Life in the fast lane--where's the on ramp?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

To WileyJohn, re: not putting the roof in the dishwasher.

John, I know it must have sounded crazy for me to speculate that patching plaster wouldn't be dishwasher safe. What I shoulda said was, since the substance can be used to create figurines, the little art projects might not be safe in the dishwasher... However, as I read over the thing again, I see... Sign in to see full entry.

How to write the bad guys and gals...

I'm a sucker for books on how-to write, on what makes a plot thicken and draw the reader in. The past few times I was browsing Borders, I've been resisting this one book in the "writing for publication" section. I've got a shelf of books on characterization, plot, outlining, etc. Of course I always... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Reluctant Roofer: The Sequel

Of course we know the cookie-baking, detective-charming, aproned lady who was lied to by a tradesman (haven't we all?) really did initiate the demise of one I.B. Lyin, the unscrupulous "reluctant roofer." There's no witness to come forward to testify against her, given that the scoundrel so richly... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Case of the Reluctant Roofer

Cops arrived before the nail gun had a chance to cool off. Lying dead as a doornail in the middle of his pathetic excuses was the head honcho of One-Day Shinglers, I.B. Lyin. And the prime suspect, Miss Gilda Lilly, was twisting a handkerchief in her hands as she leaned anxiously over the body, the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My other life (in dreams) seems like so much more fun.

A group of us, a class of about a dozen, were on a trek, a five mile hike up a mountainous trail, across a bridge to a writer's retreat lodge. We were supposed to hear readings by a mysterious unnamed poet, but I was getting tired. I was almost ready to tell the others to go ahead, I'd catch 'em on... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Flu shots by gift card... and a house call by June

It was in red flashing letters on Walgreen's sign. Gift cards for flu shots, $29.95. On Wednesday morning I went to Walgreens to refill a prescription -- and there was June, happily chatting away with another customer while waiting for her flu shot. I gave the clerk the empty bottle and sat next to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Life imitates art, and writers' research.

Scheduled to meet last night: Martha, Vicki, Lynn, Alan, Chuck and Me. This is the last squad of writers who meet monthly at Borders. I sent out a reminder email last week: time to email out your latest 5 pages to the all of "reply all." Vicki had written count me in, I've already arranged time off... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gone to Her Reward

Elizabeth was a fusspot child, nosy and opinionated even at the tender age of seven. Bitsy, her mother called her. "Bitsy," she'd say, "children should be seen and not heard. You could hurt people's feelings when you say things like that." But Elizabeth didn't stop. In seventh grade she was the one... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

100-year-old Murder to be subject of my NaNoWriMo 2010

Earlier this summer as I typed stories for the Leclaire historic website, I came across a series of articles about a murder trial; a husband had killed his wife. This comes up so often on the news these days it's almost routine. But in those days, in this town, it was a big deal involving... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tomorrow's my daughter's birthday.

She's got four grown sons, three grandchildren, and works as a speech therapist, rehab manager at a nursing home in Decatur. We're not in close contact these days, she's so busy, but I remember how it was when she was born, how much joy she brought to the family. I wrote this to her for her Sweet... Sign in to see full entry.

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