A blog for readers and writers of crime fiction
This time, I am offering a quote with which many of us may be familiar. If not, the words are worth remembering when a reviewing wolf bites so hard it hurts, something that happens to everyone. The following is a German composer’s response in 1906 to a critic. The composer was Max Reger:
“I am sitting in the smallest room of my house. I have your review before me. In a moment, it will be behind me.”
I offer the following 17th century poem from Anne Bradstreet, often called the first published American poet. I think she speaks for many of us when we finish a book, send it off to the reviewing wolves, and hope against hope their teeth will not leave scars…
The Author To Her Book
Thou ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth did'st by my side remain,
Till snatcht from thence by friends, less wise than true,
Who thee abroad exposed to public view,
Made thee in rags, halting to th' press to trudge,
Where errors were not lessened (all may judge).
At thy return my blushing was not small,
My rambling brat (in print) should mother call.
I cast thee by as one unfit for light,
The visage was so irksome in my sight,
Yet being mine own, at length affection would
Thy blemishes amend, if so I could.
I washed thy face, but more defects I saw,
And rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw.
I stretcht thy joints to make thee even feet,
Yet still thou run'st more hobbling than is meet.
In better dress to trim thee was my mind,
But nought save home-spun cloth, i' th' house I find.
In this array, 'mongst vulgars may'st thou roam.
In critic's hands, beware thou dost not come,
And take thy way where yet thou art not known.
If for thy father askt, say, thou hadst none;
And for thy mother, she alas is poor,
Which caused her thus to send thee out of door.
WHYDUNIT OR WHODUNIT?
Yes, that is the question for the upcoming week at The LadyKillers. When you're reading a mystery, what do you like to try and suss out? Who the villian is or why the crime happened? Or are you after something entirely different?
OLDER = BETTER? OR JUST... OLDER?
When it's wine or stamps, older is better. When it's a plastic container of leftovers in the back of the refrigerator... not so much.
Bring your cuppa favorite summer brew (old or new) around and about this coming week, when the LadyKillers dissect the topic of OLDER.
Next week's topic is LAZY WORDS. And what are "lazy words?" Oh, you know. Stuff. Things. All that kind of... stuff. We shall elucidate at length, so bring your cuppa with you every morning to explore the world of wonderful-and-not-so-great words!
... Is the topic for this coming week.
So who has touched your heart, as a writer or a reader? The following LadyKillers offer up their own sources of inspiration:
It's a changing of the guard at The LadyKillers this week... We bid adieu to Mary Anna Evans, who has been a LadyKiller since way-back-when. We'll miss Mary Anna and her insightful Monday posts, but wish her well with all the exciting things going on in her life! You can catch up with Mary Anna at her own personal blog—It's like making sausage— and through her website.
A bit of shuffling around brings LadyKiller Mysti Berry to the Monday slot, and introduces a new blogger to our merry band of scribblers, Pat Morin! And now, a bit about Pat...
Besides being a writer of short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction books, Pat is also a psychotherapist with a Masters in both Counseling Psychology and Clinical Social Work. Pat is on the board of several organizations, and created and facilitated the Literary Project, an after-school program that helps middle-school students (interested in becoming authors) learn about the different writing genres. She has two collections of crime fiction short stories—MYSTERY MONTAGE and CRIME MONTAGE—from Top Publications, Ltd. You can read more about Pat and her writings on her website, http://www.patricialmorin.com. Pat's first post will be this coming Saturday, January 19.
Now, to other news...
KEEP IT REAL
Keep it real -- that's our upcoming topic. So, just what does this phrase mean, anyway? The Online Slang Dictionary provides some definitions:
And then, there's the (ahem) decidedly mathematical definition of "keep it real":
At the first of the year, we have changes a-coming at The LadyKillers...
Now, a little about Terry and Carole...
Terry Shames grew up in Texas, but couldn't take the heat, so now makes Northern California her home where she lives with her husband, two terriers and a long-suffering cat. In August 2012, she received a two-book contract from Seventh Street Books/Prometheus for her series set in the fictional town of Jarrett Creek, Texas, featuring ex-Chief of Police Samuel Craddock. A KILLING AT COTTON HILL, will be released in July 2013. Terry's website is http://terryshames.com/
Carole Price is a Buckeye! Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, she attended The Ohio State University, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. After retiring from a national laboratory, she wrote her first mystery, went through the Citizens Police Academy, and is a police volunteer.
Following hard on the heels of last week's topic of Best Holiday Gifts, we have HOPE. Here is a YouTube of "surpise gifts" to give you hope and make you smile along with your favorite cuppa this morning. (Watch out for the screams of joy! ;-) )
Is it sweet relief after a hard day's work or bottomless maw, stealing all your free time? Is the television writing renaissance over or just beginning? Televisions exist in 99% of American homes. Cable lost 2.9 million subscribers last year, but satellite and telephone providers added nearly 2 million--and now just under half of American households have game consoles that also deliver television content, according to the folks at Nielsen. It's yet another paradigm shift courtesy of the Information Revolution.
Join us next week as the LadyKillers explore their relationships with television.