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Tea for (forty) two!

posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken



As advertised in this space a few weeks ago, we decided at the Lincoln, Massachusetts library that Afternoon Tea is a lost art and we wanted to find it again. The idea came from our Mystery Monday book group; we read books by theme each year and, although we have not chosen ulinary mysteries yet, we are well aware of (and fond of) that subgenre.



So we (that's the editorial "we", since it was all my fault, as usual) decided to have a Sunday… Continue

Added by Writers Plot on February 22, 2008 at 9:42am — No Comments

Death, Be Not Proud

Posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken

The title words by John Donne, written four centuries ago (I looked it up) have been in my mind lately. We mystery lovers deal with, wallow in, foster death in many ways--with humor, with tragedy, with a certain "he deserved it" hubris.

Real death, though, when it comes, is not usually humorous, is sometimes tragic, and is hardly ever deserved.

Real death has visited me lately. My 67-year-old brother-in-law died just before Christmas…

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Added by Writers Plot on January 10, 2008 at 8:57am — No Comments

An Open Letter to the World, From Your Local Librarian

posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken

Dear library user,

Your local librarians are delighted to welcome you to the library. We are happy to help you find whatever you need (except for you porn surfers--you know who you are). There are, alas, some limitations to what we can do for you. Most of those limitations involve computers. As for the rest, well, we're talking humans here...

First, I have to point out that those of us in middle age were trained in the Dark Ages when…

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Added by Writers Plot on October 25, 2007 at 7:16am — 1 Comment

Everybody Loves Getting Something For FREE!

posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken

Today's sermon...er, blog... is about researchers of easy virtue. The ones who go directly to the New York Times website to find articles and other information. The ones who pay for articles rather than looking for them as freebies. The ones who have a house full of books they've read once but will never touch again unless they dust them once in a while or pack them to move. (Do you know what it costs to move books? We are already weeding out books…

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Added by Writers Plot on August 9, 2007 at 7:33am — No Comments

Why I probably won't be on Jeopardy! any time soon

posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken

I've been a fan of Jeopardy! almost forever. Heck, I remember Alex Trebek when he had a cute moustache. (Doesn't he look naked without it?)Alex_trebek

Sometimes I know the questions to the answers. Sometimes I don't. I call out my questions to help out the contestants, even if the time/space continuum is not on my side. Friends and family…

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Added by Writers Plot on May 24, 2007 at 7:48am — No Comments

Stick-in-the-Mud Durgin

posted by Doranna Durgin

No, seriously. Or old fogey, or behind the times, or something. But when it comes to book trailers--the next cool shiny marketing trick--I'm wholeheartedly unimpressed.

I've always been of the opinion that just because a thing can be done doesn't mean it should be done. Like when the first word processors hit the scene--suddenly we had all these fonts available to us, and we could use as many as we wanted in a single…

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Added by Writers Plot on May 23, 2007 at 7:52am — No Comments

Rejection With A Capital "R"

Posted by Lorraine Bartlett

And so I've been cleaning out my office closet this past week. It wasn't pretty stuff. Not at all pretty. I managed to whittle down an 18-inch stack of paper to about six inches. (Yee-Ha!) I actually FILED all six inches of paper. (Who remembered that so many people have read all or part of the third installment of my Jeff Resnick mystery series? Mind you, the second installment won't even see print until June 2008.)

I chucked old candles; cassette…

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Added by Writers Plot on May 22, 2007 at 7:55am — No Comments

Come On Baby, Light My Fire

Posted by Sheila Connolly

Herewith the last of the posts inspired by my recent excursion to the Halls of Academe (that's my daughter's college, folks). After many years away from a classroom of any sort, I found myself sitting in on a graduate class on Aztec Manuscripts (which my daughter was taking), described in the catalog as focusing on "Sahaguntine illustrated manuscripts of the sixteenth century. Painted by Aztec artists, they record extensive narrative evidence of Aztec life…

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Added by Writers Plot on May 21, 2007 at 8:54am — No Comments

Guest Blogger: Lori Avocato

This week's guest blogger Lori Avocato gave up an career as a registered nurse in the Air Force to write fiction. She sold nine romance novels, then turned to writing the humorous Pauline Sokol Mysteries, in which a burned-out nurse becomes a medical fraud insurance investigator.

We asked Lori to give us some insights into her series characters:

WP: What makes your series/characters unique?

LA: I think my characters in The Pauline Sokol Mystery…

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Added by Writers Plot on May 19, 2007 at 8:10am — No Comments

There is No Off-Switch on the Crying Machine

posted by Leann Sweeney

You would think that finishing a book and then scrambling hard to complete the rewrites in a week would be a joyful experience. A cause for celebration. A time to have some kick-ass fun. Well, you'd be wrong. At least for this crybaby. Yes, Sunday was meltdown time in the Houston suburbs. Being Mother's Day did not help. Both kids failed to send me a card for the first time in, well, forever. That's what tipped the scales. No stupid little cards with awful…

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Added by Writers Plot on May 18, 2007 at 7:36am — No Comments

Survivor: The Writing Life

Posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken

All right, I admit it. I'm a "Survivor" junky. I've never been all that big on television, and for a long time I didn't watch much at all. That changed when my older daughter's kidneys failed and she had to undergo dialysis at a medical center twice a week. There is very little to distract anyone sitting in the center for hours on end, after you've paid the bills, written the Christmas cards and letters, and done the taxes. You can't even read; there's…

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Added by Writers Plot on May 17, 2007 at 7:27am — No Comments

The Unblog Post

posted by Doranna Durgin

You can blame this one on the air conditioner. I certainly do. I had this week's post idea chosen and ready to write during the regular Sunday evening blog-writing time (it only makes sense that a listmaker would also prefer to have a weekly pattern of events, don't you think?). And then came the air conditioner.

Casita Durgin is a thing of creative beauty...it started life as an RV garage with attached office, received a serious…

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Added by Writers Plot on May 16, 2007 at 7:38am — No Comments

My Malice Domestic Mystery Conference Non-Report

Posted by Lorraine Bartlett

As Sheila mentioned in her post yesterday, she recently attended Malice Domestic--the cozy (or traditional) mystery conference.

I did not.

Mind you, I bought a ticket, but as the conference approached it was painfully obvious that I did not have a "new" book to promote. Not that I haven't had any sales since Malice Domestic 2006. In fact, I not only sold the sequel to …

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Added by Writers Plot on May 15, 2007 at 7:35am — No Comments

Traveling In Packs

Posted by Sheila Connolly

A week ago I attended one of the bigger mystery-writers conferences, Malice Domestic. I'm not going to babble on about what a wonderful time I had (though I did), the authors I met (lots) after years of worshipping them from afar, and the informative and insightful panels I dutifully attended (and didn't take a single note).

Over the years, I have followed a wide and wonderful variety of career paths: art historian, investment banker, fundraiser,…

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Added by Writers Plot on May 14, 2007 at 7:40am — No Comments

Here A Chick, There A Chick

By Guest Blogger Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Still Summer

There are these phrases that spring from the pens of pundits and spread outward through the culture.

"Yuppie" (the derivation of which scarcely anyone considers anymore, but which was supposed coined by erstwhile essayist Bob Greene to mean Young Upwardly Mobile Person) is a good example. There are scads of other such phrases: Both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were called "Teflon…

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Added by Writers Plot on May 12, 2007 at 8:11am — No Comments

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