Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
This was my main thrust at the Sisters in Crime meeting. I discussed my fitness regimen, how I workout. Then I related those workouts to writing. So, let's spend a few weeks on just this aspect.
I discussed my workout regimen in that I have a lottery system that determines what I do from day to day (or day to…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on August 29, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
It's a warm and humid Friday morning and I'm all ready to post part three of the recently popular series of blogs regarding fitness and writing. As mentioned last week, I suspected that an author might intrude upon this series and I was proven correct when the door burst open, the cat raced under the bed and this woman stood in the doorway. "Come with me," she commanded.…Continue
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DIALOGUE WITH THE MOST HIGH
In the midst of the immeasurable expanse called the City of Light, seated upon a pure-gold throne, his hair white as snow, eyes glowing torches and the Deity’s electrified voice echoes into space cracking a whip giving salutation to the opening of the day. The Eternal Father, who makes all things new, powerfully vocalizes his intensity, releasing justified energy. Only the Holy Spirit heard God speak. Judgment was…Continue
Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 18, 2014 at 3:45pm — No Comments
I think of Means as part of the cop phrase, “The suspect had means, motive, and opportunity.” I take it and revise it just a bit so that Means includes preparation, opportunity, and follow up.
When it comes to fitness, you have to prepare for the workout. This includes cardio work to get the heart pumping. Proper warmup starts with cardio. You need the heart going and the blood pumping, the sweat forming, the muscles warming. Then you can do some…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on August 15, 2014 at 11:05am — No Comments
The day we moved out of our Lukens Avenue home, I dug a shallow grave by the gazebo, and buried my paper-dolls, forever. Taking the small toys and bird nest that I found in the playroom when we moved in, I carefully placed the items in a brown-paper bag. Leaving the poke by the backyard swing, I threw a kiss in the air…Continue
Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 14, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
I'll be blunt.
The Central Valley is considered an agricultural giant. However, many consider this area a cultural wasteland. Some of those people with negative impressions don't live in Los Angeles or San Francisco. They live right here.
For a writer who believes there is a wealth of possibilities to write about in this region, the misconception hurts. William Saroyan renamed Fresno “Ithaca” for “The Human Comedy.” He brought…Continue
Added by Sunny Frazier on August 13, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments
I dialed Steve and left a voicemail. Disappointed, I dropped the phone on the bed and fell into a deep sleep. The camera rolled. I not only acted out the script but I narrated the talking points of the cinemascope footage.
My sister and I were standing in a pizza parlor in Brentwood, New York. The contours of Janie’s face changed. My older sibling’s lips…Continue
Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 13, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Feeling a bit buzzed, drinking the last drop, I indubitably guzzled the entire three-dollar bottle of red wine. This was a monumental undertaking because I’m not a drinker. Socially, I do imbibe at quarterly business functions but everyday survival; booze has never been a consideration or consolation. My life supports are…
Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 13, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments
I no sooner put the receiver back in the cradle and the phone rang. Flopping across the bed like Charlie the Tuna, I should move the phone to my nightstand but that’s too sensible; I lovingly spoke to the caller, knowing their true identity.
“Hi Mom, how are you?” I really didn’t want a two-hour phone conversation considering it is almost nine, but…Continue
Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 13, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Come ride along with the crew from Station 4. You’ll
respond to heart attacks, gunshot victims, and major
car crashes all in a non-stop heart pounding pace.
Lives will be changed, lives will be lost and lives will
be saved. You have the front row seat to it all.
Experience the emotion…
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After slipping and sliding, I finally made it home but the hellacious conversation was still playing reruns of should-haves, could-haves, and would-haves. I jumped into the shower. If this was an R-rated movie, I would be dunking myself into a sensuous bubble bath, surrounded by a zillion candles, soft music, an expensive bottle of wine,…
Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 12, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Exiting the store, I noticed a young woman standing outside ringing a bell anticipating contributions to be given to a local charity. The volunteer from the Salvation Army wasn’t there when I entered the supermarket. I bet she took a dinner break. Fumbling with my purse, I managed to yank out a few dollars. I never…
Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 12, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
The wintry-mix thermostat dropped to below freezing according to the insurance agency’s neon sign when I stopped at the grocery store to pick-up a few things on the way home from Father Joe’s class. This was not my usual place to scan my debit card but it was better than driving five-miles out of the way on icy-slick roads to oblige…
Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 12, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
With Christmas a couple of weeks away, I should be buying and wrapping presents. At the office, all the Secret Santa gifts have been purchased and placed under the tree, save mine. My coworkers have labeled me, Scrooge and I hear bah-humbug when I pass their desks. Instead of shopping on my…
Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 11, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Hearing my name, filtered through the dark shadows of my subconscious, I followed the familiar female voice.
My focus went to the designated portal. Nancy stood in the doorway, a Centurion Guard on duty protecting the castle from intrusive invaders. With chart in hand and wearing whimsical Minnie Mouse scrubs,…
Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 11, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Entitled to enforcing squatter’s rights at the doctor’s office, my mind went off on a tangent catapulting to Spin City. Even the Christmas tree as enchanting as it was with festive blinking lights, didn’t put me in mistletoe mania. My predisposition is identical to the Grinch who stole Christmas. This has been a terrible year and the drama plays…
Added by Barbara Case Speers on August 11, 2014 at 5:51pm — No Comments
Ten days before July meeting of my local (and only Iowa branch of) Sisters in Crime I was asked by the chapter president to assist with the presentation. In previous meetings, we've were visited by a law enforcement officer, a wonderful woman who self published a couple books, and other wonderful presenters. In July, though, K. didn't have anybody scheduled so she asked me if I wanted to share the…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on August 8, 2014 at 10:52pm — No Comments