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

Objection & the #ROW80 Report

We begin with a question: Before airing tonight's Inspector Lewis mystery, PBS issued the usual disclaimer, something like, This program contains material that some viewers might consider objectionable. Viewer discretion is advised. Now. Every program contains something potentially objectionable. Objection is a matter of choice. (Why doesn't the same disclaimer run before afternoon soap operas and tacky prime … Continue reading Objection & the #ROW80 Report

Tampering with perfection & #ROW80 Report

I am so tired I ever could. Because last night I waltzed up to the watermelon buffet and chose Complete the edit the AMW story for its (I hope) final major critique If I'd been taking naps, #1 would be only a memory. But there's more to do. Weeks ago, I edited out a couple of … Continue reading Tampering with perfection & #ROW80 Report

Fort Worth Indie Film Festival & # ROW80 Report

It appears to be Wednesday--the scheduler from my doctor's office had to tell me it wasn't Thursday, but since her call woke me up, I take no responsibility for mixing up the days--and thus time for the #ROW80 report. If I were playing by the rules, I would have reported last Sunday, but we'd been … Continue reading Fort Worth Indie Film Festival & # ROW80 Report

What Have I Done?: The #ROW80 Wednesday Report

My #ROW80 goals posted on July 10, plus progress: Edit the AMW story for its last (I hope) critique; Not yet, but tomorrow I'll get a critique from another partner. It's better to have everything in before making changes. Write and schedule the WWW post at least two days before the July 19 deadline; It's finished, and SIX days before the deadline. I'm … Continue reading What Have I Done?: The #ROW80 Wednesday Report

No Complaints

Here's how ROW80 has gone since Sunday: Monday: Late entrance into ROW80; post took two days to complete; goals set, not attempted. Tuesday: Type type type type type type type type type type...316 words. Wednesday: Type type type type type type type type type type...323 words. Thursday: Type...type...44 words; one word was XXX. Friday: Type … Continue reading No Complaints

Mama and the Ground Glass Resurface

In Monday's post, I announced my goals for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80): To write 300 words a day, five days a week; and Not to haul myself out of bed at 5:00 a.m. to write the 300 words. So far, the latter goal has been easier to accomplish … Continue reading Mama and the Ground Glass Resurface

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

Nets of Silver and Gold

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night Sailed off in a wooden shoe — Sailed on a river of crystal light, Into a sea of dew. "Where are you going, and what do you wish?" The old moon asked the three. "We have come to fish for the herring fish That live in this beautiful sea; … Continue reading Nets of Silver and Gold

The Eight Suggestions for 2013

Yesterday I said I would post my Seven Suggestions for 2013. Copying them, I found there were eight. Here it is, the unalliterative but expanded version of The Eight Suggestions. 1) Finish the @%%&$@!% novel (aka either fall in love with it again or chuck it); 2) follow through on the Sacred Writing Time Pledge  … Continue reading The Eight Suggestions for 2013

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

ROW80 01.08.12 and Excuses

Here's my progress report for the first week of January: On Tuesday, I attended Austin Mystery Writers. I had not submitted anything for critique, but I took a bit of the newsletter I was editing for CP to proof. My printer had cut off an inch or two on the right side of the document, … Continue reading ROW80 01.08.12 and Excuses

ROW80 1.2.12 Goals & Boiling a Frog

A friend says resolutions should be brief. Her resolution for 2012 is Move. Ten years ago, when she was into metaphor, she adopted, Boil the frog slowly. The former refers to being more physically active. The latter might be phrased, Make small, incremental changes. I admire her artistry, but deplore her lack of clarity. They're her resolutions, however. … Continue reading ROW80 1.2.12 Goals & Boiling a Frog

#ROW80 11.13, NaNo, & Viral Accord

NaNoWriMo / ROW80 update: I've been working on Molly but haven't been averaging the 1667 words per day required to reach the target by the end of November. According to the NaNo stats page, at my current rate, I'll reach 50,000 words on September 28, 2015. But there is hope—if I write 2,753 words each … Continue reading #ROW80 11.13, NaNo, & Viral Accord