Tag Archives: Maine Crime Writers

Writing Advice from the Trenches

In our MCW group post this month we will be sharing a piece of writing advice that we have found helpful. Or a piece of advice that we’ve learned from experience. Or a piece of advice from a favorite writing … Continue reading

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On Ignoring Private Property Signs … and More

Sandra Neily here: With a bit of everything: recent lines from book #3, some great Maine winter events to join that fit into the spirit emerging in my novel, and a repeat, by request. ********* (In novel #3, “Deadly Assault,” … Continue reading

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Never, Ever … Buy or Eat the Big, Tasteless Ones

Sandra Neily here. My family and friends have given me a reputation for quick or novel fixes to create strategies that add “yum!” to food. My sisters still call me in the middle of gravy-making as that’s always a daunting … Continue reading

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Tree Stands. Rotting Donuts. Lynx Poop. Environmental Grief.  

After two major surgeries in less than a year (a new heart valve and knee replacement) I was surprised to realize how much I missed the characters and dog I’d created. Next to my daughter and her grandgirls of course. … Continue reading

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Whence Ideas, That’s the Question

“Where do you get your ideas?” That’s the question writers most often hear from readers—and even from friends who aren’t readers. Every writer answers it a different way, but here’s a general overview. Ideas pop up everywhere. For example, a … Continue reading

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My First: Nothing Racy. But It is Crafty.

In 2017, Brenda Buchanan invited me to send in a guest post. I am grateful to her and all our team over the years and, still getting better after some knee surgery, have been reading lots of our past work. … Continue reading

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Moosehead. The Kennebec. And An Endless Steps Workout

OH MY! Wildlife delivers $1.4 billion to Maine’s economy; $1.9 billion w multipliers. Begs the question, is the Moosehead Region ready to secure this and other nature-based economic assets against inappropriate development or over-use? Do all of Maine’s ‘gateway’ communities … Continue reading

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Into the Wilderness… Sort of

On our honeymoon, starting 50 years ago this month (yes, 50!), my husband and I camped in our VW van named Lurch across the country for six weeks. Climbing the Rockies, our VW did indeed lurch and complain, but made … Continue reading

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Rejection. Rejections. And Blizzard Therapy

I want to talk about rejections. On Facebook and Instagram, and Twitter and these public places, we don’t usually hear about gut-wrenching stuff. These sites are perhaps how we market ourselves to the world. How we manage the front window … Continue reading

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FLAG DAY… PLUS

Happy Flag Day to all! I’ve never thought much about Flag Day, but since this post is on the (non)holiday, I wondered why we have such a day to commemorate the red, white, and blue. After all, we already have … Continue reading

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