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The Housecat and the Resurrection

My parent’s cat, 11-year-old Freddy Astaire went missing. He walked out onto the front porch and never returned. Day by day, we lost hope. We offered a hundred dollar reward and scouted the neighborhood for him — or his body. … Continue reading

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My “First Person” P.O.V. Post

This “It happened to me” viewpoint is common in cozies. To a new writer, it can seem to be the easiest choice. You and your main character tell the story into the computer keyboard. “I, Jane Doe, trip over a … Continue reading

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Back to Cozies

It’s been a very busy time. Despite my vow to avoid cozies, I was drawn back into reading the remainder of the 40 books. Reading all the Dickens biographies that I found and several of his novels enlarged my point of … Continue reading

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Writing the Cozy Mystery: Writing What You Don’t Know: 2 Bad Choices

When I make a mistake in planning a story, it is as if the project has been sucked into a black hole: no more inspiration, no “ah-ha!” moments. Only dead silence from my muse. Big problems have arisen from my … Continue reading

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Writing the Cozy Mystery: Writing What You Don’t Know: My Good Choice

Write what you know. I write to get away from the boredom of my life. There’s no incentive for me to write about a woman with three cats who spends her time writing mystery novels, knitting afghans for charity, and … Continue reading

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Writing a Cozy Mystery Part 4: Time and Writing

This morning I sat down at my computer. The phone rang and my neighbor had run through her options and needed a ride to a doctor’s appointment. That’s a legitimate reason to not write. There are, however, lots of other … Continue reading

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Writing a Cozy Mystery: Panic Attack I

Just checking in to tell about my panic attack over writing a cozy mystery. I was admiring the way that G.M. Malliet handles her characters in Death of a Cozy Mystery Writer. She chooses actions during a conversation that increase … Continue reading

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