Tag Archives: writing

But We’re Really Spying on You

Kate Flora: Some years ago, I was speaking to a high school class about writing, and I was talking to them about how, as writers, we need to train ourselves to be observant. “You think you are here to watch me,” … Continue reading

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Editing, What’s It All About?

Susan Vaughan here. Occasionally readers ask me what book editors do and how they work with authors, so here’s a general explanation on the subject, including some input from other Maine Crime Writers. Book editors receive book proposals and manuscripts … Continue reading

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Now The Work Begins!

Vaughn Hardacker here: Recently I completed a novel that I’ve tentatively titled The Exchange. The plot is a crime thriller in which my protagonist (named Dylan Thomas–his mother was a fan of the poet) is a former state police detective … Continue reading

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Big Talent

A fantastic celebration took place in Portland on the evening of May 22. It was Big Night, the annual showcase of work by students at the Telling Room, Maine’s nonprofit writing center for high school, middle school and elementary school … Continue reading

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HANDS UP! GIMME ALL YOUR…

Not a holdup, but hands up and shoulders back and keep moving! I posted this previously, but a new development of my own has prompted me to revisit and add a bit. Because of years of back problems (and now … Continue reading

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Maine winter love: There are no words

We love to grouse about winter in Maine. That’s when we aren’t saying, in the middle of a blizzard or a minus 20 snap, “Hey, it’s winter in Maine, what are you going to do?” We love it. We know … Continue reading

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Dame Agatha and Her Orient Express

Susan Vaughan here. Seeing Kenneth Branagh’s new film version of Murder on the Orient Express prompted me to reread Agatha Christie’s original 1934 novel. For the uninitiated, the story as written and the 2017 film are both set aboard the … Continue reading

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