Are Maine Winters Murder?

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It was late.  The snow was still falling furiously and I was still typing furiously, finally getting down a scene where my narrator Patton and her dog Pock face death. (Deadly Turn is due out in 2019). Snowplows rumbled on roads across the cove, swinging their lights back and forth over my desk. I typed on in Patton’s voice:
“ ‘Don’t look,’ I yelled at Pock, dragging him up the rock. (read more)

The Best Gift

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We’re in a field looking at Vermont’s impossibly green hills, sitting where generations of writers have come to learn the craft. Our instructor tells us she wants a short, short story about something that deeply affected us, told in the point of view of someone else. She says our work merely skirts human emotion and we must go deeper. “Try letting yourself out through another’s eyes.” (read more)

He was right. He was right.

An orphaned moose calf eats lunch

An orphaned moose calf eats lunch

My husband tells that I’m trying to do too much. And someone at a library presentation recently asked me how I had time to write. Good question.

I thought I might journal my week, just to investigate the issue. Spoiler alert: my husband was right. He was right. 

MY WEEK:

Wildlife Research: I researched and gathered new wildlife information to enhance my Deadly Turn manuscript. (To be published in 2019.) Some  highlights . . . (read more)

Is the Cassandra Curse Still Operative? You Decide . . .

Cassandra  by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys. Before 1904. Source: The Studio (October 1904): 13.  University of Toronto and Internet Archive

Cassandra by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys. Before 1904. Source: The Studio (October 1904): 13. University of Toronto and Internet Archive

Thinking about curses, modern and ancient.

It turned out to be a motivating week to return to the Cassandra Curse as I worked on my next novel, returning to the narrator who lives that curse. Named Cassandra Patton Conover, she avoids her first name, calling herself Patton. It doesn’t really work to avoid her first name because she has a job where no one seems to listen anyway. Read more . . .