Do You See the Magic in the Small Things?

Did you ever see something that took your breath away? Something new to you, beautiful beyond compare? We were out shopping at a home improvement store, something that makes everyone in our family grumpy. The kids were arguing, my husband and I had grown short-tempered, and we all really just wanted to go home. Then … Continue reading Do You See the Magic in the Small Things?

ABCs of Mystery Heir

Some writing friends recently participated in an alphabet blog challenge where every day for twenty-six days they wrote a post corresponding to a particular letter, each entry having to do with a work-in-progress or a recently released work. I didn’t participate; I figure one, maybe two posts a week is plenty. But I thought the … Continue reading ABCs of Mystery Heir

The ABCs of Murder Weapons in Fiction

If you read or write mysteries, you know the importance of a good weapon for the villain to use to plot the demise of the victims. The problem is that sometimes, we writers sit at the computer and think, “How in the world can I kill these people off in a way that hasn’t been … Continue reading The ABCs of Murder Weapons in Fiction

It’s Up To You New York, New York

Ah, Old Blue Eyes. I fell in love with Frank Sinatra when I was a young girl and saw Guys and Dolls on television. That’s when I also fell in love with Marlon Brando, but that’s a subject for another post. This post is about New York. Specifically the Big Six publishers. When Sinatra sang … Continue reading It’s Up To You New York, New York

Short Story Class Completed

Originally posted May 10, 2012 So last night was the final night of the short story seminar. It was so different from what I expected. I thought we were going to learn how to develop characters and plot and dialogue, etc. But it was really more of an analysis class. Which, in and of itself, … Continue reading Short Story Class Completed

The Other Novel

Originally posted April 23, 2012 I've put my novel on hold to begin work on a mystery. I'm calling it Daddy Issues, but we all know that's subject to change. I answered a call for writers to write mysteries for a publisher starting a sleuthing series. It's been an interesting project so far. It's difficult to … Continue reading The Other Novel