August 12th, 2009

How real does it have to be?

In this Writers Digest article author Steve Almond looks four places where books break down when it comes to plausibility – and what you can do to fix them.

The four areas are: factual, logistical, technical, emotional/psychological.

I have made errors in all four of these areas more than once. But I am getting better.



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Teaching again this fall in Portland

I'm going to be teaching mystery and thriller writing again this fall in Portland. With two books a year (one adult and one YA) for the foreseeable future, this will probably be the last time I do this for a while. I've got two spots left if you're interested.

The 10-week class will be begin Sunday, September 13, at Annie Blooms Books. Email me if you are interested in learning more. aprilhenrymysteries (at) yahoo (dot) com.



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The crazy lady at the library

So I was at the library today, a place I am about twice a week, especially since Teen got the brilliant idea to fill up her i-Tunes with CDs from the library. I currently have Roky Erikson, Sean Hayes, Brandi Carlile, and Cat Power on hold.

The girl ahead of me was renewing an audio of cynthialord's Rules.

"Hey, I know the lady who wrote that!" I said brightly. "She's really nice."

The girl turned and looked at me. The look you give a crazy person. And then she and her friend looked at each other, communicating silently. And then they left.

"Crazy lady at the library," I said.

"You or me?" the librarian answered.



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