My husband and I have had housecleaners longer than I can remember, although that’s a fairly low bar with my sieve-like memory. I do know we didn’t have them when the kids were little because I’m a compassionate person and wouldn’t subject anyone to that. I think probably the change officially came when the kids mostly moved out and I didn’t have a live-in staff … Continue reading Meditation or Chore?
Actually, my hair will be gone on Monday, May 4, 2020. That’s right. This Chick is doing something she’s never done before … shaving her head for charity. Actually, I’ve never shaved my head for any reason, but if I’m gonna do something wild and crazy, I may as well get more bang for my buck, eh? Go big, or go home, right? I wrote … Continue reading Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Let’s talk about book covers today. “But, Becky,” you ask. “Why? Why are we talking about book covers today?” Thanks for playing right into my devious segue. On Monday, March 23 I get to finally reveal the cover for Puzzling Ink, the first in my Crossword Puzzle Mysteries to be published in November! I really love it, and I hope you guys do too. It’s … Continue reading Go Ahead, Judge a Book By Its Cover
It’s official … I wrote a book about writing a book. Very meta, eh? I’ve already been hearing some very encouraging things about it, and even got screenshots of these bad boys …. Orange is my new favorite color, btw. And wouldn’t it be funny if Amazon put those exclamation marks on there for me? I know it won’t last, but it’ll sure be fun … Continue reading Becky’s Book Birthday!
Remember those halcyon days before we were yoked to our technology and had to rely only on our wits and old wives tales to get anything done? I know for a fact back then my husband and I used to be able to watch a movie without looking up IMDB to remind us, “Who is that girl playing the sister?” I’m pretty sure I used … Continue reading Do Camels Have To Be Licensed in India?
We love mysteries here at Chicks on the Case, so here are some spooky things that have disappeared—poof—without a trace. The Little Mermaid’s voice—first in 1837 then again in 1989 then AGAIN in 2007 Agatha Christie—for ten days in 1926 Roald Amundsen—lost over the Arctic searching for missing explorer, 1928 Amelia Earhart—pilot, lost over the Pacific, 1937 Glenn Miller—big-band leader, lost without a trace over … Continue reading Disappeared
Just because someone is shinier than you doesn’t make them better. Hang around those who are different—you never know who you’ll meet. If you fall, you might break. Sometimes it’s good to be a shiny single strand, other times it’s good to be all clumped together. Both have their time and space. Pack yourself away every so often so you remain captivating and appreciated. … Continue reading Advice From My Christmas Decorations
Nala was out of Milk Bones the other day, but the store only had large ones instead of the medium size I normally buy. It couldn’t possibly matter, I thought, and grabbed a box. At the next scheduled treat time, probably seven seconds later, I gave one to her, but had to convince her to take it. Same flavor, just bigger size. Much bigger size. … Continue reading Biting Off More Than You Can Chew
Becky here, so excited to welcome the prolific Edith Maxwell back to Chicks on the Case. Even more exciting, she’s giving a signed copy of Judge Thee Not, her newest Quaker Midwife Mystery, to a random commenter …. squee! I’m channeling my ancestors here because everyone knows that “squee” was a constant interjection used throughout the 1800s. What? You weren’t aware of that? *checks her … Continue reading Guest Chick Edith Maxwell
When my first book was published in 2001, I set up a bunch of Google Alerts. Anyone can set up alerts for anything they want … to keep up on all the news about their favorite band, or any time someone posts a recipe that has apples in it, or to study how many times people use the word “bamboozle” online. Literally, anything you want … Continue reading Who Am I Anyway?
It’s been a busy couple of weeks in BeckyLand. On August 16, my seven siblings and I gathered for a reunion with our spouses in Manitou Springs, Colorado. We took over the entire Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast, a fantastic place to stay. We’d planned the reunion long before my dad died, so used the opportunity of having us all together to conduct his inurnment … Continue reading One Chapter Ends While One Begins
When I write — whether for kids or adults — I seem to be drawn to characters who are going about their normal, everyday lives, when BLAMMO, something weird happens and forces them into a different trajectory. In my kids’ funny adventure series (no, don’t look for them, but I hope to update and publish them someday), they find themselves zapped back in time BLAMMO … Continue reading Reluctant Heroes