Category Archives: Maureen’s Posts

Writing, Maine, leaves and things, and the new sheriff in town

Last time I was here, I mentioned that a reader noted, with some irritation, how much “describing leaves and things” I do in my books. Like many Maine writers, crime or not, I figure if you’re going to write about … Continue reading

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Leaves and things: At least Maine is easy to market

As I’m sure many readers of this blog are aware, writers have to do a lot of their own marketing and promoting. The good old days — well, I’m not sure what people did in the good old days before … Continue reading

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Why write? Because of stuff like this

There’s this thing that happens after a writer has spent a year — or two — grinding out a book. People read it. Some are nice. They’re polite and kind. I appreciate that. Then there are the people who want … Continue reading

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In praise of writers using the F-word. I’m F-wording serious.

Someone wrote to Dear Annie, an advice column in my local newspaper, complaining about writers who use the “f-word” in their novels. The letter was signed “Love to Read.” Annie agreed, responding, “Anything said with the F-word could be better … Continue reading

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What I did on my summer vacation, part II

I had a great trip to some of the farther reaches of our beautiful state Labor Day week. My sister Liz and I went down east to Lubec for three days, then up north to the Crown of Maine — … Continue reading

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Who needs a vacation when you live in Vacationland?

If I’m repeating myself, forgive me. I love Maine, you know I do. But don’t ask me what I did on my summer vacation, because I haven’t had one. That hasn’t stopped everyone else. One of the issues with living … Continue reading

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Writing tip: It’s okay to let some of your darlings live

If you’re a writer, if you’ve been to even one writing conference, you’ve heard it: Kill your darlings. The quote is from William Faulker, though sometimes it’s attributed to Stephen King, who was quoting Faulker. I once heard it attributed … Continue reading

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