Monday, June 17, 2013
Today in 'The Price Is Right' was engaged couple day. For one of the prizes the couple got a paid wedding to Aruba and they got to invite up to 22 guests. The future bride turns around to the audience and starts pointing randomly and say "You're invited, you're invited and then adds all of you are invited."
Now the mystery writer in me thinks what if....that they really did invite people from the audience they just met and didn't know and what would happen if a killer was among the wedding guest? Now wouldn't this make an awesome mystery?
Okay I might have been reading and writing mysteries too long but that was my first thought. LOL
Friday, June 14, 2013
Good Morning Everyone,
What are your weekend plans? What are you looking forward to this week? I am home for a few days so I am looking forward to seeing my sister and hopefully a friend. I am also looking forward to the peace and quiet away from 12 year olds and 5 years olds plus their friends. LOL
What are you reading?
I am reading DEAD, WHITE and BLUE. Plus VELVET CUPCAKE MURDERS plus still reading A FULL DARK HOUSE and CASUAL VACANCY. Toe be quite honest I am looking forward to finishing reading some of these books.
I head back to Blue Springs on Wednesday night......
Any vacation plans or big events coming up in your life ?
Monday, June 10, 2013
Found this book on the new shelves at the library. Had never heard of the series ("Miss Information technology") or the author.
Emma has a job where she and her team transfer data from one system to another as part of buyouts or acquisitions. Fascinating idea of a job with lots of craziness bound to happen and ill-feelings everywhere. But it isn't at her job, that she found a body (well, this time anyway...), it is in her apartment building. Her neighbor Laguna has been murdered with her own protest sign shoved through her chest and Emma's land lady Magda is suspected of the crime. So she tries to solve the case, by infiltrating Laguna's Lime-O organization. Which has the horrible way of identifying its members by having them wear lime green.
The motive was interesting and I had no real ideas as it unfolded but it made sense in the end.
This book was lots of fun and very funny with wonderful, interesting characters. One of my favorites this year.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Riga Hayworth is a paranormal detective who is getting married. At her party, she discovers the dead body of her photographer in her bedroom. And things only get stranger when she finds the body is now up and walking about and inhabited by her fiance's soul. And not to mention, she is being stalked by a mobster and her aunts are necromancers. And her magic is mis-firing these days.. And she has to sort it all and fix things. A delightfully fun read!
I loved Riga's thoughts as she tries to wrap her head around what is happening and piece the puzzle together. Her frustration with the aunts and annoyance with Vasily felt real to me. And when the pieces start falling into place it felt very satisfying. I definitely need to go back and read the first three in this series now.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Why Does Everything Happen At Once?
Before I get into the topic of this month’s blog, let me say that something great happened: I have a new audiobook available! Wheeeee! This one is SIERRA RANSOM. It’s an historical romance novel set during the California Gold Rush in 1852 or thereabouts. It features Zenobia Gray and Sam Ransom. It’s narrated by my very OLD friend, Jim Hull, and he’s good. The book’s good, too. Honest! Here’s the cover and where you can buy it:
Now. Down to business. This month’s blog is on the frustrating topic: Why does everything happen at once? Naturally, I’m talking about my own life here, but I’ll bet I’m not the only one to whom this happens.
For months, I’ve been twiddling my thumbs, begging for work, writing bits and pieces of my own book, and wishing I had work that I actually got paid to do. I know not all writers write the same way. Some can sit all day long, writing and writing and writing. I can write for about an hour or an hour and a half, and that’s it. The well’s dry. Mind you, I can pump out five-ten pages in that hour, and I wish I could write all day long. Heck, if I could, I could write a billion books a year. Well, maybe not quite a billion, and I’d still be unable to make a living at it, but my output would increase significantly.
No, I make most of my money from editing. I edit for a well-respected publishing company, but I can make real money from folks who can afford to have their books edited by a competent editor before they self-publish. There aren’t many people who want to do this, because nobody likes spending money. And there are more iffy editors out there than there are good ones. I’m a good one. This isn’t a boast. It’s the truth. There’s only one thing I do well in this world, and it’s use the English language. Well, and collect stray dachshunds, but that’s more of a curse than a blessing.
This year, things have been dry. Dry, dry, dry. I live in Roswell, New Mexico, and we’re halfway into our third year of the worst drought ever. That’s bad enough, but this year too, nobody’s wanted me to do any work. NOBODY. Not the publisher and not individuals. No one. Zero. Zilch.
Until May. Then EVERYONE decided they wanted me to edit their books. I was thrilled to death when the first person approached me. She had written what may well be the World’s Longest Book, and she wanted me to edit it. Wheee! I could go to California for my—wait for it—50th!—high school reunion! Wow. Then another person asked me to edit his book. His isn’t the World’s Longest Book, because, after all, there can only be one of those, but it’s real, live, paying work.
Then the publisher for whom I work suddenly wanted me to edit four books. And the company (ePublishing Works) I’m using to repackage and promote my first six Daisy Gumm Majesty novels sent me the first book (STRONG SPIRITS) to review. With the promise that the other five Daisy books will be sent to me at approximately twenty-day intervals.
Then there were the two Roswell Humane Society meetings I had to attend, weekly choir practice, and rehearsals for 2013’s Concert of American Music, which we’ll be singing on June 30. Rehearsals began—you got it—last week.
Gulp. So okay. I’ve been really busy lately, and I’m going to be even busier before I leave for California and my reunion on June 19th. But, what the heck, in the life of a writer/editor, I guess it’s better to be busy than not, although sometimes I do wish things would even out. Ya know?
Please enter my contest this month, during which I’ll be giving away a couple of copies of FALLEN ANGELS, Mercy Allcutt’s third adventure (which won the New Mexico/Arizona Book of the Year Award for mystery/suspense). And what the heck, I’ll give away an audio copy of SIERRA RANSOM, too. Feel free to visit my web site: www.aliceduncan.net and my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/alice.duncan.925?ref=tn_tnmn
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