Sex toys and iPods

Well, if this title doesn’t up my blog stats and clog my spam filter, I don’t know what will.

I’m sorry to disappoint those of you visiting my site for the first time because of its title, but this post is actually about how authors merchandise and sell their books.

No, really.

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I decided to start writing a mystery during this year’s National Novel Writing Month. For one thing, it’s time to live up to the name of my blog.

But the real reason – I think – is this: I need to try using an outline or formula for writing a long narrative, and it    [Continue reading]

National Novel Writing Month: Whodunit?

I’m thinking about November and National Novel Writing Month.  (Who reading this blog isn’t?)

Last year I started NaNoWriMo with a page or two of scribbled notes and little else.  Now, almost a year later, I’ve still got an unfinished draft with some decent characters and snazzy scenes, as well as a bunch of dead ends    [Continue reading]

Road Trip 101, or the Wasatch Dairy Farm

I’m back…..

A and I took a 2 ½ week road trip, during which I intended to post occasional nuggets from the road that wended its way up through North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, and then back down to North Carolina.

Well, the road trip to anywhere is paved    [Continue reading]