Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"To Steal A Ranch," A Complete Paul Powers Story

Here, as I promised, is one of the Paul Powers stories that appears in RIDING THE PULP TRAIL. This is "To Steal a Ranch," and before it appeared in RIDING THE PULP TRAIL, it had never been published. But before you start reading, I have some explaining and instructions. I originally was going to post this in a Microsoft Word document, but Blogger, in their infinite wisdom, has made it impossible for me to break paragraphs with their new design. It didn't matter what I tried, I couldn't get it to format. Some things I tried even made it worse. (Has anyone else had this problem and been able to fix it? Because if this keeps up, I'm going to ditch Blogger.) But this is good for you, because, after trying several things and not succeeding, I gave up and decided to go another route. Instead of reading the story in plain text, you get to read jpgs of the original manuscript! The only problem with this is that you'll need to click on each page to read it, and hopefully you'll be able to get the print big enough to read. It's going to be a pain because the story is 18 pages. But it's still pretty cool to read it this way.
Now one final thing: a favor to ask. If you like what you read, tell other people to come over and read it. And if you haven't gotten your copy of RIDING THE PULP TRAIL, you can buy it via softcover here at amazon, and the Kindle version is available here. And if you have an iPhone or iPad, you can get the e-book for your device here.And NOW, without further ado and immediately after you read this sentence because there are no paragraph breaks, is "To Steal a Ranch"!! TO STEAL A RANCH BY PAUL S. POWERS
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What a thrill to read the original manuscript. Thanks, Laurie!

Cap'n Bob said...

I read it in the book, which is a great collection that everyone should own.

Laurie Powers said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Hope you liked the story.

Sai S said...

The line breaks issue might be related to a Blogger setting on how line breaks are treated. This option is found on your Settings | Formatting page.

If 'convert line breaks' is set to yes, HTML tags (
) will be entered for you automatically when your posts contain hard returns. Double returns will create two

If it is turned off, you will have to enter your own breaking tags. Otherwise, you will not see your blank lines when you publish your blog.

You could check to see if this is causing any problems.


P.S. You might be interested in my new blog (http://pulpflakes.blogspot.com) where i talk about pulp authors and their stories. My first posts were about Hugh Pendexter, Arthur O. Friel and Marion Polk Angellotti, and i'm coming up with more.