Some Novel Settings

Last week, Musefly Writing Studio posted an excellent discussion on settings in a story. After reading it, I realized I hadn’t included any images lately of the settings in my WIPs. So I thought I’d take some time today to share a few photos that my characters could have taken. But first, a little background for newer readers and anyone who’s forgotten what I write about. Continue reading

Into The Dog Days

August is nearly upon us. Blogland’s population is largely on vacation. And I wonder if some of those “on a break” will really come back. I hope they do.

Working through Meghan’s new story is slow-going, and there are too many days where I question my ability to write it. But I made some real progress this weekend, and that feels good. So I’d thought I’d again share a short bit from the first draft of the book’s second scene: Continue reading

A Real Opening For Meghan’s First Mystery

Those of you who read Meghan’s first story, “Meghan’s Brush with Forensic Archaeology,” know that it grew out of a “normal” post. When I started the post, I thought I would be doing something like I had before, where I wrote a haiku and talked about our “poetic archaeologist” as an example. But at the end of that post, I found myself writing a few lines of dialogue. And a story was born.

As I work on her new story, I’m also working on revisions to this one, fleshing it out into a longer version like “Buried Deeds.” So I’ve drafted a real opening scene. For now, the story starts like this. Continue reading

Saturday Sundries 3

confusion (Microsoft clip art)

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Yesterday morning rolled around, and I still hadn’t come up with an idea for today’s post. The day job kept me busier than I have been recently, and, to be honest, my creativity is still wandering the universe and isn’t checking in with me very often. So this post is my version of “free writing,” in the sense of “free association.” Continue reading

Whither The Writer? 4/9/13

What now?

thinking (Microsoft clip art)

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That’s what I’ve been asking myself since last Tuesday, when we wrapped up Buried Deeds. As I neared the end of that story, I tried to visualize Tuesday posts without Meghan. Buried Deeds began on 20 November 2012. Meghan’s first story, still unnamed, began on 4 September 2012. Even before that, she first appeared as my nameless “poetic archaeologist” on 21 February 2012. Looking back, I realized she controlled most of my Tuesday posts for more than a year. Continue reading

Buried Deeds — Part 18 — Conclusion ( A Meghan Bode Mystery)

On the drive to Wyndham Thicket Farm, Meghan expects her phone to ring, with Evelyn or Douglas canceling her trip. But no calls interrupt her ride. She’s about to turn onto the farm lane when an oncoming truck drives in first. Jackson Carter waves back to her as they head up to the visitor’s lot and park. Continue reading

Buried Deeds — Part 17 ( A Meghan Bode Mystery)

The next morning, Meghan cancels her call to Evelyn in mid-dial. Douglas had requested she contact him with her research findings. But that was before she saw Frank Sloma leaving Douglas’s office building. There must be a connection. Still, Sandberg hasn’t returned her call. Maybe he learned one of the Brownes set the fire, and no serious crime was committed. Continue reading