The Crotchety Old Man

Feb 01, 2016
By Michael Rupured
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Exclusive Interview with Peggy Tucker

I’m super excited to have Peggy Tucker as a guest on my blog today. She’s a central character in my new release, Whippersnapper, and an extraordinary woman. She’s agreed to answer a few questions and, as a special treat, will share the recipe for her famous cinnamon buns. Peggy: Thank you, Michael. I’m thrilled to be here, and more than a little nervous. I’m not used to all the attention I’ve been getting since Whippersnapper was released. MR: No need to be nervous. We’re all friends here. So tell me, Peggy, how did you end up in the middle of an M-M novel about a May-September romance? Peggy: It was a huge misunderstanding. Blame that handsome Oliver Crumbly. We belong to …

Jan 27, 2016
By Michael Rupured
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Whippersnapper Blog Tour and Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Whippersnapper this coming Friday, I’m doing a giant, three-week blog tour. As part of the tour, I’ll be giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon. For a chance to win, visit any of the sites participating in the tour. The tour will take place from today through February 19. Participating sites are listed below. Visit any (or all!) by clicking on the date (below) to register for a chance to with the Amazon gift card. FYI, I’ll be updating the links as the posts go live. January 27, Prism Book Alliance January 28, Drops of Ink January 29, The Purple Rose Tea House February 1, KathyMac Reviews February 2, Cathy Writes Romance February 3, …

Jan 25, 2016
By Michael Rupured
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TTFN, Luke Tanner

I’ve been not working on my current work in progress for several months. “I haven’t been” sounds like maybe someone or something else is to blame. “I’ve been not working” puts the responsibility where it belongs. Months ago, I wrote the first three chapters of the first book in the Luke Tanner, Private Eye series. Since then, I’ve been not working on it. Early on, I changed up a few details every time I read a chapter, but where to go next eluded me. So I worked on other stuff. My writing time is limited by the demands of the day job and other responsibilities. Preparing my weekly posts for this blog takes more time than it should. Blog posts …

Jan 18, 2016
By Michael Rupured
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Sentimental Favorite

Before 2011, penning a novel was something I never thought I could do. Dreamspinner Press will release Whippersnapper, my fourth novel, on January 29th.  I’m proud of all my stories, but I have to admit, Whippersnapper is a sentimental favorite. Each of my four novels has challenged my writing ability and pushed me out of my comfort zone. In every case, writing the story from beginning to end came down to three essential elements: inspiration, motivation, and challenges. Everything about writing Until Thanksgiving was a challenge. My motivation was to write a novel. Inspiration came from when I lived in DC. Before the end of my first draft, the story changed direction and even genre several times. Be that as it may, I wrote a novel. The …

Jan 11, 2016
By Michael Rupured
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Uncertainty

Nobody knows what the future holds. Anything could happen, if not tomorrow, then the day after. Or next week. Or maybe not at all. Uncertainty is inescapable. Making decisions would be easy if you knew ahead of time how things turn out. The future is a vast minefield of possibilities, likelihoods, and probabilities. Predicting what will happen with any accuracy is next to impossible. Some people handle uncertainty better than others. My mother spends a significant fraction of her time worrying about stuff that never comes to pass. After I called her on it, she clarified that when she says worrying about, she means thinking about. Same difference if you ask me. Faith doesn’t eliminate uncertainty, but it does offer an explanation.  Everything happens for a …

Jan 04, 2016
By Michael Rupured
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In with the New

Last week’s post was (hopefully) the final resting place for some of the baggage I lugged around last year. There’s more, but the load is much lighter than was the case thirty years ago. For this first post of 2016, rather than resolutions, I want to share my priorities for the year. Stay in the moment. Whatever’s happening on Facebook, Twitter, with my email, or with any of the apps on my phone can wait. I need to give my full attention to whatever I’m doing, whether watching television, working on blog posts, or adding to my work in progress. Worrying about what’s yet to come or things that have already happened is also a time-waster. Just stop! Take care of business. I keep …

Dec 29, 2015
By Michael Rupured

A Quick Six Months

Tomorrow my friend graduates from the rehab program he entered six months ago. Half a year has passed a lot faster than either of us expected. Time flies. If you’re looking for a good rehab facility, I highly recommend Bridges of Hope. Six months ago, I was skeptical. They don’t accept insurance, employ no professionals, and charge only $800 a month. I felt a little better after a trip down to check out the place, but still had my concerns. The program relies on a structured environment and the 12 Steps of AA/NA. Residents work four to six hours a day on one of several crews that carry out all the essential functions, such as cooking, cleaning, and maintaining the …

Dec 28, 2015
By Michael Rupured
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Out with the Old

‘Tis the season to reflect on 2015. I’ve had better years, but to be fair, I’ve also had worse. To put a rather challenging year in perspective, my thoughts turn to where I’ve been, where I am right now, and where I want to go. As Dr. Phil says, “How’s that (the way you live your life) working for you?” My end-of-year “life assessments” are like the performance appraisals I get at work — without all the forms, anxiety, or dread. This last post of 2015 is about the things I want to leave behind. Complacency. When I reach my destination, I get comfortable, put my feet up, and relax. Whether I like it or not, things change. Resistance is futile and counterproductive. Life is about the journey — …

Dec 21, 2015
By Michael Rupured
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Ice Cream Memories

I’m lucky. A hand-cranked freezer is the star of my first ice cream memory. I’d eaten the store-bought version before, but making our own ice cream was a special occasion. Vanilla was the norm, augmented sometimes with strawberries, peaches, or bananas. Licking the paddles was the reward for helping with the cranking. Sometimes — not very often — Dad took us out for ice cream. Whether soft-serve or hand-dipped, he always got a banana split. I got a cone. Chocolate chip was my favorite, but I liked vanilla or chocolate almost as much. We had Mr. Softee back then — a mobile ice cream shop with soft-serve ice cream and other frozen treats. I became addicted. When the truck came down …

Dec 15, 2015
By Michael Rupured

Introducing Whippersnapper!

At long last, I’m thrilled to introduce Whippersnapper. To celebrate, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. See below for details. My fourth novel is a humorous story about three people whose paths cross at the Fit as a Fiddle gym in Fallisville, Kentucky. You won’t find Fallisville on any maps. It’s a made up place located somewhere between Lexington and Cincinnati. If you like my sense of humor, you’ll love Whippersnapper. I promise. It’s a departure from its predecessors. For starters, Whippersnapper is not about Philip Potter or any of Philip’s projects. The story features an new cast of characters who I hope you will enjoy meeting. My previous novels are set in the past — two in the 1960s and …

Dec 14, 2015
By Michael Rupured

Writing Pet Peeves: Point of View Issues

Point of View is the perspective from which a story is told. A writer may choose to tell a story in first person (I was born) or in third person (he/she was born). I suppose second person (you were born) is possible, but is more appropriate for personal letters than works of fiction. Whatever the perspective, the narrator can only comment (or think about) things he or she can see, feel, touch, taste, or hear themselves. If Bill is the narrator, he can’t say “Mark knew what Bill meant,” unless, of course, Bill is psychic and can read Mark’s mind. Unless Bill’s looking in a mirror, he can’t say his face turned red, either. Instead, he’d probably say his face …

Dec 07, 2015
By Michael Rupured
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The Party Scene

Partying is a part of growing up. At some point, most people go through a party phase. A few souls avoid the party scene all together, but most people take at least a short tour. Some never leave. The party scene revolves around alcohol, music, and sex. Drugs have always been around, but didn’t become mainstream until maybe the Sixties. Things have changed a lot since then. I smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol before I was old enough to drive a car. I added marijuana to the mix in college. A few months later, I lost my virginity. Within a year, I’d figured out I was gay. My friends and I went out six nights a week, only because nothing was open on Sundays. We’d hang out before …

Nov 30, 2015
By Michael Rupured
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Best Laid Plans

Like most people, I’m a busy guy. No doubt, countless others — like any working mom with young children — are busier. Frankly, that’s a contest I have no desire to win. Less busy is my goal. Being an author is a full-time job. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to give my writing career the attention it deserves — a fact unlikely to change before I retire from the day job. Until then, writing takes a backseat to other priorities. This is my first year without a new release since 2012. I blame a self-induced identity crisis. Getting all up in my head about who I am as a writer kept me from writing another word. Sage advice from Mom, Charlie Cochet, and Tali Spencer got me through. …

Nov 23, 2015
By Michael Rupured
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No Tipping?

The latest trend in upscale dining is to do away with tipping. Instead, fine dining establishments say they will pay staff a respectable wage. Of course, they’ll also jack prices up by twenty percent or more to cover the cost of higher wages. Many moons ago, I waited tables. For more than a decade, I pasted a smile on my face and did my best to please often surly customers. Although I did my time in a dive or two, most of the restaurants where I worked were high end. For much of that time, the money I made waiting tables was my only source of income. I was paid $2.01 an hour (eventually it went up to $2.10) without any …

Nov 16, 2015
By Michael Rupured
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A 5K to Remember

My first 5K event took place in January of 2009. I signed up to run in the Chilly Dawg because it  was sponsored by my employer.  The plan was to walk it, but I quit before I even reached the half way point. In 2011 I ran in the Sleighbell.  Having failed miserably at my first 5K, I was bound and determined to finish. To guarantee my success, I trained for three months. I set my pedometer to 5K, ran at least three times a week, and had no trouble going the distance.  I was ready. The temperature on race day was a brisk 34 degrees when I got up. I put on my running shorts, and to remind me of my …

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