A MONTH of SUNDAYS
by Leigh Lundin
Some days you wonder what to write about. Last week’s article on Tom Dooley took forever to piece together and the week before that, I was dealing with neighborhood crime, dreadfully dull. Cops and criminals must be watching the Olympics because weird crime stories are thin. The truth is the last few weeks have been tough, testing stamina and cojones.
And yet a couple of days ago, a reader wrote about visiting a new crime writing blog and praised how organized we are, mentioning JLW by name (actually initials). We set up compliments via IV drips to steady the ups and downs of blogging.
Collaborating with a colleague, I’ve been working on a three part series on rape and false rape reporting. The story necessitates my fellow writer reliving trauma and is taking time, though she was heroic and beat absolute monsters at their own game. If ‘monsters’ sounds like multiple males, that would be incorrect. But if things work out, the articles should see the light of day later this year.
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I occasionally drop in on an addictive web site that thrives on its lack of organization. Most of us visit YouTube or Hulu where videos are organized and easily searched. A funky web site called wimp.com takes the opposite approach: They store videos and when you click on NEXT or PREV, the only guarantee is you’re likely to find their offerings entertaining.
Wimp.com contains none of the fancy graphics or sophisticated user interfaces, nor does it have the shock value, outrageousness, political belittling, outré sex, disturbing ridicule, or exploited animals seen on dozens of competitors. Instead, its videos may be funny, educational, silly, or simply curious, and they work out much better. Of interest to crime writers, the site has a typist who makes my keyboarding seem glacial and a British remake of the basketball passing experiment often used to demonstrate how poor eyewitnesses are.
Pick one of the links below watch, and then click PREV or NEXT. Most clips are short, but if your resistance is low, be prepared to waste a little bit of your day clicking to see what’s next.
Have a great week!