December 2007 Blog Posts (160)

Christmas Crimes & Causes

I like Christmas because

reindeer fly, monsters become good guys, and the ugliest Christmas tree is O.K.

poor and rich, wise and ignorant, powerful and powerless, all stop and consider their purpose

you get to see people at their best

I hate Christmas because

you see people at their worst: greedy, ornery, and intoxicated: how did Christ's birthday become a reason to get drunk?

after all the preparation and anticipation, it's over in a few…


Added by Peg Herring on December 21, 2007 at 10:06pm — No Comments


Because of the writer's strike, insomniacs are now forced to watch reruns of Letterman that weren't interesting enough to watch when they were originally aired.

Added by Lawrence Kelter on December 21, 2007 at 3:03pm — No Comments

What a year this has been ...

... what a rare mood I'm in ... why--it's almost like being ... PUBLISHED!! (with apologies to Lerner and Loewe)

That's how I'll think of 2007 ... the year I got the Big News and the Big Noo. Crimespace happened. ITW Debut Authors. Bouchercon in Anchorage. Short story published. Spinetingler Award nomination.

But I don't want to sound like "We Didn't Start the Fire", so I'll stop with the verbal list.

One thing, though, I gotta say ... the writing community is an… Continue

Added by Kelli Stanley on December 21, 2007 at 11:43am — No Comments

Addicted to cats?

According to this article in the New York Times, there may be a biological basis for cat hoarding (not animal hoarding in general, but specifically cats). It cites the Centers for Disease Control talking about how the common parasite,… Continue

Added by Clea Simon on December 21, 2007 at 3:59am — No Comments

My Shameful Christmas Secret

It's time to share what I hate about Christmas, and I make no excuses for it.

I hate decorating. In late fall my friends and acquaintances start talking about "doing" the house, some with anticipation, some with resignation. I refuse. I don't like the clutter, I don't enjoy the disruption, and I see no reason to turn my house into a wannabee Wal-Mart.

I realize this might put me in the grinch category, but otherwise I do okay. I arrange and conduct a huge Christmas concert for…


Added by Peg Herring on December 20, 2007 at 10:51pm — No Comments

New Mystery Radio Show

Tomorrow (Thursday Dec. 20) is the debut of my new mystery novel show (as yet unnamed!) on Internet Voices Radio ( I will be on every Thursday at 8:30 PM Eastern Time. Each week, I'll have a guest mystery writer. My first guest is the lovely and talented Charles Benoit (Relative Danger, Out of Order, Noble Lies). Next week it will be the equally lovely and equally talented Rick Blechta (Cemetery of the Nameless, When… Continue

Added by Vicki Delany on December 20, 2007 at 12:02pm — No Comments

A first for me - I'm in Writers Digest!

I got an advance copy of the February Writer's Digest the other day because I'm quoted in an article on eco-thrillers, along with my

agent, my editor, and three other authors. I have to say it's a totally

new experience (and a little weird) to open a magazine and see myself

staring back. (Well, technically, I'm staring at this sidebar: "One of

the things that makes eco-thrillers so compelling is that the earth…

Added by Karen Dionne on December 20, 2007 at 10:52am — No Comments

Some recent web appearances

Bookgasm recently had nothing but good thoughts about Bad Thoughts and Dark Party Review (a very cool site) asks me five questions about writing.

Added by Dave Zeltserman on December 20, 2007 at 5:16am — No Comments

The clock is ticking...

Hey Crimespace-keteeers,

Some of y’alls might know me from my website THUGLIT. Some of you might know me personally. Some of you don’t know me from the proverbial hole in the wall. Either way, if you got five minutes, I need a solid.…


Added by Todd Robinson on December 20, 2007 at 4:51am — 1 Comment

The Dogs of Christmas

I know it isn't actually quite the day yet -- though 'tis the season -- but I wanted to sneak in and wish everyone a wonderful holiday, before things get crazy and everyone is too busy eating and ripping open presents to admire these two characters.

The reindeer on the right is my canine companion Jett (not really a reindeer, at all). And on the left is her good friend Sara. They don't usually have horns… Continue

Added by Linda L. Richards on December 20, 2007 at 4:25am — No Comments

Getting It Right

posted by Doranna

Any author will tell you...when it comes to book production, there are so many ways to get it wrong. Even in the midst of a striking cover, of layers of copyediting and oversight, of proofing and editorial discussion...

Oh, yeah, the packaging details come out wrong.

Ctbmsm Sometimes it's a subtle thing...something only…


Added by Writers Plot on December 19, 2007 at 11:00pm — No Comments

More Christmas Opinions

Readers tell what they dislike about Christmas:

Deciding who you're supposed to buy for. You always miss someone!…


Added by Peg Herring on December 19, 2007 at 9:29pm — No Comments



This is my equivalent of looking for those girls in the Jungian basement — a trip into the dark snowy woods. I was thinking I should have brought my headlamp, I could barely see beyond my ski tips. But out from the darkness, a giant owl swooped at me, bringing a primal flutter of fear with the soft beat of its wings. It stilled my…


Added by Loreth Anne White on December 19, 2007 at 6:00am — No Comments

Movin' On

posted by Lorraine (L.L.) Bartlett

Willsonny Movin' On was the name of a TV show (1974-1976) about a couple of long-distance truckers (Will Chandler & Sonny Pruitt, played by Frank Converse and Claude Akins). I loved it. At one time, my ambition was to BE a long-distance trucker. (I was very young.) I used to love to drive, and the idea of driving a…


Added by Writers Plot on December 18, 2007 at 11:17pm — No Comments

Christmas Bests and Worsts So Far

I love Christmas because:

the family gets together

people actually think about what someone else wants

everything gets decorated, even the fenceposts (by Mother Nature)

kids seem younger than their years, and so do a lot of adults

I hate Christmas because:

you have to try to "gift" equally so no one feels slighted. It's…


Added by Peg Herring on December 18, 2007 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Goodbye 2007

The location of the annual New Year’s Eve Party had been in an established rotation for more years than they could count. A neighborhood tradition, eight families, each one taking their turn as hosts. Once every eight years it was Jimmy and Ellen Thomson’s turn. Always they followed John and Susan Berryman and preceded Marty and Ronnie Stansfield. The tradition, which began before any of them had children, had…


Added by Jeff Markowitz on December 18, 2007 at 11:06am — No Comments

Ruth & Jon Jordan Interview

Suspect(s): Ruth and Jon Jordan

Known Aliases: #1 Crime Fic Fans, Mr. & Mrs. "Killer" Crimespree (okay, I totally made those up...get over it)

Occupation: Bouchercon Fanatics, Crimespree Magazine… Continue

Added by Angie on December 18, 2007 at 10:37am — No Comments

Official LONDON FROG book launch

If anyone is in the New York area...

Join me for the celebration of LONDON FROG's release at:


44 Greenwich Avenue, New York NY 10011

Monday, January 7th, 2008

7 pm.

Added by Joseph Pittman on December 18, 2007 at 7:34am — No Comments

The Dickens Challenge has begun

I "stole" this post from Tim Hallinan's blog, The Blog Cabin. Tim's the guy in charge :-) If you'd like to participate in this challenge or if you'd like to get some more information first, please visit his blog:…


Added by NL Gassert on December 18, 2007 at 6:38am — No Comments

THE STALKER 1. (The Dickens Challenge)


Mason Ward’s cell phone buzzed to life on the built-in shelf next to his bed. Instantly awake, Mason grabbed it before it could wake the young man sleeping next to him. “Ward,” he grumbled. He didn’t have to be polite; according to his phone’s display it was 4:30 in the morning.

Silence greeted him.

Mason disconnected and dropped back…


Added by NL Gassert on December 18, 2007 at 6:36am — No Comments

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