Do hashtags give you a #pounding headache?

As a new author, I took to Facebook like a book nerd (which I am) in a library, but I originally resisted Twitter. It looked like a lot of gibberish to me with the abbreviated messages (remember when they could only be 140 characters instead of 280?). And all those symbols mixed in that I grew up calling pound signs looked ridiculous. My husband insisted … Continue reading Do hashtags give you a #pounding headache?

It was the best of memes, it was the worst of memes

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 It was the best of memes, it was the worst of memes

The Gifts of Christmas Past

When our niece Molly, who is fourteen now, was about two, we gave her a bouncing Tigger doll for Christmas. While enthusiastic with the idea, my husband later became less than enamored with this gift. After I had already wrapped the box and slipped Tigger under the tree, he started bouncing—and singing. He wasn’t moving very far, but he was making quite a racket. Naturally, … Continue reading The Gifts of Christmas Past

Thanksgiving thoughts, with all the fixin’s

The Halloween candy isn’t even stale yet and I’m already thinking about Thanksgiving. Because: I have much for which to be grateful. I love watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Miracle on 34th Street. And (who are we kidding), the annual feast! My list of Thanksgiving dinner must-haves: Turkey. I’ll admit here, somewhat red-faced, that I’ve never cooked a whole turkey by myself. My mom … Continue reading Thanksgiving thoughts, with all the fixin’s

Congratulations, Vickie!

The Chicks are thrilled to share that our very own Vickie Fee is the newest hen in the Henery Press henhouse. The popular press has picked up her Café Cinema Mystery Series in a three-book deal. We’re all looking forward to the adventures of an amateur sleuth who inherits a time-worn movie palace. What a great location for a cozy series! Cheep cheep hooray to … Continue reading Congratulations, Vickie!

Tipping the word count scale in your favor

Like so many things, the writing life is easier if you celebrate the small victories along the way. Example: I hit 1,000 words in my  work in progress – Yay! Although, if you’re like me, it’s more like: I hit 1,000 words – gosh, only 79,000 more to go. It’s that feeling of stepping on the scales at Weight Watchers after being really, really strict … Continue reading Tipping the word count scale in your favor

Depending on the kindness of authors—and other strangers

I remember the very first author I friended on Facebook. It was Jess Lourey. I met her at Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee, where she had appeared on a panel. After the session, I worked up the courage to speak to her. I told her I’d just signed a book deal and that my first book would be coming out in a little over a … Continue reading Depending on the kindness of authors—and other strangers

Falling Fast Asleep with Slow TV

How do you unwind in order to get a good night’s sleep? If you said reading, you may not enjoy the same kind of books as I do. I read mysteries—cozies, traditional, police procedurals, suspense, thrillers—all of which keep me up reading way past my bed time. And don’t tell me to give up coffee. I’ll admit to being a caffeine addict. I’ve given up trying … Continue reading Falling Fast Asleep with Slow TV