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by Femmes Fatales Guest Barb Goffman Barb Goffman’s “It’s A Trap!” is one of ten stories in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fourth Meal of Mayhem, recently published by Untreed Reads Publishing. The anthology (the fourth in The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at My Weblog
Dana, this is lovely--both caring and well thought out. I hated to see the conflict arise--for a writer specializing in mysteries, I hate fighting--but I think the outcome is worthwhile. Many cheers to the hardworking Bouchercon committee, and extra cheers to Bouchercon attendees who are so committed to the event.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2014 on This is how things change at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry As with all jobs, there are some days as a writer that are worse than others. And on those days, after I've quit stomping around the house and kicking the furniture and getting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at My Weblog
When signing in a bookstore, how about, "Where's the bathroom?" and "Where are the books by ?" But there are questions we like to hear: "Can I buy a dozen more copies for friends?" "Have you lost weight?" "Who can I write to at your publishing house to ask them to give you another contract?" "Are you sure you haven't lost weight?"
I don't know if it counts as a pastiche, but I adore the current BBC series SHERLOCK. Great stuff!
Elaine, they are a lot of fun. At least, King Richard's is. We don't go every year, but have a great time every year we go. Marcia, King Richard's is a permanent site, too. And I recently read about an old renn fair site in Virginia that's been abandoned. The trees and stuff have grown all over it, and it's kind of creepy now. Thanks, Charlaine. Dean is right--renn fairs are about the fun, not the history. But I think they can inspire people to read the history, or at least historical fantasy. Elizabeth, King Richard's has had Caribbean-style pirates, Highlander fans, and dragons. Plus this year there was a guy in a great suit of armor, but with a pumpkin head mask. Sir Jack o'Lantern?
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2014 on Storytelling, Renaissance Style at My Weblog
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by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner Earlier this fall, my family went to King Richard's Faire in Carver, MA, and it occurred to me that there's a lot a writer can learn a lot at a renaissance fair. Of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner I have a confession. I'm a collector. No, that gives it more dignity than I deserve. What I am, is a magpie. I like stuff. The stuff I gather shifts quite a bit,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at My Weblog
Had a great time meeting you Helen. And don't think you're ever not worthy! You've got a terrific writer's group, and you are totally going places. Hope you enjoy DOWN HOME! I always get nervous when people buy it because it was my first, with all the rough edges that come with most first novels.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2014 on Games and Stories at My Weblog
Have a wonderful time, and enjoy the memories.
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2014 on If it's Thursday, it must be Passau at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry In August, I attended Gen Con in Indianapolis, the granddaddy of tabletop gaming conventions, and though I've been meaning to write about it ever since, I don't think I can do it justice... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry By the time this is posted, I'll be packed and ready to take off for GenCon in Indianapolis to participate in their Writer's Symposium. Though I've never attended a gaming convention, let alone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry We've all heard that one man's trash is another man's treasure, and that became really obvious to me recently when most of my family converged upon my father's house in Charlotte, NC for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry I think Femme Dana and I first met Terrie Farley Moran at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. The three of us were signing copies of the MWA anthology Crimes by Moonlight,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry Like many of us, I'll be traveling this summer. In fact, I may log more time on the road than here at home between now and Labor Day. Two trips are for writing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner Today is Steve's and my twenty-sixth anniversary, and I've found that this is the Original Pictures anniversary. That seems pretty darned appropriate, because after all these years, my memories of my wedding day are kind of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at My Weblog
by Leigh Perry / Toni L.P. Kelner It's not that I have any particular regrets with the way my life has gone, but sometimes I do wonder what would have happened if I'd made some different decisions along the way.... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at My Weblog
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By Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry This past weekend I attended Malice Domestic, the premier mystery convention for fans of traditional mysteries, and my very favorite convention. One of the standard questions bandied about when meeting new people is,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry A big day for William Shakespeare--it's his 450th birthday! Photo credit: The Telegraph I've always thought that Shakespeare's greatest gift was creating work that touches people all over the world, and for over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at My Weblog
by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry Any writer will tell you that there are some days that it sucks to be a writer. Some days the words won't come no matter how long you glare at the screen, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at My Weblog
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Toni writes: I'm very happy to welcome Jessie Crockett to the Femmes today. The first night I met Jessie, it was my pleasure to find her body and announce to the room that she was dead. Well, not really. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at My Weblog
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by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry In keeping with Donna Andrews's well thought-out post about award season etiquette for writers, we Femmes would like to present the work we have available for the Lefty and other Left Coast Crime... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at My Weblog
When my girls were younger, I always gave them their marching orders before trips and outings like field trips. I'd tuck important phone numbers into their coat pockets and backpacks, tell them where to meet up in case of emergency, and remind them what the number for 911 was. (They always remembered it, too.) I also have a certain fear of fire, so check out exits at public spaces. We haven't needed any of the prep--yet--but we'll be ready.
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2014 on The Femmes Fatales welcome Julie Hyzy! at My Weblog
Another unwritten rule that should probably be written. An elevator pitch is a short pitch you can give to an agent, editor, or reader--as if it were during an elevator ride. It does NOT mean to try to sell your books to a captive audience on an elevator. Yes, there was one guy who used to do exactly that at mystery conventions. Longest elevator ride of my life.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2014 on Etiquette for writers: award season at My Weblog
I'm going to add that notes along the lines of, "I'll nominate you if you'll nominate me" make me extremely uncomfortable. Yes, I want to be nominated, but I want it to be because people like the work, and yes, I want to nominate my friends, but only when I like the work. It's not a quid pro quo situation. Congrats Tracy, and Terrie, looking forward to your release in August.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2014 on Etiquette for writers: award season at My Weblog