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by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner As I sat down to write this, my older daughter Maggie's was in the basement pouring silicon over a clay sculpture of a wolf to create a mold. Once it cures, she'll be... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at My Weblog
Elaine, in fact there is proof to back up the observation that women apologize more than men. I think your goal to limit your apologies to those times when you have something to apologize for is a great idea. Apologizing too often can be off-putting. if I'm giving somebody feedback, I don't want them to say "I'm sorry." I want them to say, "I understand and will do something about it," or even, "I don't agree, and I'm not changing."
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2018 on A Sorry Situation at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry I occurred to me tonight that my family has been having an odd assortment of conversations this past few days. Maybe it's been being kept inside by the dreadful weather of ludicrous cold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner You remember when you were in [insert name of subject or teacher you were bored by] class in school, and you'd stay awake by doodling stick figures on the corners of your notebook,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at My Weblog
By Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry I have a new book coming out next Tuesday, and I just got my author copies in the mail yesterday. Were this any other day I would likely be posting a photo of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at My Weblog
Mark, thank you. It's so easy for a short story to disappear, so I take pleasure in this one staying alive. Art, I don't know that I ever will do that project. Of the four stories I wrote for it, three have sold elsewhere so I'm not sure I could glue it back together. But maybe a similar project some day. Hank, thank you!
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2017 on An Endless Summer at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner Fall is here. Days are getting shorter and nights are getting colder. So if you are already missing the lazy, crazy days of summer, here's a reminder. The Mystery Writers of America has just re-released the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at My Weblog
I've been on two ballon rides. One was a surprise on. My father and I were at a balloon festival in Statesville, NC, and one of the participants landed a bit short of the desired field. Nearly on top of us! So we helped him get situated , and in return, he let me hop on board for a short ride to the field. After that, we had to do a full ride. So on Halloween of one year, Daddy and I were up in the sky. Amazing! Fun fact 1: Balloon baskets have tiny little glove boxes. Okay, maybe it's just a storage box, but it looked like a glove box from a car. Fun fact 2: The balloon pilot for ours had a tape player, and the tape inside it was the soundtrack to TOP GUN. Amused the heck out of us!
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2017 on Up, up and away at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner I realized something wonderful last week. I was at Gen Con, which is THE convention for tabletop gaming. Board games, role-playing games, card games... This year was the 50th Anniversary, and over 60,000... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner As I write this, my daughter Maggie is finishing up her last quarter of college and facing that even more daunting milestone: looking for her first job. She's writing cover letters and polishing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry This being summer, the time for summer vacations, I had planned to write about some of my most memorable summer vacations and like all vacationers, I was looking forward to the post-travel slideshow.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at My Weblog
Thanks, Hank!
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2017 on Cover Story at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry My publisher recently sent me the final cover design for my forthcoming book, The Skeleton Paints a Picture, and since I revealed that cover at Bolo Books, I've been basking in the glory as people compliment it.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner It was the hottest of times. It was the coldest of times. As I write this, Boston is just getting past a wicked hot spell, with temperatures well over the norm for this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner It's graduation season in our family. Last week, my younger daughter graduated from high school and this coming Saturday we're heading to my older daughter's graduation from the Atlanta campus of the Savannah... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry Technically this should be former Femmes on Film, but just go with it. The point is that two or our Femmes Emeritus have continuing and forthcoming TV events, which makes me so very happy. First up, the... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at My Weblog
Like many of the Femmes, and Femmes Emeritus, I spent this past weekend at Malice Domestic, which is THE convention for fans of traditional mysteries. Though I've gone to Malice twenty-seven times, every edition is different, and this year was... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at My Weblog
Mark: AAAAAAA! But actually Bright White for the trim. Ceiling White for the ceiling. Art: I was also amused by the competing brands. One had Rain Slicker yellow and one had Rain Coat yellow. Hank: I love that. I'd seen it ages ago but totally forgot about it. Perfect!
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2017 on The Most Creative Writers of All at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner We at the Femmes talk a lot about creativity because we are, as you know, creative people and great admirers of creativity. In fact, until recently, I'd have been willing to say that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at My Weblog
@Mark, there are planes, but not to fly around deadlines. Maybe next year...? @Kristopher, I'm pretty excited about meeting Scott Lynch myself. I will probably say something stupid, but hey, that's how I roll. @Catriona, Buffy is like mental bacon--makes everything better.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2017 on Boskone Bound at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner Though all of the Femmes are known as mystery writers, several of us dabble in other genres, which means we might show up at conventions other that venerable mystery gatherings like Malice Domestic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at My Weblog
Welcome aboard!
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2017 on Welcome a New Femme! at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry I'm happy to welcome my husband Steve as today's guest. He recently published a Viking mystery story in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and we Kelners are very proud of him. *** Researching "Death... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at My Weblog
Thanks, Dean, Deb, and Mark. And Deb, I don't have to check anymore. The email came. My agent gave me just a few things to change and I'll have them done tomorrow! Whoot!
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2017 on What now? at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry I recently finished the manuscript of The Skeleton Paints a Picture, and by recently, I mean at about 4:30 Sunday morning. No, I was not up that early--I'd been working all night. I'm not bragging about the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at My Weblog