Pari Noskin Taichert's Blog (11)

Standard Bears: Should writing organizations have standards for membership?

by Pari Noskin Taichert

A few months ago, Mystery Writers of America revised its approved publishers list for active membership. The…


Added by Pari Noskin Taichert on September 8, 2007 at 7:39am — No Comments

Three Qualities of the Best PR Pros

by Pari Noskin Taichert

Any novelist will tell you: Flashes of true creativity are few and far between. The real stuff of successful storytelling and prose comes in the daily butt-in-the-chair exercise of drafting, writing, editing, refining, editing and editing again.

The same holds true for PR. It's hard work. At its core, public relations is about…


Added by Pari Noskin Taichert on July 7, 2007 at 9:39am — No Comments

What I know . . .

by Pari Noskin Taichert

An idea is precious, more valuable than gold.

But if forced, new quickly descends into old.

The most brilliant spark can lose its glow

When edited too much, when pushed where it doesn't want to flow.

Work each day, sit at the computer.

Grab and observe like an emotional looter.

Characters demand their stories be told.

The writer transforms into mother,…


Added by Pari Noskin Taichert on June 16, 2007 at 7:43am — No Comments

Meet Katherine MacGilvary Pt. 1

by Pari Noskin Taichert

When I first met Kat, she was the events coordinator for one of New Mexico's most wonderful independent bookstores. Alas, Bound to be Read closed. After a few months at another indy, she make the jump onto the other side of the telephone and became the booking coordinator for the University of New Mexico…


Added by Pari Noskin Taichert on June 11, 2007 at 11:17am — No Comments

Workshop Relief

It's done. I gave the full-day workshop on "Think 'Published' to Get Published," at Anne Hillerman's home in Santa Fe (Yes, she's one of Tony's daughters). Eleven people attended and by the end we were all exhausted; I gave them so much information I could see their heads swelling. I also made them do all kinds of writing exercises so that they'd have several places to start on their search for publication, AND also did quite a bit of psychological…


Added by Pari Noskin Taichert on April 29, 2007 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Being Catty

(I originally posted this on Murderati and it generated fascinating conversation. Since so many Crimespace members use cats as avatars, I thought it'd be interesting to see what this group says.)

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Added by Pari Noskin Taichert on April 11, 2007 at 2:19am — 5 Comments

Why We Do It: Murderati at One Year

A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to cry. I'd just learned that two valued members of Murderati planned to leave. This made me so sad.

After almost a year of hard work, I started to question blogging.

Believe me, it takes mucho energy to come up with engaging topics, to write and…


Added by Pari Noskin Taichert on April 3, 2007 at 2:43am — 4 Comments

The Panelist's Prayer

Lord, save me from book raisers.

Stay their hands.

Lay their volumes upon the table . . . flat.

If nothing else works, let the pages of their books fly unto the ground like ginko leaves in autumn.

Protect me from panelists who put down cohorts to raise self worth.

Still their snipes.

Silence too-frequent references to their own…


Added by Pari Noskin Taichert on March 31, 2007 at 3:39am — 3 Comments

Motive for Murder

In the summertime, during New Mexico's highest fire risk, I have dark fantasies. Most often, they're sparked by some young woman who throws her still smoldering cigarette butt out of a car window. In spite of my fury, I've never imagined murder -- not in real life -- not with the kids in the car.

I do think about murder when I'm writing, though. The method and the why of it are part of the big puzzle, the challenge in coming up with a "compelling" novel.

And yet, in…


Added by Pari Noskin Taichert on March 27, 2007 at 3:40am — 3 Comments


This bar is getting mighty cozy, isn't it? I step away for a minute to top off the O'Ban and come back to a slew of new revelers. It know it's a tad early for a second shot, so, I'll just sit back and enjoy the show.

Having so many "friends" is quite the ego-rush, isn't it?

Added by Pari Noskin Taichert on March 25, 2007 at 2:24am — No Comments

Entering the computer age -- kicking and screaming

Just about everyone I know has told me that Crimespace is the place to be. So, here I am. It'll probably take me a couple of days to figure out the finer points . . . but I have managed to keep a blog going, I should be able to handle a communicating in a community of like-minded folks.

Today, I'm working on my next Murderati post for Monday. Can't decide if it should be "Motive for Murder" or "Million-Dollar Market." Also working on Book # 4 in the Sasha series and have made progress…


Added by Pari Noskin Taichert on March 24, 2007 at 6:19am — No Comments

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