Critique Groups: Here There (Might) Be Sharks

  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

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

Disregard 15 Pages . . .

You know how even when you know what you've written isn't as good as it ought to be, you think you've gone as far as you can go with it, but you also know you haven't, and your deadline is tomorrow, about 18 months after your original deadline, so you give it one more going-over, … Continue reading Disregard 15 Pages . . .

R Is for Re-Vision: #atozchallenge

  Writing is a lonely pursuit, and reading it aloud transformed it into an interactive experience It also  brought  the text to life. When Anne read her material to Meg she picked up the difficulties and polished them out so that the writing flowed more smoothly. Occasionally, there were a few ruffled feathers and a … Continue reading R Is for Re-Vision: #atozchallenge

P Is Not for Pat Boone: #atozchallenge

  How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on’t! O fie! ’tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely. ~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, ii   I woke this morning feeling perfectly fine but at the same … Continue reading P Is Not for Pat Boone: #atozchallenge

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!

Talking Turkey and Cooking Goose

In the previous episode, Kaye George, author of the Immy Duckworthy, PI mystery series, had just suggested members of Austin Mystery Writers publish an anthology of short stories. Her proposal sent me into paroxysms of insecurity and doubt: could I write two stories of acceptable quality in the time allotted? Or would I embarrass myself … Continue reading Talking Turkey and Cooking Goose

She Cannot Get Away

If you read the previous post, reblogged from Gale Albright's Visions and Revisions, you know mystery novelist Kaye George attended the Austin Mystery Writers meeting last week. Kaye, who for a number of years served as AMW's Grand Pooh-Bah, moved to Tennessee last winter, leaving Gale and me forsaken and forlorn. At the Last Lunch, … Continue reading She Cannot Get Away

Kaye George Comes to Austin

Austin Mystery Writers were in a dither over a visit by Grand Pooh-Bah Emerita this week. Gale Albright supplies the gripping details.

Visions and Revisions

The members of Austin Mystery Writers were clustered at their literary haunt in the BookPeople café on Thursday morning, eagerly awaiting the arrival of famed author and Grand Poobah emerita Kaye George.

“Gosh,” I said to the group. “I hope she remembers the little people.”

august 15 bp 050I need not have worried. With all her usual charm and warmth, Kaye George appeared wearing a big fedora, carrying a giant magnifying glass, and blinding us with her dazzling smile.

We had missed Kaye George. Once a guiding beacon in AMW in Austin, she had moved to Waco, then Knoxville, Tennessee, too far away to attend the weekly critique group meetings.

However, that didn’t stop Kaye from being an active participant in AMW. She’s still a major player in the group, we’re glad to say.

august 15 bp 058Kaye George has been an inspiration to fellow writers. She fought hard to become a published author

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A Knotty Problem

 Yesterday Dominica felt faint, and Molly, my main character, steered her to a bench on the courthouse lawn and then dithered over what to do. She couldn't leave Dominica, but she thought asking a passerby (of which there were none at the time) for help sounded lame. Today, talking about treatments for migraines, one of my … Continue reading A Knotty Problem

ROW80, AMW, Dorothy, & Tallulah

I owe A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) another Wednesday check-in. Fortunately, I finally have something significant to report. My original goals were to sleep (get to bed before midnight, I believe); eat well (get off the white stuff, processed foods, added salt, sweeteners); and show up at critique meetings with  something to … Continue reading ROW80, AMW, Dorothy, & Tallulah

Day 9: Emoting

  Austin Mystery Writers met tonight. I was prepared. I bought frozen stuffed peppers Sunday evening and at 4:40 this afternoon turned the oven on to 350. David took it from there. Frozen stuffed peppers is our Tuesday night default. David is the default preparer of frozen dinners and cleaner-upper of kitchen. For all this … Continue reading Day 9: Emoting

Retread: Why I go to critique group

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 13 … Continue reading Retread: Why I go to critique group

An Ever-widening Wilderness

Okay. Enough of this sweetness-and-light, writing-is-my-life, revising-is-a-glorious-process, retreats-are-so-inspiring, the-daily-miracle-will-come baloney. Writing stinks. Last night, no matter how hard I tried to make the technician at the other end of the line understand that the problem was caused by a short in the ground wire on the keyboard, and was surely related to the March 30 … Continue reading An Ever-widening Wilderness

Two days before the deadline

My partner in Just for the Hell of it Writers (JFTHOIW) and I delivered our submissions to a manuscript contest Monday--two days before the deadline. I have Critique Partner (CP) to thank for that. I normally hand-deliver everything the last day, just under the wire. CP, however, tries to get her entries in early, and … Continue reading Two days before the deadline