Why I Don’t Step Out of Cars Like Audrey Hepburn Did

For years, I've beaten myself up because I don't step into a car like Audrey Hepburn. You know what I mean--Sabrina getting into Linus' little sports car--sitting down, swinging to her left, bringing torso and legs, knee touching knee,  and stiletto-heeled feet, around, until she faces the windshield and her whole body relaxes on leather upholstery, … Continue reading Why I Don’t Step Out of Cars Like Audrey Hepburn Did

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

No Runs, No Hits, Several Errors

I promised myself that tonight I would be on my stationary bike by 8:30 p.m. and in bed by 10:00. Missing the bike objective, I set a new one: 9:00 p.m. So I sit here at 8:55, watching the minute hand make its way toward the 12, and I think, Should I push that goal … Continue reading No Runs, No Hits, Several Errors

Shifting Responsibility, but Nicely

Over the weekend, I had an epiphany. If I'm going to write anything longer than a blog post--such as a novel--I have to do three things: Sleep--before midnight as well as after Eat--no refined carbohydrates, no grains, no sweeteners, no processed foods, no added salt... Exercise--as in MOVE. I didn't buy that stationary bike just … Continue reading Shifting Responsibility, but Nicely

#ROW80 & Symboling

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?" ~ Robert Browning, Andrea del Sarto My reach last week exceeded my grasp. I followed Tuesday's stellar 1000 Molly words (or 921, depending on who's counting) with 0 Molly words for the rest of the week. But I was so pleased … Continue reading #ROW80 & Symboling

A Round of Words in 80 Days: Goals

Another round of ROW80 begins today, and I've signed on. I would like to say I'm doing it because I was so successful the first time, but that would be overstatement bordering on a lie. In fact, it would be a lie. I became so tired of reporting that I couldn't even remember my goals … Continue reading A Round of Words in 80 Days: Goals

Promises, production, and pain

Last week CP and I made a pact to write at least 100 words a day. When I began this manuscript, I wrote at least 500 words a day. But with one thing and another, over the months, production slipped. So, although 100 seemed paltry compared to what I used to do, or what I … Continue reading Promises, production, and pain