Thank you, thank you, thank you

“Here are the two best prayers I know: 'Help me, help me, help me' and 'Thank you, thank you, thank you.” ~ Anne Lamott Related Articles WATCH: What Anne Lamott Says When She Talks To God ( Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott's Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity | Brain Pickings ( … Continue reading Thank you, thank you, thank you


A brief report: I'm spending a couple of days with my cousin VZ. That's the one who fell asleep while I was reading her the first pages of my work in progress two years ago. I posted about the incident here even as she was snoring away in the other bed--we were sharing a hotel … Continue reading Shut-eye

Wailing and Gnashing and Girdles and Teeth

“And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.” ~ Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are There was wailing and gnashing of teeth today at Writers Who Write. Now, it's too early for a digression, but I shall digress. Writing … Continue reading Wailing and Gnashing and Girdles and Teeth

I’m Not a Formula 1 Fan, but Several of My Friends and I Own It

This post originally appeared in November of 2012, at the first Formula 1 event. It received numerous hits and some comments that suggested the commenters had not read the post carefully, or perhaps at all. So I'm giving y'all a second shot at it. If possible, enjoy. The Formula 1 United States Grand Prix drew fans … Continue reading I’m Not a Formula 1 Fan, but Several of My Friends and I Own It

AMW Workshop: Special Invitation for Procrastinators

Austin Mystery Writers spent Thursday making last-minute preparations for Anatomy of a Mystery, the free workshop it's sponsoring today from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at BookPeople in Austin. I offer two photographs as proof. Some of the people in them are duplicated. (My assigned task was to cut up paper for the raffle. Mission … Continue reading AMW Workshop: Special Invitation for Procrastinators


I can’t say this any better than my fellow Austin Mystery Writer Gale Albright did in her Visions and Revisions post. I’ll just add–Y’all come.

Visions and Revisions

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NOVEMBER 9, 2013

AUSTIN MYSTERY WRITERS (AMW)  Sponsors FREE Fiction Workshops @BookPeople!

Have you ever wanted to write crime fiction?  Or, want to learn more about how your favorite authors create those fast-paced plots and complicated characters that manage to keep you up all night reading? 
Come to our FREE special one day event:  Anatomy of a Mystery @ BookPeople on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 from 9:30am-3:00pm.
Our panel of highly-acclaimed mystery novelists will give you the inside scoop on what it takes to create some of today’s most memorable mysteries. Janice Hamrick, Karen MacInerney and Reavis Z Wortham will cover topics ranging from plotting and characterization to how to balance action and humor in crime fiction.  
Special Bonus:  First 25 attendees receive a FREE Austin Mystery Writers notepad and pen, plus a chance to win a free AMW tote along with other raffle items including books…

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Sherlock Holmes / Author Amnon Kabatchnik

Sherlock Holmes in black tights? Mrs. Hudson acting out? Dr. Watson being displaced at the altar by his best friend? Nevah! I say.

But in this post reblogged from Killer Nashville, Amnon Kabatchnik gives evidence that those things, and more, have indeed happened, on the stage, and to the sound of applause.

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My love affair with detective fiction began decades ago in a far-away country where people read and write from right to left. Paperbacks began to arrive in Israel from the U.S. and England, and I couldn’t resist the pictorial, enticing covers. I ploughed through the works of American writers like Ellery Queen, Rex Stout, S.S. Van Dine, Erle Stanley Gardner, and the English writers Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Edgar Wallace, and Sax Rohmer. Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles left a lasting impression. What could be more intriguing to a young, eager reader than strong plots, eccentric sleuths, pulsating action, heart-stopping climaxes, and matters of life-or-death?

I am a director by profession. I have staged dramas, comedies and musicals for off-Broadway troupes, national road companies, drama departments at universities, and summer stock; I’ve done Chekhov, Ibsen, Shaw, Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams – but I have always had…

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