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.

  • I’m a big believer in writing the title first – for some reason it helps me, and I think it’s just a good practice. Yes, I suppose it’s also a way to postpone the actual writing.

    My concept for the post is more along the lines of…

    “How Snitches (Mis)Use the Bible”

    So, I don’t want to republish the post, but let’s riff on that one instead, shall we?

  • I save the titles for last, and sometime forget them entirely or publish with a working title. Then I spot my mistake and quickly change it to a pun or something snarky or slightly misleading. (That hurts my search engine stats, but I can’t resist.)

    Anyway, the title “Why You Should Let the Police Search Your Car” doesn’t sound like something a criminal defense attorney would ever say, so I’m very curious.

    Please work in the words “curry” and “catalyst”, the name of any planet orbiting the Sun (but not as the make or model of a car), and—just to spread the misery—the phrase “naked 13 year old girl”.

    (And I say to hell with the Pluto-haters at the International Astronomical Union. Use it if you want to.)

    Finally, thanks for the cool shout-out.

  • Windy:

    Difficult but doable, I think. I hope to have it up no later than tomorrow (no breath-holding required).

  • If you consent to a search of your car, are you also consenting to a search of Uranus?

  • Mark:

    I would say “lol” but I don’t want to publicly admit that we are both equally immature.


    Haven’t even started, but I’m still going to try to work in “curry”. And “Catalyst” shouldn’t be a problem.

  • “Why You Should Let the Police Search Your Car:”

    How about when they reciprocate and let you search their car? (Cop cars are full of cool stuff. My car’s got zip)

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