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For me, there's always at least one point in every book, when I wonder why I ever started it, or why I thought it was a workable idea, too. But somehow it does always come together. Writing is really a pretty magical process.
I've read some, and found some of them better than others, but I've never thought any of them fully captured what the original author -- the real author -- brought to them. I think series should die with their creators.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on When Dead People Write at My Weblog
Great reviews, as always, Mary. I have Martha Grimes' VERTIGO 42 on my TBR pile. BIRD BY BIRD is one of my all-time favorites!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on AUGUST BOOK REVIEWS at My Weblog
Welcome, Penny! The book sounds great. Can't wait to read it. I haven't eaten from a catering truck for ages, but long ago I did work where it was convenient to order from them. Decent food and decent prices, I'd found. I'd heard they'd gotten a lot more gourmet, and what you describe sounds light-years better than the hamburgers or tacos I had.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2014 on Death of a Crabby Cook at My Weblog
Today the Femmes are happy to welcome Penny Warner. Penny has published over 60 books for both adults and children. Her first mystery series, beginning with DEAD BODY LANGUAGE, features Connor Westphal, a deaf reporter living in the California Gold... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at My Weblog
Your cat obviously has a more sophisticated palate than mine. They are people!
Kathryn, what an adorable story! Such a sweet little mama. Pets do give us so much.
Catriona, what a sweet story! Four weeks. What great rescuers you two are. Your cats are lucky.
Kathy, what a wonderful story! I'd love to see your cat try to steal a whole pizza. You gotta admire someone that ambitious. But memories are strong when they don't know where their next meal is coming from.
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by Kris Do you feed your pets the same food that you eat, “from the table,” as the saying goes? We give our pets so much of our food, it’s a wonder we don’t eat off the floor as they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at My Weblog
Congrats on the paperback release, Hank! I still read mass markets, and I wish some publishers weren't giving up on this format. They're so easy to slip into a purse and you can fit more on shelves.
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2014 on Happy Paperback Day to THE WRONG GIRL at My Weblog
Welcome, Kathryn. I experienced something similar when fantasy characters began talking to me, in what became HIGH CRIMES ON THE MAGICAL PLANE. Venturing outside of my comfort zone proved to be an exciting, creative writing adventure. I can't claim any courage, though. In my case, it was simply that those characters took over and refused to let me go unless I wrote their story.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2014 on Writing the Unexpected at My Weblog
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Today I'm happy to welcome to the Femmes my former student and friend, Kathryn McKade. Kathryn is an artist, author, and avid reader since she was old enough to hold a book. Her novella, Last Night in Ghosttown, a sci-fi... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at My Weblog
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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
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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
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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
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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