|I’ve been writing some quick stories, strictly to practice crafting realistic dialogue. Dialogue is a critical aspect of my upcoming novel — it has to be believable or the novel will suffer. Most of these exercises are just fragments, but occasionally I get carried away enough to make a complete story. The most recent of these is called Amsterdam, and I thought it was kind of fun. Not serious, not on the same level as my more carefully-written fiction. Caution: This is a bit naughty, and meant for adults only. Don’t try this at home. Enjoy with someone you love.