Kissing, kissing, kissing!

Oh how I love the kiss.For me, it's a non-negotiable. The man I spend my time with has got to know how to kiss, or it's over before it starts. I love kissing, I love the way it makes my body screee up into a level of high pitch, the way the thrill starts from…

Happy Year of the Snake! Or is it?

Or as many of my woman friends would say, "EEEEEKS!"What IS that? Why does it seem more women than men are afraid of snakes? According to a bunch of reports, men and women are equally afraid of snakes, and it's based on some rudimentary and ultimately sensible fear of things that can kill us. And/or…

An interesting thought, ten minutes to live. How would you spend it? Scotch and mind altering drugs seem to figure prominently...;-)

Settling, or, is it ever worth it?

An old and dear friend of mine just posted on Facebook an analysis of Pride and Prejudice by Joshua Rothman from the New Yorker. It discusses the choice by the plain and undesirable Charlotte to marry the offensive Mr. Collins. The author's perspective is that Charlotte was being extremely sensible, given the time in which…

Loving and the tummy

Okay. I'm round. I've always been round, pretty much. I've just varied in terms of degree. It's depressing, in one way - people judge me based on my weight and decide I am stupid, or lazy, or desperate for love, or have low self-esteem. None of those is true. I merely enjoy life, and all…

Paperman A wonderful video from Disney - good for the onslaught of romance to come...I WISH they'd get different faces for their people, though - they all look the same, and the women are TINY waisted. Still, isn't it lovely to think the world is conspiring to set you up with your true love?

wonderful resource of icky ways to off your characters….Congrats Dr. Lyle, and thank you!

The Crime Fiction Writer's Blog

MORE FORENSICS & FICTION has been nominated for the Edgar Award in the BEST FACT CRIME category. I am honored and humbled.

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And congratulations to all the Nominees:

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 204th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, its Nominees for the 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television, published or produced in 2012. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at our 67th Gala Banquet, May 2, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.


The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins (Penguin Group USA – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (Penguin Group USA – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishers)

Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman (Penguin Group USA – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Sunset by Al…

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Oh how I love this! Would that I could write this way…


“My Favorite Murder” — Ambrose Bierce

Having murdered my mother under circumstances of singular atrocity, I was arrested and put upon my trial, which lasted seven years. In charging the jury, the judge of the Court of Acquittal remarked that it was one of the most ghastly crimes that he had ever been called upon to explain away.

At this, my attorney rose and said:

“May it please your Honor, crimes are ghastly or agreeable only by comparison. If you were familiar with the details of my client’s previous murder of his uncle you would discern in his later offense (if offense it may be called) something in the nature of tender forbearance and filial consideration for the feelings of the victim. The appalling ferocity of the former assassination was indeed inconsistent with any hypothesis but that of guilt; and had it not been for the fact that the honorable…

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A Turkey Provides Seven Kinds of Meat — Michael Sowa

they really should have numbers on the man, too…


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