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Great first lines: Another Louise Penny Edition

From The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny: “Kneeling in the fragrant moist grass of the village green Clara Morrow carefully hid the Easter egg and thought about raising the dead, which she planned to do right after supper.” Related Links:  More … Continue reading

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Unforgettable First Lines–The Louise Penny edition

From Still Life, the first of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries: “Miss Jane Neal met her maker in the early morning mist of Thanksgiving Sunday. It was pretty much a surprise all around.” For the record, Penny has a pretty … Continue reading

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Unforgettable First Lines–The Deanna Raybourn edition

From Silent in the Grave, the first of Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey mysteries: “To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the … Continue reading

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Review: Lady Catherine’s Necklace by Joan Aiken

Lady Catherine’s Necklace By Joan Aiken Thorndike Press, 2000 This variation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, is set a few years after the events of Austen’s original. Lady Catherine and her daughter, Anne, are residing quietly at Rosings Park … Continue reading

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4 things I learned reading 1-star reviews of Pride & Prejudice (yes, they exist)

I wish I could claim this as my own idea, but in truth I first heard of this on Twitter, when @elizabethscraig (one of the most useful writing mentors I follow) pointed me to this article by Amber Skye Forbes at The … Continue reading

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Surprising facts about my favorite authors: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe edition

OK, calling Goethe one of my favorite authors is admittedly a bit of a stretch. I did read Elective Affinities in college, however, and I remember thinking it wasn’t terrible. I even wrote a paper about it. In fact, now that I’ve refreshed … Continue reading

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It’s that time again…

In the past, I’ve used NaNoWriMo‘s External Deadline Superpower to push my current work-in-progress past that next milestone. But I’m not feeling it this year. I mean, I’ve been plugging away at one draft or another of Asylum for years now. Can I just … Continue reading

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How to dress American servants in 1828: Roberts’ Guide for Butlers

Roberts’ Guide for Butlers & other Household Staff By Robert Roberts Original Publication: Munroe & Francis, 1827 Reprint: Applewood Books, 1993 This week’s editing job required me to revise a scene from the point of view of the butler in … Continue reading

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“My book’s done. What’s next?” Notes from the Chicago Writer’s Conference, Part 2

If you’re just joining us, I’m in the process of working through my notes from the Chicago Writer’s Conference and turning them into digestible, topical tidbits on the publishing process. Last week I talked to you about how writers can … Continue reading

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If you can read this, I need you to disable Java in your web browser, please

In case you haven’t seen the story making the rounds on Facebook and other mainstream media outlets, Java 7 has yet another critical security flaw. This one makes it really easy for hackers to take over your browser and steal … Continue reading

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