News Flash: Bullet Books Are Here!

  Bullet Books are speed reads for the busy traveler, commuter, and beach-goer. All are new original crime fiction stories that can be read in two to three hours. Gripping cinematic mysteries and thrillers by your favorite authors! Manning Wolfe, attorney and author of the Merit Bridges legal thrillers, this week introduced the first set … Continue reading News Flash: Bullet Books Are Here!

9 Links and a Cat

Recent posts having focused on cats and goats, today I'm back to basics, sharing links to articles that writers—and non-writers—will find informative, entertaining, and/or thought-provoking.   The first appear on Chris the Story Reading Ape's Blog: "Can Common Writing Advice Be Wrong?" — by Jamie Gold The answer to that question requires only one word, … Continue reading 9 Links and a Cat

Which Would You Rather

  A crime writer here in Austin closed his blog a couple of years ago. It was both informative and entertaining and enjoyed a wide readership. When asked why he stopped writing it, he said it was time-consuming. He needed to put all his effort into his novels. In addition, he said, which would most … Continue reading Which Would You Rather

All You-Know-What Will Break Loose

  The next driver who honks at me while I'm waiting for a pedestrian to get across the street before I turn will find out I'm not so nice a person as I tell people I am. I don't mean I'm going make a rude gesture. I mean that right there in the middle of … Continue reading All You-Know-What Will Break Loose

Why I Still Go to Critique Group and Can’t Afford to Stop

  I said to my critique partner this morning, The whole project is stinky it stinks it’s just nothing no hope. She read chapter 13 and said, But it’s so good so funny Molly is so funny it’s not stinky. I said, Yes, the first part of chapter 13 and the last part of chapter … Continue reading Why I Still Go to Critique Group and Can’t Afford to Stop

Then the Real Critics Come In . . .

If you haven't read the preceding post, "Disregard 15 Pages," please do so before reading on. That post isn't very long, but if you read it first, you'll get more out of this very short one. * So finally, after revising and revising and revising, you give in, and give up, and stop, because you … Continue reading Then the Real Critics Come In . . .

Disregard 15 Pages . . .

You know how even when you know what you've written isn't as good as it ought to be, you think you've gone as far as you can go with it, but you also know you haven't, and your deadline is tomorrow, about 18 months after your original deadline, so you give it one more going-over, … Continue reading Disregard 15 Pages . . .

@ a Very Nice Retreat

"Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused." ~ Anon. I'm staying in a Very Nice Dorm on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville for the Writers' League of Texas' Summer Retreat. My job is to write. No classes, just write. Here is what I've accomplished … Continue reading @ a Very Nice Retreat

A Disjointed Post . . .

. . . because my brain is fried. When we tried to medicate William last night, a pill fell into the pit between the seat of my recliner and the arm, and we weren't able to locate it. It's in there somewhere, or it fell through onto the floor under the chair. After a cursory … Continue reading A Disjointed Post . . .

A Mid-Century Murder: Elizabeth Buhmann’s Blue Lake

  "Rural Virginia, 1945. The Second World War had just ended when Alice Hannon found the lifeless body of her five-year-old daughter, Eugenie, floating in Blue Lake. The tragedy of the little girl’s death destroyed the Hannon family. "More than twenty years later, Alice’s youngest daughter, Regina, returns home after a long estrangement because her … Continue reading A Mid-Century Murder: Elizabeth Buhmann’s Blue Lake

W Is for the W-Words: #atozchallenge

    Buyer's remorse. And not even five hours have elapsed since the purchase. It happens every time. Why do I do this to myself? (W-Word: Why) News of the Writers' League of Texas' annual summer retreat arrived via email this afternoon, and I pounced--checked the calendar to confirm it doesn't fall on an infusion … Continue reading W Is for the W-Words: #atozchallenge

R Is for Re-Vision: #atozchallenge

  Writing is a lonely pursuit, and reading it aloud transformed it into an interactive experience It also  brought  the text to life. When Anne read her material to Meg she picked up the difficulties and polished them out so that the writing flowed more smoothly. Occasionally, there were a few ruffled feathers and a … Continue reading R Is for Re-Vision: #atozchallenge

P Is Not for Pat Boone: #atozchallenge

  How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on’t! O fie! ’tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely. ~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, ii   I woke this morning feeling perfectly fine but at the same … Continue reading P Is Not for Pat Boone: #atozchallenge

K Is for Knowing–or Not: #atozchallenge

  Three scenarios: A lone woman hears a sound in the middle of the night. She doesn't know what it is, so she goes in search of the source: to the attic, the basement, the back yard, the barn, the woods, the creek. She might take a flashlight and/or a bat. She wears her pajamas … Continue reading K Is for Knowing–or Not: #atozchallenge