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Musings on the Writing Life
1. The Stolen Things

When my second book, The Stolen One came out, I eagerly did google alerts on it, not knowing the daily surprises I'd get. The word "Stolen" apparently picks up on every article about anything stolen in the world. I probably get ten google alerts a day for "The Stolen One" and every now and then, it is something about my book. I could cancel the alert but actually there is some interesting reading in there.

Recent alerts yielded the usual - "Man in Court Over Stolen Vehicles" and "Police find Stolen Credit Cards" and "Woman arrested for Theft at Hastings." Some were seasonal: "Police find Stolen Utah Snowmobiles," and "More Than 50 Christmas Trees Reported Stolen from Tree Lot," and "Baby Jesus Stolen From Nativity Scenes." The later is reminsicent of one of the final scenes in my book, "The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous."

Many recall to mind the stupidity of thieves: "Stolen TV Left on Curb that Doesn't Fit in Getaway Car."

The absurd: "Stolen Helmut Alert" from an online Scuba Magaine, and "Stolen Rhinocerous Returned (a mascot from a high school).

Of course the famous are not immune: "Recovery of Stolen Trophy Leaves Sampras 'More Optimistic'."

There's lots of material for future writing: "Spanish Police Recover 34 Stolen Artworks" (including a Picasso) and "Stolen Gold Found; Cops Hunt for Pure Leader Being Transported from Delhi to Mumbai." This concerned 23 bars of gold stolen from an employer.

And the most heartwarming: "World War II Veteran Michael Demich Gets Replacement For Stolen Medals."


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Lock Your Doors!

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