The end of the year 2014 brings the end of an association I’ve been thrilled to be part of. Yes, I’m leaving the Ladykillers. It’s hard to believe it has only been two years since I first started blogging with the group. At the time I had just signed contracts for my first two books. It was an exhilarating time and one I was thrilled to share with Ladykiller readers.
Two years on, I have three books out with the fourth coming out next April. Life has gotten crazy. Between promoting books and writing the next book, I feel like I’m running just to stay in place. Which makes me feel like a nutcase when I say I’m thinking of starting my own blog. It will only be once a week and will only occasionally be about writing. That is, if it ever even gets off the ground. Stay tuned.
I feel as if I’ve learned a lot from my fellow Ladykiller bloggers about what makes a post interesting. For example, from Camille I learned that a bit of wit goes down well. Priscilla taught me that brevity can be a wonderful tool: say what you want to say and wrap it up! Michael taught me the opposite: if you have a lot to say about a subject, go for it! And most important, from everyone mix it up—if you don’t want to stay on topic, do your own thing.
Like the publishing world, the blogging world is a wide and varied place. I love to be a guest poster on food blogs, travel blogs, and even a blog about writing on a boat, which I’m doing at this very moment. Looking back over the blog topics we’ve had in the Ladykillers, I wonder if there are even any new topics. But given the nature of crime writing and the way the world constantly adds new wrinkles (yeah, yeah, facial ones, too), there are always new topics to challenge us.
I leave you, dear readers, with best wishes that you thrive and enjoy life to the max. Life is a small boat and we are all in it together. Love and laugh with each other and as one of my favorite sayings urges, “dance like no one is watching.”