Sunday, January 31, 2010
These are photos of Morro Rock, some taken through in the evening and others in the morning. There'll be more up on Monday.
This is a quaint little town with a spectacular view--and great restaurants.
We stayed in a kind of cheap hotel--but what the hay, it had beds, a shower and toilet, what else do you need? Someone needed to tell them that a little bleach in the wash water would help their dingy, nearly worn out towels and the heating system left much to be desired.
The Central Coast Sisters in Crime Workshop had nearly as many instructors as attendees--which made it nice for the attendees, because they got some real hands on help with the five pages of their manuscripts.
Always love spending time with the CC SinC gals, especially Victoria and Sue.
Check my personal blog today too for more photos.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
This much snow in Virginia is rare. I don't mind it for a day or two, but it's so cold snow may be on the ground for quite a while. The state didn't have much in the budget for snow removal, so VDOT may have used most of its funding for the late December storm. So far, no snow plows have come along. I envy those of you who live in California!
At least, the weather has helped me catch on on blogs. As always, I enjoyed visiting Marilyn's blog! When I went to read Kit Sloane's, I was surprised to see a picture of Hamilton the Cat. That's when I realized the site belonged to Lelia, the owner of the now-closed Creatures 'N Crooks in Richmond. Small world. Thanks for leading me there, Kit.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
In case you haven't heard, two of OTP's authors are putting together a mystery cruise! Denny Griffin and I recently went on a veterans cruise and Denny came up with the idea of doing a mystery conference at sea. We have a website up for details: www.2010mysterycruise.blogspot.com
OTP author Marilyn Meredith will also be sailing with us. We're hoping more of you will consider this opportunity to speak on panels and sell books. The cost of the cruise is under $500 per person, no charge for the conference.
The Carnival Splendor leaves from Los Angeles for 7 days to the Mexican Riviera with three days at sea for the conference. If any of you have ever attended one of the major mystery cons, you know the cost of registration, meals and hotel for three days far exceeds the price of this cruise!
Any questions? Contact either me or Beverly (the cruise organizer) at Beverly@cruisingsmart.com
The speaker was Cici McNair, and her book is entitled Detective Don't Wear Seatbelts. She is a very interesting person with many tales to tell. She said she did undercover work to expose people who sold knock-offs of accepted company products. We're not just talking clothers and bags here. Sometimes it's scary - like phony medications and airplane parts. She has done PI work in different parts of the country and has nmet some intersting characters. One bit of info I never heard of before - some people use a potato as a gun silencer.
On a different note, I just wanted to mention that my OTP book, A Lesson in Murder, with the help of Billie Johnson, has recently been published as a reprint by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery.
Happy New Year to all our readers.
The Albuquerque Journal ran an article on December 18th about books published in 2009 related to New Mexico that they recommend. One sentence said, "The best-selling adult book in this little shop is the paperback The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras (Oak Tree Press, $15) by J. Michael Orenduff. It's a low-key mystery set in Albuquerque's Old Town." Maybe having it described as an "adult book" will help me reach a new audience? The explanation is that the previous paragraph was talking about books for children, and the writer evidently thought the opposite of children’s books is adult books. The article was picked up by the website AllBusiness, which generated a Google alert for me, so that's how I found about the newspaper piece.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Awhile back I gave a sort of tutorial on the Art of Blogging. In other words, I gave some tips on blogging.
If you have a blog it must be updated frequently. I try to do mine once a day. Once in awhile I miss, but you do know you can write blogs ahead and just have them post when you want them to post? Just click Post Option and pick and date and time.
If you like what someone said in there blog, leave a comment. Don't write a new blog with only one or two lines. If you have exciting news you want everyone to know, expand on the information so that it will be a blog post and not a comment.
If you put in a URL, use that funny thing in the top that looks like a frog face to me so that you'll get a hot link. It's best to write the link out in the post, highlight and then click on the "frog face". You'll have to write the link again, but that should assure it being a link that will click through. (Billie is the one who told me how to do this.)
Okay, now for the interview opportunity. On my own blog http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com
I'm interviewing members of PSWA on Fridays.
For those of you who are not PSWA members, I'm offering to do interviews on other days during the week. All you have to do is let me know you'd like to be interviewed and I'll send you some questions to answer. You can answer them or not, or add some of your own. I'd love a photo and book cover(s) sent to me as attachments.
I'll let you know when the interview will be posted and you can let all your friends, lists know and put it on Facebook and Twitter. Another way to get some publicity.
Friday, January 15, 2010
When I pulled the pastel painting from the flat file drawer in my art closet, I was amazed to see the angels. I had forgotten the emotion I had felt at the contrast and the evil I believed existed in that palace--so much evil that I painted six angels to change the feel of that place. That the palace crumbled in the earthquake did not surprise me. I can only hope that with the current world focus on Haiti that all the evil will vanish and Haiti will join its Caribbean neighbors in prosperity.
And I wonder, from where did the angels come?
Monday, January 11, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
The keynote speaker is the very prolific and popular, mystery, horror, thriller, short story and article writer, Simon Wood who is going to be talking about putting suspense into our mysteries.
Michael A. Black, police officer for 30 years, and published mystery author will be explaining how to plot your novel in an hour.
Joyce Spizer Foy is going to tell us how to put sizzle in your screen play.
OTP's own Michael Orenduff and his wife Lai are going to show and tell us what makes a good cover.
Kregg Jorgenson, who has a long time history in all sorts of long enforcement fields is going to tell how to target articles for specific magazines.
Steve Scarborough is going to tell us about detectives then and now--but if you have some forensic questions, he's the guy to ask.
Morgan St. James will explain about POV--something that is difficult for many of us.
And of course, OTP and our own promo expert, Sunny Frazier is going to talk about how much sex is too much.
And that's not all! So don't miss out. March 31 is when the last lowest registration fee will be good--and it's the last chance to be put on a panel.
Plus--our own Billie Johnson will be there, plus two other small press publishers.