AMW Workshop: Special Invitation for Procrastinators

Austin Mystery Writers spent Thursday making last-minute preparations for Anatomy of a Mystery, the free workshop it’s sponsoring today from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at BookPeople in Austin. I offer two photographs as proof. Some of the people in them are duplicated. (My assigned task was to cut up paper for the raffle. Mission accomplished.)

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This post, which is being typed around a large cream tabby who insists on operating the space bar, is directed to people like me–people who forget to register, to sign up, to RSVP. People who put things off.

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Part of large cream tabby

The message is this: RSVPs are not required for Anatomy of a Mystery.

If you wake in the morning with an insatiable urge to attend a workshop about how to write the mystery novel, do not despair.

Come on down to BookPeople.

Authors Reavis Wortham, Janice Hamrick, and Karen MacInerney, all of whom have proved they know how to write–and have accepted for publication–multiple mystery novels, will share some of their secrets with other writers, aspiring writers, and readers.

It would be a shame to miss this opportunity just because you forgot to tell us you were planning to come.

It would be more of a shame to miss the great swag we’re handing out.¬† One example is pictured here. There are also some books and who-knows-what-else.

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Swag

So take the advice of a veteran procrastinator: show up at Anatomy of a Mystery–and if you can’t stay all day, spend the morning or the afternoon with us.

And don’t worry about crowds. If the room is SRO, you can have my chair and I’ll sit on the floor.

Provided, that is, that you promise to help me get back up.

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Teaser Tuesday 2

I didn’t post yesterday.

My resolutions for 2011, as I stated in an earlier post, are

  • to blog every day; and
  • to eschew perfectionism.

Yesterday I was busy eschewing.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author too, so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.

My teasers:

“A woman with morals,” Carl said. “I like that.”

~ Karen MacInerney, Berried to the Hilt: A Gray Whale Inn Mystery

Books in Progress

Baker, Russ. Family of Secrets: the Bush Dynasty, American’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2009.

Flagg, Fannie. I Still Dream About You: A Novel. New York: Random House, 2010.

Jacobs, A. J. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Kessler, David A. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite. New York: Rodale Press, 2009.

MacInerney, Karen. Berried to the Hilt: A Gray Whale Inn Mystery. Woodbury, Minn.: Midnight Ink, 2010.