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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I know a couple of people who are doing the whole gratitude thing. Taking a few moments at the beginning or end of the day to think of three things they're grateful for.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. As I said recently in another context, I never got that much into the Civil War. Yorktown, where I grew up, remained in Union hands for most of the war, and in those... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. My local chapter of Sisters in Crime paid a visit to the FBI on Friday. No, we're not being investigated, interrogated, indicted, or anything else dire. We were visiting The FBI Experience, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. In August 2002 I moved into my house after years of apartment dwelling. There were many wonderful things about being in a house. A house with a yard. I could grow plants! I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Yes, I'm late posting this blog. No excuse, except that I've been so focused on the weather that it only just dawned on me that today was Monday. Full confession here: I am... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. It's that time of year again—the very last time of the year. In less than 24 hours, 2018 will be in the rear view mirror, and we'll all have a bright, shiny new... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Writers make dangerous friends. For a variety of reasons, most of which can be summed up in the words “Oooh. I can use that.” For example, I remember back when my brother was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales My dad was an avid birdwatcher, rarely far from his binoculars, a mainstay of the local Christmas bird counts. Mom just enjoyed watching the birds that showed up at the feeder. She had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I had to cancel out of paneling at Crime Bake in 2017 because of a nasty case of bronchitis, so I was particularly glad that they invited me back this year. I'd earnestly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. A quote from the "Frog and Peach" comedy sketch by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore: Dudley Moore: Do you feel you've learnt by your mistakes here? Peter Cook: I think I have, yes,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales Yeah, I know. We still have trick or treating to go. And Thanksgiving turkey. You’re not ready for Christmas yet. I’d be totally in agreement except for one thing. I have a Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. At some point during my college career at the University of Virginia I took a course called Women in Literature. As I remember it, the class was intended to be disruptive--in a genteel,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Cute baby, right? Pretty sure it's me. Not 100% sure, but I think if this had been my brother, my parents would have taken a few of us together, and there's only one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Another convention in the rear view mirror. I'm already regretting the panels I never made it to, the friends I didn't spend enough time with, and the pictures I missed. But I went... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. The good news is that I’m almost on schedule to finish the first draft of Terns of Endearment before I head off for Bouchercon. Only a first draft, mind you; it will need... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. Every so often someone will say, “Oh, I didn't know you had dogs.” I don't. When you see the cute dog pictures on my Instagram feed, on Twitter, on Facebook—other people's dogs. Most... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. No, I'm not kidding. This past weekend I did some writing on my phone. I've been writing the current book (Terns of Endearment, in case you're curious) in Google docs rather than Microsoft... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. My project of converting my family's hundreds of 35 mm. slides continues. I'm starting to think of it as family archaeology. If I could go back in time and tell them something, I'd... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. That's my dad. And the black and silver object in his hands is the camera he carried around while he was overseas during World War II. This was probably taken in 1945 in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I am now officially in draft mode on my next Meg Langslow book, to be called Terns of Endearment. Since on the planner/pantser spectrum you'll find me solidly though not extremely in planner... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I had a lot of tidying and sorting and filing to do this weekend, so I queued up my latest audiobook: The Mind's Eye, by Dr. Oliver Sacks. I'd read it before, actually,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. “Write what you know” is one of the standard bits of advice aspiring writers hear. In youth, many of us take it too literally, producing countless angst-ridden autobiographical sagas of the trials and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I wasn’t a Kate Spade fan. I had nothing against her, mind you, I just never quite understood the phenomenon, probably because I’m someone who likes to stuff my stuff in one fairly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. I'm coveting coneflowers. And caladiums. And heliotrope. Welcome, summer. Thought you'd never get here. I didn't get a very timely start on my gardening this year. Partly it was the weather, which kept... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at My Weblog
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by Donna Andrews of the Femmes Fatales. “So, are you working on a book right now, or are you between books?” I wasn't sure how to answer this question. A non-writing friend asked it, probably because I seemed, well, freer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at My Weblog