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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I'm in the midst of revisions on my latest book—Toucan Keep a Secret, scheduled to come out in the summer of 2018. So what I mainly want out of life right now is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I hate being sensible. Last Thursday I'd expected to be insanely busy with all the last minute preparations for my trip to the New England Crime Bake. On top of the packing for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. As I write this, it's 6 a.m. That's six in the freakin' morning, people! Why am I, a dedicated night owl, up and writing at 6 a.m.? And I'd have been writing this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I'm coveting cats this morning. It's all your fault, people. You have shown me too many pictures of cats. And kittens. Too many cute little puffs of fur looking winsomely into the camera.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Synchronicity: the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. As I write this, I'm in Yorktown, in my mom's house—the house I grew up in—watching as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. This is Ginger, my nephews' senior dog. Senior as in she's the more established dog, the one who's been around the longest. She's about five years old now, which means that she's a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Readers are always asking writers where we get our ideas. Some writers resent this, because it seems to imply that all you need is a good idea and you're home free—and as all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Rats. Bouchercon is over for another year. Like Brigadoon—only, thank goodness, a little more often—our favorite mystery conventions appear out of the mist, and for a precious few days we all get to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales By the time you read this, I will be Bouchercon bound. I hope to see some of you in Toronto for this year's convention, and for those of you who can't be there,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Every so often, someone will write in suggesting—or demanding--that in future books I include a map of my imaginary town of Caerphilly and a floor plan of the house in which Meg and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Bah, humbug. I woke up this morning with a cold. More accurately, with the realization that a week and a half of “is it allergy or am I coming down with a cold?”... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. My productivity took a hit this week, thanks to Hurricane Irma. No, I wasn't in the storm's path—I'm in Virginia, not Florida. But thanks to my involvement in the mystery community, I knew... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at My Weblog
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It's hard to think about anything today except monster hurricane IRMA. Femme Elaine Viets has evacuated Florida with her husband and two cats. Femme Joanna Campbell Slan must be in its path -- are you okay, Joanna? We have a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Every so often someone asks me if I have any advice for other writers. Trouble is, most of the really wise writing advice I come up with sounds strangely simple and stupid when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Here at the Femmes Fatales we're no different from the rest of the country--we're having a hard time keeping our minds off what's happening in Houston, and an equally hard time finding anything... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I'm not sure when “summit” became a verb as well as a noun. “He became the oldest person to summit Everest.” Has it been that way for a very long time, or did... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Lately I've been so busy that I haven't been getting in much reading. But, since some of my busyness involves rather a lot of driving, I decided to give audiobooks another chance. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. As I mentioned yesterday, I've been creeping along in my decluttering. The plan was to use a company that comes in, takes photos of your stuff, writes the descriptions, posts them on their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. So, how goes the deluttering, you may ask. (Then again, you may not. You may be as sick of hearing about decluttering as I am of doing it. I can understand that.) Slowly.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I have come to a sad realization: Meg Langslow, heroine of my series, is not funny. Neither is her husband Michael. The books, I hasten to point out, are funny. At least they're... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. This weekend I went to my third ever writing marathon--co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic chapter of Mystery Writers of America and the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and made possible by Josh Pachter,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Yes, I clean for my cleaners. Laugh if you insist. For years now, an every-other-week cleaning service has been part of my routine. (I'd say biweekly, but at least half of you would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I was going to title this “the three most annoying things on the Internet,” but I was afraid the universe would take that as a challenge. So . . . here are three... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Yes, there are joys mixed in with the pain. For one thing, you find things you have been wanting to find. I used to have a small earring stand that sat on my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I need a new metaphor. For years, whenever I wanted to express extreme disinclination for doing something, I'd say "I'd rather have a root canal." I hadn't ever had a root canal, mind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at My Weblog
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