Leo E. Walsh

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A Clevelander. A Novelist. A Buckeye, with a BS from Ohio State. A liberal Rust Belt redneck. Who reads. A lot.

I love well-crafted, thought-provoking but quirky books. And I read widely. From high-literary (my favorite novel is James Joyce's Ulysses) to popular genre fare (I've read every single book in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series). I also read non-fiction, mostly history, science and business. A recent, years-long non-fiction focus was behavioral economics.

In 2014, I moved back to oft-cloudy Cleveland after six years in mostly-sunny Los Angeles. Sort of like LeBron returning from Miami, but a lot less cool.

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... I can cook quite well, and focus on eating whole foods.
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Leo E. Walsh Just write. Often, something good emerges.

If that fails, I read. A lot. Fiction -- from literary to pulp. And non-fiction, mostly science, cognitive s…more
Just write. Often, something good emerges.

If that fails, I read. A lot. Fiction -- from literary to pulp. And non-fiction, mostly science, cognitive science, philosophy and history. I even dip into New-Age spirituality books every now and again. Not because I believe in New Age, but they do tend to look at normal things through a slightly-skewed, new perspective. That wide-range often unblocks me.

If reading fails to spark me, l blog at the Daily Kos, focusing on wonky, numeric analysis (click for an example). Which is so different and yet still writing that when I return to the fiction, my pallet's been cleansed.(less)
Leo E. Walsh I am submitting a work of contemporary literary, magical realist fiction set in Cleveland called LIVEWIRE VOODOO (click for sample chapters posted her…moreI am submitting a work of contemporary literary, magical realist fiction set in Cleveland called LIVEWIRE VOODOO (click for sample chapters posted here on GoodReads) to agents.

I am also beginning a new novel (working title REED BASKET ON A BURNING RIVER) about a high-spirited laid-off, newly-separated web designer Jolene. She's got a lot on her mind. While she's making some money freelancing, she's teetering on the edge of going broke. Her Ouija-obsessed daughter seems depressed by Jolene's break-up. And her landlady is dying of cancer while her husband scrambles, trying to earn enough to pay the bills.

To let off some steam, Jo creates a parody conspiracy-theory website that is so wild that she thinks no one will buy it. Problem is, some folks in cyberspace do. Before long she's making a mint on the site, more than she ever has on an honest site. But it gets weird when the Aryan Brotherhood in Christ showing up on their Harley's. And weirder still when the feds -- cleverly "disguised" in their black vans -- arrive.

But when the Toltec shaman from from California shows up, running from an evil spirit that looks like a bear. things become too much. Especially when it turns out that that spirit has claws, and those claws are real.

Jo's got the marks on her arm to prove it...(less)
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Tao Te Ching, Chapter 1

I've been creating an "Illuminated" version of Project Gutenberg's Dao De Jing A Minimalist Translation by Laotzi (translated by Bruce R. Linnell). It's a commission from Oberlin Editions Press via my friends at Deleon Designs. According to the contract, I'll maintain rights for all but the printed book.

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Description: It's tough talking sense into kids, and near impossible when you're dead. Dethroned golden-boy Ben O'Brien knows that dealing coke's risky. But the upside's huge. For the first time in years, he has money and respect. Better still, Ben's proud to say that son has everything he lacked, including the college fund. So all things considered, the risk's paying off. Problem is, Ben doesn't know that the gangster Tony has scammed him into smuggling a million bucks in drug-money from Vegas to Cleveland. Worse, the cops do know. Lucky for Ben, his grandfather Frank also knows. Frank wants to help, talking sense into his knuckleheaded grandson… after slugging Tony, that is. But to succeed, Frank will have to move fast, before the cops close. Downside is, he's a ghost and Ben looks right through him, so helping the kid's proving near impossible. LIVEWIRE VOODOO is a complete work-in-progress. It is a work of adult contemporary/ literary fiction with upmarket urban fantasy and crime fiction elements. Told from multiple points-of-view, LIVEWIRE VOODOO explores both people and ghosts as they get stuck and struggle free. I am currently submitting this to agents.
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‘Oh, ‘tis you, izzut?’ said Rob Anybody, glaring up at the Queen. ‘Face to face wi’ ye at last, ye bloustie ol’ callyack that ye are! Ye canna’ come here, unnerstand? Be off wi’ ye! Are ye goin’ to go quietly?’

The Queen stamped heavily on him. When she took her foot away, only the top of his head was visible above the turf.

‘Well, are ye?’ he said, pulling himself out as if nothing had happened. ‘I don’t wantae havtae lose my temper wi’ ye! An’ it’s no good sendin’ your pets against us, ‘cos you ken we can take ‘em tae the cleaners!’ He turned to Tiffany, who hadn’t moved. ‘You just leave this tae us, Kelda. Us an’ the Quin, we go way back!”
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Leo Walsh Richard wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Leo!" You're welcome. Always good to meet more readers.


Richard Thanks for the friend request, Leo!


Majenta Happy Thursday, Leo! Friend Request accepted, thanks for Requesting! Congratulations on your publishing success. Have a good day.

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Samadrita Thank you for accepting, sir. Hoping to discuss books with you and read more of your reviews!


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