You Just Never Know


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We finalized a contract on our former house earlier this week! Yeah! We've been working with a realtor. He got a commission as our buyer's agent and agreed to reduce his commission from 6% to 4% if we let him be our seller's agent. In doing so, he'd give the buyer's agent their full 3% and only take 1% because he didn't want to discourage other realtors from showing it. He got it posted on all the sites, the sign in the yard, took pictures, etc. I asked about info sheets outside and he said people really didn't do that anymore. (I still see them all over the place). Nor did he print any and put them inside. He also said open houses were a thing of the past, yet I…
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Killer Nashville


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It's mid August in Nashville and that means it's time for my favorite writing conference: Killer Nashville. The conference is Friday through Sunday with a few pre-conference events on Thursday. Sessions and activities are crammed into every minute. This year's guests of honor are best selling authors Lisa Jackson and William Kent Kruegar.   There will be book signings, agent/editor round tables, breakout sessions on all sorts of subjects, a fake crime scene (or is it real?), a wine tasting, and much, much more.   I'm going to be sitting on two panels. Joining me to talk about cozy mysteries will be Jenna Bennett/Jennie Bentley, Caroline Fardig, Jackie King, and Nancy Parra. I'll share the Southern Fiction panel with Cathy Pickens, Heather Haven, Dee Phelps and Rosalyn Ramage.   BUT, you have to register to attend, so…
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I HATE COMCAST!!!!!


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I don't use my blog as a forum to rant and rave--okay not often--but today, please indulge me. In case you missed the title: I hate Comcast. But I've had the same e-mail address for 12 years. It is tied to so many facets of my life that it would be difficult to switch. I do have gmail accounts, and I even check the one I use for my writing. Maybe I should start transitioning what I have on Comcast to a non-writing g-mail account or to my "me" account on the cloud. It's something to think about. We have cable TV, phones and Internet with Comcast. When we moved two months ago, I dropped the TV and phone at the other house, but kept the Internet for the security system. Then I found…
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