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I think it's great that this country is big enough that we can all find the kind of weather and terrain we prefer. I love the dryness, too, as well as the desert. The air just feels so light. When we sweat, the air just wicks the moisture away. It is true that we have to slather on gallons of moisturizer to avoid looking like leather, but I think it's worth it. But summers in the SW do get humid as we head into monsoon season. Where I live in AZ, we went from 10% last week to 25% this week, and I can feel the difference. I hate that it's going to get lots more humid as the summer wears on. I wish we could ship off all that extra moisture to those of you who like it.
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2014 on It’s a Dry Heat at My Weblog
I hate these surveys, too. I've had employees tell me that if their customers didn't do the surveys, the company might close that store and they'd all lose their jobs. Really? Keeping stores open isn't based on the income they generate, but how many people do their stupid surveys? I also always feel they're skewed in such a way to encourage us to tell them they're doing a wonderful job. How does that help them improve? Whenever I have complained about genuinely bad service or some other problem that really needs fixing, nobody has ever contacted me. How much do they really care. I think surveys are just a sign that some large companies have money to burn.
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2014 on No, I won't tell you what I think at My Weblog
Katy, I think we have to agree to disagree about fezzes. ;)
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2014 on Phoenix Comicon at My Weblog
Mary, there was something for everyone there. Hank, you're right. Loads of laughs.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2014 on Phoenix Comicon at My Weblog
It is wonderful, Catriona! But I suspect tens of thousands of others learned about it the same way. Alarms can't go off for everyone. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2014 on Phoenix Comicon at My Weblog
by Kris Earlier this month, I spent four days at the Phoenix Comicon 2014, one of my favorite appearances of the year. One of the strongest draws for the public is always that they get to garner autographs and take... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at My Weblog
Welcome, Katherine. I like reading and writing short stories, too. I especially love the quotes on stories. I've read Poe's before, but never the one by Thoreau. There's wisdom in that.
Thanks for sharing this today at the Femmes, Shannon. I don't think I'm exactly saving the planet, but I do feel more relaxed when I'm out with the plants and flowers I've planted in my yard.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2014 on Don't Worry, Be Hopi at My Weblog
Today the Femmes welcome Shannon Baker. Shannon writes the Nora Abbott Mystery Series, a fast-paced mix of murder, environmental issues and Hopi Indians published by Midnight Ink. Tainted Mountain, the first in the series, is set in Flagstaff, AZ, where... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at My Weblog
Hank, the nice thing about book clubs is that nobody ever objects when someone picks a book they don't like. It is part of the fun.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2014 on Book Clubs at My Weblog
by Kris The proliferation of book clubs in recent years has to be one of the more exciting things that has happened in the world of books. It’s amazing. At a time when the doomsayers tell us reading is declining,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at My Weblog
Alan, you're right. Actors and models suffer unseasonable weather for ads and movies and tv all the time. Marsha, I bet some of those real estate agents find the prostitute angle pretty funny.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2014 on What authors will do... at My Weblog
Hank, you're right. At this point it does seem worth it. I agree, Julie. Judith, it was incredibly generous of my publisher. The least I could do was go the extra mile. Thanks, Dane. I think I was numb by that point. Thanks, Donis! I'm pretty weather wussy, too. We get spoiled here.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2014 on What authors will do... at My Weblog
by Kris How far will authors go to promote their books? I’m sure we all have our own limits, though we may not know what they are until we’re asked to do something. A request I received recently was actually... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at My Weblog
Making cat cage curtains -- what a cool job! I've been to a cat show, but it never even occurred to me to wonder where those drapes came from. Way to go, Sandi! Congrats on the publication of CATNAPPED!, Elaine.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2014 on The Show at the Show at My Weblog
I'd probably have to say Elementary. I know the Elementary Holmes isn't Conan Doyle's, but I really like what Jonny Lee Miller has done with the character. I do have some quibbles with Lucy Liu's performance, and especially with the way they dress her, but she's growing on me, too.
I'm both as well. I regard myself as a medium planner, in that I know my characters really well, I know the ending I hope to reach, and some of the high points along the way. But much of the rest occurs to me as I write. I've always used a similar analogy. I think of the plan as a map I create to some place nobody has ever gone to before. It's always a good, thoughtful map, but since I'm the first explorer of this journey, it's only natural that, once I'm underway, it's somewhat different from what I thought it would be. That's where some of the pantsing comes in.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2014 on We are all planners/we are all pantsers at My Weblog
I couldn't give you the date if my life depended on it, but once the internet came into commercial existence, I was an early AOL user. There were no yahoo groups, and certainly no FB, then, but AOL had wonderful communities devoted to different interests. I absolutely loved the mystery community. So many of us who started out together as aspiring authors became published around the same time, and because of that online community, we were able to celebrate that together. Today we take it for granted, but being able to make friends with people far away was a great advancement. Marcia, how fortunate you were to enter on the ground floor! Thanks for sharing this.
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2014 on Happy 25th Birthday World Wide Web! at My Weblog
Mary, I'm not familiar with the Dixie Diva books, but I will check that out. Sounds like fun. I love having both species - canine & feline - in my life, but I must admit that on the downside, dogs are higher maintenance.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on Going to the dogs at My Weblog
Hank, I've read the Chet books, too. Chet's voice is really great.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2014 on Going to the dogs at My Weblog
by Kris I love dogs. I love cats, too, and I’ve shared my life with a number of wonderful, caring members of that species, especially my big, goofy Maine Coon, Philly. But if I have to come down on one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at My Weblog
Welcome to the Femmes, Jenny. And thanks for creating such a warm and welcoming group to celebrate the cozy mystery
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2014 on Mystery Most Cozy at My Weblog
Today the Femmes are happy to welcome Jenny Hanahan, founder of the Mystery Most Cozy groups. Jenny was the owner of Overbooked, an online bookstore specializing in out-of-print books when she founded Mystery Most Cozy in 2002. She has since... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at My Weblog
Great suggestions, Mary! I also adore LOVE ACTUALLY. My other favorite love movie has to be MOONSTRUCK, probably because it involves such a quirky love affair. I also enjoy reading Sarah Addison Allen's books, and I had the good fortune recently to read the ARC of her next book, LOST LAKE. I think you'll enjoy it.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2014 on MUSHY OR NON-MUSHY? at My Weblog
Karen, I'm glad I wasn't the only one who tried those blue balls to replace dryer sheets. Believe me, you dodged a bullet with your dog. Having had a fetcher, although not a cocker-fetcher, I have to confirm what your friends reported. Dogs who love fetch are so addicted, they don't want it to ever stop. We used to have to hide anything she could play fetch with when we were too tired to play.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2014 on But wait! at My Weblog