No, No, NaNo or, Just Do It

NaNoWriMo --National Novel Writing Month--the month* in which participants vow to write a 50,000-word novel--and some of them do--began yesterday. The goal--if you want to reach 50,000 words and win NaNoWriMo (which from this point on will be called NaNo), you need to write an average of 1667 words a day. I've registered for NaNo--there's a … Continue reading No, No, NaNo or, Just Do It

Laura Oles presents Inside Photo Secrets for Authors, March 9 @ Sisters in Crime (Austin) – Free and Open to the Public

Inside Photo Secrets for Authors Storytelling through photography has long been a powerful method of connecting people emotionally. For authors and writers, the use of photography can greatly assist in reaching and retaining readers. However, the digitization of photography has left the public largely confused about this new medium’s rules and regulations. At Sisters in … Continue reading Laura Oles presents Inside Photo Secrets for Authors, March 9 @ Sisters in Crime (Austin) – Free and Open to the Public

A Pitch-Perfect Paragraph–For Readers Who Know Cows

I head into the house for my hat and my cane and the keys to my truck. There's not a thing wrong with me but a bum knee. Several months ago one of my heifers knocked me down accidentally and it spooked her so bad that she stepped on my leg. This happened in the … Continue reading A Pitch-Perfect Paragraph–For Readers Who Know Cows

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 … Continue reading AMW Workshop: Special Invitation for Procrastinators

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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1st Line: The Private Patient

  "On November the twenty-first, the day of her forty-seventh birthday, and three weeks and two days before she was murdered, Rhoda Gradwyn went to Harley Street to keep a first appointment with her plastic surgeon, and there in a consulting room designed, so it appeared, to inspire confidence and allay apprehension, made the decision … Continue reading 1st Line: The Private Patient

Mystery Novelist Janice Hamrick & Death Rides Again

The day Eddy Cranny got himself murdered started bad and went downhill from there . . . especially for Eddy. ~ Janice Hamrick, Death Rides Again When I reached the second floor of BookPeople for the June 19th launch of Death Rides Again, Janice Hamrick's latest mystery novel, my day turned around and started uphill … Continue reading Mystery Novelist Janice Hamrick & Death Rides Again

If You Don’t Love a Character…

Sunday's Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter presented a New Authors panel: Robin Allen (If You Can't Stand the Heat: Stick a Fork in It), Kaye George (Choke; Smoke), and Janice Hamrick (Death on Tour; Death Makes the Cut). Hopeton Hay, host of KAZI Book Review, served as moderator. Here, listed in no particular … Continue reading If You Don’t Love a Character…

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

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

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

Tuesday Teaser 5 (on Thursday)

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 … Continue reading Tuesday Teaser 5 (on Thursday)

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. ************** 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 … Continue reading Teaser Tuesday 2