No Excuse for not posting
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by Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
1w ago
 Well actually I have a lot of exuses as to why I haven't done my regular posting on this blog. First, my 2nd daughter had a huge heart problem, nearly died. She wentt home and in a couple of days had to go back--this time she had open heart surgery. Thankfully, she is doing well now--not 100% but oh, so much better. From before Thanksgiving and almost to New Years Eve, I was really sick with bronchitis. I was prescribed two antibiotics and they didn't do anything for me.  On New Year's Day I actually felt like myself. So much so, I made my annual pot of seafood gumbo. All together w ..read more
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The Poor Abused Apostrophe and the Confusion It Causes
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by Susan
2w ago
by Janis Patterson I will admit it, I am a stickler for the correct usage of the English language, which means that these days my grammatical sensibilities spend a great deal of time being lacerated, usually over the abuse and misuse of the apostrophe. The apostrophe is a humble and very useful part of grammar. Not only does it indicate ownership both singular and plural, it denotes a shortening of a phrase by standing in for a missing letter - both very needful in writing if one is not to sound stilted and stuffy. Properly used, it can clarify a point like nothing else. So why do so many peop ..read more
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Another Freebie
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by Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
2M ago
  Once again I'm offering a free book on Kindle. This time it's RAGING WATER, a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery. https://www.amazon.com/Raging-Water-Tempe-Crabtree-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07S31JQRT/ref=sr_1_1?crid=C54I49AJ0K5J&keywords=Raging+Water+by+Marilyn+Meredith&qid=1670251993&s=books&sprefix=raging+water+by+marilyn+meredith%2Cstripbooks%2C435&sr=1-1T The mountain town of Bear Creek is cut off frome town because of a massive mud slide during a monstrous rain storm. Bear Creek is flooded and many homes are threatened. And to complicate matters, a murderer is trapped al ..read more
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Public Safety Writers Association's Annual Conference
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by Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
2M ago
This is a repeat from my own blog. This is my favorite conference--where mystery writers can learn more about law enforcement. Sign up now for the early bird fee and more information: https://policewriter.com/conference/  These are the four main speakers for next year's conferende: The Seven Touchstones for Writing a Crime Thriller by Nick Chiarkas Nick Chiarkas grew up in a housing project on New York City’s lower east side. Called “hopeless” by some uncaring teachers, he went on to become a celebrated author as well as a U.S. Army Paratrooper; a New York City Police Of ..read more
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A Post About Censorship
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by Susan
2M ago
by Janis Patterson I know this is not a political forum, so I’m not going to be political... just bear with me. I’m not much on social media - in truth, I hate it. It’s a timesink and sometimes it’s frightening to see what’s going on out there. I use it for two primary purposes - family/friends contact and publicity on my books. More, if I am to be honest, of the former than the latter.  However, I am human, and when I see an egregious lie posted as fact I have to respond. (And it has to be a really BIG lie to make me comment.) This time I simply stated an irrefutable, provable scientific ..read more
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When Life Gets Bumpy
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by Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
3M ago
 Though I’ve hoped to be nearly finished with what I’m planning to be the latest and last of my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, life has gotten in the way. Hubby when I first met him on a blind date. October 24th was our 71st wedding anniversary, and we didn’t do anything special to celebrate. We’d had a huge family celebration for our 70th, and the bumpy part to life interfered with any desire to celebrate other than to congratulate each other for lasting as long as we have. Now the big bump—our second oldest daughter, Lisa, was having trouble breathing, she went to a loca ..read more
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Weather As Character
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by Susan
4M ago
by Janis Patterson As you probably know, I'm out of the country now, enjoying my Very Big Trip, so I'm reprinting one of my more popular blog posts from not-too-long ago. I'll be back in October and remember, I'll be writing about the VBT in my newsletter, in case you want to subscribe! There's a sign-up box on my website.  Picture a bright blue sky glowing with golden sunshine and dotted with friendly, fluffy clouds. Now picture dark grey looming clouds hanging so low you can almost grab a handful of them, while an icy wind scours the land with frigid teeth. Which would you think of a ..read more
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Apologies...
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by Susan
6M ago
by Janis Patterson Today as I write this (yesterday as you read this) it is my birthday. A birthday with a distressingly large number attached, which I do not intend to reveal. Let it suffice to say that instead of celebrating birthdays, I’m ready to start handing them back! I have been working frantically to finish the new book - and it’s going to be a photo finish, I’m afraid, as I’m up to my earlobes in trying to get ready for a Very Big Trip. Sorry, no other information at the moment. Which brings me to the subject of this sadly truncated post. Deadlines happen. Birthdays happen. Very Big ..read more
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I'm Home After a Great PSWA Writing Conference
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by Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
6M ago
 No, I didn't take any pictures. Many did, however, and I'll probably "borrow" some as they get posted. One thing I learned that kind of goes along wiht Janis Patterson's last post, is one of the publishers who spoke said that for her house they would like 3 or more books from an author a year. And her specifics for the books were 80,000 words or more. This was for the Christian Imprint for Wolfpack publishing. Never, ever could I put out three of more books a year--not even when I was much younger. When would the author who churns out one book after another have time to live? I need to w ..read more
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Inviolate Writing Schedules and Other Fictions
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by Susan
7M ago
by Janis Patterson There are those who say that the success to writing lies only in following a strict schedule. So many words per day, every day, or writing X number of hours without deviation, or... whatever. On the other hand, there are an equal number of equally fervid writers who are convinced that no good writing ever comes from being forced. One should wait for the magic touch of the muse, as anything which is worked at, which happens without fiery and flowing inspiration is unnatural and bad writing.   Give me a break. Or two. That said, I will admit that my writing is eas ..read more
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