Category Archives: On writing

VILLAINS WE LOVE TO LOVE

I’m surprised to find that I’m enthralled by Boardwalk Empire, the popular HBO series, and by Steve Buscemi the portrayer of ‘Nucky’ Thompson, the brains behind Atlantic City’s Mob that thrived during Prohibition.  The show teems with drama and excitement … Continue reading

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Garrison Keilor’s Writer’s Almanac

I look forward to  email’s from Garrison Keilor’s Writer’s Almanac. In addition to a daily  poem, the site includes tidbits of information on the birthdays of famous writers and poets along with remembrances of happenings on that particular day. On … Continue reading

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Interesting Responses To My Blog

I enjoy writing my weekly blog, and I have received some interesting responses, even a marriage proposal. Dee FitzGerald has been giving me advice on my blog.  I really appreciate his help.  Last week he suggested I might think about … Continue reading

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REJECTIONS

Today, one of my short stories was rejected for the third, fourth, maybe fifth time.  I stopped counting. Some publications are kind enough to send whole pages of writing suggestions–most of which I already practice.  This last rejected story involved … Continue reading

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Characters Whose Names Begin With The Same Letter

In writing classes, instructors caution that character names beginning with the same letter confuse the reader. Amen to that.  I just finished a novel where two ranchers, prominent to the story, were named Stallard and Stargill.  A mother and daughter … Continue reading

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Who Said Writing Was Easy?

Yesterday I spent all morning pasting a short story submission into a special box that required me to manually space each paragraph and list which words I want italicized. I was cautioned that parentheses are frowned upon and that any … Continue reading

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Analyzing “Feisty Old Ladies.” A Cozie or not a Cozie.

Mystery is a genre, in which  the detective,  either an amateur or a professional or both, solves a crime or crimes.  Mysteries are further broken into various categories: detective story; amateur sleuth; police procedural; thriller/suspense; cozie, hardboiled, noir; paranormal. One … Continue reading

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Protagonists and Detectives in Mystery: Gender issues

At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Sisters in Crime, we focused on gender issues as they relate to detectives or protagonists in mystery.  One member said that her female detectives must be believable and also connect to women’s issues.  Another likes … Continue reading

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Reading, Writing; Saw a movie

I just finished a hilarious mystery, The California Roll, by John Vorhaus.  I sat at John’s table when I attended the Men of Mystery Convention last fall in Orange County, and I was lucky enough to win the book as … Continue reading

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Writing on the lampshade

Writing on the lamp shade At writer’s conferences and work shops, new writer’s are always told to observe people, eavesdrop on conversations, and above all,  carry paper and a writing instrument.  Easier said than done. Say a brilliant thought pops … Continue reading

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