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The message


Whether selling toothpaste or terrorism, getting the word out is all important. In her book What Terrorists Want, Louise Richardson says that the purpose of terrorists’ acts is not to defeat the enemy, but to send a message. The victims … Continue reading

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Two is one


Gary was right. I need to swap my chapters. As I’ve gotten further into what was to have been my second chapter, I realize that it sets up the action and engages the readers from the start. They learn of … Continue reading

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The weapon


I finally figured out how he did it! I didn’t want my terrorist to use the usual weapons of choice. I wanted him (or her) to use a biological or chemical weapon. Chemical weapons can be very tricky and could … Continue reading

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What about Paul?


Everything is coming together: characters, setting, story and plot. I’ve even figured out the dramatic tension. However, one thing still hangs in the balance: What should I do about Paul? He could be on the lam, which would point to … Continue reading

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Deflecting the glare


Think about the kid next door. The one you’ve known since she was in diapers. The one that used to ride his bike with your son. The one that would hang out at your house while her mom ran errands. … Continue reading

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Back to business


It was good to get back to Clinton. I took today off to catch up with Paul’s family and to learn more about his old friends. Since Paul had moved away, a new middle school had opened, swallowing two others, … Continue reading

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Meet Paul


Now that you’ve met Janelle, I’ll introduce you to Paul, a 27-year-old from Clinton, Iowa. The tall, blue-eyed veteran looks more like an all-American boy than the terrorist he’s accused of being. But, then, the jury is still out on … Continue reading

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