The Finish Line

November 6th, 2012 by Max Allan Collins

This will be a brief update, because I am approaching two finish lines: the Presidential election and ASK NOT.

Today I began work on the final chapter of ASK NOT, but will interrupt that tomorrow to work all day at the local Obama campaign office with Barb. I am grateful to my friends, fans, readers, or whatever else brings you here, that we haven’t descended into anything overtly political. It’s tough, feeling as deeply as I do about this particular election, keeping it to myself (and I haven’t completely succeeded). It’s bad for business to alienate any of your readers, and I hope I haven’t.

I was more overt about my position over at Facebook, and one fan used my post to attack the President and make what struck me as a strident case for the other candidate. That’s the problem with opening this can of worms: most of us have long since made up our minds, for whatever reason. Obama and Romney supporters arguing is a colossal waste of time. I only used Facebook to try to convince those independents and fence sitters why I feel – and think – as I do.

The first interview about TARGET LANCER has appeared at the Big Thrill.

Those topless girls are reading my stuff again; check this NSFW pic at Comicmix.

And here’s a nice little ANTIQUES ROADKILL review.

Remember what Al Capone said to his people each election day: “Vote early and vote often.”

M.A.C.

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4 Responses to “The Finish Line”

  1. Edmond D. Smith says:

    Sorry if my recitation of my hardship stemming from my experiences during Obama’s first term struck you as “”strident”. I feel the word impassioned is more accurate. Maybe the difference between what I said and what you heard is the difference in what I have gone through and endured and the size of the heart of the person hearing it.

  2. Edmond D. Smith says:

    You comment was gratuitous considering my post was nothing but sincere and respectful to you.

  3. Edmond D. Smith says:

    You haven’t alienated me as a reader but you have alienated me as a person.

  4. I am sorry you are offended by my use of the word “strident,” but your twelve, often very long anti-Obama postings on Facebook in response to my list of his accomplishments — designed to prod a few undecided voters into action — struck me not only as strident, but aggressively agrumentative and unnecessarily descending into inappropriately personal areas. I am very sympathetic to your problems finding work, but I resent your saying (several times) that you were “glad” I am “doing so well.” I don’t have a job, Edmond. I am a freelancer and have been for almost forty years — I have had lean times and a few flush ones, mostly I make a decent living by working my ass off, having to go out each and every time and hustle up a new gig. I have never blamed a lean time (like when I got fired off DICK TRACY and had my Heller contract cancelled the same day) on the President of the United States, whoever he might be. Most writers are not Stephen King or Dean Koontz, making big bucks. We are blue-collar self-employed, who have zero job security, pay our own health insurance, and have to go out and fight for every single job we land. I sincerely hope you find work, good meaningful work, very soon. My opinion, and here we differ, is that your chances are better under the Democrats than the Republicans. But I may be wrong. We’ll see how it plays out.

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