June 9, 2009

Haven’t blogged in a while. I finished the draft of the next book, had a much-needed vacation with my family, am doing final rewrites and research bits, and when that’s done I’ll be back. I will try to post a few items of interest between now and then but I know you all would rather [...]

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The Organized Writer: A Minimalist Experience

May 22, 2009

Yeah, I know I haven’t a) blogged much or b) written about being an organized writer in a long while. I’ve been working on multiple writing projects (hopefully some interesting news to come soon.) But here’s a very good article about creating a minimalist experience  on your computer (either Mac or PC) so you can [...]

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The Final Stretch

May 6, 2009

I have not been blogging much because I’m in the final stretch of writing the new book, and so have been focused on that. I admire writers who can sort of blog non-stop, but my brain’s not quite wired that way when I’m close to finishing a book. And I hope the readers of this [...]

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Be Astonished

April 21, 2009

Two bits of visual splendor. First, new, amazing photos of Saturn,  its rings, and its moons from the Cassini probe. These are incredible–especially the one of one of the small battered moons tumbling through an outer ring, creating a streamer of debris. Secondly, a fantastic ad for Philips TV that doesn’t even feel like an ad: it [...]

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Apple: The Military’s Newest Weapon

April 21, 2009

I think it’s known that I’m an Apple fan. Newsweek talks about how the iPod Touch is becoming a critical tool on the streets, fighting the insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan–through apps that help connect intelligence about locales, provide translation software, and video and audio to help troops connect with each other and those who [...]

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Publish or Perish?

April 20, 2009

Lots of articles being written on how the economic collapse and the advent of technology are going to change the DNA of the publishing industry. Here’s a quick roundup, for both readers and writers: The Hachette Book Group’s Jonathan Karp has laid out his thoughts a 12-step “wake up call” for the publishing industry. Some [...]

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The Organized Writer: The Unworkable Home Office

April 9, 2009

Judith Matzoff writes about having a perfect home office–one that’s so perfect she can’t work there. I don’t have this problem. I vastly prefer my own office to writing in public, although I do like to write in a coffeeshop now and then just for a change of scene.

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The Organized Writer: My Quo Vadis Collection

March 31, 2009

After interviewing me on their blog, and after I’d mentioned how much I love Clairefontaine notebooks, the wonderful people at the Quo Vadis/Exaclair blog offered me a chance to test-drive any of their planners. I wasn’t entirely happy with my current Filofax setup (not enough room to write) and I asked them if they’d send [...]

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Jonathan Maberry Interviews Me

March 30, 2009

Horror/suspense writer Jonathan Maberry (author of the hot new thriller Patient Zero) interviewed me for his new web site and asks the tough questions about suspense, the creative process, and whether or not I am putting family and friends into my books. Thanks Jonathan!

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My Own Town

March 29, 2009

My first books were small-town mysteries, set in the small East Texas town of Mirabeau and the larger Coastal Bend town of Port Leo. I loved inventing a small town: it was like creating my own little world, complete with its own history, heroes, villains, and culture. Well, now I really can have my own [...]

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Harlan Coben and TRUST ME

March 25, 2009

Thriller writer extraordinaire Harlan Coben snags an advance copy of TRUST ME: Harlan was at Dutton to sign copies of his new thriller LONG LOST, which hits stores on March 31. (That’s just an excuse. He was there to snag TRUST ME. Trust me on this one.) Thanks Harlan!

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