When a Writer Quits . . .

Novelist Nancy Peacock on quitting... "I'm writing again," I told Ben. "I thought so," he said. Ben has the good sense to never say, "I told you so," no matter how many times we go through this. And we've gone through it a lot, because I am a serial quitter. Like an alcoholic, I need … Continue reading When a Writer Quits . . .

How Much Money Do Writers Make?

Question: I've written a novel. Should I quit my day job now or wait till I'm published? In A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning and Life, author Nancy Peacock answers that question with a story: * Two women are walking down the road and pass a frog sitting in the grass. "Hey," says the … Continue reading How Much Money Do Writers Make?

One Pebble in a Shoe Can Change the Universe

It happened again. An author killed off a character I love. I hate that. I hate the author. I continue to like the book, but the author I despise. This time it's Anne Tyler. I love her novels. The Accidental Tourist. Breathing Lessons. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. My favorites, if I have favorites, are Back … Continue reading One Pebble in a Shoe Can Change the Universe

What I Learned from Ernest Hemingway, Plus a Photo of Gregory Peck, Plus Snakes

What if soy milk is just milk introducing itself in Spanish?* *** To Write, etc., has been dormant for a while because I've been (a) playing spider solitaire, and (b) working on two pieces of literature: (1) a story entitled "When Cheese Is Love," which needs to be 5,000 words but is currently 6,200 words, necessitating … Continue reading What I Learned from Ernest Hemingway, Plus a Photo of Gregory Peck, Plus Snakes

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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Loving Molly

Author Susan Woodring's post "This Writer's Wish List: A Love Story" has been on my mind since I read it two days ago. I can't make it go away. It sticks with me because what Woodring says is true. Uncomfortably so. She says if we write because we want something--wealth, fame, a room of our … Continue reading Loving Molly

Thank you for noticing.

For the past month and more, my writing has been on hold. There are two reasons for the lapse. First, I've been short on energy. Second, I've been afraid I don't have what it takes to read a novel, much less write one. Fear played off lethargy. Lethargy played off fear. I played Bejeweled. Bejeweled … Continue reading Thank you for noticing.