Well, well, well. Hello second Monday of the month! How did you arrive without me noticing? Better late than later, right?
So I’ve had a whirlwind weekend, with a two day, one night trip to Chicago for Printers Row! If you’ve never heard of it, check it out: HERE! It’s one of the, if not the largest literary festival in the nation. I was lucky enough to be on a panel, and the room was packed!
Mystery: Breaking the Deadly Glass Ceiling: Libby Fischer Hellmann, Jessie Chandler, Susanna Calkins, Raymond Benson moderated by Jeffrey Marks
Saturday 2:15 pm — 3:00 pm
Jones College Prep/Classroom #5010
Libby Fischer Hellmann, author of “Nobody’s Child”, Jessie Chandler, author of “Operation Stop Hate”, Susanna Calkins, author of “The Masque of a Murderer”, Raymond Benson, author of “The Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings”, moderated by Jeffrey Marks, author of “The Afterlife Interviews”.
Hey, peeps! So I have a longish short story published in the BRAND NEW ANTHOLOGY Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam. My story is called “The Falcone Maltese,” and it’s the first YA piece I’ve published. In the story, our intrepid high school sleuth Nattie Brew sets out to solve a dog-napping of a prize Maltese show dog from the Falcone household. It helps, of course, that Jo Falcone is a classmate of Nattie’s. And Nattie’s current crush. Join Nattie as she tries to solve the dastardly deed and maybe catch Jo’s eye in the process. See below for an excerpt.
So go have a look at the goodies!
Book Title: Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam Editors: Lori L. Lake and Jessie Chandler Genre: Lesbian Mystery Anthology Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
These tales of murder, mayhem, and suspense will keep you…
This looks to be an exciting and fun time and I’m on with authors I highly respect (and I’ll admit, intimidate me a little)…so it should be a good time!
So if you happen to be in the New Orleans area or you want to come to the Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) event, please stop in and we will be happy to take your questions and probably give you some humorous answers!
A few weeks ago we talked about making Women and Words T-shirts available at GCLS this year. Overwhelmingly, the feedback we got indicated that y’all would like the T-shirts to also be available via our website.
We put our thinking caps on (no small feat because the elves tossed them into the rafters during the last Hootenanny and one of them made off with our ladder), and came up with a way to make them available online.
Did y’all know that our very own Jessie Chandler also owns a T-shirt printing business? No? Neither did I! But she does! She agreed to manage the financial end of sales as part of her regular course of business so that folks could order without trekking all the way to NOLA to do it. Yeah, she’s that cool.
I don’t know if we mentioned it before, but all profits from the T-shirt sales…
Happy 2015! I, for one, am very glad 2014 is over and done with. There were a number of highs, and a number of lows, and I’m hoping the new year brings a less bumpy road for all who’ve faced down whatever challenges cropped up throughout the last 365 plus a few days.
The pomp and circumstance of the new year usually makes me feel like I’ve got a clean slate to play with. A clean slate that is ready to be all futzed up with the craziness that is life. As one year fades and another begins, I usually try create some kind of order out of the typical chaos that is my life. Doing so usually helps me sort out my mental house, and man, my mental house always needs sorting! So tonight I spent six hours with my lovely wife working on the tornado that was our bedroom. It wasn’t as if we had a whole lot of messy mess, just stuff everywhere. Okay. It WAS a messy mess.
On my side of the room a year’s worth books had somehow piled up all around a small bookshelf next to my nightstand. I should probably admit it wasn’t just one stack of books that reached from the ground and topped out three-and-a-half feet above the top of the bookshelf, there were three. And, it wasn’t as if the bookshelf wasn’t already full. Thus, it took me a good number of hours to sort through what I wanted to keep, what I wanted to put some place else, and what, God help me, I needed to get rid of. That’s painful. But necessary. One day, I swear, I will find time to read each and everyone of those books, even if I have to live to be 123.
What kind of rituals do you have that help you christen the new year? Do you get rid of things, straighten up your office, your bedroom, your computer, your house? Do you feel a need to bring some kind of harmony into your space? I’m definitely anticipating the coming year in a good way, and I hope each and everyone of you has a fantastic, peace and love filled year as well.
Hello and welcome! I’m tentatively stepping into the world of the blog. Honestly, I have no idea what I’m doing, so I’ll just bumble along, and we’ll see how it goes.
Writing books is a little like herding cats. Writing mysteries is a little like trying to herd cats tripping on catnip. Writing humorous murder capers is like herding stoned cats who got into mushrooms then dropped a little acid. You’re never quite sure how things are going to come together in the end, but somehow they always do.
With any luck, most of the time my posts will be guided by some sort of question and answer framework. This way you won’t wind up with your eyes rolled into the back of your head and drool dripping out of the corner of your mouth.
While you wait with bated breath for the next installment of this tangled web, check out real capers that’ll keep you laughing at http://www.jessiechandler.com!