Anne Tyler’s Clock Dance: “I’m Going to Ask?”

It's 1967, and two sixth-grade girls are selling candy so Baltimore's Herbert Malone Elementary School Orchestra can travel to regional competition in Harrisburg. Both girls have "sworn they would absolutely die if they didn't get to go . . . " * "Hold the whole carton up when they open the door," Sonya told Willa. … Continue reading Anne Tyler’s Clock Dance: “I’m Going to Ask?”

Bookfest #2: Heading to Fort Worth

I'll start by saying I have recovered from my major irritation with WordPress. It was malfunctioning to the max the night I wrote the humorous post that took a downhill turn (as WP) slid further down the hill--but everyone is allowed one major malfunction. I've had several myself whose results were worse than a paragraph-challenged … Continue reading Bookfest #2: Heading to Fort Worth

Book Sales and Books Book

A good day at the Boerne Book and Arts Fest in Boerne, Texas with a group of my Sisters in Crime from the Heart of Texas Chapter I sold four times as many copies of MURDER ON WHEELS and LONE STAR LAWLESS as I did last spring in Fort Worth--no need to say how many … Continue reading Book Sales and Books Book

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

Thank You, Nightstand Book Reviews

When I was eight, my grandmother gave me two Nancy Drew mysteries for Christmas: The Secret in the Old Clock and The Clue of the Tapping Heels, and I was hooked. One title led to another. Since then, I've read through Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, Donna Leon's Inspector Brunetti, Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley, … Continue reading Thank You, Nightstand Book Reviews

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

17 Must-Read Books*

Gertrude Stein   said,   " To write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write."  She spoke the truth.  Email. Blog posts. Blog comments. Email. Manuscripts. Introductions. Blog posts. Email. Email. Email.  What happened to reading?  I shall find out.   ***  Pennebaker. The … Continue reading 17 Must-Read Books*

Get a Clue! Mystery Authors Crombie, Hallinan, & Koenig @ Texas Book Festival

Mystery authors Deborah Crombie, Timothy Hallinan, and Minerva Koenig will appear on the panel Get a Clue at the Texas Book Festival on Saturday, October 25, at 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in Capitol Extension Room E2.014. ***** Deborah Crombie is the New York Times best-selling author of the Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid/Sergeant Gemma James novels. A … Continue reading Get a Clue! Mystery Authors Crombie, Hallinan, & Koenig @ Texas Book Festival

Select Tender Type or, Another Reason Literature Is Useful (Repost)

Below is a piece I originally posted, under a slightly different title, several years ago. I don't know why the text looks as it does, but it will stay that way until tech support and I find a remedy. I hope you will read and enjoy anyway. At HEB this afternoon, having verified that I … Continue reading Select Tender Type or, Another Reason Literature Is Useful (Repost)

Other People’s Words

I stayed up late the past two nights and didn't make up for the sleep lost. As a result,  my attention span hasn't kicked in, and since an attention span is almost essential to my writing, today's post focuses on what other people have written. *** Totsymae climbed a ladder the other day but came … Continue reading Other People’s Words

At Sharechair: New Kindles Announced by Amazon

If you'd like to know more about the new Kindle Paperwhite--and the older versions as well--check out Sharechair: Everyday Technology for Everyday Folks. "I will highlight these products here, and try to give you an overview without getting you overloaded with details you probably don’t want to know."   New Kindles Announced by Amazon.   … Continue reading At Sharechair: New Kindles Announced by Amazon

“I should wash him!”

"Well, then," returned my aunt… "Now, here you see young David Copperfield, and the question I put to you is, what shall I do with him?" "What shall you do with him?" said Mr. Dick, feebly, scratching his head. "Oh! Do with him?" "Yes," said my aunt, with a grave look, and her forefinger held … Continue reading “I should wash him!”

Teaser Tuesday 3

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 Teaser Tuesday 3