Fashion Friday: life’s a beach!

Hi, everyone!  I’m off to the Malice Domestic Convention this weekend, reveling in the multitude of panel discussions of murder and mayhem, including the latest poisons that Luci Zahray, otherwise known as “the Poison Lady” has to share with us (over lunch, LOL).  In addition, I’m looking forward to meeting cozy mystery writers galore, and mingling/ networking/chatting about all the books we love.  Rumor has it that there will be food and libations involved, too.

But I’ll miss you!  While I’m gone, here’s a post from last spring, about Victorian bathing suits.  Enjoy!

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The Land’s End catalog arrived in my mailbox yesterday.  Why is that noteworthy?  Because it’s the issue that, each spring, strikes fear in the heart of every female who’s been stuffing her pie-hole with Doritos while parked on the sofa watching re-runs of “The Office” all winter long:

Swimwear Headquarters

…is now open!

Looks like flower hair adornments are in. Won't draw too much attention from the suits, though.

Uh-oh. Give me a minute to wipe the powdered donut sugar from my hands and lace on my sneakers.  It’s time for a run.

More →

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Top of the Food Chain? pt 2 – Raccoons

Welcome to Tuesday Terrific, where we celebrate getting over the Monday hump and picking up speed for the rest of the week.

We humans walk around this planet with a bit of a swagger, don’t you think?  After all, we’re the big-shot, top-of-the-food-chain, opposible-thumbed bi-pedals with more brain capacity than we actually use.

But there are times when we’re reminded that it’s not always easy at the top.  Some other critter is poised to topple us from that perch.   Stink bugs, crickets, rodents, racoons, bats, squirrels…they all want a piece of what we’ve got.  If they can’t get opposible thumbs, they’ll have the next best thing: food and shelter from the work of our hands.

I'm cute, clever, and poised for world domination. (Photo by Paul Stein JC, via Creative Commons).

Today’s post features the next installment of pesky critters: raccoons.  It’s a follow-up to an earlier post about the evil squirrel race.  Perhaps I should thank the big ol’ coon that tipped over our recycling bin last night to get at the peanut butter jar, and pooped in one of the flower pots.  I was having trouble coming up with an idea for today’s post, until he showed up.

Nah.

Even if you live on an alien planet and never heard of raccoons, you’d find out plenty fast if you had a Facebook account.  (Yeah, I know, Zuckerberg hasn’t gotten Facebook’s tentacles out that far into the ether – yet).  Here’s a little interchange among neighbors on our street Sunday night.  You’ll notice we’re not actually outside talking; it’s via Facebook, which is where most interactions take place these days.  Some see that as a sad testament to modern civilization, but hey, it was raining cats and dogs (and coons, apparently, LOL), so I’m over it.

As you can see, the neighborhood raccoons are a force to be reckoned with.  Heck, I have trouble with bungee cords – always snapping them back on myself, ouch – but they are obviously no problem for these critters.

The raccoons in our area have grown in number and frequency of visits over the years, and I feel a disturbance in the Force.  Because it’s not just garbage cans and recycling bins that raccoons are after, no no.  They want the good stuff.  Once summer is here, what are they going to do to our raspberry shrubs, tomatoes, peppers, etc?  And what attics are they going to break into to give birth to their babies?

image via humanesociety.org

Speaking of raccoons in the attic, here’s a funny AllState “Mayhem” commercial you’ll enjoy:

These critters have been enormously successful at adapting to the loss of their original wooded habitat.  Now they’re getting back at us.

How did this happen?  What evil genius is at work here?

Raccoons have certain traits that uniquely qualify them to wreak havoc with our habitat.  Allow me to elaborate, with evidence from actual Facebook friends who have encountered a raccoon and lived to tell the tale.

Top Five raccoon traits designed to out-maneuver humans:

1. They are persistent.  But Julie Glover knows how to deal with the tenacious ones that keep coming to her backyard:

It doesn’t keep them from coming back, though, does it, Julie?  Even now, they are planning their next nightly raid, bwahaha.

2. They aren’t picky about what they eat, or where they raise their family.  Diane Capri had some unwelcome houseguests once:

Diane, I’d call them – well, this is a family-oriented blog, LOL.  Strictly PG.  I believe the technical term, though, is “kits.”

3. They are clever, have a great sense of smell, and nimble little paws.  And yes, they are really cute.  Stacy Green has a funny story about that:

LOL, Stacy!  You got guilted!  Oldest trick in the book. 🙂

4. They aren’t scared of us.  Oh, sure, they’ll go away when we come outside, but they don’t hurry.  They just sort of saunter, with that I’ll-be-back-later attitude.  Some folks have even kept them as pets, including Ellie Soderstrom:

I don’t know, Ellie, that eating-doughnuts-from-the-fridge story sounds like my teenagers, LOL.  We’d love to hear more sometime about having raccoons as pets!  Sort of an “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” attitude.

5. They all wear that bandit-mask, so you can’t i.d. the exact culprit in a line-up.

Which one is NOT guilty?

So, is that it?  Will raccoons come to rule the world?  There’s advice all over the internet about repelling/thwarting raccoons, from more tightly-fitting trash can lids to water sprinklers to wolf urine (eww).  I haven’t tried them all, but here’s a list of sites, if you’re interested:

Biology 101 – but don’t try the electrified fence!

How to Get Raccoons Out of Your Yard (ehow)

Raccoons in the Attic

Garden Desk

The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide

What do you think of raccoons?  Adorable, pesky, dangerous?  All three?  Have you had any experiences of them that you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Kathy

 

 

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Techie Tues – Jenny Hansen’s Top Ten OneNote Tips

Welcome to Tuesday Terrific, where we celebrate getting over the Monday hump and picking up speed for the rest of the week.

I am SO excited (somebody pinch me!) to have the ever-fabulous blogger/tech guru/writer/overall-great-gal Jenny Hansen here today!  This Tuesday really is terrific, LOL.  Jenny and I are doing a post swap in honor of her one-year blogiversary at More Cowbell, and I’m so thankful that she’s here to explain the great features of Microsoft’s OneNote as a writer resource.  Take it away, Jenny!

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Techie Tuesday has moved over here to K.B. Owen’s site for the day.

I promised Kathy a post on her new writing BFF – Microsoft OneNote (electronic notebook extraordinaire). In return for that, she put her history muscle to work on the Cowbell and I’m SO FREAKING OVER THE MOON about her post. It rocks! You’ve got to go peek…  OneNote about the World Famous Cowbell

I’m a software trainer by day so I have several “true loves” in the software realm. But as a writer, my hands down favorite lately is OneNote 2010.

I. Heart. OneNote.

What is it, and where do I find it?

OneNote is a planner and note taking software. Capture text, images, video and audio notes, and keep important information readily available. If you’re the organized type, it’s likely that you have a binder with all of the research information and pictures for your book.  You’ll find OneNote in your START menu.

OneNote allows you to keep this information in the same format electronically so it’s searchable.

I could do several posts on the topic (and I probably will) but when I stopped to think about what I use the MOST in the program, it was pretty easy to come up with my Top Ten fave features.

#10 – ToDo Lists

OneNote allows you to insert handy checklists. You just check off the item when you’re done and you can keep it for posterity or edit the list as you move to a new day.

How to do a check list:

Click to type in your OneNote notebooks page (top tabs are sections, right side tabs are pages) and type “Ctrl+1”

  • In the top middle of your Home ribbon in OneNote, there is a “To Do” button
  • Type your To Do
  • Hit Enter
  • Use the Ctrl+1 shortcut key again to add more checkboxes

Note: You’ll see lots of keyboard shortcuts through this document and for once, the Mac users are out of luck. OneNote is a PC only product. Incidentally, my favorite shortcut is Ctrl +PageDown to “flip thru” the pages in any section of your notebook.

Some bigger gurus than I have recommended that Mac users try using Office Web Apps as a OneNote solution: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps/

 

#9 – Tag and Find Important Items

Why is this exciting? One Note has a series of Tags that you can add to any page that are easy to search by with the “Find Tags” button on the ribbon. I’m copying and pasting a screen shot of the Tags drop down to the right but there are even more than are listed. This feature makes me SQUEE!

 

 

#8 – Sync up OneNote between your phone and computer

Yes, you heard me! If you have a smart phone, it can synchronize with the OneNote on your computer. Sign me up!!

Note: You need to first set up the app on your smart phone and you must also set up your SkyDrive, which is helpful to do anyway. Note: SkyDrive is only available with OneNote 2010! It will not work with the older versions.

Tips on setting up your SkyDrive in OneNote and getting the iPhone app are here (along with a ton of other amazing OneNote answers).

#7 – Tables and Charts (which can be sent to Word or Outlook!)

Who doesn’t love a good table…perhaps you need one listing scene elements? You can create tables and charts directly on a OneNote page and then:

  • Copy and paste it to Word
  • Email it.
  • Right click on your OneNote table and choose “Copy Link to Paragraph” to embed it in a document anywhere else on your computer. (If you haven’t set up SkyDrive, the One Note file and the file where you pasted the link must be on the same computer!)

#6 – Hyperlinks to anywhere

You can copy or create hyperlinks from any page, anywhere, and put it in your notebook page. I’m thinking of keeping an active writing notebook with tabs for each topic to store the amazing links that I run across in my web surfing. My bookmarks tend to get lost because there’s so many.

#5 – Print to OneNote

When researching, you can send a whole page or part of a page directly to OneNote. Click Ctrl +P on your keyboard (or you can choose File à Print) and your page is sent to an unfiled note in OneNote, which can be moved to any section or page. Note: You’ll see your “Unfiled Notes” tab at the top of your OneNote screen.

#4 – Send whole or part of any page to OneNote

When researching, you can send a whole page or part of a page directly to OneNote. Ctl +P and your page is sent to an unfiled note in OneNote, which you can move to any section or page.

Imagine surfing the web and pulling up a side note by either pressing the Windows logo button + N or clicking the N(OneNote) icon button in the task bar (down by the time) and being able to jot down your notes to keep in your book’s OneNote binder. This shortcut automatically files it in the Unfiled Tab in OneNote, which you can move around.

#3 – Audio and Video Files

OneNote will also add audio or video files to your notebook pages. It can even record the same right into a page! Now that we’re in conference season, I’ve made the goal of adding my meeting and class notes into OneNote, and then recording those extras things that I didn’t get down in my notes.

#2 – You can attach files to any page in OneNote.

Can you writers say character charts? Photos? I thought of moving this higher on the list, it’s so sublimely amazing.

From your Windows Explorer, click and drag any file onto a OneNote Page. You will get the following dialog box:

You can insert a hyperlink, or choose the second option to have an icon on your page that you double-click on to open the file. But the last choice (to insert the file as a printout)? LOVE IT! I used this with a conference handout to make my notes next to the speakers content. It saved me a ton of time.

And my #1 FAVORITE thing in OneNote is:

OneNote doesn’t have a Save button. OneNote automatically saves your work on an almost constant basis in the background. This means I don’t lose work, even if forget to save.

p.s. If you want to save your notebook with a new name you can use the Save As feature located under the File menu. Also, if you’re using the SkyDrive sync feature, you need to be sure to sync before you go on the road. OneNote auto-saves, but it doesn’t auto-sync!

Helpful Links:

My favorite OneNote tutorial from How-To Geek

Microsoft OneNote – An Author’s Best Friend from Self-Publishing Review

For those of you who like to handwrite your notes, there is a product called Capturx for OneNote – It’s a digital pen that’s compatible with the app. AwesomeSauce!!

Does OneNote sound like it would be helpful to you? Do you have questions, or shortcuts you’d like to share? We’d love to chat with you in the comments!

 

About Jenny Hansen

Jenny fills her nights with humor: writing memoir, women’s fiction, chick lit, short stories (and chasing after her toddler Baby Girl). By day, she provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. After 15 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s digging this sit down and write thing.

When she’s not at her blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at jhansenwrites and at her group blog, Writers In The Storm. Every Saturday, she writes the Risky Baby Business posts at More Cowbell, a series that focuses on babies, new parents and high-risk pregnancy.

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Thanks so much, Jenny!  I had a feeling a ton of cool OneNote features were passing me by.  Now I have to go figure out what SkyDrive is…sort of sounds like the futuristic cyber system responsible for Arnold Schwarzenegger terrorizing human beings in the future…no, wait, that’s SkyNet, LOL.  Hey, if it will help me write my book, who cares? 

Show Jenny some love and appreciation for all her great OneNote tips!  What questions or comments do you have for the super-fab techie gal?  We’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Kathy

 

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Taxes, Allergies, & Fri the 13th: a typical ROW80 week

It’s ROW80 check-in time!  In the Owen household this week, we’re celebrating not only goals semi-fulfilled, but the successful navigation of  killer allergies, Friday the 13th, and tax preparation.

I can’t say I suffered through the tax preparation end of things; I was spectator/sympathetic ear/sandwich preparer for He-Who-Braves-the-1040.  In other words, my spectacular hubby, Paul.

cartoon via politicalhumor.about.com

So, how did I do this week?

My goals:

Writing-related:

1. post ROW80 updates on Sundays

Done!

2. blog on Tuesdays and Fridays

This past week, I posted about The Chocolate Diet on Tuesday, and about a classic Master of Mystery, Ellery Queen, on Friday.

I’m really excited about the upcoming week: this Tuesday, the ever-fabulous Jenny Hansen and I are going to swap guest posts.  Squee!  (I promise not to break anything while I’m over there, Jenny).  She and I have wanted to swap posts for a long time, but now that she is celebrating her one-year blog-a-versary, it seemed the perfect opportunity.  I will be posting on her site about the History of the Cowbell (and Jenny’s role in it), while she will be posting here about the cool features (with how-to instructions for the tech-challenged) of OneNote, a Microsoft program that I am stumbling through using to organize my novel.  Be sure to check it out this Tuesday!

3. Write one chapter per week on my work-in-progress (WIP).  I am well into Chapter 8, but not finished with it yet, unfortunately.   unexpected characters entered the scene, including one cantankerous old lady with whom I’ve dealt before.  Dialogue scenes usually take a bit longer with her in them.  That’s my excuse, at least.

Personal and Social Goals:

1. support fellow bloggers and writers through Facebook and Twitter.  I hit all the bloggers I usually read, plus I spent a few late-night and early-morning sessions this week just browsing the twitter stream for things to read and RT.  The WANA1011 Facebook group has also been a great source for posts I don’t check out regularly.  Stop by sometime; it’s a great group!

2. re-vamp my blog.  I’m nearly finished with this; there are just a couple of pages on my site where I haven’t figured out how to load posts relevant to the category right on to the page.  I’ll still be tweaking things over the next couple of weeks.  Nothing dramatic, though – the overall look will be the way it is now.

3. exercise 3x per week.  With allergies were kicking my keester, I only got two walks done (near the end of the week, when I was prescribed additional allergy meds).  But today’s walk was the Burke Lake loop – 4.6 miles.  Woot!

How has your week been?  I’d love to hear from you!

Have a great week,

Kathy

 

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Ellery Queen, Master of Mystery

Welcome to Masters of Mystery, an ongoing series which features a fictional detective and examines his or her unique contribution to mystery fiction.  This month:

Ellery Queen

Some interesting facts about Ellery Queen and his creators:

1. Ellery Queen is both the name of the fictional detective and the nom de plume for the writing team of Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee.  They were cousins from Brooklyn, NY.

2. Dannay and Lee wrote the first Ellery Queen novel for a “Best First Mystery Novel” contest in McClure’s Magazine.  Although they won, the magazine changed owners (or sponsors, according to one site), with the first place prize going to a different contestant (I don’t think that would fly in our day and age, do you?).

3. Obviously, that little setback didn’t stop them: the Ellery Queen canon of novels and short stories is immense, spanning forty-two years, from The Roman Hat Mystery (1929) to A Fine and Private Place (1971), with more than three dozen novels, and innumerable short stories and radio scripts.

4. The series popularity prompted the founding of The Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 1941, a mystery short fiction magazine which has been in print ever since (making it the longest-running mystery fiction magazine ever).  The publication features some of the best mystery writers around, including Ed Hoch, Ruth Rendell, Jeffery Deaver, and Peter Lovesey, among others.

Why we like Ellery Queen:

1. The series is intricately plotted in the grand “golden age” fair-play tradition of detective fiction; lots of clues, twists, turns, and surprises.  Other golden age mystery writers include Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Michael Innes, and Josephine Tey.  For more about the “rules” of golden age detective fiction, check here.

2. Ellery is a Harvard-trained, rather snobbish, ratiocinative amateur detective.  He “dabbles” in amateur detection.  He is the kind of eccentric that Golden Age mystery fans came to expect of their detective hero.  While he is of independent means, he writes novels and edits a fiction magazine.  He’s a bachelor and lives with his dad, Richard Queen, a down-to-earth former New York City police inspector.  The father keeps the son in the real world, and affords him contacts within the NYPD that the son ordinarily wouldn’t have had.  So we get the best of both worlds: amateur and professional, the wealthy of the East Side contrasted with the bums of the Bowery.

3. During the course of the novels, Ellery becomes more humanized and develops more heart, to the point of doubting himself in some of the stories, falling in love, and quitting detection (temporarily).  This is one of the benefits of a long-standing series.  Another is that it provides ample material for the detective to cross over to other media.

Beyond print –  Ellery Queen on radio, film and television:

  •  Radio: The Adventures of Ellery Queen was broadcast on the three major network radio stations from 1939 to 1948.  The Dannay/Lee writer team wrote many of the radio scripts during those years, even though doing so wasn’t the norm of the time.  For those interested, here’s a link to a catalog of MP3s of the radio broadcasts, via archive.org.  I still remember the Ellery Queen 1-Minute Mysteries being broadcast on radio in the 1970s.  (Yeah, I’m old.)
  • Film:  Ellery Queen didn’t really break out on the silver screen, unfortunately.  There were some films made in the 30s and 40s, most notably with Ralph Bellamy (who played the insurance salesman in His Girl Friday, which I discussed in last Friday’s post – check the link in the post to view the film and you’ll see who I mean).   And going even farther back, here’s an Ellery Queen film called The Mandarin Mystery (1936), available via archive.org.
  • Television:  most folks who have encountered the Ellery Queen character have seen him here.  Although there was a series in the 50s, the most recent version of the detective comes from the 1975-76 series, starring Jim Hutton (father of Timothy Hutton) as Ellery Queen.  David Wayne played his father, Inspector Queen.

image via sharetv.org

Great sites for more info:

So, have you read any Ellery Queen?  What about Golden Age mystery fiction generally? I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Kathy

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I’m “fashionably” late to the ROW80 party: did I miss the Easter bunny?

Gack! I missed it – the “Round of Words in 80 days,” where writers support each other by publicly stating their goals, and posting their weekly progress.

I participated in the last go-round, and found it so beneficial.  Folks I’d never met before visited my blog and cheered me on.  I did the same for others, and met a lot of talented and dedicated writers that way.   So I’m here to do it again!  Just jumping in a bit late.  Time to “hop to it”! *groan*

Here goes:

Writing-related goals:

1. post ROW80 updates on Sundays

Done!

2. blog on Tuesdays and Fridays

This past week, I posted Tuesday Terrific: Grandparents Rock!  On Friday, I took a closer look at the iconic Girl Friday.  Is she still relevant in the 21st century?

3. Write one chapter per week on my WIP – this will be a challenge.  I’m on Chapter 8 of my sequel.  Let’s see how I do!

 

Personal and Social Goals:

1. support fellow bloggers and writers through Facebook and Twitter: those are the two social media sites I actually understand, although I want to better master Google+ and LinkedIn as well.

2. re-vamp my blog: I’ve had the same theme for a year, and I don’t think it’s working for me anymore.  After a year of blogging, I’m not in the purely historical or mystery niches I used to picture myself.  If any of you want to check out my new site and give me feedback, I’d really appreciate it!  It’s still a work in progress.  It’s your chance to get in on the ground level, LOL.

image via realmomrecipes.com

3. exercise 3x per week:  I’ve been walking more often, and the fat cells formed from all those chocolate eggs/bunnies aren’t going to burn themselves off, are they?  At this rate, I should be walking in my sleep.

 

How are you doing this Easter/Passover weekend?  Have you gotten off to a good start with your goals?  I’d love to hear from you!

Hippity hop,

Kathy

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Tuesday Terrific: grandparents rock!

Tuesday Terrific: grandparents rock!

Welcome to Tuesday Terrific, where we celebrate getting over the Monday bump and picking up speed for the rest of the week.

Here at Casa Owen this past weekend, we got to enjoy a visit from my parents.  My dad was celebrating his 75th birthday, and he wanted to share it with us.  How cool is that?  The boys enjoyed spending time with Nana and Pop again, and so did we.

It got me thinking about grandparents generally, and what a treasure they are.  I grew up knowing only two grandfathers (each of my grandmothers had died long ago).  One grandfather lived far away and I only saw him a handful of times during my entire childhood, but the other grandfather, “Grandpop,” lived close enough that he was a regular fixture in my childhood: babysitting or driving me to appointments when both my parents were at work, telling me stories of his days in the coal mines, sharing silly jokes, giving me big hugs.

I think I was 12 in this pic...

He had his own set of eccentricities, too.  One particularly cute one was that he never rang the front doorbell when he came to visit.  If he brought my aunt with him, she would ring the bell, of course.  But if he came alone, he would park the car (he called it “Bessie”) in front of the house, and sit inside it until we noticed he was out there and went out to greet him.  In nice weather, he would get out of the car and walk around in the backyard until someone spotted him.

Grandpop wrote in my "autograph" book

When I was 18, he died of lung cancer, brought on by miner’s “black lung” and a lifetime of smoking unfiltered Camels.  My dad inherited his car, a big green Chevy Nova.  Sometimes, for a split second, when I’d see it parked in front of the house, I’d think Grandpop had come to visit and was waiting for someone to go out and greet him.

Grandparents are precious.  Hug them close.

 

 

 

 

In honor of grandparents everywhere, I want to share with you my

TOP 10 REASONS WHY GRANDPARENTS ROCK (with apologies for the “old-timer” jokes!)

 

from right: my mom, dad, and mom-in-law, with their first grandchild

1. They are either retired or semi-retired, so they have more time to spend playing with you.

2. When Mom or Dad says “no,” Grandad says “yes.”  Hey, if you’re sick to your stomach later, that’s not his problem.

3. You are the center of their world, and they like to knit/bake/send stuff to you.

image via spiffybaby.com

 

4. Their house is so cool.  Childproofing?  What’s that?

5. Since their joints are stiff, you can always beat them at a game of tag, and they don’t mind.  (They never seem to find you at hide-and-seek, either.  Must be their poor eyesight).

6. Your artwork is plastered on their refrigerator, and pictures of you are everywhere.

7. When you come to visit, they stock up on all your favorite foods.

8. Because they are old, they forget the knock-knock jokes you told them the last time they saw you, and now you can tell them all over again.  And they still find them funny.  Strangely, they do remember cool stories of when they were kids 50/60/70 years ago, which you love to hear them tell over and over again.

9. They’ve seen it all, so that new mowhawk you got doesn’t faze them.

10. Because they’ve been through it all, they know how to take advantage of a fun moment.  Here’s an example of an elderly couple playing the piano in the lobby of the Mayo Clinic (if one of them is there for a medical problem, you sure can’t tell!).  I’ll bet these folks are fun grandparents!

 

So, what made/makes your grandparents special?  What special memories do you have?  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Kathy

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The Lucky 7 Meme

The ever-fab Fabio Bueno, blogger and young adult fiction writer, has tagged me in the “Lucky 7” excerpt challenge.  Oh, sure: easy for him, he has three WIPs going at the same time, LOL.  And he did a terrific job, too.  Click here to see for yourself!

So here’s how the Lucky 7 game works:

1. Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP

2. Go to line 7

3. Copy down the next 7 lines, sentences, or paragraphs, and post them as they’re written.

4. Tag 7 authors, and let them know.

This is a great opportunity for us writers to share a snippet of what we do, and get the support of our community, so I’m game!

My current novel (a historical mystery), Unseemly Pursuits, is in the early stages.  I’m only up to page 53.  So I copied the last 7 lines of the last page I worked on.  Here goes, and thanks for reading!

 

“My sin – will come down on you, Concordia.  You are…in danger.”

“What sin?  What sort of danger?”  Concordia’s hands shook.

“It did not stay buried in the sands of Egypt.  It is here,” the voice continued, weaker now.  “You must put my secret to rest.”

“Does this have anything to do with Colonel Adams’ death?”  Lieutenant Capshaw interrupted.

Suddenly, the table rocked violently, causing everyone but Madame Durand to jump away.  Instead, the medium slumped against Mrs. Adams, who supported her as her husband rushed over.

Capshaw went around the room and turned up the lamps.  The séance was over.

 

After you quit laughing, go ahead and leave me a comment.  I love hearing from you!

Here are the writers I’m tagging:

1. Jill Kemerer, romance writer

2. Donna Newton, screenwriter

3. Jenny Hansen, memoir writer

4. Lydia Sharp, young adult fiction writer

5. Loree Huebner, historical fiction writer

6. Gene Lempp, alternate-timeline fiction writer

7. Julie Glover, young adult fiction writer

 

My apologies if you’ve been tagged already.  We can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!

Until later,

Kathy

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