My readers are becoming familiar with my pattern. Dearth of posts like that of late mean I have been deep within a book again. Indeed I have. I have begun my rewrite of HorrorScope. It has taken me most of this week to rewrite, rewrite, and smooth out the Foreword. This is always my hardest chapter. I write it first. I write the whole book. Then I come back and rewrite the chapter that sets the tempo.
It is proving agonizing, but I feel (at least right now) that I have it worried.
As is my custom, I must delve back into the era. I must saturate my senses with the times and seasons of when I was a mere nipper, and that the era that came thereafter in the 70s, in the wake of so much upheaval in America and San Francisco.
So . . . I have watched some videos old SF in those gritty, urban days. Here’s one of the embarcadero freeway.
Tonight I watch Dirty Harry. More than most films, Dirty Harry captured the feeling of San Francisco 1970. The city is not just a backdrop, as it is in the Dirty Harry sequels. The plot moves deftly in and out of the real city and the locations where it was filmed during a very unique time.
Last night I watched The Conversation. Unless they told it was SF, you really wouldn’t be able to tell. Bored me silly.
But Dirty Harry brings SF to you in the post Haight era, in full color and in its gritty atmosphere. I recommend the 1978 short on ZODIAC as well. That voice over of ZODIAC really captures a smug weasel’s attitude quite well. Zodiac: Sign of Death.
And yes, there is a little more substantive to update here. I have come to feel that ZODIAC did disguise his handwriting. Wrap an Kleenex around the tip of your first finger to imitate an old clerk’s rubber tip, then hold the pen between your middle and third finger. Try writing on different angles.
Interestingly, you’re quite conscious of the pen in your hand unlike when we normally write and get lost dividing our attention between the words evolving on the page. Despite the fact you do not make a 3 stroke “K” or 2-stroke “y” you will easily remember to do so without forgetting. The new way of holding the pen will keep the pen and not the words in the forefront of your mind.
This presents a problem, but I do not think an overwhelming one, as I try and finally sew this up by matching Wilcox’s writing to ZODIAC’s.
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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.