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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
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner My last post for the year is a double treat, which I suppose is appropriate for someone writing under two names. My guests today are fellow New Englanders Liz Mugavero and Barbara Ross,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry/Toni L.P. Kelner This post was originally written for Writerspace back in the Fall of 2013, and appeared around the time A Skeleton in the Family, the first Family Skeleton mystery, was released. I'm repeating it today because... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at My Weblog
And in case you were worried, we did indeed get our stove and it was installed. Turkey was accomplished! (And gravy!)
by Toni L.P. Kelner/Leigh Perry I love the Harry Potter books, and dip into them often when I need cheering up or distraction. (And I've needed a lot of cheering up and distraction this past week.) During dark times, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner I first posted this blog as a guest at various sites last year, but in that it's just past Halloween and I'm really trying to finish a book by the end of this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at My Weblog
I'm working on the next in the series, Kathleen. It's scheduled to come out from my new publisher, Diversion books, in fall of 2017.
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2016 on A Skeleton is Born! at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner People have asked how I came up with the idea for a mystery series about an ambulatory skeleton, and I'm afraid my answer isn't overly helpful. But I can tell you how that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at My Weblog
by Charlaine Harris In spring and fall, authors circle the bookstores of America like—well, I don’t want to say like buzzards around a dead thing. That might imply that I think the conventional bookstore is moribund, and that’s far from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at My Weblog
Thanks Bill and Mark! I am so freakishly excited. Thinking I'll do my house in skeletons for Halloween to celebrate. Oh, who am I kidding? My house is always decorated in skeletons.
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2016 on Sid Lives! at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry I spent this past weekend at Bouchercon in New Orleans, and it was a wonderful time! The venue was good, the panels were interesting, and the parties were fabulous. And that was just the convention itself. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at My Weblog
YES! Let's do it!
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner I'm been kind of slack on my blogging this summer, but I have a good reason. I've been traveling a lot with Sid, the titular character of the Family Skeleton series. So if... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner In 2010, I gave a master class about using humor in mysteries at the New England Crime Bake and recently came across my notes for that class. Even though these days I write... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at My Weblog
Thanks Mark, Bill, and Art. Shalanna, sadly, Fredric Brown died in 1972. Hank, yes I am playing Pokemon Go! I heard about it online, and though I never played the Pokemon games, I'm familiar with the critters via my daughters, who did. I gave this one a try because you have to get up and moving to play, and I'm trying to get ready for a trip to Disneyland and I'm up for anything that will help get me up and moving. (Disneyland requires a LOT of getting up and moving.)
by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry I confess. I'd nearly forgotten it was my day to post something here at the Femmes. My nephew Sean is visiting, we're doing some preparation for a vacation trip at the end of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at My Weblog
My mother and I used to go yard-sailing every weekend, and brought home books and fabric and all kinds of stuff. Then Mama decided to get rid of some the surplus, and had her own sale. Then another. Then she joined in on a group sale at a church lot. Then another. Eventually she worked her way up to a regular flea market dealer, and also sold stuff at auction. So be careful. It's easy to get sucked in! That may be why I've never had a yard sale. We box all our discards and give 'em to a charity that comes to the house to pick it all up.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2016 on My first garage sale at My Weblog
When I first moved up to Massachusetts, we got by a year or two with no AC. Then we added one to the bedroom, so at least we could sleep in comfort. (My sister-in-law was staying with us for part of that time, and she slept on our bedroom floor to share to coolness.) Later we added one to the office, so I could work during the day. Later still, the living room/dining rom, so I could go downstairs during the day. We currently have four units--three window units and one built-in-to-the-wall, and the whole house is cool. I'm spoiled.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2016 on Hot Times at My Weblog