Happy Veteran’s Day


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Thank you   to all of our veterans who have served in the armed forces and to the men and women who continue to do so           May God bless each of you and keep you safe  
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Friday Favorites — I am devastated


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Well, "devastated" might be too strong of a word, but I'm not happy! For some unknown cyber reason, Wednesday's post didn't publish. (It wasn't exactly unknown--it was user error.) So today, when I started to work on Friday Favorites, I discovered my last post was Monday. What the heck? Wednesday's post was there, pretty as you please, just waiting to be sent to the world. I've scheduled it for next Wednesday and I hope I've learned my lesson to double, triple and quadruple check. Why does this upset me so? It's that cute little calendar to the right. (If you're getting this through e-mail or on a reader, double click "Kay Elam Writes" at the top and it will take you to the actual post. That's where the calendar is…
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Manic Monday: Pen Names–Are they for you?


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When I took the giant step to pursue publication of my work, I debated whether or not to use a pseudonym, also known as a pen name. My biggest concern was what if the book flopped. But on the flip side, what if it didn’t? What if it was a huge success? Wouldn’t I want everyone who has ever known me to know I wrote it? Heck yes! I use my legal name to write mysteries, but I haven't ruled out using a pen name in the future (especially if my book flops). OR...if I started writing romance or science fiction or erotica, I might want a different name for a different genre. If my name is too highly identified with mysteries, would readers believe I could write science fiction? If…
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Friday Favorites: Oops! It’s Saturday


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Today's guest blogger is Loralee Anderson, a character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW. Hey y'all, Well, I've done it again. You ever had one of those weeks where you just can't remember where your keys and sunglasses are...or even what day it is? This has been one of those weeks for me. I won't go into all the details--they ain't important--the point is I forgot (again) to post on my assigned day. You know I'll never hear the end of this. I actually had a good day yesterday, with the exception of thinking it was Thursday all day long. Nan, Emma and I went to see the movie Bridesmaids and I laughed so hard I almost peed in my pants. I actually got up and ran to the bathroom (something…
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Wildcard Wednesday: A Writer’s Face


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ELI ASHPENCE is active on one of my favorite writing websites: AQ Connect. It is the home of my online writers' group and lots and lots of great forums. One of Eli's recent posts resonated with me and she gave me permission to share it with my readers. Enjoy.  A Writer's Face I titled this post 'A Writer's Face', but I really mean is the expression on a writer's face while they're writing.  I sometimes wonder what my hubby sees when I'm really in the zone.  I don't move out of my chair, but I silently act out dialogue.  I grimace when my character is in pain and I cry with him when his heart is broken.  (Too bad I can't imitate his artful way of creating perfect, sparkling teardrops--my…
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Monday Madness


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I can't seem to wake up today. Between the overcast skies and an empty house, my body seems to think today is a rest day. Thanks to everyone who sent condolences for the passing of my father-in-law last week. It was a sad thing, but his 80 year old body had been through a lot with a liver transplant twenty-five years ago and battling cancer for the past five years. The last six months have been the worst, but Hospice has been involved, making it much easier on the family and hopefully on him. We are happy he could die at home in a house he built himself. On a brighter note, all three sons got to come home, including our Marine who is stationed in Hawaii. Many thanks to…
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Death in the family


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RIP Pa Herb -- You will be missed.  
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Wildcat Wednesday: Oh, Mama


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Hi everyone, In case you missed Monday's post, my father-in-law passed away earlier this week. Lauren E. Abramo of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management has graciously allowed me to use her Mother's Day post today. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Oh, Mama! I’ve been thinking about the best and worst mothers in literature.  I’ve got a pretty excellent mom if I do say so myself, but so many literary characters seem a bit lacking in that department. By far the worst, in my estimation, is Beth Jarrett in Ordinary People.  Poor Conrad Jarrett—I still can’t look at Mary Tyler Moore the same way after seeing her spot-on depiction of Beth in the film adaptation.  You toss that hat in the air, Mary, like you’re a happy, warm-hearted person, but I know…
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Monday Madness: Something is wrong with my blog


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Something is wrong with my blog and I can only get it to single space. I don't have time to figure it out now. Sorry for it being so difficult to read. I hope everyone had a happy Mother's Day, mother or not. I had a busy one. Pa Herb (my father-in-law) died early yesterday morning. I spent the day at the farm with my mother-in-law who was diagnosed with stomach cancer about six weeks ago and had her stomach removed removed three weeks ago. (Yes, you can do that!)  There is no Internet connection at the farm, nor do cell phones work. With all of this I experienced something I'd never done before. I called the Red Cross to try to get my step-son home from his Marine post in…
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Friday Favorites: Character Post


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Guest blogger: Nan Macomb, a character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW Hi everybody, Spring has sprung in Nashville and it is glorious. Last year pretty much everything had drowned in the flood. We've gotten lots of rain this year too, but not so much as to kill the plants. Everything is lush and beautiful. I guess I've officially got spring fever. I have a pretty big fenced-in back yard with a few blooming trees and some azaleas. It's important that my back yard be kept up because that's the view from the salon. Mostly though I focus on my front yard because of street appeal and all. It's no bigger than a minute which makes it easy to plant and maintain. I plant lots and lots of bulbs. I love bulbs because…
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