About Colin Nelson

Colin T. Nelson worked for 40 years as a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer in Minneapolis. He tried everything from speeding tickets to first degree murder. His writing about the courtroom and the legal system give the reader a "back door" view of what goes on, what's funny, and what's a good story. He has also traveled extensively and includes those locations in his mysteries. Some are set in Southeast Asia, Ecuador,Peru, and South Africa. Readers get a suspenseful tale while learning about new places on the planet. Colin is married, has two adult children, and plays the saxophone in various bands.

Is There Really Writer’s Block??

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As an experienced writer, I often get questioned by other, less experienced, writers about writer’s block.

To many it’s a mysterious condition that seems to threaten all writers as if it were a terminal disease—will I get Writer’s Block?  Can I avoid it?  After all, Ernest Hemingway killed himself because he couldn’t writer anymore.  (Among many other problems …

Localism—A New Way of Governing

David Brooks, the conservative columnist a the New York Times, wrote a recent column about localism called, The Localist Revolution.  Read it here:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/opinion/national-politics-localism-populism.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion&action=click&contentCollection=opinion&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront

It caught my attention.  In the past few months, I’ve seen other books and essays about the same subject. Something is stirring out there!localism

It’s a throw-back to a hundred years ago.  Across the …

New Technology for Crime Scenes

technology for crime scenesFor years, police and forensic experts relied on cameras to record crime scenes.  Now, there’s new technology for crime scenes investigation.  I’ve seen it work—it’s exciting.  The gadget is called a Panoscan camera.  A regular film camera or your smart phone can pan a scene.  But that remains in two-dimension.  The new Panoscan camera develops a 360 degree …

Seven Reasons Why Criminal Justice System is Better

I’ve worked in the criminal justice system for almost 40 years.  The media constantly tells us how bad things are.  Rampant crime, crooked cops, biased prosecutors, and abandoned victims.  These seven reasons show why the criminal justice system is better now.crimimal justice system

1.  The level of serious violent crime dropped to a forty-year low.  Check out the FBI statistics.  …

Why You Should Read Rick Steves’ New Book

Everyone knows who Rick Steves is—the nerdy travel guy who goes all over Europe.  He’s got a travel TV show.  Many of you have followed his advice for trips.  He has updated an unusual type of travel book called, Travel as a Political Act.rick steves

This is a traditional travel advice book but is also a strong statement of …

Will Justice Neil Gorsuch Matter?

Our Supreme Court issued a new opinion on employer/employee relations—written for the majority by the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/05/21/the-supreme-court-just-made-it-easier-on-employers-and-harder-on-workers/?utm_term=.738599494186 Of course, the media on both sides claim a conservative victory or the liberals say it’s a fatal strike against labor.  neil gorsuch

The politicians and the media make a big deal of Neil Gorsuch as the newest justice.  Will …