Some good news this morning - the Bird and Moon 55 word website (http://www.birdandmoon.com/55words/) has nominated my 55-word fiction, "When the phone rang", for their Readers' Choice category awards, and you can find the story here: Continue
Added by Anne Brooke on April 2, 2007 at 4:56am —
Hi, dear friends and members
that´s good - a real international community with some really old friends - Hi, Maxim, I hope I´ll come over to London in June - appreciated authors - and seasoned networkers - talking about crime fiction ... Best, as ever yours T.
Added by Thomas Woertche on April 2, 2007 at 4:18am —
Victor Borge is famous for saying, "A smile is the shortest distance between two people." We agree.
Recently, on another mystery listserve, there was a lengthy discussion about whether humor has any place in a good mystery. It never crossed our minds… Continue
Added by Evelyn David on April 2, 2007 at 3:55am —
So I bought the dress. Everyone was saying, "You need to buy a fantastic dress for the Edgars." Easier said that done. For those who haven't seen me in person, I'm short. Really short. Like Lil' Kim short without the curves (at least in front) and without the jail time. And for those who did read my essay on "daikon ashi" (white-radish legs), I have a couple of those, too. I'm not being self-deprecating. Just honest. I mean, those In-Style magazines, etc. are aimed for the… Continue
Added by Naomi Hirahara on April 2, 2007 at 2:26am —
I'm just finishing my Carl Hiaasen book and one thing that is top-shelf
about his novels is the sense of place he brings to the story. I've
only been to Florida twice, both times to Disneyworld, yet after
reading one of his novels feel like I really know
Florida. An illusion, of course, but it's one I happily enjoy.
While I have stated before that I need a good plot and characters to
keep me interested in a… Continue
Added by Michael Carr on April 2, 2007 at 1:31am —
I understand why people use snakes in books and movies. They elicit a
primal fear learned from our ancestors and their ancestors before. You
don't have to walk upright and use tools to know better than to pick up
strange slithering things. Still, can you at least get the science
Movies are the worst. The anaconda, normally a creeping
thing that almost never emerges from the water in its adult form,
becomes a lightning-fast hunter. Boas and… Continue
Added by Michael Carr on April 2, 2007 at 1:17am —
It was a lovely sunny Saturday afternoon, so I decided to go into the
city centre to buy a new pair of sandals. Yes, I know the World Shoe
Mountain currently resides in my bedroom, but, well, you never can tell
when that rumoured Slingback Shortage is going to occur, so, abiding by
that old Girl Guide motto 'Be Prepared', off I trotted.
For the purposes of this tale, it's actually irrelevant that I was
thrown out of the Girl Guides due to my reliance… Continue
Added by Donna Moore on April 1, 2007 at 11:14pm —
Is there any good way to tell an author you didn't like his or her book?
Twice in recent months, I've read books I didn't like by authors I do like in person. In both cases, I'd enjoyed and admired the authors' earlier books, but their latest struck me as flat, obvious, cliche-laden and just plain not very well-written.
Even all-star baseball players strike out regularly, and I know any number of reasons a book might not be an author's best work: unreasonable deadlines, sloppy… Continue
Added by Clair Lamb on April 1, 2007 at 10:27pm —
Writers are a funny lot, aren't we? I was asked recently why I bothered to write if I didn't try to get published. My answer seemed reasonable to me at the time. I said, "I'm not published because I'm not polished enough yet. I just need more time and practice." As I said, seems perfectly reasonable, does it not? Then another question was lobbed at me that has my head still spinning. With all the sincerity in the world, this sweet little librarian said, "But how will you know when you are… Continue
Added by Laine on April 1, 2007 at 9:58pm —
logo had a certain amount of coolness to begin with, but after roping in an artist friend of mine to beef it up, the coolness factor has gone through the roof. Cool enough to be slapped on the front of a button or T-shirt or even a baby's bib.
Living down under in this Great Southern Land known as Australia makes it hard for me to jetset around to all the crime, mystery and thriller conventions our world is graced with every year. That makes it hard for me to get… Continue
Added by Daniel Hatadi on April 1, 2007 at 6:00pm —
I have to say I was thrilled by how easy it was to add a new layout to my page on Crimespace. Myspace should offer such a service instead of making its members hunt on their own.
Since I don't know HTML, I really appreciate the convenience of having someone do it for me.
Added by Morgan Mandel on April 1, 2007 at 1:43pm —
Added by Nancy Martin on April 1, 2007 at 12:55pm —
I always thought I couldn't write short stories. Well, I wrote a lot when I was a kid, before Some Adult put some writing hex on me and caused me to stop. I've never really liked reading short stories, though, because they just didn't seem complete. DOH! Finally, a fellow writer told me that they weren't supposed to be complete, as long as the main character had some change, some realization, some epiphany. BOING! The old brain cells started to fire up, and within the last week, I've compiled… Continue
Added by Bobbi A. Chukran on April 1, 2007 at 12:22pm —
My reviews for Robert Dugoni's two novels have now been posted on www.mostlyfiction.com. I read the books back to back and enjoyed them. Although Dugoni may write sequels to either book, Damage Control has no characters from the first book, The Jury Master. Both books are considered legal suspense, but they don't really fall into that category very well. Both books have lawyers as main characters, but the amount of… Continue
Added by Chuck Barksdale on April 1, 2007 at 10:12am —
THIRTEENTH TALE (Suspense-England-Cont) – Ex
Setterfield, Diane – 1st book
Atria Books, 2006- US Hardcover – ISGN:
Unabridged audio book from Audible.com; Narrated by Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
First Sentence: All children… Continue
Added by LJ Roberts on April 1, 2007 at 9:00am —
Added by Kate Pepper on April 1, 2007 at 7:48am —
Last night was great - the Royal Academy's (http://www.royalacademy.org.uk) "Citizens and Kings" exhibition was wonderful. I felt really calm wandering round. The star picture for me was "The Death of Marat", which took my breath away. I stared at it for ages. It's the one they're using to advertise on the website and which I attempted to be witty about yesterday. Hell, it's had its own back. I couldn't… Continue
Added by Anne Brooke on April 1, 2007 at 6:45am —
The new issue of Spinetingler is up. You can follow this link for the PDF download and table of contents.
Or take the direct links below for the stories, interviews, reviews, website features, a sampler of Harrogate 2007 and a very special article.
I asked blogger and author Sela Carsen to give us some insight on the… Continue
Added by Sandra Ruttan on April 1, 2007 at 6:28am —
It's a strange thing that part of putting out
Crimespree now includes watching DVDs. We started reviewing DVDs a
little over a year ago, and Jeremy has done a great job coordinating
the whole thing. We've been getting some nice feedback about the
DVD reviews as well.
I am also doing a page per issue about comics. There are an awful lot
of authors who are now writing comics also. Pus some comics
writers are now writing novels. It's an… Continue
Added by Jon Jordan on April 1, 2007 at 3:37am —