Interview with Elizabeth Buhmann, Author of Blue Lake

  Yesterday we posted a review of Elizabeth Buhmann's novel BLUE LAKE. Today we hear from the author herself:   Where did you get the idea for Blue Lake? A friend told me something about her family history. Her grandmother, who was born in 1910, had 12 children. By the time the last child came … Continue reading Interview with Elizabeth Buhmann, Author of Blue Lake

A Mid-Century Murder: Elizabeth Buhmann’s Blue Lake

  "Rural Virginia, 1945. The Second World War had just ended when Alice Hannon found the lifeless body of her five-year-old daughter, Eugenie, floating in Blue Lake. The tragedy of the little girl’s death destroyed the Hannon family. "More than twenty years later, Alice’s youngest daughter, Regina, returns home after a long estrangement because her … Continue reading A Mid-Century Murder: Elizabeth Buhmann’s Blue Lake

Homicide Detective Speaks to Writers’ Group

Author N. M. Cedeno writes about Detective Dave Fugitt’s recent presentation to Heart of Texas Sisters in Crime chapter. Detective Fugitt is a member of Austin Police Department’s Homicide Unit.

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At the June Sisters in Crime – Heart of Texas meeting, Detective Dave Fugitt presented an overview of the Austin Police Department Homicide Unit. Local mystery author and Travis County Assistant District Attorney Mark Pryor introduced Det. Fugitt as the best homicide investigator in the Austin Police Department. In his capacity as ADA, Mr. Pryor and Det. Fugitt have worked together on murder cases in Travis County.

Fugitt is a member of the Homicide Investigators of Texas and the International Homicide Investigators Association. The International Homicide Investigators Association holds annual symposiums for detectives from around the world. During these meetings, detectives share ideas for solving cold cases and keep up to date on new techniques and technology in forensics and crime solving. The association also holds regional training events around the United States.

As an APD homicide investigator Fugitt has…

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Invisible Men Battle It Out in Hurst

We're pleased to announce that "Invisible Men Invade Earth" was named audience favorite at the Central Arts Short Film Battle in Hurst last night. It competed with "Don't Die" by Cody Lovorn from San Antonio. As winner, "Invisible Men" will compete with other 2019 audience favorites later in the year. After the Battle, a 90-minute … Continue reading Invisible Men Battle It Out in Hurst

Staggering and Wobbling with Dignity and Grace. Or Not.

So I stagger and wobble and run into door jambs. The door jamb part really isn't in the same category as the other two, because staggering and wobbling are relatively new, but I've been door-challenged all my life. Once when I was eight, visiting my Aunt Laura and Uncle Joe, the phone rang and I … Continue reading Staggering and Wobbling with Dignity and Grace. Or Not.

Score: Fifteen – Love

In less than an hour, David and I will have been married fifteen years and nine hours. Or slightly less; the wedding began at 2:00 p.m., but with all the singing and marching and reading and plighting, it was probably 2:30 before the minister told us we could leave. To me, it seems like we've … Continue reading Score: Fifteen – Love

Matt Dillon’s Trousers

The scale at the doctor's office today said I'd lost eight pounds over the past six weeks. I said I didn't think so. I'd been working at it, but for only three weeks, and not that hard.* The nurse said, "The scale downstairs doesn't match this one, so if you used that one last time … Continue reading Matt Dillon’s Trousers

A Book Review: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

A book review from Ink-Stained Wretch Renee Kimball

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Marcus Zusak published The Book Thief in 2005, and despite his initial personal misgivings, it was an instant success.  It is a story of ordinary people trying to survive under extraordinary conditions, and a girl who loved books.

It is also a mournful story, and not one that you can simply close the cover and walk away from, it follows you.  It seeks answers to thorny questions – it forces uncomfortable responses.

What is immediately clear is Marcus Zusak is a sensitive writer.  His idea for the book began in Zusak’s childhood – his parents of Austrian-German descent grew up under Nazi rule.  After having a family, they told their stories to their children around the kitchen table.  Zusak remembered those stories, and they became the soil in which The Book Thief grew.  (Random House, 2009) (Book photo, Amazon.com)

Zusak provides a surprise on the first page –we meet the…

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Learning to Write My Way: A Cautionary Tale

Excellent advice for anyone who wants to write a novel–from Noreen Cedeno at Ink-Stained Wretches

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Don’t do what I did.

First, I learned how to write. Then, I learned how not to write. Then, I had to relearn how to write again.

woman-thinking writingWhen I first started writing, each story was a new adventure with new characters and settings. Stories ideas would come into my brain, marinate for a few days, and then I’d start working. I didn’t make a conscious plan to create stories in any particular genre. I wrote stories for me, telling the stories I wanted to tell as the ideas came to me. Having analyzed and written short stories during my education, the process came naturally to me. I simply sat down and began working, knowing the story needed a strong opening, rising action, a climax, and a dénouement.

As I grew more confident in my work and began submitting my short stories to magazines, I thought I’d figured out how to…

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Comicpalooza Day 2: Moppets & More

Official business completed, we spent several hours wandering through the Comicpalooza exhibit hall. Passing by a panel in discussion mode, I heard a young woman say that when she first became involved in cosplay,  she was shocked that strangers came up and touched her. She wasn't prepared for that. I wasn't prepared to hear they … Continue reading Comicpalooza Day 2: Moppets & More