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“Dot Matrix” by Jack Binding

“Dot Matrix” by Jack Binding

I stumbled across this short story on Amazon and I’m really glad I did. As mentioned by another reviewer, it reminds me more of an episode of “The Twilight Zone” structurally. Fast paced page turner with strong, consistent voice from the author and well-painted characters. Best of all, the story isn’t told to you. You’ll be inside the protagonist’s head, and experience the story, not just read it. Perhaps you too will want to “euthanize” Ross Baker. Who could blame you?

FWIW, I’m typically more of a thriller/suspense reader. Seeing the cover and “horror” listed as on of the categories might have caused me to slide right on by to the next book. I’m not sure what the proper category would/should be, but the strength of “Dot Matrix” is the structure of the story, the highs and lows we get to experience along with Lawrence, and the cleverness of it all. Maybe it’s my preconceived bias that “horror” often has gratuitous and excess violence/gore—I’ve read a few—but there’s none of that here. As such, I think “Dot Matrix” will appeal to a very wide audience.

I’ve always been fascinated by stories where, in a moment of weakness, the main character (think Michael Douglas in “Fatal Attraction” telling Glenn Close, “OK” at lunch, essentially tipping off the first domino). In “Dot Matrix,” the lead character pushes over a domino, causing an inevitable and unstoppable sequence of events. I think you’ll like finding where they lead.

DISCLOSURE: I do not personally know the author nor do I have a connection with or interest in the book in any way.


Read A Lot, Write A Lot

Read A Lot, Write A Lot

Tim Kreider, in an interview with Jon Winokur from www.advicetowriters.com, expanded on King’s famous advice, saying, “I’m afraid the only real advice I have to give is so obvious as to be hardly worth reciting. Write a lot, thousands of pages: stories, essays, long letters, reviews, really good liner notes for mix CDs or playlists. And read a lot — I mean a lot a lot.” I would only add, “Do both at the same time.”

Over the years, I have found that I lose weight fastest when I focus on diet and exercise at the same time. And I’m talking about more than just obvious calorie math. Exercising makes me want to eat better. Eating better makes me want to exercise more. Doing both puts me in the mood to get in shape, or stay in shape. Mentally, there is an important balance between the two.

I think reading and writing have a balance that works the same way. The more I read, the more I want to write. Even better, the more I read, the better I write. There’s obviously a benefit to seeing how other authors do things. But like the balance between diet and exercise, combining reading and writing changes my state of mind. It puts me in a creative place that makes it all work so much better.

I think King and Kreider would agree with me. (OP 1/17/2014)

REAL PROBLEMS

REAL PROBLEMS

Sometimes  a simple mistake, a  slight character flaw, or just a simple act of fate can lead to problems that threaten everything we own and those we love.  Watching how characters react can lead to some of the most gut-wrenching, heart pounding stories I know.