Day Q: #AtoZChallenge

          My Day Q post is recycled from last year,  a short-short story prompted by this photograph by Fatima Fakier Deria, on Friday Fictioneers. The event it's based on occurred in 2002, but it will forever live in infamy.     Day 1 Beautiful . . . waves, sunset . . . Deck … Continue reading Day Q: #AtoZChallenge

Day N: Now #AtoZChallenge

          NOW   “The convention center? Well, go about six blocks, to where the old movie house used to be–the one that burned in ’87–What’d you say, Fred?” “Now it’s condos. The Oaks.” “Oh, that’s right. Well, just before the condos, turn left. When you get to where the Masonic lodge … Continue reading Day N: Now #AtoZChallenge

Day D: Dilly-Dallying #AtoZChallenge

Yes, definitely running behind in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. No surprise, of course. If I were all caught up, I would worry. Blogging with a theme would have helped. Instead of choosing topics, I'm wallowing around in a sea of them, waiting for one to come to my rescue. April was a … Continue reading Day D: Dilly-Dallying #AtoZChallenge

One Dollar and Eighty-Seven Cents

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. … Continue reading One Dollar and Eighty-Seven Cents

LONE STAR LAWLESS!

Austin Mystery Writers' second crime fiction anthology now available for Kindle! Paperbacks coming soon   ONE MORE TIME by V. P. Chandler WILD HORSES by Alexandra Burt LIFE OF THE PARTY by Mark Pryor ARCHANGEL TOWERS by Gale Albright BAGGAGE CLAIM, Part 1: THE DEVIL’S LUGGAGE by Janice Hamrick BAGGAGE CLAIM, Part 2: CARRY ON … Continue reading LONE STAR LAWLESS!

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

Friday Fictioneers: Used to Be

The Friday Fictioneers Challenge: Write a 100-word story based on the photograph.   * USED TO BE "The convention center? Well, go about six blocks, to where the old movie house used to be--the one that burned in '87--What'd you say, Fred?" "It's The Oaks now. Condos." "Oh, that's right. Well, just before the condos, turn right, and when you … Continue reading Friday Fictioneers: Used to Be

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

100-Word Story: You’ll Be Fine

GENRE: One line of fiction. The rest is truth. 100 words Dedicated to my dear cousin Mary Veazey, who said, “Let’s go on a cruise.” I have almost forgiven her. POETIC JUSTICE or, YOU’LL BE FINE   Beautiful . . . waves, sunset . . . Deck chairs . . . Two nights at sea, … Continue reading 100-Word Story: You’ll Be Fine

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

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

Night of the Violent Mirdango

“Oh, Lord Azoth.” Miss Brulzies laid the palm of her soft little hand on his cytanic dargest. “That is just the most impressive, the most cytanic dargest I've ever come across.” Adjusting his eyewire, Lord Azoth said with a flaudant gipple, “You little hoyden. You knew wearing that white ignibrate would jackonet my kreits. And the rose sticking out … Continue reading Night of the Violent Mirdango

That’s How the Smart Money Bets

Roaming around online, I happened upon the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. And instead of thinking what a normal person would, I thought like a member of the Professional Organization of English Majors: Why Damon Runyon? Runyon wrote the stories on which the musical Guys and Dolls was based. You remember--"A Bushel and a Peck," "I've … Continue reading That’s How the Smart Money Bets

“Hell on Wheels”: The Story of a Lethal Librarian

Excerpt from “Hell on Wheels” by Kathy Waller appears in MURDER ON WHEELS: 11 TALES OF CRIME ON THE MOVE, published by Wildside Press, 2015 *** The day I found Mama stirring ground glass into the filling for a lemon meringue pie, I took the bowl away from her and called a family conference. We … Continue reading “Hell on Wheels”: The Story of a Lethal Librarian

One Trailer. No Horses. No Cows.

Marketing? NO... I'm happy happy happy when a reader buys a copy of Murder on Wheels, Austin Mystery Writers' anthology of crime fiction. BUT... I share the following link because V P Chandler, an AMW member, created a Murder on Wheels book trailer, and she did a beautiful job. I'd like it to have a wider audience. SO... Please … Continue reading One Trailer. No Horses. No Cows.