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Now Going Wider than my Cz-Mys Goal

This blog is hereby opened up to include all my writing efforts. Continue reading

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The Forty Books

I have something to confess. Cozy mysteries are not my natural choice to read. I like vintage pulp novels with hard-boiled types who live in Los Angeles in the 1940s. There has to be “frails” and “gats” and plenty more … 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: 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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Writing a Cozy Mystery: Part 3 – Surveying the Field

Ouch. The last time I investigated genre books there were detailed guidelines available from publishers. Manuscript length, tone, guidance on what to exclude, how one line of books differed from others were described in detail. Thinking this was still the … Continue reading

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Writing a Cozy Mystery: Part 2 – Series?

Series have attracted me since I read Trixie Belden when I was a kid. Every summer we’d go to my parents’ hometown, and there would be a new Trixie to buy at the bookstore. It was a real bookstore, not … Continue reading

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