Category Archives: Brenda’s Posts

New England Crime Bake 2022 – History is Mystery

I’m just back from the New England Crime Bake, a three-day conference of crime writers from across the region, and have some highlights and photos to share. This year’s Guest of Honor was William Martin, the master of the historical … Continue reading

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The Poets Say It Best

 On these suddenly truncated days when we strive to convince ourselves winter is not rounding the near corner, I’m comforted by poetry that honors this season of transition and all the metaphors it offers.  Here are some of my favorites, … Continue reading

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Writing Alone and Celebrating Community

I retreated to a lake in York County at the end of August, taking along my computer, comfy clothes and some food. My only job for a couple of days was to write, write some more, and talk about writing … Continue reading

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Roger Angell, Triggerman of Sweet Memories

In August, when we often spend some time Downeast, one of my traditions is to write about talented writers who have a connection to this beautiful part of Maine. The great Roger Angell, who died in May at the age … Continue reading

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Salmon and Peas

I’m writing this on the Fourth of July, a day to think about both the founding and current state of our nation. Dinner will be salmon and peas, a culinary tradition I’ve adopted in adulthood. When I was a child, … Continue reading

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It’s All In The Name

We took a meander up the coast in mid-May hoping to spot warblers, but a weekend of dense fog turned us from birdwatchers to birdlisteners. It was fun all the same. Hiking through a coastal woodland with nature’s music as … Continue reading

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Rooting for Routine

Things have been a bit chaotic in my life this past month. In 2021 we learned the folly of waiting until spring to line up people to do things around the house that we can’t do ourselves. Covid-related materials shortages … Continue reading

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Help! I’m Wrestling with a Conundrum!

I’m grappling with a conundrum about point of view. Part of me loves writing in first person. Writing from the “I/we” perspective allows the main character’s personality to beam through. First person makes for an intimate bond between the reader … Continue reading

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My Dance of Fame, Again

I realize St. Patrick’s Day’s still ten days away, but my mother— a woman who celebrated her Irish heritage for the entire month of March—has been on my mind lately. Unbothered by the gray skies, the yo-yo temperatures and the … Continue reading

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Podcasts Galore

I spent a delightful hour or so this week talking writing with the amazing Julie Hennrikus, executive director of Sisters in Crime and the host of its terrific podcast. Julie’s a wonderful interviewer who drew me into discussions of my … Continue reading

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