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And it would resound yours too if you'd put away the Burns Supper that was absorbed at my house on Saturday night. I started haggis prep on Thursday, grating suet and boiling offal and generally getting quite Macbethy. Now, in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at My Weblog
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For twenty eight Decembers, my beloved and I have been decorating our student flat, own flat, cottage, farmhouse and now Ugliest House in California with Christmas trees standing in buckets of stones. Then this year, while dumpster-diving, I found two... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at My Weblog
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It's been quite a year round this way. Busy, beset with surgery and injury, missing some of the components that make other years great (like weekends, holidays (in the vacation sense), and Bloody Scotland) but last Monday the end was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at My Weblog
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Twice in the last two days it has hit me that I really am at home here now. I was in the supermarket yesterday and the thought struck that I could pick up the ingredients for the green bean casserole.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: "When you invite someone to be a guest blogger and say the topic is a free choice,you never know what you're going to learn". If I had had a hundred guesses what Ellen Kirschman, a San Francisco based... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: We all love a good yarn, right? A mystery doesn't have to be about anything to grab us. But when you find a good grabby yarn that teaches you all manner of fascinating stuff about something new .... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I've heard people say that writing is hard and I always wonder what else they've tried: Mining? Psychiatric social work? But every so often there comes along a writer who really doesn't make it easy on themselves (awkward... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I hardly ever do this - but I couldn't resist it today. One: it's a fifth Tuesday and Hank and I usually take the four Tuesdays in a month turn-by-turn. Two: it's my last Tuesday as serving president... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: At one of the first US writer conventions I ever attended - Bouchercon St Louis? - I was introduced to Laura Disilverio and told that she was a retired air force colonel. I chatted but, honestly, I decided... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona Writes: This is exciting! We at Femmes Fatales have racked up a lot of miles on our collective writing journey and I for one sometimes feel like there's not much rubber left on the tires. So it's my delight... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at My Weblog
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Yep, it's both those times of year again at once. A - I've got a new book out today and I'm giving one away to a commenter (see below). But also B - Dumpster Diving in Davis, CA! After Christmas,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: It's always an enormous pleasure to have national best-selling author Eileen Rendahl visit Fatal Acres. (Even better when she offers a giveaway - see below!) But I picked the title for this blog and that means she might... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at My Weblog
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It's wildfire season in the crispy hills of California again. Last Wednesday, the monotonously blue sky suddenly turned pinkish-gold, ash started falling like bad confetti, and everyone logged on to the CalFire website to watch the spread and wait for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I call myself a keen gardener, but this year, in drought-torn California, I've thrown in the trowel. Geddit? Trowel! I'm in "keep the trees and roses alive" mode and boy does it show: So I'm actually typing this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: I've just got back from three days in San Francisco, at the American Library Association Annual Conference (+ Pride). High emotion, high caffeine, high engagement, and all in a cavernous convention centre. I'm exhausted and that might be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at My Weblog
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by Catriona I don't mean it pejoratively. Honest, I don't. At the right time, I fully intend to become one. My friend Catherine and I are plotting this course together, planning to keep on with the hair and make-up and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona: I still miss The West Wing and I've visited the Governor's mansion in Sacramento more times than I can explain (how interesting is Ronald Reagan's telly?), so I'm thrilled to have a real live professional political operative here as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona: I'm delighted today to welcome Jim Ziskin as the guest blogger at Fatal Acres. Jim writes the deliciously grungy, almost-historical Ellie Stone series, set in the early 60s in New Holland, New York; a town where it only stops... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at My Weblog
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Bring snacks! Or Pepto-bismol, depending on your tastes. Last Friday a new book slipped its moorings and went out into the world. It's the fourteenth time I've experienced the thrills and chills of publication day and I still had butterflies... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at My Weblog
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I'm off to New York City early tomorrow morning to take part in a bit of Edgars week. (I'm blocking out exactly how early, actually.) And it feels different this time. For years and years, New York was my favourite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: A couple of years ago I was given the honour of moderating a debut authors' panel at a convention. One of the books was A KILLING AT COTTON HILL by some guy called Terry Shames. I emailed him... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at My Weblog
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before dotting back to the future? Catriona writes: at Malice Domestic a year or two back, I sat down at a table at the new authors' breakfast, which I was attending as a vampire. No, not in a cloak and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at My Weblog
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I've always had two cats. A pair of brother and sister. Arthur and Maggie, Poppy and Clive, Carrie and Spud (actually not brother and sister now I think of it, a foundling and a pet shop springee), and most recently... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at My Weblog
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Is there anything more deliciously awful than a non-apology? Benjamin Netanyahu's last week was a gem: I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. [NB - a useful test for genuine apology-hood is if you can take... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at My Weblog
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Catriona writes: The shops are a riot of clashing red and pink, the price of roses is hiked up higher than Oliver Hardy's waistband and the population is preparing to split into the resentfully pressured and the wryly disappointed. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at My Weblog
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