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Genre-Blending: Is It Safe?

I’ve sub-titled my website “Genre Blending Fun” because I’m not afraid to embrace my indecision. I mean my complexity as a person. I understand the marketing appeal of a genre. It’s easy to know your target audience and their expectations–and meet them. But what if your audience is like me and wants the unexpected? I
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Another 1941 Masterpiece

I re-watched The Maltese Falcon and realized I hadn’t remembered a thing form the first time I saw it thirty years ago. My memory is slipping. At least it was like getting to watch it new! I loved the detective, Sam Spade, played by Humphrey Bogart. He was always surprising me. I couldn’t be in
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Were people smarter in 1941? What I learned re-watching Sullivan’s Travels

Sullivan’s Travels (1941) is a must for classic movie buffs like me. I was re-watching it the other day to see Veronica Lake, an early inspiration for my soon-to-be-published mystery heroine, Eva Thorne. I realized they’re not the same at all, but that’s fine. Veronica and this movie were fantastic to see again, and from the
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Vampires, Werewolves and the Bandwagon

With a certain werewolf/vampire movie coming out this week, based on an incredibly successful book series, you really have to wonder why is it so popular? It’s not a new phenomenon. Werewolf and, especially, vampire stories are resurrected (couldn’t help myself) every few years. Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Interview with the Vampire, Underworld… So, why
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Writing Prompts

Michele at Southern City Mysteries has begun this diabolical new series called Writing Prompt Wednesdays. The prompt was “How tides come crashing…”. These things get into my head and I have to write something. It doesn’t matter that I don’t have time, that I should be doing a million other things, but I can’t help
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Blogfest Blood

I’m back with a bit of bloodshed for Anne Riley’s Murder Scene Blogfest. Australia is a day ahead of most of the Western world, so I get to post now! Head on over to Anne’s blog “tomorrow” and see everyone else’s contributions. They’ll be great. Sorry to disappoint anyone looking for gore, but I’m a
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Nature of Imagination

We are so fond of being out among nature, because it has no opinions about us. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) There’s nothing more inspiring than nature. Ask Frost, Walden, Thoreau… even Nietzsche (who I otherwise abhor). Whenever I need to recharge, I take a walk in the twelve acre park right across the street from
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What I’m Thankful for…

This has been a tough year. I hope that explains why this post is several days late, and why there have been few posts in months, but I’m a writer so I should be a bit more specific. It was just over a year ago my son was diagnosed with autism. ASD to be specific:
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Zombification of America

Ok, I’m heading off from Aspiring Author Land here and heading into ‘manifesto’ territory, but I hope that doesn’t forever label me as radical, eccentric, rabble-rouser…what have you. The fact is work and motherhood have temporarily curtailed by authoring time but given me far too much contemplative time (usually while pushing a toddler on a
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The first page of a great book

The first page of a great book

I had a spare thirty minutes the other day (very rare for me!) and decided to step into my local Dymock’s booksellers. I’m embarrassed to admit it’s been a while. I tend to download e-books these days as I barely have time to read, except while waiting for an appointment or riding the train, and
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