Ten years ago today was my last day working for the California State Legislature. Make no mistake, I used to love my job in the Legislature. I went in as a 22 year old
I know the mass market paperback world very well. I’ve had 22 mass market originals released … not including novellas in anthologies. I write the book, I r
Researching a Suspense Novel I’ve never worked for the FBI. Never participated in a multi-agency investigation of a series of child abductions that happened over alm
I’ve been quiet for the last few weeks because: 1) I took my #2 daughter to college. College prep, then driving and getting her settled, then coming home and cat
Good news: I finished MORTAL SIN, book three of my Seven Deadly Sins series. My publisher cancelled this supernatural thriller series more than four years ago. I was h
I’m going to be 45 this month. When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s, graduating high school in 1987 and going to college for two years after that, I did a lo
Whoot! I’m thrilled to have MSW alum Deborah Coonts — terrific writer and all-around great gal — back to blog, celebrating the release of her fifth L
Author Stephen Blackmoore posted on Twitter a great quote:
Please welcome Jessica Scott to Murder She Writes. She’s guest blogged before, and I love having her back. She’s smart, funny, beautiful, and a hero in eve
Welcome Guest Blogger Anthony Bruno talking about one of my all-time favorite subjects — please give him a warm MSW welcome and let’s chat about TV!
Back in the 1960s, the phrase “Made in Japan” generally meant that a product was cheap, poorly made, and unreliable. A few decades later companies like Toyota, Honda, Sony, and Panasonic turned that on its head. Japanese products became synonymous with quality and value. Similarly, there was once a time when any type of entertainment made for television was automatically considered inferior, mindless, and second-rate. TV was dubbed the “boob tube,” and some people snobbishly bragged that they didn’t even own a television set, or if they did, they only watched educational programs on PBS. I had some relatives who kept a tiny portable in the closet and only brought it out for “worthwhile” broadcasts.
I’m back home after my mini-tour. I blogged about that last week, and all-in-all, I think it was time well spent.
Except for the writing part.
Usually I can write when I travel, but that’s when I fly to a conference and am at the same hotel for five days straight. I set aside writing time on a schedule so I know I’ll always put in my hours — the time changes depending on what I need to do at the conference, but I usually work either four hours in the morning or four hours in the afternoon. This helps me stay on track, even though it’s a shorter writing block than I typically write.
But when you’re jumping from place to place and spending time in airports and in transit, writing is next to impossible. I HAVE written in airports, but I need at least 90 minutes to be marginally productive.
Generally, television shows start strong with 6-10 episodes, have a break over the holidays (re-runs to get everyone caught back up), then another 6-10 episodes, then a short break, then the “Sweeps” which is usually 4-8 strong shows leading up to the season finale.
At least, that’s how I remember it in the past.
What’s happening now is anyone’s guess, but I’m not happy.
Please welcome Murder She Writes alum Roxanne St. Claire for the day! I am so excited she’s here at the new site.
Rocki and I have been friends for years–as writers tend to gravitate toward other writers. We’ve bared our souls to each other and drank together. A lot. I admire Rocki for her focus and goal-setting, her dedication to her family, and her ability to spin a romantic tale. She loves her characters and it shows on the page. So please — welcome Rocki and comment below for a chance to win a the first book in her brand-new series! ~ Allison
Have You Glommed?
First of all…thank you Allison Brennan for the invitation to guest blog at this new/revised/revitalized/same-but-different-and-awesome corner of cyberspace. I’m honored to be back at my blogging alma mater, Murder She Writes, where I bared my soul for several years and made many new friends!
Allison Brennan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-four romantic thrillers and mysteries, including the Lucy Kincaid series and the Max Revere series. She lives in Northern California with her husband and five children.Read more
Two years before the events in Notorious, Max travels to Colorado Springs to investigate the disappearance of a college student. Frustrated over the lack of interest from both friends of the victim and campus authorities, Max tags along with the leader of search and rescue and his dog through the beautiful and deadly Rocky Mountains in the hopes of finding answers. Every answer she finds leads to more questions--questions neither the police nor the college want Max asking.