My local RWA Chapter had the pleasure of listening to Geoff Symon speak about something he knows a lot about: Crime. Geoff is a Federal forensic investigator who has worked on some very high-profile cases, such as Chandra Leavy, the September 11th destruction of the World Trade Center Towers, and a case study he shared with us from Edwards Air Force Base. Continue reading “Keeping Crime Real”
Most writers, like me, read a huge number of books each year. Smart writers read across genres and both short stories, novellas, series, and whatever comes to hand. With that idea in mind, I want to caution you about a possible slip we all will be tempted to make. Continue reading “Free Books! (Or How to Fill Up Your Inbox)”
Actually, my subject today is the speed at which we hear about the death of someone. I am fascinated by Jane Austen’s life and in the great movie “Becoming Jane” we are there when Jane’s sister Cassandra learns that her fiance has died. Because he was in South America and the trip took three months or more, he’d been dead a while before she learned about it. How awful to think that all that time, you didn’t know something so important. Or maybe because of the world at the time, it seemed normal. Continue reading “The Speed of Death”
The Universe seems to hate people who have weight problems. Whether your ancestors came from cold regions where keeping extra weight on meant you would live through the winter or from extremely hot regions where you walked and danced and hunted daily so fat never had a chance, here we all are in the modern world and those genes are about to kill us all. But cheer up! Here are some fun things to keep you healthier.
Plato wrote in The New Republic that Necessity is the Mother of Invention. I agree on a small scale, such as you are in a public restroom and the stall doesn’t have a working latch. You get a big enough wad of paper or the cardboard from the seat liners and wedge that between the door and frame. Or the well-known dad’s solution to ripping the tapes off a diaper: Duct tape the thing on. Continue reading “Invention”
Chris Marie Green came to speak last month at my local Romance Writers of America chapter. I wrote about her morning talk and the use of music for inspiration. Her afternoon talk delivered some practical advice to stay funded while writing. She called it “A Brave New World; Options for the Freelance Writer.”
Trigger Warning: This blog deals with some difficult issues such as murder and crimes scenes.
Through most of my writing adventures, I have thrown little stones and paper wads at my characters. I have wounded, smacked around, and almost killed them. I have sent rumors of their deaths to relatives. But as far as I can recall, which is never a sure thing, I have never killed anyone. Continue reading “Death Scenes”