Larry J. Dunlap

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Larry J. Dunlap is the author of the recently completed THINGS WE LOST IN THE NIGHT, A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves in two volumes: NIGHT PEOPLE: Book 1, followed by ENCHANTED: Book 2.

"Though I'd always wanted to be a creative writer from my youth, my writing career didn't begin until late in life as a pencil-for-hire, technical and training writer for Fortune 50 companies in the 1990s. In the 1970s, the years following my memoir project, I spent most of the decade working in Hollywood as a personal manager, publisher, and Sunset Boulevard recording studio owner/operator. While actually seeking a way out of the music business in the 1980s, I developed a love affair with early computer gaming that
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Larry J. Dunlap When I was living through the six year experience in TWLitN, all of us knew we were involved in an incredible experience. When these six years ended, …moreWhen I was living through the six year experience in TWLitN, all of us knew we were involved in an incredible experience. When these six years ended, especially for me, the highs had been so high and the lows so low, I hardly knew what to think about them. But as all of us got older, I think we began to realize just how lucky we were to have had those years, and that we hadn't lost ourselves in the temptations and pitfalls so prevalent then. I think I always knew I'd write about those times if I got the chance to, but I had no idea it would become such a personal story. Even now, there are passages that are so emotional to me that I can barely read them. But if I don't invest that much into this story then I don't think I can ask readers to either.(less)
Larry J. Dunlap Hi Annette. Yes, I understand that Cheryl Strayed literally changed her name because of her remorse for all the happened after her after her mother's …moreHi Annette. Yes, I understand that Cheryl Strayed literally changed her name because of her remorse for all the happened after her after her mother's death. I'd say that's going pretty far, in a way even more than trying to hike the Pacific Coast Trail. I like the name you use, it would be an inspiring name to use as an author.

I use Larry J. Dunlap, basically adding my middle initial to the name I primarily go by. I can't say that I know why, maybe to add a little gravitas to what seems to be an inconsequential name. Since I was writing a memoir, it seemed like I had to use my real name, though, if I was going to write about people I knew/know. There are a number of things that happen to you as a writer once you decide to write memoir. I've been asked to write a post about that, and I intend to within the next few days.

On the other hand, my family name of Dunlap, even though I thought it was an awkward sounding word, is a good Irish name and basically means the 'bend in the river.' It wasn't until recently that I found that both sides of my family were relatively recent immigrants from the land of shamrocks and leprechauns. I never really liked my given name that much but I've grown accustomed to it. On the other hand, it doesn't provide much inspiration. Fortunately, with my background in documentation and technical specifications, my inspiration always had to come from the actual project itself. There are no such things as writer's blocks or not meeting a deadline in that world. I think that's why this last four years of writing Things We Lost in the Night, A Memoir of Love and Music in the 60s with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves one of the hardest challenges has been learning to write with my five senses instead of the literal sense of things.

It happens that today, this morning, just after the rain we experienced out here in the 909, I could smell the air, you know, the way you do just before, or just after a rain. As a documentarian, I knew it was ozone, of course. But as I thought of it as a writer, I tried to describe the tang of that smell to myself. Despite the fact that the only descriptive word I could come up with was 'flat' smelling, I realized that I'm an author now. My mind tries to describe things that can be written into words that my readers can be interpret with their senses.(less)
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Enchanted, Book 2 of Things We Lost in the Night by Larry J. Dunlap awarded 5-Star review.


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“Man, that was one trippy ride. Especially when those big white rabbits started running alongside the car through Crow Canyon. Dave and Mickey looked at me like I was nuts until they figured out I was so fucked-up tired, I'd hallucinated the white mailboxes we'd passed along the road into galloping rabbits.”
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“For long minutes we cried, our grief inconsolable. We mourned the innocence of our childhood love; we grieved as parents of our own children. We agonized in the unfairness of the haphazard and tumultuous world we’d been pushed out into through our mothers' flesh. We wept for the first time, one among many firsts we’d shared, for the sheer emotional pain of bedrock loss.”
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