Remiss but Not Missing

I have been remiss. I haven't posted here lately, probably because I've been posting more on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. I hope you have, or will, check out the blog. It's currently second home to Cherley Grogg, Mike Staton, Neva Bodin, Abbie Johnson Taylor, S. J. Brown,  Cindy Carroll, Cole Smith, Debra Easterling, and Keri De Deo. … Continue reading Remiss but Not Missing

Day of the Dark Coming–Twice

The total solar eclipse--the first across the entire continental United States in ninety-nine years--will take place on August 21. David and I will view it from Kansas City, where the full eclipse will be visible. We have our eclipse glasses and hotel reservations and look forward to a jaw-dropping experience.* Not to take anything away … Continue reading Day of the Dark Coming–Twice

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

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

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! is for Publish

[Links are scattered throughout this post. If you slide your pointer across the screen, you'll see where to click. In the meantime, I'll choose a theme that makes finding links easier.] In yesterday's abbreviated post, I promised an announcement to end all announcements. Confession: Kaye George was quicker than I. She made the announcement on … Continue reading Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! is for Publish

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

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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Locomotive: And the Winners Are…

About an eon ago, I posted the picture above with the following promise: "The first person to leave a comment identifying the picture above will win a copy of Kaye George's CHOKE." Five readers (bless their hearts) commented; none identified the picture correctly. Consequently--ALL of them win a copy of CHOKE. If the following-- cyberbonn Tammy … Continue reading Locomotive: And the Winners Are…

Repost: Review of Kaye George’s CHOKE

I'm reposting this review in honor of Kaye George, author of the Agatha-nominated mystery, CHOKE. Kaye is currently in Washington, D. C. , where the Agatha Awards will be announced tomorrow at the annual Malice Domestic "fun fan" convention. Malice Domestic salutes "the traditional mystery—books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie," and "loosely defined as mysteries which contain no … Continue reading Repost: Review of Kaye George’s CHOKE

Kaye George’s CHOKE Nominated for Agatha Award

I am pleased—but not surprised—to announce that Kaye George's CHOKE: An Imogene Duckworthy Mystery has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. The Agathas, which honor the "traditional mystery" ("loosely defined as mysteries which contain no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence"), are awarded annually at the Malice Domestic convention in … Continue reading Kaye George’s CHOKE Nominated for Agatha Award

Be Back Dreckly

My Crock-pot and I have just produced an absolute travesty of a pot roast. No details. The experience is still too painful to discuss. The short story course I'm taking online began today with a lecture regarding structure, followed by a brief exercise. So far, instructor Kaye George has managed to tear me away from … Continue reading Be Back Dreckly

Light Bread and Hanky-Panky

I have no business being awake this late—early, rather—because Wednesday will be a most taxing day: Kaye George, author of Choke: An Imogene Duckworthy Mystery, will teach me everything I need to know about writing the short story. Actually, it's going to take her four days to teach me. Kaye knows a lot, and I'm … Continue reading Light Bread and Hanky-Panky

Book Review: Kaye George’s CHOKE

Question: If you combined Lucille Ball with Inspector Clouseau, what would you get? Answer: Imogene Duckworthy, amateur PI and main character of Kaye George's new mystery, CHOKE. Immy is a delight--the 22-year-old unwed mother of 3-year-old Nancy Drew Duckworthy (Drew), she lives with her retired-librarian mother, Hortense, in Saltlick, Texas; slings hash at her Uncle … Continue reading Book Review: Kaye George’s CHOKE

And is it gone, yes it is gone, alas

I was about 500 words into a post about Kaye George's new novel, Choke: An Imogene Duckworthy Mystery, when, upon clicking Save Draft, I received an error message I'd never seen before. Then I discovered I was logged into HOTSHOTS!, the local Sisters in Crime chapter's newsletter, and was, in effect, about to post on … Continue reading And is it gone, yes it is gone, alas