Monthly Archives: September 2014

There’s no crying in baseball: There is, however, lots of crying in writing . . .

SOMEWHERE IN EVERY book I write, I reach a point where there is a lot renting of fabric and gnashing of teeth and the urge to throw the damn manuscript in the trash and start on a shiny idea. Then … Continue reading

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I’m a hypothetical vegetarian-and so is my dog. Apparently . . .

“DO YOU KNOW what your dog just did?” “Oh, no,” I groaned, hoping my little Border collie devil-dog hadn’t decided to eat the house. Again. Last week he chewed up a pair of Chap’s reading glasses and barely lived to … Continue reading

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New & Interesting Ways to Annoy Your Cat * the Halloween Edition

HALLOWEEN IS CREEPING around the corner, and while here in Texas, it’s still 90-degree days, but the nights are cooler, and I’m pillaging Pinterest for ideas. And while we’re all pranking each other, why not start with the family cat? … Continue reading

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JK Rowling original HP sketches, plotting & losing it. In a good way…

THE DAY BEFORE yesterday the writing went like it rarely does–swift and sure and pouring straight out of my brain. Then yesterday, the plot bunnies arrived and they brought reinforcements. When I start panicking, I start throwing everything at the … Continue reading

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I wrote that? Really? Revise like you mean it . . .

THE THING ABOUT revisions is they suck. They cause massive anxiety attacks that feel like coronary embolisms and major brain bleeds. But they’re necessary, and can sometimes surprise you. For instance, I thought I needed to add a buncha crap … Continue reading

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Used sex dummies & dog that finds dead people . . . life doesn’t get much better than this

WHEN LAST WE left Cauley MacKinnon, our wayward obituary writer, she’d been the happy recipient of a phone call from a handsome detective with a hot tip about three severed heads . . . and she’s still caught up in … Continue reading

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She’s Back: Cauley MacKinnon and Morgue File . . .

MY GREAT AUNT KAT says there are three kinds of men in this world—The ones you play with, the ones you stay with, and the ones who just need killin’. But then there are a few men—like Austin Police Detective … Continue reading

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