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Archive for January 2008

Why I Made Jon a Paraplegic

In response to one of my blog posts, one of you recently mentioned that BRASS RING was the first of my books you read, and you wondered why I “made Jon a paraplegic.” Since the answer is not a short one, I decided to put it in a post. It will give you a good…

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It's Baaaack!

Hmm. Several blog posts ago, I said I finished the copy edited version of BEFORE THE STORM and that would be the last work I’d have to do on it. How did I forget about the “printout?” Yesterday, the Fed-Ex guy brought the big box to my door. I looked up from my laptop where…

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My Beloved AlphaSmart

I have a shiny, speedy laptop computer. I also have a desktop computer with lots of bells and whistles. And I have a phenomenal new 21 inch monitor that still knocks my socks off every time I walk in my office. But as I sit here in the Opium Den today, I’m typing on my ancient…

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What do You Like (or not like) about my Website?

I’m getting ready to update my website again, and would love input from you on the changes you’d like to see. Do you have favorite areas of the site? Areas you couldn’t care less about? I haven’t updated the photo gallery in years. Is it worth keeping and updating? I plan to let the contest…

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Why I'll Never Write Your Life Story

If I had a word for every time I’ve been asked to write someone’s life story, I’d have completed several more books by now. But I’ll never do it. Please don’t be offended when I turn you down. It isn’t that I don’t find your life story fascinating, believe me. Some people have lived absolutely incredible…

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Back to Reality

Yes, that means a sick dog, vet visit, water leak and several other events conspiring to keep me from working. I was so determined to keep up my super work pace after the Weymouth retreat. Maybe tomorrow will be better. Meanwhile, here are some pictures from the Scribblers’ workweek.   < < Alex and her…

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The Haunted Mansion

I just read Alex Sokoloff’s description of the Weymouth mansion on the Murderati blog and she is so right on that I’ll share it with you so you can have the full flavor of the house. I’m still home, getting a later start back to Weymouth than I wanted to, but needed to share Alex’s…

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A Mini-Break From Weymouth

Well, I came home for the night since there’s a party to attend. I have my priorities! I wrote more than 30 pages in the last few days, brainstormed the ending of AFTER THE STORM with expert brainstormers, played Balderdash and Taboo late into the night and I’m tired. The mansion is so large that we’re able…

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The Weymouth Mansion–Again

My group of pubbed authors (Margaret Maron, Brenda Witchger, Alexandra Sokoloff, Katy Munger, Mary Kay Andrews and Sarah Shaber) and I decided we needed a week of serious writing, so here we are back at the Weymouth Center. We had an amazing brainstroming session last night and I reached my goal of ten pages today.…

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Naming Characters: a Ramble

Yes, here I am, trying to come up with character names again. Since my WIP, AFTER THE STORM, is a sequel, I have many of the names already in place. But there are new characters needing to be christened. You know how it is when you read a book and a name simply doesn’t fit…

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