Added by Jane Cleland on December 11, 2008 at 12:12pm — No Comments
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I'm not a clothes horse. I select outfits for comfort, not style. In other words, I'm a comfort horse.
When I was twelve, my father told me that he would gladly pay for any and all beauty treatments. He liked his women well-kempt. My mother was more of a comfort-first sort of gal, so this was his way of suggesting that I try a…Continue
Added by Jane Cleland on May 12, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments
At the recent mystery conference, Left Coast Crime, I moderated a panel entitled, “What’s My Niche? Cozies With a Theme.” As the author of the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries, that topic is right up my alley.
My panel was intended…Continue
Added by Jane Cleland on April 6, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments
In Antiques to Die For, the third Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery, I wrote without an outline. Boy, was that a mistake. Twenty-twenty hindsight and all that. Writing without an outline worked out pretty well in the first two books in the series, but man, it sure didn't with this one.
Not that I knew it at the…Continue
Added by Jane Cleland on February 23, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments
I've spent a fair amount of time thinking about the nature of persuasive arguments. Why is one person good at it, and not another?
Certainly, one needs well-framed and well-developed content and a delivery style people find pleasant to listen to or read—after all, people aren't stupid and they won't pay attention unless they want to. But that's all theory... in order…Continue
Added by Jane Cleland on February 4, 2008 at 8:31am — No Comments
Kate White, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and the best-selling author of the Bailey Weggins mystery series, said she frequently reminds herself to write big and bold—to find the best way of expressing exactly what it is she wants to say to knock her readers' socks off.
"I have a tendency to hold back with my writing,"…Continue
Added by Jane Cleland on December 13, 2007 at 2:00am — No Comments
Here’s an example of why I sometimes have trouble admiring people who volunteer on Thanksgiving and Christmas at organizations like soup kitchens. I overheard a woman explain her intentions by saying, “My son is going to his girlfriend’s family, so we might as well.” In other words, she and her husband are volunteering because they have nothing better to do.
Most soup kitchens don’t need volunteers on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lots of people…Continue
Added by Jane Cleland on November 19, 2007 at 11:00am — No Comments
Added by Jane Cleland on October 31, 2007 at 10:00pm — No Comments
I live on the block that ends at the United Nations. The General Assembly is about to sit for its annual meeting. Many countries’ leaders are in town. Security is high.
Security has always been high, but since 9/11, it’s been astonishing. Last year, for the first time ever, I was stopped from entering my own block. The president of Pakistan was stepping out from his hotel into a limo as I stood…
Added by Jane Cleland on October 1, 2007 at 9:25am — No Comments