Time, Fate and Choices
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by Susan
1d ago
by Janis Patterson How did it get to be the end of February already? 2024 is almost 1/6th over, and I haven’t even started some of the things I hoped to have finished already. The Husband says I set my goals to high, that I believe I can accomplish much more than I reasonably can. He’s probably a little bit right. I’m getting older, and though I am not a morbid person it’s quite obvious that there is less time in front of me than behind. Sigh.  So I am determined to make that time count. The problem is, if I lived another fifty years and never had a single idea from this very minute, I wo ..read more
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Back to the Grindstone
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by Susan
1M ago
by Janis Patterson  For those of you who don’t know, my mammoth 22 novel republishing blitz ended on October 25. Thank Goodness! Re-releasing a book every other Wednesday for most of a year was exhausting. I managed to keep going through about half of November, but was so wrung out that with the holiday season coming up my wonderful husband put his foot down and told me I was taking the rest of the year off.  His dictum was a blessing - and a curse. I did sneak in some writing, something which I had neglected shamefully during the constant work of the blitz, but also managed a strang ..read more
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A Decadent Rest Well Earned
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by Susan
3M ago
by Janis Patterson I am so happy. And so tired. My republishing blitz is over. Twenty-two books, each re-edited, re-formatted and most with new covers, one released every other Wednesday without fail from 15 January to 25 October.  Of course, it was a totally mad idea, and about three-quarters of the way through it I was starting to doubt if I could follow through...  as well as about my sanity. That’s kind of silly, since my middle name might as well be ‘stubborn’ and my pride wouldn’t allow me to quit. So I didn’t. But I am so happy it is all over! This project took up so much of ..read more
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The End Is Nigh
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by Susan
4M ago
by Janis Patterson For every beginning there is an ending... and conversely, for every ending there is a beginning... and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. This year has been a landmark year for me - it’s been one of the lowest output years for me in well over a decade (only two books as opposed to the four or five I usually do) and yet I’ve been busier than I ever have. In case you have been living under a rock and not heard about my republishing blitz I’m going to give you a quick précis... During the covid crazies I got very lazy. The Husband was home - and even retired during thi ..read more
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It's All In Your Point Of View
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by Susan
5M ago
by Janis Patterson People who don’t write don’t believe that stories and characters take on a life of their own, and if you don’t agree with them the story stops. Writers know what I mean.  Now my writing process, I have been told, is different from most others’. There are many ways to write - plot wheels, detailed outlines, multi-page character interviews, etc. To me personally, that is the fastest way to kill a story. By the time I have plotted it I am bored with it. Now I do have a general idea of the basic construction of the story - a beginning, a probable end, a couple of major plot ..read more
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There May be Too Many of Us--Writers That is.
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by Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
5M ago
Now that anyone can self-publish, I suspect there are way too many of us grasping for readers. Way back when the only way to be published was to be accepted by a publising house, there weren't so many books for readers to choose from. Frankly, I've read--or a least read part of--way too many not so good self-published books. Tales with far too many plot holes and lack of editing have flooded the market. Plus, I realize I'm behind the times, as I didn't recognize many faces or names of authors attending Bouchercon and appearing on panels.  I still have my favorite writers and try to get co ..read more
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This is my Birthday Week
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by Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
6M ago
  Yes, I'm having a major birthday this week--the big 90! To celebrate, I'm giving a free copy of the first book in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, DEADLY TRAIL. It will be free until midnight on August 24. https://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Trail-Tempe-Crabtree-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07R7XF4L9/ref=tmm_kin_title_sr?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1689869140&sr=1-1 Blurb: The tranquility of the town of Bear Creek in the Southern Sierra is disrupted by the suspicious death of the owner of the local inn. Investigating a murder case isn't Deputy Tempe Crabtree's job, but when the detectiv ..read more
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The Dead Zone
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by Susan
6M ago
by Janis Patterson We’ve all been there. We’re writing along happily on a book when suddenly - ZAP! - everything stops. It doesn’t matter if you have a minutely detailed outline or are a free-wheeling pantser or anything in between. Everything just stops. The well is dry. Ideas are things that happen to other people. The storyline that has carried you along so wonderfully, the storyline that was perfect and carefully crafted suddenly becomes a mis-matched pile of unconnected - and unacceptable - actions that have no relationship to each other or to any coherent tale. Determined to work your wa ..read more
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HOW I GOT MY PEN NAME By Morgan Mandel
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by Morgan Mandel
6M ago
    When my first book, TWO WRONGS, was about to be published way back in 2006, I had a decision to make. Should I use my actual name, or choose a pen name?     Well, the book was written in the points of view of the hero and the villain, both of whom were male. Since I'm a female, I wondered if using my actual name would not get as many readers.     So I decided the best bet would be to choose a name which could belong to either a male or female. Well, the names of Morgan Freeman, a guy, and Morgan Fairchild, a gal, came to mind.      Not ..read more
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Once I Was Ahead of the Game
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by Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
7M ago
 When the Internet appeared, I learned how to us it long before any of my friends. I signed up for an Internet class and knew more than the instructor taught us. I signed up for an email account as soon as they were available. I had a Blackberry that I loved. I embraced e-books long before most. In fact when i talked about e-books at conferences, I was booed. Was an uncomfortable time. Then I was asked to give a class on e-books at a big writers' conference. Slowly, attitudes began to change. Now, most people don't even know there was a controversy. The years have passed and I prefer work ..read more
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