and maybe they’re not.  There are three categories my books would fit in 1. Great International Literature (oops—that must be one I’m writing).  Let’s start over.  The three categories are 1. Mystery 2. Thriller and 3. Suspense.  So what is the difference?

A knowledgeable industry person defined them as:

mystery: the main character is occupied in tracking down the truth about an event, usually a murder. If the protagonist is in any danger, it is usually moderate, and becomes a problem only as the detective approaches the truth.
thriller: the protagonist is in danger from the outset.
suspense: the main character may become aware of danger only gradually. In a mystery, the reader is exposed to the same information as the detective, but in a suspense story, the reader is aware of things unknown to the protagonist. The reader sees the bad guy plant the bomb, and then suffers the suspense of wondering when or if it will explode.

Those make sense to me.  You could have a novel that would have all of those elements or maybe two or just one.  This is not science so what you label your book is very subjective and can change with the authors mood or some other reason.
 

Now to review my books:
The Bootlegger’s Legacy.  This book is the only one that might be general fiction.  But also there are aspects of mystery—as the main characters’ search for the truth about the past and the existence of the treasure—but it’s not a murder mystery.  There is another sub-category that pops up on Amazon and that is adventure.  This might be an adventure book?  But for this piece I’m sticking with mystery.
Pacheco & Chino.  Well this series definitely has aspects of all three.  But defiantly a murder mystery.
Vincent Malone.  PI looking for murderer.  No mystery on what this is.
Muckraker Series.  These books have been listed as a mystery and in some ways they are—especially the first book.  But I believe these are really thrillers.  Tommy Jacks is in danger almost from the beginning and it only get worse in each book.

Categories of books can impact their sales and even the ability to find them—but other than tracking purposes they are very arbitrary and left up to the author.  I have read that a mystery book should be shorter than a thriller or a general fiction book—it really makes you wonder where this person who makes this stuff up hides?  So a book of x words should be listed as a mystery book but 2x is a thriller--how can that make any sense at all?

 
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