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Marcia Talley
I write mystery novels set in the Chesapeake Bay region
Interests: Sailing the Chesapeake Bay, travel, knittting and reading.
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Elaine, the manatee is "Randy" and HE is aptly named! LOL.
Today, I welcome my friend Nancy Schiffer to the Femmes Fatales. Not only are we fellow Annapolitans, but we're sailing buddies and writing pals who hang out in Hope Town on Elbow Cay for most of the winter. In this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at My Weblog
How can you NOT attend a contest in Oulu, Finland!?
I absolutely love the work of my island neighbor and friend, Kim Rody. I have 5 of her giclees in our cottage!!
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2017 on 5 Ways to Support Women in the Arts at My Weblog
Susan, that is so true. Too bad this man didn't hire an architect like Stephen Mouzon whose beautiful book, "A Living Tradition: Architecture of the Bahamas" gloriously illustrates how people who respect the Bahamian traditions can build homes that don’t need to be “engineered” into the environment.
Sadly, Elaine, according to local plant experts, most of the flora and fauna that was ripped out is not available in local nurseries. The owner of the property now claims to be working with Abaco's "Friends of the Environment" to mitigate the destruction, but "mitigate" isn't "repair." And nothing will happen landscape-wise until construction is complete, and no building permit has been issued by the Council. Meanwhile, we have hurricane season to look forward to. A really bad blow like Floyd or Jean or Hugo could destroy the dune and actually separate the north end of our island from the south end. Much cause for concern.
A prosperous couple from Upstate New York who apparently think they are moving to a wealthy enclave in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, or perhaps the Hamptons, have decided that they want to build a glass and steel mega-mansion in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at My Weblog
A wealthy couple from Florida who apparently think they are moving to a wealthy enclave in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, or perhaps the Hamptons, have decided that they want to build an enormous glass and steel home in our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Mystery-minded
Valerie is getting some comments via Facebook that I thought I should share with you. Emma says: What a lovely piece! The thing that struck me most was Josh’s one word “why”. Something that many of us in our culture think, but wouldn’t say. Alison writes: Gave me goose bumps! Write more Valerie. And this, from Sue: Wow Valerie, you dark horse, what a talent. Beautifully written, a great snap shot into Josh's life and a debunking of stereotypes. I loved it. I'm going to pass it on to a few friends who I know will enjoy it and especially Mary and Hayley who had a connection with Josh recently. Shirley is "speechless and weeping." Thank you Valerie.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2017 on The Woman in the Burka at My Weblog
From time to time, I’ve introduced Femme Fatales readers to members of the Hope Town Writers Circle, the group I belong to in the Bahamas that meets weekly to share our writing: poems, essays, travelogues and novels in progress. Several... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at My Weblog
Today, the Femmes Fatales welcome New York Times bestselling historical novelist, Lucia StClair-Robson. Lucia and I have been friends for years, often appearing together at book-related events because we both live near Annapolis, Maryland. Lucia has an enormous library, from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at My Weblog
Mary, if they have DARK PASSAGE, they are aces in my book!
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2017 on Where Have All the Muses Gone? at My Weblog
Absolutely, Ellie. Step one at a new duty station was registering for school UGH! Step two, the library card. I've been to the library at Hickham!
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2017 on Where Have All the Muses Gone? at My Weblog
The past several months have set me back, writing-wise. Every day I wake up and it's like: Instead of: (Cat Pretzel -- Keanu, Gilligan and L'il Ginger Tom -- courtesy of Bill Crider) At critical times like these, I start... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at My Weblog
9 bucks! Laura, you're killing me!
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2017 on Painting Our Bottom at My Weblog
I think it'll be blue! The paint contains certain compounds, uh, poisons, that discourage organisms from visiting the hull and hanging around for a while.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2017 on Painting Our Bottom at My Weblog
Herewith, the fifth installment of Marcia's Occasional Musings, Life on a Small Island. So, after several years in the water, a 1000-mile trip down the Intracoastal Waterway and a 200-mile Gulf Stream crossing, our intrepid sailboat, Iolanthe, needed her bottom... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at My Weblog
As most of you know, I spend the winter months in a little cottage in Hope Town, a loyalist settlement on Elbow Cay in the Bahamas. Each Thursday, like-minded writers gather at the local sailing club for the Writers Circle.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at My Weblog
Eeeeew! Cringe-worthy indeed.
This is so true! Also how you can tell a guy is having an affair! We once had a neighbor who always dressed in sweats and was way overweight. He suddenly went on a diet/exercise craze, starting dressing snazzily ... a strange car kept showing up in his driveway and eventually we caught sight of the girlfriend, confirming our suspicions.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2017 on Sherlock Holmes on Love and Marriage at My Weblog
No, Annette. Sorry. :-)
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2016 on An Island Christmas at My Weblog
Sorry, no, Karen! :-) It is super hard to tell; even *I* had to spend a few minutes scanning the crowd. On the other hand, my sister Susan found me right away, as did my daughter, Sarah ... but family doesn't count, prize-wise. LOL.
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2016 on An Island Christmas at My Weblog
In January 2000, just three months after Hurricane Floyd ripped through the Bahamas, Barry and I first sailed into those pristine waters. Four years later, we were back, and after 2006, not a year went by that we weren’t sailing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at My Weblog
What a fun trip down memory lane!!! Thanks, Doris Ann.
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2016 on The Many Movie Faces of Santa at My Weblog
Oh, Monty Woolley!!! Thanks for the memories, Dean.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2016 on Christmas Traditions at My Weblog