Weekend Update: November 9-10, 2013

Next week at Maine Crime Writers we’ll be featuring posts from John Clark (Monday), Dorothy Cannell (Tuesday), Kate Flora (Wednesday), Gerry Boyle (Thursday), and Jayne Hitchcock (Friday).

You may have noticed that we’re playing around with the “look” of our blog site, and also making a few changes in our weekend schedule. From now on what was the “Sunday Update” will be the “Weekend Update” and will be published on Saturdays. We try to have somthing new every weekday. Some of our contributors post once a month and others more than that and sometimes we have guest posts, but if you check the “Next week at Maine Crime Writers” section at the top of each update, you’ll always know who’s coming up next. You’ll also know when one of us forgets we’re scheduled for a certain day. Oops. We’ll try not to let that happen!

In the news department, here’s what’s happening with some of us who blog regularly at Maine Crime Writers:

Lea Wait is one of our Maine Crime Writers who’s at the mystery conference Crime Bake in Massachusetts this weekend. She reports that visiting three major museums in three cities within the past week (The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the New York Historical Society, and The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia) was both exciting and exhausting. After she gets home from Crime Bake she’ll be doing final edits for next year’s Shadows on a Maine Christmas, which are due before Thanksgiving, and making sure her house (built in 1774) is ready for winter.

Barb Ross will also be at Crime Bake, in her second, and last year as co-chair and breathing a sigh of relief when it’s over, no doubt. And we’ll be launching the new Level Best anthology, Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold with stories from John Clark, Kate Flora and Barb Ross–among many others.


Kaitlyn Dunnett announces that the winner in last week’s drawing for the four books in the Diana Spaulding 1888 Mystery Quartet was Jody from Manhattan, Kansas, who was right in guessing that there have been times when Kathy/Kaitlyn really wished she could include some of the facts she found in her research, even when they didn’t quite fit the story. Turns out Jody and Kathy/Kaitlyn actually met some years back while attending the Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave. Sadly, like so many other small, regional mystery fan conventions, the Conclave is no longer held.

And just a quick addition on Sunday morning. This is the view from my back door this morning, November 10, 2013!

An invitation to readers of this blog: Do you have news relating to Maine, Crime, or Writing? We’d love to hear from you. Just comment below to share.

And a reminder: If your library, school, or organization is looking for a speaker, we are often available to talk about the writing process, research, where we get our ideas, and other mysteries of the business.

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