Minnesota 2011 188 It’s about time to revise what I am “about” since that has changed dramatically since LISTENER IN THE SNOW came out this summer.

I’ve changed from being a writer who puts words on pages, 9 to Noon, five days a week, to that man plus one who at the direction of his Finn’s Way Books publicist, business manager, and designer pursues publicity ops, tracking sales, and refining stationary, cards, notes and the like.

Well, the good old days look just like that: good and long gone. Complications set in.

Still I have OBSERVATION HILL coming out next year, and I am working on a new novel (working title: Finn’s Way) which tells what is mostly a Minnesota story in a California setting.

I describe OBSERVATION HILL on my web page as follows:

Labor tension though the early 20th century in Duluth, Minnesota was high, fueled by influx of workers from egalitarian Scandinavia. The workers won the post World War II fight. As the century moved on though conditions changed.
Class struggle in Observation Hill erupts inside police detective, Paul Tuomi, as he investigates the deaths of an heiress from the patrician East End and another underclass teen in the laboring West End. When police resources shift to the east, leaving a cloud of suspicion on a young man’s passing, Paul double his effort to clear doubt. Out east,  pressure from the press and the powerful to arrest the black sheep of the heiress’ family push Paul to disregard eye-witness fact and bring to heel his West End sensibilities or endanger not only his job but his marriage and his lover as well.

The growing number of my readers, the prospects of the Sixteen-Stop Minnesota Book Tour (September), and the West Coast Launch of LISTENER are keeping me in the game. Stay tuned.

  1. belmonte says:

    That road trip is beautiful. One day I just cross the pond and do exactly that.

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  2. Charlie Myking says:

    Thanks for your comments and questions about my poem. Any thoughts about poetry? My experience is very limited and I didn’t really know there was anything in there.
    Looking forward to reading your book


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  4. Jerry Basney says:

    Hi Tim – from former classmates of CHS. Jackie (Peterson) and Jerry Basney. Just read a review of your book in the MInneapolis Star and Tribune. I am going to buy a copy and read it.


    • Jollymore says:


      Thanks for reaching out. I knew about the article in the Pioneer Press but not you say there is a review in the Star Tribune? Wow. What day? Who is the writer? Please, let me know.

      You can get a signed copy directly from the publisher, Finns Way at http://www.finnswaybooks.com I’m at Roseville Barnes and Noble tomorrow, 2pm, and at Eat My Words (Nordeast Minneapolis) on Tuesday, 6pm. You can also try other bookstores like Subtext (Western and Selby in the basement) in St. Paul.

      Thanks and let me know about the Tribune article, please.


  5. thatssojacob says:

    Hi Tim! Just tuned in from around the Internet and gave you a follow. If you’d like to return the favor, come visit me at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com and join the fun. Have a great day!


  6. jamil says:

    Ola Tim, sou, Jamil. Aquele brasileiro apaixonado pelo Lake Marritt. Bom, estava pesquisando você e descobri este site. Abraços, quando poder me escreve


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  8. Alison Isaac says:

    So, what advice do you have for writers who are a lot less accomplished than you?


    • Jollymore says:


      No, I’m not ignoring your question [What advice do you give other writers], but I had to think about it for a while (two months proved to be enough time): I probably put too much weight on self-reliance. A contrarian by nature, I seldom, explicitly anyway, follow advice. Then, again, we are all following someone – parents, siblings, heroes, lovers, you name it. I mean much less to you than any of those, so take my “advice” accordingly.

      What has been helpful to me has been reading about writing, specifically and in general, submitting to kind critique, keeping the company of writers, and writing.

      I’ve realized that those writers-about-writing who influence me most are dead. The deader the better, I suppose because they can’t be trying to influence me in particular and are not criticizing me personally. Wallace Stegner’s posthumous book is reviewed on my blog. I loved John Gardner’s two books on writing, THE ART OF FICTION being the better of the two. Barbara Ueland’s 100 year old IF YOU WANT TO WRITE speaks for itself as it is still in print. Others to read who are living are Umberto Eco, SIX WALKS IN THE FICTIONAL WOODS, L. Rust Hills, WRITING IN GENERAL AND THE SHORT STORY IN PARTICULAR, Stephen King’s ON WRITING, Dillard’s THE WRITING LIFE. One NOT TO BE READ is Donald Maas’s WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL, unless you like abuse. There are others. People who have written themselves are the ones to read.

      Having mentioned abuse, I do recommend LEAVING any critique group that does not feel good. I was fooled into thinking initially that criticism that hurt was in all right if it meant well. I have come to know many who are kind and critical. They do not wish to hurt or build an ego on how much they know. Yes, choose folk with standards, but leave as soon as evil rears its head. I do mean evil. There is noting wrong with people who believe in you.

      I have only been to one writer’s conference and a couple years worth of club meetings and critiques. I find both activities wonderful.

      Above all, I write. When I started, I chose to write three hours a day, five days a week. I seldom missed, maybe never. You set the tone. You set the practice. Whatever you decide is right until you prove to yourself that you need to change. [Annie Dillard like to write in a cold cabin. In my third year, I started turning on the heat.] That which I have written that is best is, in descending order of value: fictional text revision under an editor’s tutelage, fictional text revision on my own, fiction composition,notes I took at readings of my work, book reviews on the blog, log lines and summaries, queries to agents.

      My friend Michael Zak told me when I started teaching, “Choose one thing to work on each year. Improve that one thing.” He made no promises, but that worked magic. I improved. When I left teaching, I had improved 14 things and did those ever make life more enjoyable.

      Thank you for the complement and for asking the question. I’d be pleased to hear from you again.



  9. Al Alaspa says:

    I enjoy writing also. Not as polished as you are, but heart felt. I try to compose little paragraphs of emotion to the best to my abilities.


  10. Always really interesting to read of other Jollymores and see what they are up to.


  11. Felice York says:

    Got your page, Tim!


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