I’ve always been a bit on the fringe in my thinking. My whole life, I’ve ignored rosy-tinted glasses in favor of wide-eyed realism, which, let’s face it, often seems dark to those who live in their rosy-tinted glasses. I’m sure this is part of the reason I write mysteries rather than, say, romances. So many… Read More Life As a Shadow Spinner
The other night my friend Chuck Caruso and I hung out drinking pints and talking shop. Since he’s a fellow fiction writer, we talked writing, agents, making it, not making it, publishing, story, everything fiction! Like me, he started out writing short stories. I don’t know about him, but I needed to dip my toes… Read More FIRST FOR-REAL PUBLICATION | Like a First Kiss
Come to find out that writing creepy is hard! I’d arrived at Ghost Story Weekend without an idea, thinking no biggie, something will come, it always does. On Friday night when most of the other 12 writers at the retreat tapped away, tap-tap-tap, on their short stories, and with only 24 hours to write a… Read More WRITING CREEPY | A Ghost Story Weekend
On Friday night, C, K, and I went to a movie. It being C’s birthday, and because this was a girly-friend custom, C picked the movie (a creepy one, also a custom), which we ambled toward after happy-hour drinks and a little shopping. It just so happened that we passed a Barnes & Noble on… Read More My (Little) Taste of the Big-Time
I’ve had a few short stories published, and I’ve received author’s copies in the mail. But today I received a whopper of an author’s copy. A luscious, 460-page hardcover anthology that’s so fresh, it squeaks. And, ah, that new-book smell, my nose up against the spine from the inside, no doubt killing brain cells sniffing… Read More Hey, There’s My Name on the Back Cover!
I think, but I’m not sure, that I started off this week a million times more sane than last week. Don’t get me wrong, at various points over the weekend stress nipped at me, reminding me of its existence while I went about my business trying to have a weekend away from the work. That… Read More A Little Sanity
Spring happened while I wasn’t looking. All of sudden daffodils are blooming and trees are frothing. I vaguely recall a check-out clerk lauding the first day of spring (finally! but when was that?) and a sign-up for spring softball/baseball sign-ups. Our days sprang forward and I’m still catching up. Yesterday, a good friend sent me… Read More While I Wasn’t Looking
After so long, it’s great to see signs that Two of the Deadliest is sliding into the home stretch toward publication. It might be coming out in the U.K. first for all I know, because the U.K. edition’s cover art is available online. Good looking cover, isn’t it? Many of the writers that Elizabeth George… Read More “Outstanding Women of Mystery”
Just a pretty view, but what’s that? Today felt fan-tabulous. I fiiinally started the story that I’ve been thinking about for eons. This story began its budding life with a title I liked…and then last fall a memorial bench in my neighborhood park sparked my interest. A few weeks after noticing the memorial plaque beside the bench, I took these… Read More Writing Bliss
Remember the funny post I wrote about developing a story in four days to meet a deadline? (This post.) I started with less than nothing. Truly. My brain was so empty of ideas that it was vacuum. No way, I thought, can I come up with a plausible idea by deadline much less write it up.… Read More Story Got Accepted!