What Should I Do with All These Books?

Okay, this is definitely a book lover’s dilemma. My TBR pile keeps growing perilously taller. Death by falling books is just waiting to happen. Having a (literal?) ton of books means that I keep upgrading to bigger bookcases. Unfortunately, during this timespan, my home has not expanded. I also house books in this ornate wooden trunk my mom gave to me. Side note: She used … Continue reading What Should I Do with All These Books?

Mama mia, what a mama!

My mother spent Christmas in the hospital due to a sudden, extremely painful condition. She’s home now and slowly getting better. But I figured, what better time to share a post from our wonderful, last pre-Covid visit? When my mother told me that the daughter of her old friend Adia would be speaking at the Orsogna Mutual Aid Society’s Women’s Day luncheon, and that Adia … Continue reading Mama mia, what a mama!

Becky’s Passion Project

When my dad died in the spring of 2019, I was tasked with dealing with the contents of his four-drawer filing cabinet—the drawers jam-packed with his short stories and speeches dating back to 1947 when he was still in high school. They were also packed with menus he’d stolen from various restaurants over the years. I know what you’re thinking. “But, Becky, restaurants want you … Continue reading Becky’s Passion Project

Guest Chick: Judy Penz Sheluk

It’s always great to host awesome author Judy Penz Sheluk on Chicks. Today’s she’s sharing her take on a very interesting topic and how it relates to her latest release… Crossover Characters TV shows have long used crossover episodes/characters to launch a spinoff. Classic examples include All in the Family/The Jeffersons/Maude; Mary Tyler Moore/Rhoda; and Happy Days/Mork & Mindy. But television isn’t the only place … Continue reading Guest Chick: Judy Penz Sheluk

Time Capsule: Skating Tale

[While searching desperately for holiday bows in the basement, I found an old email about skating wedged into a box on my “wrapping center,” which started out as an empty table with plenty of room for wrapping but now contains the following: 9,462 pieces of kiddie artwork; assorted holiday decorations that we never put back in their proper storage places; and an old wooden Thomas … Continue reading Time Capsule: Skating Tale

Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays!

Season’s greetings, beloved readers! We wish you and yours the happiest of happy holiday seasons and a bright New Year. We’ll see you in January – the 4th, to be exact – but thought we’d celebrate the end of a year by revisiting photos from each Chick’s early beginnings – including our newest Chicklet in the nest, Jen! Leslie Karst Ellen Byron Lisa Q. Mathews … Continue reading Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays!

Guest Chick—Lorrie Holmgren

Hi there, Becky here, with one last gift for you to close out our year here at Chicks on the Case … our guest, Lorrie Holmgren!  Thank you to Chicks on the Case for inviting me to be a guest blogger! My series of lighthearted mysteries feature Emily Swift, who writes travel articles about delightful places to go on vacation and ends up being drawn … Continue reading Guest Chick—Lorrie Holmgren

Writing advice that doesn’t apply to me

So, when you are a writer and you occasionally (daily) spend too much time on social media, you may start looking for writing wisdom and inspiration on Twitter. Unfortunately, I must not be like other writers because oftentimes these memes completely miss the mark for me. For example: You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. … Continue reading Writing advice that doesn’t apply to me

Chicks Book Club: Mimi Lee Gets A Clue by Jennifer J. Chow

Welcome to Chicks Book Club!  Please feel free to ask any questions you have about the book, the series, the characters, the writing process, the research, or anything you’re curious about.  Mimi Lee hoped to give Los Angeles animal lovers something to talk about with her pet grooming shop, Hollywoof. She never imagined that the first cat she said hello to would talk back or … Continue reading Chicks Book Club: Mimi Lee Gets A Clue by Jennifer J. Chow

Guest Chick: J.D. Blackrose

I’d like to thank the Chicks for having me on as a Guest Chick, but if you don’t mind, I’m going to turn my blog post over to Waylon Jenkins, Zombie Cosmetologist, the hero of my story Pluck & Cover. He’s always bugging me to let him have his say so we might as well give him the platform. As a special prize for listening to him natter on, anyone who comments below is automatically entered into a giveaway for a free Pluck & Cover ebook. —JD Blackrose, Zombie Wrangler. Continue reading Guest Chick: J.D. Blackrose