Weekend Update: March 15-16, 2014

fallsbooks1Next week at Maine Crime Writers we’ll be featuring posts from Jayne Hitchcock (Monday) Kate Flora (Tuesday), Gerry Boyle (Thursday), and Kaitlyn Dunnett (Friday), with a special guest post from Earl Smith on Wednesday. 

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

dead-twitter-bird-20110107-093900Barb: Kate Flora and I  and eight other authors are creating a murder mystery on twitter in real time as a part of Twitter Fiction Fest. I’m not sure how Kate feels, but I have no idea what I’m doing. It could be amazing to watch–like a car crash. Join us Sunday morning at 9:00 am #grubmurder.

Kate: I’m with you, Barb. Not much of a twitterer. Tweeter? And when the idea was floated, I even had to look up the term “exquisite corpse.” But this does sound a whole lot like fun and a great nudge to try something new. We’re going to write the story as though it is all emerging in a writing class, and one student is writing about–or perhaps has committed–a real murder. The unfolding story can be followed at: http://twitterfictionfestival.com/

Kathy/Kaitlyn: Sounds like fun, Barb and Kate. Years ago, I was on a Malice Domestic panel where we were asked to make up a story on the spot. We pulled some of the starter ideas out of a hat, as I recall.  Mary Higgins Clark was great at it–she sounded like she was dictating one of her novels–the rest of us not so much. But “Death of a Sea Slug” was duly transcribed and printed up and sent to all attendees. I still have my copy somewhere. In other news, I was honored to be interviewed this past week on the Sisters in Crime New England blog. Here’s the link: http://sincne.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/writers-at-work-interviewed-by-hank-phillippi-ryan/#comments

Lea Wait: What fun — a tweeted plot! And congratulations, Kathy/Kaitlyn! I’m looking forward to the “History, Mystery and Murder” panel I’ll be on Thursday evening at 6:30 at the Bestsellers Café, 24 High Street, Medford, Massachusetts 02155. Joining me will be Leslie Wheeler, who’ll also moderate, and authors Beth and Ben Oak, who’ve written a mystery staring … Henry David Thoreau!

Vicki Doudera:  Chiming in a little late to say I will be speaking at the Waldoboro Public Library on Saturday, March 22 at 1 pm and would love to see you!

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. Contact Kate Flora: kateflora@gmail.com


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