Why I Still Go to Critique Group and Can’t Afford to Stop

  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

LONE STAR LAWLESS!

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!

Coming July 21: DAY OF THE DARK & More of the Murderous Marva Lu

“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

AMW Retreat: January 2017

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

Waiting for the universe to cough & the #ROW80 report

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

The Silver Falchion (Again) & #ROW80

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

Objection & the #ROW80 Report

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

Tampering with perfection & #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

Fort Worth Indie Film Festival & # 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

“Hell on Wheels”: The Story of a Lethal Librarian

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

One Trailer. No Horses. No Cows.

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.

“Hell on Wheels”: The Story of a Lethal Librarian

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: “A Nice Set of Wheels”

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”

Join AMW for the Launch of Murder on Wheels ~ August 11

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

What I Learned from Ernest Hemingway, Plus a Photo of Gregory Peck, Plus Snakes

What if soy milk is just milk introducing itself in Spanish?* *** To Write, etc., has been dormant for a while because I've been (a) playing spider solitaire, and (b) working on two pieces of literature: (1) a story entitled "When Cheese Is Love," which needs to be 5,000 words but is currently 6,200 words, necessitating … Continue reading What I Learned from Ernest Hemingway, Plus a Photo of Gregory Peck, Plus Snakes