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A great Christmas movie that’s not on any list but mine

So, Thanksgiving, right? I feel under some pressure to do a “what I’m thankful for” post, so here it goes… Ha ha! I almost had you, didn’t I? I think you guys know me better than that. ‘Tis the season … 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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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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Scene 1, Chapter 1, Bad News Travels Fast.

I know, I know. You’ve heard it all before. Authors say it all the time. “I’m finishing up my book on a deadline so I can’t blah blah blah.” But it’s true! It happens. These babies don’t write themselves. So, … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as the right write space

In the last Boston Sunday Globe, there was a feature on the writer Elin Hilderbrand. Seems she likes to write at the beach. There she is yucking it up in a bikini, pad and pen in hand, sun beating down.¬† … Continue reading

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A Taste of Things to Come

A Maine Crime Writers compilation of opening lines (or paragraphs) from works coming your way in 2018: Kate Flora:¬†From the opening of Schooled in Death, the 9th Thea Kozak mystery It was Monday. Always the worst day of the week … Continue reading

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There’s no research like being there

Late Friday afternoon I was piddling around, trying to get some writing and other stuff done, when a realization struck me: It was a gloomy, cold and rainy Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Yeah, I know, when isn’t it? But … Continue reading

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