At least three times over the years, I’ve posted on my personal blog a paean to critique groups. And once more I repeat: My critique group is a necessary part of my writing life. Before I joined my first critique group, I was floundering, rewriting the same material over and over, trying to remember—does this scene … Continue reading Critique Groups: Here There (Might) Be Sharks
I said to my critique partner this morning, The whole project is stinky it stinks it’s just nothing no hope. She read chapter 13 and said, But it’s so good so funny Molly is so funny it’s not stinky. I said, Yes, the first part of chapter 13 and the last part of chapter … Continue reading Why I Still Go to Critique Group and Can’t Afford to Stop
Austin Mystery Writers' second crime fiction anthology now available for Kindle! Paperbacks coming soon ONE MORE TIME by V. P. Chandler WILD HORSES by Alexandra Burt LIFE OF THE PARTY by Mark Pryor ARCHANGEL TOWERS by Gale Albright BAGGAGE CLAIM, Part 1: THE DEVIL’S LUGGAGE by Janice Hamrick BAGGAGE CLAIM, Part 2: CARRY ON … Continue reading LONE STAR LAWLESS!
“The good old days.” Joe turned his eyes up to the ceiling and sighed. “Oh, I remember it all. Fried chicken, sunbathing, you grabbing me and holding me under the water till I almost drowned before you let me go. . . . What I don’t remember is anybody actually swimming.” “We had too much … Continue reading Coming July 21: DAY OF THE DARK & More of the Murderous Marva Lu
What is it with writers and retreats? I don't know, but that doesn't keep me from retreating. Last weekend, Austin Mystery Writers withdrew to Lake Buchanan. The house where we stayed is way out there--waaaaaaaaaaaay out there--and I had trouble finding it. It was one more instance of leaving the address tucked away safely in my email inbox. … Continue reading AMW Retreat: January 2017
Earlier this evening, I had an idea for a post. I knew the first line. I was confident I could write the middle without too much suffering. I didn't know how it would end--I never know the ending when I start out--but I believed what I'd already written would lead to an appropriate close. I … Continue reading Waiting for the universe to cough & the #ROW80 report
Good news on both personal and professional fronts: MURDER ON WHEELS, Austin Mystery Writers' crime fiction anthology, has been awarded the Silver Falchion Award for Best Fiction Short Story Anthology. Member Laura Oles accepted the award from author Anne Perry Saturday night at the Killer Nashville International Writers' Conference 2016. The eleven stories in MURDER ON … Continue reading The Silver Falchion (Again) & #ROW80
We begin with a question: Before airing tonight's Inspector Lewis mystery, PBS issued the usual disclaimer, something like, This program contains material that some viewers might consider objectionable. Viewer discretion is advised. Now. Every program contains something potentially objectionable. Objection is a matter of choice. (Why doesn't the same disclaimer run before afternoon soap operas and tacky prime … Continue reading Objection & the #ROW80 Report
I am so tired I ever could. Because last night I waltzed up to the watermelon buffet and chose Complete the edit the AMW story for its (I hope) final major critique If I'd been taking naps, #1 would be only a memory. But there's more to do. Weeks ago, I edited out a couple of … Continue reading Tampering with perfection & #ROW80 Report
It appears to be Wednesday--the scheduler from my doctor's office had to tell me it wasn't Thursday, but since her call woke me up, I take no responsibility for mixing up the days--and thus time for the #ROW80 report. If I were playing by the rules, I would have reported last Sunday, but we'd been … Continue reading Fort Worth Indie Film Festival & # ROW80 Report
Excerpt from “Hell on Wheels” by Kathy Waller appears in MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 TALES OF CRIME ON THE MOVE, published by Wildside Press, 2015 *** The day I found Mama stirring ground glass into the filling for a lemon meringue pie, I took the bowl away from her and called a family conference. We … Continue reading “Hell on Wheels”: The Story of a Lethal Librarian
Marketing? NO... I'm happy happy happy when a reader buys a copy of Murder on Wheels, Austin Mystery Writers' anthology of crime fiction. BUT... I share the following link because V P Chandler, an AMW member, created a Murder on Wheels book trailer, and she did a beautiful job. I'd like it to have a wider audience. SO... Please … Continue reading One Trailer. No Horses. No Cows.
Excerpt from “Hell on Wheels” by Kathy Waller appears in MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 TALES OF CRIME ON THE MOVE, published by Wildside Press, 2015 Join Austin Mystery Writers for the launch of MURDER ON WHEELS at 7:00 p.m. on August 11, 2015, at BookPeople Bookstore, 6th and Lamar, Austin. Authors will read and sign. … Continue reading “Hell on Wheels”: The Story of a Lethal Librarian
Excerpt from "A Nice Set of Wheels" by Kathy Waller appears in MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 TALES OF CRIME ON THE MOVE, published by Wildside Press, 2015 *** When the stranger stepped through the door, everyone in the store looked up. Old men playing dominoes at the Formica-topped table beside the front window. Farmers sitting … Continue reading Excerpt: “A Nice Set of Wheels”
Please join Austin Mystery Writers Gale Albright, Valerie Chandler, Kaye George, Scott Montgomery, Laura Oles, and Kathy Waller & Earl Staggs and Reavis Wortham as they celebrate the launch of their first crime fiction anthology MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 Tales of Crime on the Move "Eleven stories put the pedal to the floor and never let … Continue reading Join AMW for the Launch of Murder on Wheels ~ August 11