Killing off your characters, from LitCh@t

http://litchat.com/2013/08/14/character-assassination-killing-off-fictional-characters/ Good list of resources about murdering characters, the whys and hows and whens. For the absolute skinny on HOW, you must read D.P.Lyle's blog or read one of his excellent books, available here. Have fun offing your (fictional) characters!

So, how do you DO a good murder (story) these days, anyway?

I remember once having a lengthy and somewhat gruesome chat about how you would dispose of a body in these recycling focused days. Would you drop it by the medical school? Dissect it and put the hip joints and such in either the plastic or metal recycling containers? Take the head and the mercury fillings…

It’s almost National Crime Writing Month!

Now, finally, a blog topic that won't involve endless self-examination and revelation and such. Phew. Because I haven't done any crimes. Okay, I remember ONE TIME where I stole something. I was in grade 5. I STILL feel guilty about it. Ashamed, bad, totally awful. I'd make amends to the harmed party but I am…

When love goes awry…

“And you know what? To protect my kids, I’d lie, too. I’d lie on a stack of Bibles.” Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/02/11/130211fa_fact_keefe#ixzz2K2jZqwHp This story is about a woman who murdered all of her colleagues, supposedly over tenure at a university. And about the "accident" years earlier, where she shot her brother, killing him. It's a fascinating story,…

Don’t ever get old: review

Whew. In the first pages excerpt of this book (available online from NetGalley) so much is told, so much is started. I am awash in books to read and yet I've put this one on my "to grab soon" list. Friedman can write, powerfully, and I'm dying to see if the rest of the book…

USA? Stay Away.

Why are we talking about the USA? Because it's one of the countries on the list of where you might be from, and it's on my mind right now. My horrified mind. Some man went into his kid's elementary school today and shot up the class and a whole bunch of other people. We don't…

Thanks awfully, but…

Way back, when I started this writing gig, I felt totally inadequate. All the best writers, I felt, had a disastrous childhood, a set of parents who beat or ignored or hurt them in some way, a problem with addiction, run-ins with the church or with the police or school. They had handicaps, couldn't write because…

“We don’t need more writers! We need more readers!”

Somewhere back in Nanowrimo land, I read a commentary about the piles of dreck being produced through the month. The quote above comes from that commentary, but I can't find the reference this morning, peering as I am through the slits of eyes produced by profound weeping as I realize another dream is lost, down…

Okay, some things are just wrong.

There I am, in the Tim Horton's, after my customary self-flagellation at the gym. I'm sweating slightly, not smelling as I should, and I pick up the Halifax Metro newspaper, only to see this item: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/05/south-koreans-confiscated-pills-human-remains.html Apparently the South Koreans have confiscated capsules that were filled with dehydrated baby remains. People are taking them to…

OKAY! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/87595-updated-man-dies-after-gottingen-street-assault So, apparently last night in my adopted and loved home, a man who was an outspoken but kind advocate for the gay and lesbian community, and the editor of Wayves, was beaten to death on the street. From the Chronicle-Herald: "Although police have not released his identity, several sources said the victim is Raymond…