I’m often asked why I choose to write mysteries, sometimes in a way that suggests I’m throwing away any writing talent I have. Mysteries are often deemed formulaic and crass, dealing with brutal crimes and unsavory characters and leading to a foregone conclusion, with only the “whodunit” in question. Like all forms writing, mystery selections range from very bad to very good. I contend that the good is as good as any you’ll find. Here are few reasons I write—and… Continue
Added by Peg Herring on May 23, 2013 at 5:29am —
This is more my mind wading through options and freebasing in a stream of consciousness - or perhaps - a lack of consciousness ... but I'm trapped at a point in my novel where I've decided on something and now, it must happen:
Two people must die. Two characters I really like, must die. They are good people with big hearts. It’s not that I can help it – it’s part of the plot – it will move the main character forward. But killing off these two characters is killing me. It won’t happen… Continue
Added by Deborah Johnstone on November 9, 2012 at 3:27pm —
I used to walk around all the time with a smile on my face. My co-workers teased me by calling me "Smiley" and commented on how it made their day to see me because I always had a big, ear-to-ear smile on. Even when I was crying inside, my default facial expression was a smile.
I walked with a spring in my step, a smile on my face; that was my default.
I don't smile as much anymore.… Continue
Added by Dei Starr on October 18, 2012 at 8:06pm —
This week, the news spread via the international media and the Internet that popular writer Maeve Binchy has died after a short illness. Rest in peace, Maeve. And thank you for all those loveable and highly readable stories and books.…
Added by Aine Greaney on August 4, 2012 at 11:20am —
I recently started visiting my local library a lot. I am at the library roughly 3 times a week and it never ceases to amaze me at how excited I get being around all the different books. Since a very young age I have loved reading and being around books. I would spend hours in book stores going over several blurbs and analysing book covers to decide what book to buy. I often resented only having a certain amount of money which meant I could not buy all the books I…
Added by Nissi Mutale on July 11, 2012 at 3:46pm —
Every so often I like to go back to the basics. It is easy to get caught up in trying to impress our imagined audience. However sometimes the craft becomes too crafty and loses it's meaning - (A bit like this sentence). In a bid to come up with a new way of expressing an idea or stepping out of the box, we lose our reader along the way. I remember the first year of my Literature degree, I was so sure of my writing ability and the big words I was encouraged by my secondary school teachers to… Continue
Added by Nissi Mutale on May 17, 2012 at 4:32pm —
Did this get your attention? It did mine when I saw it in the subject of an email from Ted Talks. It got my attention for a couple of reasons I think: Continue
First, because I don’t normally associate “failure” with “interesting” …and especially not when that failure is connected to my life! Most of us would call failure a “set back”, an embarrassing loss, a sign we aren’t meant to do it, depleting, or disheartening – wouldn’t we? That’s the tempting first reaction to feelings of failure.…
Added by Ronda LaRue on April 6, 2012 at 5:07am —
Friendship is one of life’s greatest gifts. It is a fulfilling relationship that is shared by two people who care about each other, trust each other, and want only the best for each other. A good friendship is honest, loyal, and truthful; good friends understand and accept each other in ways no one else can.
A healthy friendship feels good to both parties. It is positive, supportive, and… Continue
Added by Randi Fine on February 21, 2012 at 7:13am —
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you all - the lovely and very talented author of the Time Spirit Trilogy -Melissa Pearl.
I met Melissa last year through mutual friends, and after a while, discovered that she had written an urban fantasy young adult trilogy. Obviously… Continue
Added by Leigh K Hunt on February 17, 2012 at 12:12pm —
Two weeks ago I blogged about how weird rankings were, and how my ego was going out of control checking my Amazon ratings. I have calmed down and not obsessively checking anymore, thank God. But there are times when a person has to brag. Especially when she sees this:
Yep, I'm number one! And don't forget you can buy me here!!!
Added by Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons on February 16, 2012 at 8:00am —
by Sherrie Wilkolaski
Social media marketing via Goodreads is a must for any author.
What Is Goodreads? Continue
Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. They have more than 6,200,000 members who have added more than 210,000,000 books to their shelves. A home…
Added by Sherrie Wilkolaski on February 9, 2012 at 12:31pm —
"A bit disappointing. The story ambled along for ages, giving no indication of where it was going, with lots of rather pointless looks at the main character's youth. There's also the mysterious letters that have no purpose in the story until the very end, when the reason for them is revealed totally out of the blue." Continue
Added by Satya Robyn on October 6, 2011 at 6:56am —
Hi cats and kittens!
I know, I…KNOW, it’s been forever since I have written a good post. I gotta tell you, I just haven’t been feeling it (yo). Guess I have…
Added by Elizabeth Kolodziej on September 8, 2011 at 6:57am —
You can read the first part HERE
where I list the first rule as leaving comments on other people's blogs. Making your posts interesting, ensuring your comment system works, and… Continue
Added by Myne Whitman on July 5, 2011 at 1:03pm —
When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life.
-Richard Bach, from The Bridge Across Forever
I was never the kind of girl who did what girls were supposed to do.
Don't get me wrong, I have been a "girly-girl" for my entire life. I love and have always loved high heels, purses, makeup, dressing up, and pink. So if girls… Continue
Added by Ashley Lauren on July 5, 2011 at 10:41am —
photo from We Heart It
I kind-of-sort-of started doing yoga to help with my back problems. Since I already paid to take a creative writing class this summer and I might start the kiddo in some gymnastics classes, I can't afford to take a "real" yoga… Continue
Added by Roxanne Piskel on May 18, 2011 at 12:14pm —
This Prayer Vigil Friday, Good Friday, is a special day for remembrance and prayer.
Over the past two weeks, I have heard about four women who have had miscarriages. Four. One a failed IVF cycle, their… Continue
Added by Carrie-Anne Taylor on April 22, 2011 at 10:24am —
There is so much information literally right at our fingertips today. We no longer have to go to the library or purchase expensive books to find the world's wisdom. We merely have to let our fingers search on bing, yahoo or google, and thousands (even millions) of links will be produced that… Continue
Added by Ruth Elayne Kongaika on April 1, 2011 at 1:02pm —
Latest and last blog entry of the day.... on how I earned my keep ...
He set off for San Francisco this morning. From London, it's quite a schlep. I packed his bags and even packed a picnic so he could avoid airplane food. Computer? CHECK. Cell phone? CHECK. Reading glasses? (He hasn't had them that long.) CHECK. Sun glasses? (It is California afterall. Nevermind that London is about as warm as the box of fish fingers in your freezer). CHECK. Coat? Scarf? Ear plugs?… Continue
Added by Isabelle Gregson on March 1, 2011 at 12:43pm —
'If they took away my paints I’d use pastels. If they took away my pastels I’d use crayons. If they took away my crayons I’d use pencils. If they stripped me naked and threw me in prison I’d spit on my finger and paint on the walls.' Pablo Picasso
What is it that you really love to do? What makes you… Continue
Added by Claire Vorster on February 22, 2011 at 11:30am —