Posts Tagged ‘alice anne mystery’

WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge is sun.  That’s a tough one because (a) it rains in my part of Oregon nine months out of the year and (b) any shots of direct sun usually get thrown out as being too bright and washed out.  Here are a couple shots of the sun shining over bridges and some others with shadow and implied sun.  I hope you enjoy them.

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Preview my Alice Anne Murder Mystery!

Cee reminded me that I hadn’t done my Share Your World entry.   It’s been a funny sort of week and I’ve gotten off my routine.  Time to catch up with everyone.  It’s hard to believe that she’s already at week 17 of this writing challenge.  I don’t know how she keeps coming up with so many interesting questions.  So here are my answers:

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?  I think that would have to be when I finished writing my first murder mystery last November.  The story was coming to a great conclusion and the words were pouring out of me.  I typed for hour after hour.  My back started to go into spasms from all the unaccustomed effort but I (more…)

Writers, could you use some sound advice on how to edit your works?  Since I finished my first Alice Anne mystery novel, I needed to come up with a good process for rewriting.  I’ve had a very talented editor feeding me ideas for revisions (Thanks, Louise!), which I have dutifully made.  I’ve gone on to write the majority of a second book and start a third (that will be a new series).  Now I’m ready to take everything I’ve learned about my writing so far and give my first book a good read through, cleaning up the language that can be better.  But how to start and actually do that?  Inspiration came in the form of a blog by Elizabeth S. Craig, another mystery writer, and the person responsible for the Writer’s Knowledge Base that I wrote about last week.

Elizabeth’s blog has been selected by Writer’s Digest magazine as one of the best websites for writers in 2010 and 2011, which is quite a distinction.  She’s been providing me with sage advice since I found her blog.

Click here to read “One Writer’s Editing Process”


I will admit it right now, I’m a little late to the party on this one.  I finally picked up a copy of Julia Cameron’s “The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life” that was published in 1999.  Like I said, a little late to the party.  I’ve known about Julia Cameron for many years (decades!), ever since she wrote “The Artist’s Way” in 1992.  She is a Renaissance woman, an expert on bringing out your own native creativity, and a  writer who can make you feel as if you’re sipping lattes with her at the corner coffee shop.  Is there higher praise for a writer?


Like many in America, I watched the 200th episode of NCIS last night.  As a writer, part of my job is to read constantly, and to watch good television and movies as examples of plot and character development.  NCIS is one of my favorite shows.  It has it all, great writing and directing, a fabulous ensemble cast, and just the right amount of humor in between the pathos caused by the human stories behind murder.  For those of you who don’t know the show, NCIS stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service.   The NCIS agents investigate crimes against US Navy personnel or Marines.  **** Spoiler Alert ***** If you haven’t yet watched the show, you’d better fire up your Tivo instead of reading this blog.  Go now.  Have fun watching. (more…)

Shadow and Mackenzie ready for the adventure to start

WordPress’ weekly photo challenge was late, and I’m even later, but here is my entry for “Ready”.  The folks at WordPress have come up with some interesting topics lately, but this one was easy.  The first thing that comes to mind when I think of being ready are our pugs, Mackenzie and Shadow.  Those two are always ready for adventure and they love their car rides.   Aren’t these the faces of happy, excited, ready-for-anything pugs?

I promise I’ll get back to blogging about writing tomorrow.  I’ve been reading some interesting articles and blogs that I want to share with everyone.


Read the preview of my new book, an Alice Anne  mystery:  “The Banker’s Murder List.”



Friends of ours in Perth, Australia were looking up where Cee and I live in Canby, Oregon, USA.  Just for the fun of it, they asked Google Maps to give them directions between the two cities.  It’s a bit of a journey at 13,642 miles (21954 km), so I won’t give you all the details.  Here are the highlights:

1.  Drive north from Canby to Seattle, Washington (about three hours, give or take)

2.  Kayak across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii (2756 miles)  (Yes, that’s what they truly recommend!) (more…)