Month: May 2011

Yes, YES, YEEEESSSS

I was just over at Natalie Whipple’s blog and she’s doing a Q&A thing. In the comments section, she responds to blog readers’ questions and I found this wonderful, perfect, nailed-it piece of advice: “And when you do get crits, also give yourself time… Continue Reading “Yes, YES, YEEEESSSS”

Random Post of Accountability!

Been awhile since I’ve done some accounting for myself. Here’s what I’ve been doing writing-wise: 1. Figuring out what the heck I wanted to write. A couple months ago I hit that point where it was time to work on a new project. I… Continue Reading “Random Post of Accountability!”

The Solution to the Pop-Up Character Syndrome in Mysteries

During a critique session, years ago, one of our group members submitted a first-chapter of a novel she was working on. Members of the group had taken her pages home, read it over for the month, marked it up, and then we all came… Continue Reading “The Solution to the Pop-Up Character Syndrome in Mysteries”

Thursday Reviews: I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak My rating: 4 of 5 stars I think there’s only so many way to say Awesome and this book deserves each of them. Zusak (of whom I’m a big ol’ fan after reading The Book Thief) writes… Continue Reading “Thursday Reviews: I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak”

The Bestsellingest Author Ever: Agatha Christie!

Welcome, my friends, to a new month and a new mentor! For May and June we will be exploring the vast amount of work that is Agatha Christie’s oeuvre. (I love that word, don’t you? I can’t pronounce it, but it sure looks cool… Continue Reading “The Bestsellingest Author Ever: Agatha Christie!”

The Mystery of the Cow Creamer: An Imaginary Dialogue Between P.G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie by Jenny

“I say, Agatha!” calls Wodehouse from across the tea room. “You’re frightfully good at puzzling things out, what?” “So I am,” responds Christie. “Perhaps you could help me out with a bit of a mystery. My cow creamer has disappeared.” “Why would you need… Continue Reading “The Mystery of the Cow Creamer: An Imaginary Dialogue Between P.G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie by Jenny”

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