Amazon Studios Greenlights ‘Bosch’

Photo Credit: LA Times

I have two posts that talk about one of my all-time favorite detective series. I think you may want to read them both before continuing on with this post. The first was titled Bosch Pilot and was written all the way back at the start of February. The pilot was being made available for free for one month in order to gauge public interest. The second post was written just two weeks ago. It was titled What’s that one Series of Books You Won’t Forget? If you’ve read that post then you know that Bosch is high up on my list of favorite series, but if you haven’t then go read it. Right now. I tell you about him!

Bosch

Let me tell you a little about how we got to this point. Several years ago, Michael Connelly sold the rights of the first three books of his Harry Bosch series to Paramount. Long story short, not a single movie was ever made and the rights eventually reverted back to him after a lengthy legal dispute. This happened very recently. Then Amazon came into the picture and produced a pilot episode that would be made available for free for one month and then the ultimate decision would be made regarding a full season. The reaction to the pilot was overwhelmingly positive. (I watched the first day it was available) It was announced a few days ago that the series had been greenlit for a first season of ten episodes. The first season will pull from The Concrete BlondeCity of Bones, and Echo Park; which are #’s 3, 8, and 12 in the series. Titus Welliver is cast as Harry Bosch. And he’s phenomenal.

The Detective

I figure if you’ve read this far without going back and reading the other two posts then you probably won’t do so. That’s fine. Harry Bosch works as a detective for the LAPD. He joins the force after being a tunnel rat in Vietnam. The series begins in the early 90s and we read as Bosch ages in real time. I’ve never read a series written this way and I thoroughly enjoy it.

Have you ever seen those cop shows that always have that one male or female who doesn’t care about the risks associated with throwing his or herself fully into a particular case? I mean, they might get hurt or there could be consequences from the higher ups within the department or they could flatly accuse the wrong person and have to revert back to square one. Now you know who I’m talking about. You see, that person is Harry Bosch. He’s the guy who might face lawsuits every couple of years because he went out and killed someone in the line of duty that may seem questionable on the surface. He’s the guy who faces suspensions without pay nearly every year because of how he handles cases. He’s the guy who simply doesn’t give a damn about departmental politicking. He cares about justice. He always acts out in a manner that he believes is right. Detective work is in his blood, and that’s why he can’t step away from the department even though he’s had ample opportunity to do so.

Even if you haven’t read a single book in the series, this show will be worth watching an episode or two or all ten. I know it.

Click here to visit Michael Connelly’s website for more info about the show and the books.

Click here to read an article in the LA Times about the show.

 

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Finding Time to Write

Photo Credit: Andrew Lazo

Before I begin I would first like to tell you all a little about myself that you may or may not already know. I work 16 hours a week Friday-Sunday. The other four days of the week are supposed to be my ‘writing’ days. Now we can begin.

Generally speaking, we all have a million things going on that always seem to get in the way of our writing time. I’m no different. It just happens that my hours are not spent at a job like I know most of yours are. But I assure you that there are countless things that pull me away from my writing time, because it’s not like we can sit down and write for five minutes and get up. That’s not what I call serious writing. Personally, I can’t write for less than about an hour, and I often write for longer stretches of time than that.

Sleep

But the point of this post is not to tell you how long I write, it’s to tell you why I often find myself not doing so. I hate to say it, but I have an absolutely horrendous sleep schedule. I’ve never put a clock to it, but I figure I sleep somewhere between 10 and 12 hours every 24. Ever since I earned my degree last May I’ve not had that concrete sleep schedule that I had for the previous 16 years of my life when I had to wake up for school everyday. I always find myself napping even after just waking up. I don’t know any other person who sleeps as much as I do. Maybe a baby somewhere?

TV

I’ve reached the point at which I consider myself a TV-holic. Seriously, there aren’t enough hours in the day for the number of TV shows I watch. Here’s what’s currently on.

Monday: The Voice, The Following, Bates Motel, Switched at Birth, The Fosters, Jeopardy!

Tuesday: The Voice, Ink Master, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Jeopardy!

Wednesday: Nashville, American Idol, Best Ink, The Americans, Jeopardy!

Thursday: The Crazy Ones, American Idol, Jeopardy!

Friday: Jeopardy!

Saturday: Cops

That’s 20 different things waiting for me to watch on my DVR every week! What am I to do with all of that other than watch it?! I have a confession. I usually watch the shows on their original air dates just a short time after they’ve begun so I can skip the commercials. I don’t think any more needs to be said about my TV watching, because I’m sure after looking over that list that it’s apparent I have an obsession.

Gym

I’m a bodybuilder. Truthfully. Even though my training sessions don’t typically last more than about 70 minutes or so, the last thing I want to do after getting home from the gym is sit down and write. I’d rather shower and eat and lie down and watch one of my many TV shows. That isn’t changing. I work much harder than most people in the gym, and frankly, I’m tired afterward. The creative juices just aren’t running.

Reading

I read A LOT. Not so much recently, but I read more than anyone I know personally. I have to, right? Because you can’t be a good writer without having first been a good reader. I love reading just as much as I love writing, but sometimes another author’s book pulls me away from working on my own. It’s a little unfortunate, but my reading is what got me here in the first place. I can’t just give it up.

Just a bunch of excuses

At the end of the day these are all just my excuses not to write, because if I want to write then I will and if I don’t then I won’t. It really is that simple. I may have the next chapter or two or ten played out in my head, but they’re nothing if only rattling around up there. I’m always thinking about my story, but it’s much more difficult for me to sit down and get fingers to keyboard.

So I ask you, what do you do to find time to write?