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Dark and Stormy

Yes, my blog post this week is a day late. But as the wise old sages say, ‘Better late than not at all.’ When I mention to folks that my wife and I once lived in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, most of them react with, “Why did you leave?” The typical reply we offer to… Continue reading Dark and Stormy

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Books

Reading is part of writing. Not only is reading a vital aspect toward learning the ins and outs of writing, rewriting, and editing, it is also a method to keep in touch with other writers and the writing world. In addition, reading is also fun. Ask any writer who enjoys their craft and he/she will… Continue reading Books

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Two Choices

I received the following story within a forwarded email message from a good friend. The author’s name was not given, nor do I know whether the incidents described in the account are true or imagined. Regardless, I chose to forward the message in my blog because, from my perspective, whether the content is fact or… Continue reading Two Choices

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Writers Rules

In a recent Sisters in Crime (SinC) meeting, one of our members conducted a mini-workshop based upon award-winning author Nancy Picard’s CASTS system for writing novels. Okay, a quick reminder regarding the first likely question in many folks’ minds: Although SinC was originally established to encourage and promote women mystery/crime writers, the St. Louis chapter… Continue reading Writers Rules

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Thanks, Dad

This weekend I was once again privileged to participate in Gateway Con, a conference and convention for writers held in St. Louis. The annual event is presented by the St. Louis Writers Guild and co-sponsored by many notable local organizations, including the one I belong to: Sisters in Crime. To first address the obvious elephant… Continue reading Thanks, Dad

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Realities

Once more it’s story time. This week’s blog post features another short story challenge based upon a four item prompt. The items that were to be included in this tale: A toy fire truck A telescope A carton of soured milk A collection of Frank Sinatra albums Enjoy. Thanks for stopping by. Realities I was… Continue reading Realities

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Good Ol’ Summertime

Although the calendar indicates that summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21st, temperatures throughout most of May––some record highs––have reminded many folks in the mid-west U.S. of sweltering mid-summer heat. During that warm spell, I had the privilege to reconnect with my best friend from the old neighborhood where we grew up. That particular morning… Continue reading Good Ol’ Summertime