So, I read Houston defense lawyer Mark Bennett’s post “Lanyard Nation” and I thought to myself, “Wow! That’s quite the post. I wonder why he got so worked up about various issues.”

Then I remembered his “Improvisational Blogging” post – he had thrown out a few saved titles of unwritten posts, and challenged his readers:

Here’s the deal: pick a title and suggest three or four words or phrases (PG or G rated, please) for me to use in the post. Write a comment. I’ll write the post, incorporating the words or phrases, and you’ll grade me.

So “Lanyard Nation” was actually inspired by Mark Draughn, the best Chicago blogger out there. And the best New York defense lawyer’s challenge was answered in “The Commerce Clause”. Well done.

I’m not going to be able to beat Bennett at his own game – but I do have this in common with him: I have a ton of half written but fully titled posts saved in my “Blog Post Ideas” folder. So I’ll give it a shot. Here are the titles of the future posts, same rules as Bennett’s. Three or four words or phrases suggested from you, and I’ll do my best to publish the post soon with your suggestions incorporated.

  1. Snitching: The Bible Version
  2. 20 Years for Crack Pipe Residue
  3. When I Paint Horse Thieves
  4. Why You Should Let the Police Search Your Car

OK. That’s enough for now. I’ll admit to tossing out the ones that potentially give me the most leeway – but these were all criminal defense related (in my mind anyway) when I started. 

I’ve got 6 or 7 times more unfinished posts, but for example “Value Ladder for Theft” is just too pedestrian for me to reasonably stick random words in, and “Losing an Uncontested Competency Hearing” is a true story that needs no embellishment – even if it does have a surprise ending. Another one, “No One is Heir to the Living,” was a favorite phrase of my second year Wills & Estates professor, but unfortunately all I’ve got is the title saved and no memory of what in the heck I was going to say about it.

Or maybe I’m just chicken. At any rate, let’s see how these first four turn out.

Fire away.