The Haunted Season
Ghosts | Ghosts | Reading | Writing

The Haunted Season

‘Tis the season for blustery days & drizzly nights, chimney smoke & warm cider, & best of all, for everything spooky & mysterious. Back when the kids were in public school, I got hooked on those true haunting shows. You know the ones—clips of real people telling about their spooky encounters intercut with recreations of…

6 Places to Find Character Names (that aren’t name your baby books)
Writing

6 Places to Find Character Names (that aren’t name your baby books)

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but when it comes to your characters, names matter. A lot. Would Harry Potter be the same character if he’d been named Archibald Beauregard III? I think not. So where can you look to find just the right names? Well, there’s always the old standby—the…

My Favorite Scrivener Tip for NaNoWriMo
Mystery | Writing

My Favorite Scrivener Tip for NaNoWriMo

November is right around the corner, and with it comes National Novel Writing Month. Stock up on coffee, tea, & chocolate, and let’s get writing! What is National Novel Writing Month? NaNoWriMo, as it is affectionately known by the thousands of writers who look forward to it each year, is a month-long writing free-for-all. The…

13 Southern Superstitions
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13 Southern Superstitions

Superstition is so ingrained in our culture—in most cultures, in fact—that we may not even notice that it’s there. But those of us who live in the South know that superstition is alive and well, and we aren’t ashamed to admit it. In fact, surveys have shown the South to be the most superstitious region of the United States, with well over 40% of the population admitting to belief in some superstitions.

Take a Hike! | 5 Reasons Writers Should Get Out & Walk
Writing

Take a Hike! | 5 Reasons Writers Should Get Out & Walk

Spring is finally here, bringing sunshine & longer days. After months of being stuck indoors & weeks of endless rain, I’m ready to get out & play. Then I think that maybe I should be working more & playing less. But what if getting outside could be work, too? Four years ago, trying to lose…

Grave Robbing for Mystery Writers
Ghosts | Mystery | Writing

Grave Robbing for Mystery Writers

taphophilia (n.) an abnormal attraction to & desire to visit cemeteries & graves; from the Greek taphos: burial, grave To a writer, especially a mystery writer, an attraction to cemeteries may not sound abnormal. It certainly doesn’t to me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by cemeteries, the older the better. Cemeteries are…