You know, as a novelist, if you crash one aircraft; hey. It happens. You crash two? Crappy luck. If you crash three, it’s time to admit you have a problem.

A few years ago, when I was the online editor at the Salem Statesman Journal, I was working on another novel manuscript (about which, I pray, you’ll hear more later) called “Cauldron.” Like most of my fiction writing, it involved dropping an airplane outta the sky. Apparently, I can’t help it.

Anyway, in real life, an airplane did fall out of the sky that day. It was a Hercules C-130. The graphics editor and a graphic artist were hustling through the newsroom, trying to find an on-line image of a Hercules to put in the paper.

I was pushing out wire-service stories as fast as I could, updating our Web page every few minutes. At one point, I crossed behind the graphic designer’s desk as she was downloading an image for the paper. I glanced at her monitor.

“That’s not a Hercules!” I called back, dashing to my desk. “Herkies are prop-jobs! That’s a jet!”

Later that day, the graphics editor turned to me and said, “I didn’t know you were a pilot.”

“Me? I can barely drive a car. I’m no pilot.”

He looked confused. “How’d you know we had the wrong graphic for the Hercules?”

I was way too busy to explain to him that I was in the middle of a manuscript. “I crashed one of them,” I said, posting another story to our Web site. “Coupla weeks back.”

That guy sort of avoided me from then on.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on December 10, 2009, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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