Friday, July 31, 2015

TMC Transport: Why Trucking is a Great Career Choice for Millenials


We share below our top reasons why we think truck driving is an outstanding opportunity for someone in their 20’s weighing their career options.

1.)Instant ticket to the middle class! So many young people in their 20’s are plagued by student loan debt. In trucking, the training generally takes 4 to 6 weeks and typically costs from $3,000 to $6,000 depending on where the training is done. First year truck drivers right out of CDL school with our company are averaging $54,000 with the potential for much more with superior performance. Drivers also receive full benefits in the first few months of training. What other industry can say the same?

2.)Job Security and In demand skills.

There is a current shortage of truck drivers and professional drivers are essential to the U.S. economy. They have the important job of delivering the food we eat, clothes we wear, and materials that build our homes. These are significant jobs that cannot be shipped overseas.

3.)Freedom and Flexibility.

Truck drivers enjoy the freedom of the open road, and the fact that they can live just about anywhere in the United States and be able to have a good paying job. This offers great flexibility in the event that you would need to relocate for a spouse’s career, to care for aging parents, or if you just prefer living in a remote area where there are limited job opportunities.

5.)Adventurous, Interesting Work.

Truck drivers get to see the country while being paid! Just in 2015 alone we’ve had drivers deliver to the White House Easter Egg Roll, the new Minnesota Vikings football stadium, and Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.

6.)Advancement opportunities.

The opportunities in the trucking industry are boundless for those that are willing to work. We are proud that former TMC drivers have advanced to opportunities in multiple departments and disciplines: Sales, Operations, Recruiting, Training, Road Repair, and more.

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Amazon Prime August 2015 Releases

TV Series

"Olympus" Season 1 - 8/1/15

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 1-8 (complete series) - 8/6/15


"The Patriot" (2000) - 8/1/15

"The Longest Day" - 8/1/15

"Unforgiven" - 8/1/15

"Erased" - 8/4/15

"My Best Friend’s Wedding" - 8/6/15

"In the Line of Fire" - 8/6/15

"A Most Violent Year" - 8/7/15

"Gett: Trial of Viviane Amsalen" - 8/12/15

"If I Stay" - 8/15/15

"Misery Loves Comedy" - 8/16/15

"The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl" - 8/20/15

"Timbuktu" - 8/22/15

"Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" - 8/23/15

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - 8/28/15

"Tarzan" (2013) - tbd

"The Legend of Longwood" - tbd

TV Rentals

"The Killing" Season 4 - 8/3/15

"Strike Back" Season 3 - 8/3/15

"The Knick" Season 1 - 8/3/15

"Teen Titans Go!*" Season 3 - 8/4/15

"The Amazing World of Gumball*" Season 7 - 8/7/15

"Episodes" Season 4 - 8/10/15

"Doc Now*" Season 1 - 8/14/15

"Homeland" Season 4 - 8/17/15

"Hack My Life*" Season 2 - 8/19/15

"Six Degrees of Everything*" Season 1 - 8/20/15

"Public Morals*" Season 1 - 8/26/15

"House of Cards" Season 3 - 8/31/15

Movie Rentals

"The Descendants" - 8/1/15

"A La Mala" - 8/4/15

"Alpha & Imega: Family Vacation" - 8/4/15

"Little Boy" - 8/4/15

"The Casual Vcancy" - 8/4/15

"Dark Places" - 8/7/15

"The Runner" - 8/7/15

"Where Hope Grows" - 8/11/15

"LalaLoopsy: Band Together" - 8/11/15

"The Hunting Ground" - 8/11/15

"Mad Max: Fury Road" - 8/11/15

"LEGO DC Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!" - 8/11/15

"Poltergeist Activity" - 8/11/15

"72 Hours" - 8/11/15

"Fort Tilden" - 8/14/15

"Cop Car" - 8/14/15

"People, Places, Things" - 8/14/15

"Vendetta" - 8/18/15

"Skin Trade" - 8/18/15

"The D Train" - tbd

"Kantemir" - 8/18/15

"The Love Letter" - 8/18/15

"The Age of Adaline" - 8/25/15

"Iris" - 8/25/15

"Queen & Country" - 8/25/15

"Zipper" - 8/28/15

Netflix August 2015 New Releases

August is approaching, and a new month means new additions to Netflix Instant. If you’d prefer to stay in and beat the heat, there are plenty of new streaming options hitting the service, including the new Netflix Original series Narcos, as well as new films and a handful of beloved TV series. Read on for our guide to what’s hitting Netflix Instant this August.
August 1
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999): Starring Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman and Michael Bell. The Chipmunks find themselves locked in an amusement part with the real Frankenstein.
Asylum (2005): Starring Natasha Richardson, Sean Harris and Marton Csokas. A woman becomes very curious about one of her psychiatrist husband’s inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife.
Beneath the Helmet (2014): This documentary centers on five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to serve their country.
Bride and Prejudice (2004): Starring Martin Henderson, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Nadira Babbar. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice gets a Bollywood treatment.
Casting By (2012): Filmmakers discuss the valuable and oft-overlooked casting directors who make their films possible.
Dancing on the Edge (Season 1): Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode and Joanna Vanderham. A black jazz band becomes entangled in the aristocratic world of 1930s London as they seek fame and fortune.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (Season 2): A new animated continuation to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, where all the original characters are now grown up with their own preschool-aged children.
Dear Frankie (2004): Starring Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone and Gerard Butler. After having responded to her son’s numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him.
Dogs on the Inside (2014): This documentary explores the relationships between abandoned rescue dogs and prison inmates.
Electric Slide (2014): Starring Vinessa Shaw, Chloe Sevigny and Isabel Lucas. A chronicle of the life of furniture salesman turned bank robber Eddie Dodson.
Enemy at the Gates (2001): Starring Jude Law, Ed Harris and Joseph Fiennes. A Russian sniper and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.
Flex is Kings (2013): Documentary about the unique Brooklyn dance style.
November Rule (2015): Starring DJ Qualls, Maria Conchita Alonso and Tatyana Ali. A sports entrepreneur coping with the loss of his father maintains a “November Rule,” breaking up with every girlfriend on November first.
Outcast (2014): Starring Nicolas Cage, Hayden Christensen and Alexandre Bailly. A mysterious warrior teams up with the daughter and son of a deposed Chinese Emperor to defeat their cruel brother, who seeks their deaths.
Pants on Fire (2014): Starring Bradley Steven Perry, Joshua J. Ballard and Tyrel Jackson Williams. When a boy lies to get fame, all of his lies come true.
Reading Rainbow (Volume 1): Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children’s literature and explores their related subjects.
Russell Brand: End the Drugs War (2014): In this personal journey for BBC Three, Russell Brand sets out to find out how other countries are tackling their problems of drug abuse and to explore how the framework of criminalization implicit in the ‘war on drugs’ produces enormous harm in the treatment of addicts.
Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery (2012): After the death of his friend Amy Winehouse from an overdose, Russel Brand looks back on his own years of addiction and wants to show that not all addicts turn out the same way.
Sorority Row (2009): Starring Briana Evigan, Rumer Willis and Carrie Fisher. A group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer.
The Code (Season 1): Starring Dan Spielman, Ashley Zukerman and Adele Perovic. Two Canberra based brothers become entangled in a cover up that involves a remote outback community and key members of the Australian Government.
The Hurt Locker (2008): Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty. During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
The Living (2014): Starring Fran Kranz, Jocelin Donahue and Kenny Wormald. A man hires an ex-con to kill his sister’s abusive husband, but the desperate act sets into motion a shocking series of events in this intense indie drama.
The Mind of a Chef (Season 3): Chef David Chang, along with his friends, explore, explain and enjoy food from around the world.
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (2008): Starring Tamela J. Mann, Angela Bassett and Tyler Perry. A single mom takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of her father — a man she never met. There, her clan is introduced to the crass, fun-loving Brown family.
Utopia (Season 1): Starring Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as ‘The Network’.
Vexed (Seasons 1–2): Starring Toby Stephens, Ronny Jhutti and Roger Griffiths. Two Detectives, Jack and Georgina, who share chemistry but have complicated personal lives.
War (2007): Starring Jet Li, Jason Statham and Nadine Velazquez. An FBI Agent seeks vengeance on a mysterious assassin known as “Rogue” who murdered his partner.
Wing Commander (1999): Starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard and Saffron Burrows. Blair, a fighter pilot, joins an interstellar war to fight the evil Kilrathi who are trying to destroy the universe.
August 4
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2015): Starring Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey and Leon Burchill. A family man and mechanic’s life is torn apart during a zombie apocalypse.
August 7
HitRECord on TV (Season 1): A television show comprised of contributions from the hitRECord community, a collaborative production company founded by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his brother “Burning Dan.”
Transporter: The Series (Season 2): Starring Chris Vance, Francois Berleand and Charly Hubner. Frank Martin is an ex special ops, who now spends his life as a transporter on the other side of the law. With three rules, he always completes his contracts. One way, or the other.
August 8
Doctor Who (Season 8): Starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions.
Fred: The Movie (2010): Starring Lucas Cruikshank, Pixie Lott and Jake Weary. This is the story of Fred as he goes through a weekend trying to find how to get Judy to fall in love with him. He has to deal with Kevin bulling him and various problems trying to get Judy to come over to his house.
Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred (2011): Starring Lucas Cruikshank, Jake Weary and Siobhan Fallon. Fred suspects his missing teacher’s replacement is a vampire.
Fred 3: Camp Fred (2012): Starring Lucas Cruikshank, Jake Weary and Siobhan Fallon. School’s out and Fred Figglehorn’s dreams of water slides, Clydesdales and waffle bars turn to nightmares of gruel and poisonous berries when his mom signs him up to the wrong camp!
Two Days, One Night (2014): Starring Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione and Catherine Salee. Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.
August 12
For a Good Time, Call… (2012): Starring Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller and Justin Long. Former college frienemies Lauren and Katie move into a fabulous Gramercy Park apartment, and in order to make ends meet, the unlikely pair start a phone sex line together.
Leap Year (2010): Starring Amy Adams, Matthew Goode and Adam Scott. Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014): Starring Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox. 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant.
August 14
Ship of Theseus (2012): Starring Aida Elkeshef, Yogesh Shah and Faraz Khan. Explores questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and a young stockbroker.
August 15
Alex of Venice (2014): Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Messina and Don Johnson. A workaholic attorney is forced to reinvent her life after her husband suddenly leaves.
August 16
Being Flynn (2012): Starring Paul Dano, Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.
Pariah (2011): Starring Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans and Aasha Davis. A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012): Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and Melanie Lynskey. As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.
August 17
Lord of War (2005): Starring Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke and Jared Leto. An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol agent.
August 19
Jerk Theory (2009): Starring Josh Henderson, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Lauren Storm. The lead singer/guitarist of a high school rock band openly and unapologetically proclaims himself a newly converted jerk; however, the right girl comes along who could change him back to his former sweet self.
Real Husbands of Hollywood (Season 3): Starring Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe and Duane Martin. Kevin Hart and other celebrities play a comic fictionalized version of themselves in this parody of similarly named reality shows. Episodes often feature Kevin Hart’s attempts to gain celebrity and his jealousy of his friends.
August 20
As Cool As I Am (2013): Starring Claire Danes, Sarah Bolger and James Marsden. A smart teenage girl comes of age in a small town with her self-centered parents who had her when they were teenagers.
Strange Empire (Season 1): Starring Cara Gee, Tattiawna Jones and Melissa Farman. In 1869 Janestown on the Alberta-Montana border, three women band together for survival after the men in their town are murdered.
August 21
Grantham & Rose (2014): Starring Jake T. Austin, Marla Gibbs and Tessa Thompson. 17-year-old Grantham struggles to find his way as a man when a spontaneous road trip thrusts him into the care of a feisty 81-year-old African-American woman named Rose.
Transcend (2014): A renowned Kenyan long-distance runner returns home to help his community after winning several awards.
August 23
Girl Meets World (Season 1): Starring Rowan Blanchard, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel. More than a decade after Boy Meets World, Cory and Topanga Matthews are married and have two children. Their daughter, Riley, faces life lessons through her family, friends, and school–where her father is her history teacher — as her parents did when they were younger.
August 27
Byzantium (2012): Starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton and Sam Riley. Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.
White God (2014): Starring Zsofia Psotta, Sandor Zsoter and Lili Horvath. 13-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.
August 28
Inspector Gadget (Season 2): Starring Don Adams, Holly Berger and Frank Welker. A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work.
Narcos (Season 1): Starring Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal. A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Once Upon a Time (Season 4): Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison and Lana Parrilla. A woman with a troubled past is drawn to a town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.
Revenge (Season 4): Starring Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe and Gabriel Mann. An emotionally troubled young woman makes it her mission to exact revenge against the people who wronged her father.
August 29
Ride (2015): Starring Helen Hunt, Brenton Thwaites and Luke Wilson. A mother travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer.
August 30
Muffin Top: A Love Story (2014): Starring Cathryn Michon, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Diedrich Bader. A women’s studies professor studies images of women in the media and their effect, although she struggles with insecurities of her own.

Read More: New Netflix Instant Releases: August 2015 |

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rolling CB Interview: Livestock Haulers

Rolling CB Interview: Livestock Haulers

Two great random interviews. William Siben a truck driver in the Netherlands was vacationing in Orlando, FL and wanted to tag along on a Rolling CB Interview. We happened upon Jr Richardson who was parked at the 75 Chrome Shop and did not mind taking his 359 Pete out on the road. Jr told us that his friend Randall was headed on our direction also. Both were hauling cattle out of FL to the west. They shared their thoughts on what it takes to transition to hauling cattle, trucking with physical impairments, CB usage and the Move Over Law.

Jr runs a 1986 359 Short Hood Peterbilt / Caterpillar 425B / 13 speed DOD / 322 wheelbase / 3.06 2 speed rears.

Randall runs a 2005 379 Peterbilt / C15 with C18 injectors / CATlepuller, Inc & Bullydog Mods / 13 speed / 317 wheelbase / 3.55 rears

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

New York Times Article on Barber Shops and Photos

I grew up in a small town in NW Minnesota. I remember going to the barber shop and how he would put a board up on the old school, black leather barber chair. I was only five and needed be elevated so he could cut my hair. After completing the haircut, the barber would dust the hair off with a brush and vacuum my neck clean. Then, he'd put a few splashes of hair tonic on his hands, slap them together a few times, and give what was left of my mane a good old dose of hair tonic that smelled like the Lutheran Church on Sunday mixed with some kind of flowery smelling oil. Mom paid him (he only accepts cash to this day) and he would slide the cash into a wooden drawer, pat me on the back, and thank us for coming in.

I found this recent article in the New York Times on some high end barber in NYC, pairing five dollars coffee with expensive haircuts, and some shops even give you a good bourbon or micro brew to make the hair cutting experience all the more mellow. 

I am a fan of the little, small town barber shops and the fact that many still cut your hair for 10 bucks.  This price doesn't include a fancy beer or coffee, but it does provide for something that is becoming rarer and rarer in the age of smart phones  and social media. Going to the barber has always been a good time to catch up on local stories and hear about the hay crop, or how the mink got into the hen house and killed some of the barber's chickens, and his idea on how to trap the mink so it wouldn't get all of his eggs producers. Going to my local barbershop is a great way to hear excellent narratives, and in-person. I still go to the same barber as when I was five, and he doesn't have to ask how to cut it, and we always start talking about how our families have been and ten dollars later I have a clean haircut and the feeling of talking to a real human without the interference of any electronic gadgets.

Here are some pictures of barber shops:

Barber Shop in Verona, MS
Barber Shop Down South

New Jersey Barber Shop

Thursday, July 16, 2015

July 12, 2015 Storm Brainerd, Minnesota

Here are some photos from the storm that tore through this area last Sunday.  I will also be adding other photos in the next few days from our place. My heart goes out to all of the individuals without power, and although this area lost many trees, I am thankful there weren't injuries.

Here are a few photos of the destruction:

Friday, July 10, 2015

Outline or Not? | Joseph Finder and Author Video on Writing

 Video on Writing

Outline or Not? | Joseph Finder

Text excerpt from Joseph Finder:

Outline or Not?

Okay, you’ve finally decided to sit down and write a thriller. As Robert Redford asked in the last line of The Candidate: “Now what?”

Outline or not?

This is the question I get most of all, whether by e-mail or at conferences: Do you outline or not?

It’s a good and important question, and here’s the thing: There’s no Right Answer. All of us writers make up our own rules as we go along. There’s no one way to do it.

Ask Harlan Coben, and he’ll tell you no way, he doesn’t outline, but he does know the ending before he starts. He says, “It’s like driving from New Jersey to California. I may go Route 60, I may go via the Straits of Magellan or stop over in Tokyo . . . but I’ll end up in California.”

Ask John Grisham, and he’ll tell you he can’t write a novel without doing an outline first. He does a 50-page outline with a paragraph or two about each chapter, setting out the major events and plot points. He spends more time on the outline than on the writing. Robert Ludlum once told me the same thing — his outlines were often as long as 100 or 150 pages!

I once got into a public dispute with my friend Lee Child — well, it being Lee Child, it was cordial and amicable and polite, of course — who said he never outlines, and I should try it his way.

So I did. I mean, I’m a top ten New York Times bestseller (polite cough into fist), but Lee’s had repeated #1’s, so he must know what he’s doing, right?

Just Write the Damned Book Already | Joseph Finder

Just Write the Damned Book Already | Joseph Finder

Thrillers to Learn From | Joseph Finder

Thrillers to Learn From | Joseph Finder

Text excerpt from Joseph Finder via the link above:

Thrillers to Learn From

I gave a talk a couple of months ago at Muse and the Marketplace, the terrific annual writers conference sponsored by Grub Street in Boston, where I listed the best books to learn thriller-writing from — a few nonfiction books, but mostly great thrillers that I think every thriller writer should read and take notes from. I’ve received loads of requests to put this list online.

Here it is, my list of the thrillers you

 need to read if you’re an aspiring thriller writer (or just want to read some great suspense novels):
Peter Abrahams, The Tutor. Mom and Dad hire an SAT tutor for their slacker son. Turns out he’s the tutor from hell. Abrahams is one of the best writers around.
James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice. Sounds old-fashioned, right? Nope. Apart from some dated slang, the language is crisp and timeless, and the story is fast and furious and unfolds like a Greek tragedy.
Lee Child, Persuader. Reacher is a great series hero, and Lee Child’s dry, crackling prose is among the best in the business. The opening to Persuader is one of the best, most cleverly worked out thriller openings I’ve ever read.
Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park and Disclosure. Two very different books of his: I’ve always admired the way he incorporates research and complicated technical detail without slowing down the pace; on the contrary, all that stuff heightens the intrigue.
Harlan Coben, Tell No One. Irresistible hook, great voice, twist after twist after twist.
Nelson DeMille, The Gold Coast. One of my favorites. More of a straight “novel” than a thriller, but this, along with all of DeMille’s books since then, is a model of how to incorporate humor and attitude into your storytelling without diminishing the suspense.
Ken Follett, The Eye of the Needle. Hits on all cylinders: plot, pacing, love story, narrative momentum, and characters — especially a great, interesting villain.
Frederick Forsyth, The Day of the Jackal. I think I’ve gone through three paperback copies already. Forsyth is no great stylist, but that’s not a disadvantage here: it reads like a documentary in novel form. Plausible, realistic, authoritative, really exciting. Wonderfully executed. A classic.
William Goldman, Marathon Man. This is the one that has influenced more thriller writers working today than any other, whether they admit it or not. Why? The voice – slangy, casual, intimate, fresh. The twists you don’t see coming. Fast, stripped down, elegant, powerful.
John Grisham, The Firm. A great hook, told with economy and relentless pace.
Robert Harris, The Ghost. It’s all in the telling – Harris, an elegant writer, ratchets up the suspense with hardly any violence or bloodshed. Also a great book about writing.
Thomas Harris, Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs. Red Dragon is one of the scariest books you’ll ever read, and Silence of the Lambs is more than Hannibal Lecter. Harris is also a wonderful writer who knows how to do exposition and incorporate detail in a completely natural way. Check out the brilliantly choreographed escape sequence, chapters 36 to 38.
Anthony Hyde, Red Fox. For some reason, this is all but forgotten. But it’s excellent – spare prose, linear story line, with each revelation leading to the next, and extremely atmospheric.
John le Carre, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold. A simple, fable-like story, told with grace and power. It reinvented the spy novel.
Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby and The Boys From Brazil. As far as I’m concerned, nobody in my line of work ever did it better. Very different plots, but each is the work of an unsurpassed, understated, yet incredibly elegant prose writer. No wonder Stephen King said of Levin: “Every novel he has ever written has been a marvel of plotting. He is the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel; he makes what the rest of us do look like those five-dollar watches you can buy in the discount drug stores.”
David Morrell, First Blood. Forget whatever you think about Sly Stallone and Rambo. This book is a now-classic chase novel, a mano à mano confrontation between a damaged Vietnam vet and a sheriff, and you won’t be sure whom to root for.
Scott Turow, Presumed Innocent. Amazing: melancholy, a tmospheric, a first person unreliable narrator, a plot that unspools masterfully.
Donald Westlake, The Hook. Classic tale of two writers in NYC, one “literary” and one “commercial,” and a murder that involves them both.

And a few non-fiction titles; most “how to” books aren’t much use, but I’ve found these helpful:

Stephen King, On Writing.
Robert McKee, Story. This is directed at screenwriters, but it’ll teach a novelist a useful and whole new way of looking at story structure.
Al Zuckerman, Writing the Blockbuster Novel. Some of Zuckerman’s examples are out of date, but the basics remain, and it’s very smart.

Plot A Thriller Diagram: Matt Rees Writing Techniques

Text excerpt written by Matt Rees:

This diagram is a framework for writing a thriller. It’s based on my experience writing crime fiction and on studying how other writers create thriller plots. I’ll go into more detail about each of the stages of the diagram in future posts on thriller plot structure and thriller plot twists, and I’ll add some points to the diagram as we go along. But if you follow this to create your thriller plot outline, you’ll have a thriller that’ll keep you and your readers in a state of tension until the last page. It’s a companion piece to my podcast How to Structure and Plot a Book. While you’re waiting for my coming posts, come up with a premise for a thriller and see if you can plot out how you’d develop it right through this diagram. Before you know it you’ll have a basic thriller plot. Let me know what you come up with.

The 5 C's of Writing a Great Thriller Novel |

The 5 C's of Writing a Great Thriller Novel |

Here is a very helpful article for any writers interested in crafting the next best selling thriller novel:

The 5 C’s of Writing a Great Thriller Novel

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Trucking Company Warnings!

VIA the Trucker's Report:

Company Warnings


Beware Of These Trucking Companies
Companies are only listed here if they have some serious problems concerning drivers.  I will only put a company here after the offense has been checked out and verified. The offending trucking company MUST have 100 trucks OR more to be listed.
Want To See A Company Here?  Click Here …You will be anonymous

JB Hunt  [Lowell, AR]
JB Hunt does NOT pay drivers layover for sitting on weekends.  If their drivers sit all 48 hours on the weekend away from his/her family,  they don’t get a dime.

CR England  [Salt Lake City, UT]
Many drivers have complained about CR England stating they do not pay their lease operators properly.  Drivers have stated that they will rip you off.  Beware if you lease onto CR England!  I’ve personally heard bad news about CR England for years.

Werner Enterprises  [Omaha, NE]
Drivers have stated MANY safety concerns with Werner Enterprises.  I have personally seen Werner drivers in orientation sitting for a week or even more waiting to get a truck after they are DONE.  They have some SERIOUS problems.  Click here for just ONE of their driver’s concerns.  I’ve had many people complain to me about Werner.  Werner Enterprises Rip Off Report

Covenant Transport  [Chattanooga, TN] 
Covenant Transport’s driver trainers have stated that instead of training the new drivers they will instead make the trainer run the truck as a team which could endanger a lot of people.  Covenant Transport has a VERY bad reputation among MOST drivers and it is suggested NOT to work for them and especially not to be trained by them!  They have such an enormous turnover that this is what they almost have to do to keep making any money.  Covenant Rip Off Report

Eagle Motor Lines | Southern Cal   [Birmingham, AL]
Drivers have stated that Southern Cal Transport makes drivers falsify logs and violate hours of service rules.  These drivers have also reported them to the DOT who have apparently done nothing.  Drivers state that they DO have them recorded on tape telling them to run illegal.  Driver was then FIRED because the boss caught him recording the illegal directives.

Swift   [Phoenix, AZ] 
In the recent few weeks I have had myriad drivers complain about this company.  I do not know what is going on at Swift but many drivers say they have cheated them,  ran shoddy equipment,  blatantly told drivers to lie on logs,  not reimbursed tolls,  etc.  Recently Swift has turned their trucks up to 65 mph to try and plug the hemorrhage of drivers leaving the company.  Beware of dealing with this company.  You are forewarned.  Swift Transportation Rip Off Report
UPDATE: Swift stock downgraded by analyst because of their treatment of drivers, company structure and low pay!  more…

Moskowitz Motor Transportation  [Plainfield, NJ]
People have stated that this company stopped paying benefits, has poor equipment, does not deliver freight,  doesn’t pay overtime and much more.
Teamsters Strike The Deadbeat… Moskowitz Motor Transportation

US Xpress Enterprises   [Chattanooga, TN] 
US Xpress Enterprises has had a few reports against them stating drivers were stranded, hung out to dry, etc…

Prime Inc  [Springfield, MO]
I have seen this company literally run drivers into the ground!  They consistently keep a bad reputation among drivers.  A common joke when hearing of a trucker in the ditch is, “was it a Prime?”.  The state of Wyoming is considered the “Prime truck burial ground” as so many of their trucks have been inserted into the ditch there.  I suggest you think HARD before going to Prime Inc of Springfield, MO.

See what government safety rating any trucking company has here.
Stop working for these companies and I guarantee you they will HAVE to change !