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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
What an awful thing to say. So many of these commentators don't think at all before they speak. I do appreciate the insider sports info that some of them share, but I wish most of them would just shut up.
Mary, they really can make anything seem like a reasonable product, even a banana clip. I hope you found another use for it.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2014 on But wait! at My Weblog
Hank, I have noticed a lot of those products do seem to be geared to different ways to cook eggs. People must be unhappy with their eggs.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2014 on But wait! at My Weblog
by Kris The DVR, in my opinion, is one of the greatest inventions. I’m not a such a techno-lover that I glom onto any new technology automatically as a great idea — it really has to work for me. And... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at My Weblog
Welcome, Deborah. What a great fable! Thanks for sharing it. I think I'll spend a little more time with my dharma now, rather than cutting out early on a Friday afternoon as I planned.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2014 on BORN TO WRITE at My Weblog
My favorite Holmes story is "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League." Glad you had such a great time, Dana. Fabulous dress!
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2014 on The BSI Weekend at My Weblog
Welcome to the Femmes, Wendy. Todd sounds like a great cat. My dog has taught me that a good walk will make you feel wonderful, while my cat has taught me a little time spent resting in a ray of sunshine will accomplish the same thing. They both know more about living in the moment than I ever have.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2014 on Lessons from Todd at My Weblog
Welcome to the Femmes, Jess. Thanks for this great advice. The one I always need a reminder on is to be playful. Writing is really just a game of make-believe.
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2014 on Keep That Love Alive. at My Weblog
A character's name really has to click with me, too, or I can't write it. Once I named a character with first and last names put together from some people I heard paged at the airport.
Welcome to the Femmes, Julie! What a great way to help your girls to become strong and in-control. Mysteries do infuse our thinking, though. Once when some neighbors landscaped their yard with some odd planted mounds, Joe and I created fun scenarios about the bodies they must have buried there.
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2014 on The Femmes Fatales welcome Julie Hyzy! at My Weblog
I grew up in a very strict family, with a traditional view of the role women and girls should play in society and the family. Reading Nancy Drew showed me that my belief that girls could do anything boys could do was accurate, and her adventures and her spirit made her a role model for me. I also went on to read the Hardy Boys and Cherry Ames, but it's no exaggeration to say that Nancy Drew influenced my whole life. I'm enormously grateful for those books. No, they're not perfect, and they did reflect some of the insensitivities of their times, but I believe the good they did for so many people outweighs any negatives.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2014 on Speaking of Nancy Drew... at My Weblog