A Morning Work-Up

(Monte Dutton photo)
(Monte Dutton photo)

I intend to write a chapter of fiction in my sixth novel, which does not, of yet, have a title. This is typical of the way I sing scales in advance of a writing chorus.


By Monte Dutton (John Clark photo)
By Monte Dutton (John Clark photo)

Only Americans would spend more than two years narrowing down a gigantic field of presidential candidates to the two they dislike the most.

This is not my personal problem. I am voting for Hillary Clinton. I would sooner vote for the most vile troll who ever attacked my Twitter or disparaged my books than Donald J. Trump.

If you think I’m going to devote the rest of this blog to politics, you’re wrong. It was in me, and it had to come out.


              The only stupid people are those who believe everyone who disagrees with them is.


The truth is seldom more obvious than when being vehemently denied.


People are running around inside my head. They are the characters in my fiction. That would be true whether I was writing about them or not.


It seems reasonable that, in a society in which a man or woman must have a license and receive training to drive a motor vehicle, he or she should have to go through a similar process in order to own or use a gun. The only people in this country of whom no sacrifice is asked are the gun owners.


The world is clearly changing too rapidly for people to adjust.


              My biggest problem is that the more people write, the less people read.


Some Libertarians are just conservatives who smoke pot.

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)
(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

Stop by L&L Office Supply, 114 North Broad Street, Clinton and buy one of my novels. Buy either Forgive Us Our Trespasses or Crazy of Natural Causes, and you’ll get a volume of my short stories, Longer Songs, absolutely free. Tell ‘em Monte sent you, y’hear?

(Cover design by Jennifer Skutelsky)
(Cover design by Jennifer Skutelsky)

Kindle versions – you don’t have to have a Kindle, just a free app for your electronic devices – of most of my books are available here. Links to print copies are below.

Forgive Us Our Trespasses is the latest. It’s a tale about crooked politician who wants to be governor, whatever it takes, and another man trying to stop him. It’s outrageous.

Crazy of Natural Causes is about the fall and rise of Chance Benford, a Kentucky football coach who reinvents himself. It’s original.

(Melanie Ryon cover design)
(Melanie Ryon cover design)

The Intangibles is about the South in the 1960s, complete with racial strife, bigotry, resentment, cultural exchange and, of course, high school football.

(Crystal Lynn cover photo)
(Crystal Lynn cover photo)

The Audacity of Dope is the tale of Riley Mansfield, a pot-smoking songwriter turned national hero with a taste for the former and a distaste for the latter.

Longer Songs is a collection of 11 short stories that all began in songs I wrote.

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