Category Archives: Maureen’s Posts

And the best book adaptation for TV, hands down, EVER, is…

Sometime in the last couple of years — it’s hard to say when, it all blurs together now — I joked on this blog that I’m a “social distancing hobbiest.” Oh ha ha. So funny. Since then, whenever that was, … Continue reading

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In praise of good long books

My town had by all accounts a very succesful community read this year — an event in which everyone (who wants to) reads the same book. A variety of discussions and events are built around it, and it lasts for … Continue reading

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Maine Crime Writers have tree, will travel (to festival of trees)

Hi folks! We know you’re not used to seeing us on Sunday night, but we have some special news… As you know, we Maine Crime Writers are a festive bunch, so we jumped at the chance to provide a tree … Continue reading

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Apply the Bechdel Test, with a twist, when you read, watch and write

I recently learned about the Bechdel Test for sexism in fiction. This is a way to gauge the level of sexism in a work by checking to see if it has a conversation between two women that isn’t about a … Continue reading

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Setting is all around you, and it’s yours for the taking

Everyone who writes, or aspires to, understands the vital importance of setting. The great mystery writer Elizabeth George, in her book “Mastering the Process,” talks about how she really doubles down on it — going to areas she wants to … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as the right write space

Happy August 27! Where did the summer go? Rhetorical question. You and I both know it’s been lost in a haze of brown-tail moth rashes, unbearable humidity, people with out of state plates stopping in the middle of one of … Continue reading

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The only writing rule? There are no rules!

I was chatting with a new acquaintance about my new, more flexible, schedule, and how it will give me the time I need to finish my book. I think I mentioned to him that the first half of the day … Continue reading

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If it’s summer in Maine, yep, it’s time for a little E.B White

I’ll keep this short, because I know you want to get outside. Yes, somehow summer has arrived, with all the wonders of that short and glorius season in Maine — the humidity, the browntail moth rash, the cars with out-of-state … Continue reading

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My town’s Geraldo Rivera Al Capone’s safe moment… almost

There was a little extra added excitement this year as my town prepared for the Memorial Day commemoration. It had recently been discovered that, screwed into the back of our veterans monument, was a time capsule. It was put there … Continue reading

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The not so fun part of writing (cats are mentioned in this post)

Last month, I offered some “easy tips” on writing. Let’s face it, though, nothing is easy about writing, even if you really really really really like it. Don’t just take my word for it — in a few days we … Continue reading

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