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I am Living Life Without My Dog

My Dog

I am Living Life Without My Dog My dog, my beloved companion died a week ago now. Over last weekend, I cried so hard for her I made myself sick. I think that phase of grieving has passed. Most of us have lost a pet, so I can write about my dog Lily knowing you […]

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Writing Without a Dog

Dog

Writing Without a Dog I no longer have to look behind me before I move my writing chair, because my life companion, my dog Lily, died on Friday. Most of us with a human heart know what it is to love an animal, and the heartsick loss you live with when they die. (MP) She […]

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The Swag at the Writer Conferences

Writer Conferences

The Swag at the Writer Conferences Contrast the two writer conferences I attended recently: the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA) conference in July 2016 in Las Vegas and Bouchercon 2016 the worldwide mystery conference in New Orleans in 2016. (MP) I’ve been to quite a number of writer conferences all over the US and Canada […]

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Mar Preston asks: Would You Like to Be on My Street Team?

Street team

Would You Like to Be on My Street Team? I’ve been hurtling along behind my desk and in my head at supersonic speed and the two projects I’ve been working on have come to an end. I’ve picked through both manuscripts like an OCD sufferer way into compulsive lunatic territory. There I nothing more to […]

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The Problem with Bad Reviews

Bad Reviews

The Problem with Bad Reviews I’ve developed a thicker skin and published enough books now that I can “forget” bad reviews after a day or so, but the first ones brought me to my knees, sobbing. Well, I forget in a week or two maybe. Bad reviews still sting. I’m sure this is true for anyone offering […]

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Becoming Wildly Successful As A Crime Fiction Writer

Crime Fiction

Becoming Wildly Successful As A Crime Fiction Writer The worst thing that could happen to me as a crime fiction writer would be that I was suddenly wildly successful. I’m very comfortable here on the edge of the shadows. The limelight would blind me. We are all familiar with the experience of picking up a […]

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I Witnessed The Perseid Meteor Showers Show

Perseid Meteor Showers

The Perseid Meteor Showers Show This year I witnessed the Perseid Meteor showers show from a nearby peak in the Central California mountains. A huge, yellow half moon hung in the sky overhead and the stars were bright. Of course my friends and I were not the only people excited about seeing the best viewing […]

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Mar Preston says: I’m Chasing the Fickle Creative Muse

Muse

Chasing the Fickle Creative Muse The hard work of writing my crime fiction novels has brought me joy, some success, and even enjoyment, this setting down of dark crime fiction for others to read. (MP) But once in a while the passion fades. And it becomes plain work that I just don’t want to do. […]

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What Do Crime Fiction Readers Want?

Crime Fiction Readers

What Do Crime Fiction Readers Want? A writing teacher long ago gave me a formula for commercial fiction: Take a likeable character who pursues overwhelming odds to reach a worthwhile goal. The worse you make your protagonist suffer, the more your readers will cheer when they overcome it. Do you agree? (MP) Crime Fiction readers […]

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Am I the Only Crime Writer out There Addicted to Spider Solitaire?

Spider Solitaire

Am I the Only Crime Writer out There Addicted to Spider Solitaire? I can sit at my desk with the current mystery I’m working on open in one screen, and all too easily switch screens, and say that I’m going to allow myself only one game. Then two. And so it goes. I’m addicted. (MP) When […]

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