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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I have a draft. It has more or less the right number of words; it has a beginning, a middle, and an ending. I'd have done something by way of a celebration a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews with the Femmes Fatales. I made quota today. That means it's a good day. I could think of a lot of reasons for anger, depression, anxiety and stress, in the greater world and in my own life.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at My Weblog
by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales One of the things I’ve learned over a couple of decades of critiquing and teaching writing: how careful you need to be with the word “more.” “We need to know more about your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews for the Femmes Fatales. The nephews got a new puppy for Christmas. That's her. Absolutely adorable, isn't she? I'd tell you her name, but they're still horse-trading on that. For the time being, she goes by "No-Name."... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews at the Femmes Fatales. That's me at one year old, gracing my parents' Christmas card for the first time. I don't think they sent out any cards the year I was born, on December 13, less than... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. This is a tough time of year. A time for tough decision making. A time to separate the sheep from the goats. The winners from the also-rans. No, I'm not waxing political. Not... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews at the Femmes Fatales. I haven’t been reading much fiction lately. Haven’t been able to. Happens sometimes, when the world seems dark, or when there’s darkness in my own life. I admit, I worry about this a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews at the Femmes Fatales. Yes, winter is definitely coming. If you're a Game of Thrones watcher--and I am, at least for the time being, with the caveat that the minute they kill off Tyrion Lannister I'm gone--the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I realize that I'm stepping into a potential minefield here—not only a topic on which so many people already made up their minds, but one that can sever friendships, divide families, cause flame... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews with the Femmes Fatales. Where did the summer go? It seems like just yesterday that we broke out the short sleeves and sunscreen . . . Before we say goodbye to the summer of 2016--here are a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews with the Femmes Fatales. If my dad were still around, today would be his 100th birthday. Jay Donald Andrews was born September 9, 1916 in the small Kansas town of Bloom—now a ghost town. He grew up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews with the Femmes Fatales. So I was trying to decide whether to write my blog tonight or wait till tomorrow when I realized . . . . . . I'm supposed to blog Monday. Tomorrow's not Monday.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at My Weblog
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The Femmes Fatales welcome guest blogger Judy Penz Sheluk . . . plus a Kindle copy giveaway of Skeletons in the Attic: A Marketville Mystery (#1) Recently, I spent a couple of hours with a local creative writing group. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews with the Femmes Fatales. I am not in the mood to write. I am also not in the mood to tidy my house in preparation for tomorrow's visit from my cleaners. Or to unpack from my trip... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews at the Femmes Fatales. One of the dangerous things about hanging out with writers is that anything you do can and will be used against you—not in court, but fictionally, in some future book. My late father... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews for the Femmes Fatales. It’s a good thing I’d already turned in the manuscript of Die Like an Eagle last year. Because if I’d still been working on it this weekend, I’d have been tempted to steal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. I’m a non pet owner by choice. I’ll skip the long explanations on why—let’s just say I’m allergic to cat fur and dog walking. But I enjoy other people’s pets, and I’ll even take care of my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. As anyone who knows me or follows my posts on social media has probably already figured out, I'm not a big fan of surveys. Even on those occasions when I do have something I want to say... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. Given that this is the Fourth of July week, I should probably write about something patriotic and inspiring. Something soul-stirring. Something that would make you laugh and then bring in those sentimental tears at the end. But... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. Today's the summer solstice. The good news is that now the summer of 2016 has officially begun. The bad news is that from tomorrow on, the days start getting shorter. Welcome to summer, the season of half-full... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. Over Memorial Day weekend I went to Hershey Gardens, and spent a big chunk of time in the butterfly house. I'm not sure why the butterflies fascinate me so much but they do; and the gardens had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at My Weblog
By Charlaine Harris. I am currently reading Skip Hollandsworth’s excellent true crime book, THE MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN. It’s the account of the horrendous series of crimes which shattered Austin, TX, beginning in 1884. In an eerie parallel to the Jack the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. “Show me a writer with a clean house and I'll show you a writer on a deadline.” I'm not sure who originally said that, but if it wasn't a writer, it was someone who lived with a... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. Attending the Edgars banquet can be a lot of fun, for a lot of reasons. You get to greet old friends and meet new ones. You help celebrate the works that have been nominated for this most... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews. If you're headed for this coming weekend's Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda, Maryland, here's your handy guide to finding the Femmes Fatales in attendance. Hank Phillippi Ryan is toastmaster, so she will be particularly easy to find,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at My Weblog