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An outlining question
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New England
About Me:
I'm a writer in northern New England who tries to balance freelance and fiction work with my two small boys, husband, and home.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Editor, Critic
Books And Authors I Like:
Authors: Ed McBain, Laura Lippman, Kate Atkinson, Dennis Lehane, Julia Spencer-Fleming, P.D. James, Madeleine L'Engle, Max Brooks, Stephen King, Sebastian Junger, C.S. Lewis

Books: The Talisman, World War Z, Neverwhere, The Lovely Bones, Rebecca, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Road
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
TV: The Shield, The Wire, Rescue Me, The Kids in the Hall, SCTV, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Daily Show

Movies: Contact, Signs, Smoke, Eyes Wide Shut, Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, He Got Game, Jaws, Sin City, Kill Bill Vols. I&II

Stories and other links

A list of (and, where applicable, links to) my published stories:

Going Gandolfini (forthcoming in Demolition, Summer 2008)
The Promise (Mouth Full of Bullets, Summer 2008)
Ankle-Biters (Shroud Magazine, March 2008)
Silence in Ramah (Shred of Evidence, December 2007)
Right-Sized (Muzzle Flash, November 2007)
A Private War (Out of the Gutter Issue 3, November 2007)
White Crosses (Shred of Evidence, October 2007
Just Watching (Powder Burn Flash, August 2007)
The Power of Suggestion (Shred of Evidence, August 2007)
Midnight Train to Georgia (Honorable Mention - contest, July 2007)
Uncle Charlie's Rule (Muzzle Flash, June 2007)
Bad Influence (Powder Burn Flash, May 2007)
Pushing up Daisies (Flash Pan Alley, May 2007)
Dream House (Spinetingler, Spring 2007)
Blogging a Fantasy (part of the Blog Short Story Project 2007)
Beautiful Trouble (Flashing in the Gutters, October 2006)
Snuff (A Cruel World, May/June 2006)
Strong Enough (Flashing in the Gutters, April 2006)
Detachment Parenting (Flashing in the Gutters, March 2006; Flash Pan Alley, May 2007)
Waiting for Mommy to Wake Up (Flashing in the Gutters, March 2006)

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Starting the next novel

Crap. Has it really been four months since I posted here? Crap. Hopefully this post from my other blog will explain my absence a little!

Meanwhile, I've gotten to work on the next novel. I already have a fair number of rough scenes written, plus an outline and character sketches. I've been contemplating how to go about revising the thing (yes--already!), largely because my last novel was difficult to…


Posted on December 5, 2007 at 6:55am

Pretty, pretty spreadsheet

I have an Excel spreadsheet that I use to track all my agent submissions. It contains more than 100 names so I had to figure out a way to keep track of where and when I submitted. I write the dates, but that's too confusing - so - I color code. Red is for shortlisted agents (the ones I really want offers from). Blue is for ones I've submitted to. Hot pink is for requested materials. Green is for rejections. Black is default (the ones that don't fit into those categories). It's a pretty, pretty… Continue

Posted on August 14, 2007 at 3:25am — 3 Comments

From Seuss to Spade?

Conversation between Hamlet and Rain Dog at bedtime:

H: Daddy, tell me a story about a bad man.
R: What kind of bad man?
H: Just a bad man.
R: Does he stay bad, or become nice?
H: He stays bad.

Four years old and already thinking noirish thoughts. It's a crime writer's career dream come true.

Posted on July 31, 2007 at 12:21pm

On the road

We recently took a two-day (one way) road trip to South Carolina. Of course I brought the PDA, because I accomplish a lot of writing on car rides. This time, though, I had the same problem I've had on other protracted car trips: other than a few ideas here and there that I was able to jot down, I didn't write at all. Not in the car or at the rest stops or even at the hotels once we stopped moving. It was a vacation from writing and I'm still on it - Rain Dog and I are talking about running some… Continue

Posted on July 20, 2007 at 1:40am — 3 Comments

Will it never end?

I was re-drafting my query today for my novel HURT and got a brainstorm: What if this character dunnit, not the original? Oh, stop, I told myself, but it was too late. I was thinking about it. Then I started to write the thoughts down. And I realized that this potential revision could solve a number of niggling problems I had with the story. It could strengthen a couple of weak characters, cast light on others' motivations, take out the tired old serial-killer motif and focus on a…


Posted on June 30, 2007 at 12:49pm — 3 Comments

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At 11:56am on July 1, 2008, AVI LAP said…
I think Police Facebook could be a great place for interesting ideas.
At 11:50am on July 1, 2008, AVI LAP said…
Hi Christa,
Thanks. I would love to read some of your texts in Police Facebook.
At 1:54pm on December 8, 2007, Sarah M. Chen said…
Thanks for adding me as a friend. I think we do have similar taste. Love Ed McBain. Worked at a literary agency where Evan Hunter was one of our clients and fell in love with the 87th Precinct Series. Looking forward to chatting with you more.
At 2:57am on December 5, 2007, Olav Guldbrandsen said…
Thanks. I think MCSmith is a nice enough reason for people to meet. Putin should meet someone to, someone like arkady to really talk russian things through. - have you read anything lately that even comes close? me i had my nose down in marcus Sakeys The Blade Itself. Great! - I see amazon already mentions him with the next one.
At 3:00pm on September 6, 2007, Kitty said…
Nope, afraid I am not the Kitty who made Miss Snark kill so many keyboards ~ but I have killed a few keyboards myself - lol
At 10:50am on August 29, 2007, Felicia Donovan said…
Hi Christa! I don't know if you'll remember me, but you interviewed me for an article for Law Enforcement Technology Magazine a while back. Nice to see you here on CrimeSpace!
At 12:57am on August 26, 2007, carole gill said…
thank you so much, Christa! it was great. Saturday morning, husband home. fab!
At 12:57am on August 24, 2007, carole gill said…
thank you, Christa. what you say is right. even if you love something you can over do it. i agree. i just got really gung ho on my novel lately and probably started to work too much. see, for the past year i've been trying one story line after another and nothing. so i got a little too enthused. thanks for your post. i mean that.
At 7:35am on August 14, 2007, Bernd Kochanowski said…
What a brillant idea. Hearing Miles Davis I want to linger.
At 1:55pm on July 28, 2007, Harry Shannon said…

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