Character Chat — Loralee


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Guest blogger is Loralee Anderson, a character from my novel, DEATH BY GRAMMY   Hey y'all, It's good to be back. Blogging once every third week is starting to get old, but since I'm not the author I don't get a vote in frequency. In fact, I'm reminded I'm lucky to be here at all and can be shelved at any time, so I guess I'd better keep my comments to myself. Kay's researching a new book, but I'm not allowed to tell you anything about it either. I swear the list about what I can't say on here grows longer every time it's my turn to post. I wonder if Nan and Emma have lists or if she's just picking on me. I'm making a note to ask them. Pretty soon my what I…
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Conferences: A great place to network


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There are many good reasons to attend a conference like Killer Nashville, the popular writers' conference held this past weekend. Of course there are the opportunities to learn. There were workshops on everything from coming up with an idea to rewriting and editing your manuscript to how to write a query and synopsis to managing your career and pretty much everything in between. One of the reasons I've always been high on KN is because it offers so many different options, with the opportunity to mix and match at will. Most of the time there were six sessions going on at any one time, so something for everyone. And while it seems to be mystery genre specific, many of the sessions are applicable to any genre of writing. We had…
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Character Chat — Nan


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Guest blogger: Nan Macomb, a character from DEATH BY GRAMMY   Hi guys, Kay's at Killer Nashville today. Technically, it's Emma's turn to blog, but she's so busy with the girls starting back to school, I said I'd fill in for her. Besides, she had her chance last week and got all pissy about not getting to go to the beach with Kay and Hubby. I say let them have a little alone time. We're with them enough. But Emma loves the ocean. Her mom has a pool, but it's an older one, not salt water like the newer ones. It's not the water Em likes so much as it is the tranquility, I think. When we go to the beach, she's the first one up in the morning and walking on…
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It’s Killer Nashville Week


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Excitement looms in Nashville because Killer Nashville starts on Friday. I can't wait. This year's guests of honor are C.J. Box, Heywood Gould and Peter Straub. Not too shabby! Last year's guest of honor, Jeffrey Deaver will provide live music at the awards dinner with his XO Band. The conference offers something for everyone with seven distinct session tracts: general writing, genre specific writing, publishing, career management, forensics, screenwriting, and sessions for fans. What's great is you can pick a tract and stick with it or mix and match, which is what I've done in years past. In addition there will be breakout sessions for intense study, a realistic mock crime scene to be solved, authors, law enforcement folks (always nice at a thriller, suspense, and mystery writers' conference), agents,…
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Writer’s Block


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Friday is typically when the characters from my novel, DEATH BY GRAMMY, take turns blogging, but for some reason I had trouble channeling Emma this week. I finally gave up and decided to write the doggoned thing myself. Maybe she'll be more cooperative next week. It's been a whirlwind of activity for Hubby and me the last few days. On Wednesday, we journeyed eight hours south to Pensacola where we met up with some of my relatives. My cousin, Sean Heritage, is the outgoing Commander of NIOC (Navy Information Operations Command), and we were honored to attend the Change of Command ceremony. Sean is one of those unassuming guys who gives everyone else credit for his success. He even broke with tradition and let the rank-in-file plan the ceremony--and he…
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Date night


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Hubby and I had a date night over the weekend. Technically, since it's just the two of us, I suppose any time we go out, it's a date, but this one was planned: dinner and a movie. We even got our movie tickets in advance online. After a nice dinner we arrived at theatre a little early. We got settled in our seats and were watching the previews. Turn off your phones. Don't text. Go buy refreshments. Emergency exits… I admit I usually tune out these announcements. I figure if the theater catches on fire I can find my way out. I tune them out on airplanes too, but that's another story. As we sat waiting for the movie to begin, for the first time I can remember, I checked…
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Character Chat — Loralee


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Guest blogger is Loralee Anderson, a character from my novel, DEATH BY GRAMMY   Howdy, Lawsy, can you believe these olympics? My butt's been so glued to my couch that if it weren't for the commercials, I'd probably starve to death. And the commercials about the athletes' mothers--they say they're for Proctor and Gamble. Do they make Kleenex or something? Every one of them makes me cry. I tried having Olympic open houses where friends could come and go as they pleased, but every time they held a medal ceremony I turned into a blubbering idiot. I finally had to limit my company to just Nan and Emma. Of course I TiVo'ed the gymnastics to watch during the daytime with Emma's daughters who are five and seven and as limber as noodles. Don't…
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Olympic best


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I took the weekend "off" to read a couple of novels and watch the Summer Olympics. I feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Event after event I watched in awe as the young Olympic athletes performed after years of training. For some it was their first Olympics; others were veterans. Some seemed nervous; others excited. Many waved to their fans both in the spectator stands and watching from around the world. I watched the excitement of both expected and unexpected wins as well as the disappointment of heartbreaking losses. But, all of these athletes were winners simply because they were there. After the women's 100 meter relay a reporter asked first-time Olympian, thirty-two-year-old Carmelita Jeter if she was disappointed she hadn't won the gold in her race. She had finished 3/100 of…
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Character Chat – Nan


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Guest blogger: Nan Macomb, a character from DEATH BY GRAMMY   Hi guys, I've been so busy slipping out between appointments to watch the Summer Olympics I almost forgot it was my turn to blog, I don't keep a television in my salon. It's a tiny space—as in one-client-at-a-time tiny. I have a shampoo chair, a work chair and a chair for the color processor/dryer. I suppose I could mount a flat screen high on the wall, but if my clients were watching TV, I might miss out on some of Nashville's best gossip—gossip I'd never repeat, of course, especially on a blog. I prefer jazz or classical music playing softly in the background. Installing overhead speakers was one of the best investments I ever made. I've found quiet music…
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