There’s a New Sans Serif in Town

I’m hardly a font of knowledge on the subject of typefaces, but I do know what I like; and since the 19th of every month is my bully pulpit opportunity on my publisher’s website, you’ll all just have to listen to me ramble on about a process that yielded unexpected results. It’s not about me. […] Read More →

Deep-Set Eyes and a Perfectly Shaped Head

by Mary Reed A particular interest of older novels for me at least is their unconscious evidence of contemporary notions of feminine beauty, often on full display when first introducing the girl the hero will ultimately marry. As a small illustration I offer a handful of quotes from novels appearing between the late 1890s and […] Read More →


By Jeanne Matthews The first fictional detective, Poe’s brilliant Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin, introduced in 1841, was a knight in the Légion d’Honneur and decidedly male. However it didn’t take long for the ladies to smash the glass ceiling. Ironically, it was smashed for them by men. Two books featuring professional female detectives appeared in […] Read More →

My Conference Buddy

Bouchercon. Malice Domestic. Left Coast Crime. Anyone familiar with crime writing knows the list of big conferences. Thousands of readers and writers and bloggers and reviewers, fans and publishers, editors and agents, all in one city at one time. It’s a glorious collective surge of all that’s fine and exciting about this genre and the […] Read More →

New Life, New Library

Since last month’s blog my life has changed drastically. Unfortunately none of what’s happened can translate into great ideas for my next book, at least I don’t think so. But then I’m too tired to think straight. In the space of a few weeks we sold our house, downsized half our furniture and other belongings […] Read More →


“It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. – Gertrude Stein, novelist, poet, and playwright.” Hmmm. So what did Ms. Gertrude mean by genius? Lately I’m seeing or hearing the word everywhere. All those folks who work  in the Apple store […] Read More →

Pendulum Swing

These days, I have a lot of free time on my hands. I’m still recovering from the day job, and I’m slowly taking steps to building up a freelance writing business (very slow steps … but that’s another blog post). And I’m working on my fiction again, thank goodness. All of that has happened rather […] Read More →