Month: June 2011

A Fond Farewell to the Dame

Well, kids, that’s it for Agatha Christie. I hope that you found something interesting to use for your own work from this bestsellingest of authors. Stuff that I’ll take away: 1. You don’t have to be all organized in your notebooks. I know that… Continue Reading “A Fond Farewell to the Dame”

Tuesday Post of Accountability!

Okay, so I’ve decided to add in this as a new blog feature. I’ve been doing Random Posts of Accountability…but I realized that I only posted those when I had done something. (Was I gonna post about doing nothing? Don’t think so.) Now, every… Continue Reading “Tuesday Post of Accountability!”

Two Different Ends to Two Different Series

I just finished reading Curtain, Poirot’s last case. (I promise I won’t give away the end.) And recently I’d also read Sleeping Murder, which is Marple’s last case. In both cases the books were written years (decades) before they were published. Also in both… Continue Reading “Two Different Ends to Two Different Series”

Those Little Bits of Insight

“‘I was thinking,’ I said, ‘that when my time comes, I should be sorry if the only plea I had to offer was that of justice. Because it might mean that only justice would be meted out to me.’”~The Vicar Leonard Clement in Murder… Continue Reading “Those Little Bits of Insight”

Thursday Reviews: Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie (A Mentor Review!)

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was written waaaay before it was published in 1976. It sat in a deposit box waiting for the light of day. So there may be some inconsistancies with the rest of… Continue Reading “Thursday Reviews: Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie (A Mentor Review!)”

The Literary Portion of the Detective Novel

Strange that I should be talking about the accusations leveled against genre and literary writers when, lo, I come across an article by George Grella entitled “Murder and Manners: The Formal Detective Novel,” published in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, which contains an example… Continue Reading “The Literary Portion of the Detective Novel”

An Opinion Piece

A recent post, and the comments that followed, on Nathan Bransford’s blog reminded me of an article by David Ropeik that I’d also recently come across via The Huffington Post regarding the professionality (is that even a word?) of today’s book reviewing culture. Basically, book reviews have turned into something… Continue Reading “An Opinion Piece”

Genre vs. Literary: It’s Not a New Debate

“I cannot say that I have at any time a great admiration for Mr. Raymond West. He is, I know, supposed to be a brilliant novelist, and has made quite a name as a poet. His poems have no capital letters in them, which… Continue Reading “Genre vs. Literary: It’s Not a New Debate”

Happy Birthday to Shane!

It’s the hubby’s birthday today. I’m sure you’ll forgive me if I keep this short and start partying early? ‘Kay? Kay. Have a great weekend!

Thursday Reviews: Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern My rating: 4 of 5 stars On Writing a Memoir Via Twitter: A creative idea that is surprisingly well-executed. Halpern’s Twitter feed, Sh*t My Dad Says, is a great idea for a twitter feed in general, and… Continue Reading “Thursday Reviews: Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern”

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