Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I Killed Kari Dell in 100 words - Can you?

I'm having a lot of fun reading the entries in Janet Reid's contest over at her blog.  I had more fun writing the 100 words. You have a few hours left until the contest closes tomorrow morning (Thursday, June 27) at 9 am.

The rules are simple - 100 words or less. Write a story. Use these five words at least once: kill, Kari, dell, sheep, and codswallop.

I've been snorting and chortling over many of the entries and can't wait to see who is deemed the winner. (pick me! pick me!)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Checking out "WRiTE CLUB 2013"

WRiTE CLUB is BACK!! And I'm submitting. It's all anonymous and the judges are terrific.

Anyone can join the WRiTE club - just send in your best 500 words and let the judging begin.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Looking for great summer beach reads of a mysterious bent

Despite the long (and growing) list of books already spilling off my shelves; despite the stack of partially read books piled next to the bed, over-flowing the end tables in the family room, and collecting in the corners of most of the rooms in my house, I still feel like I haven't found the perfect beach read. I'd like to take something good with me this weekend. With two days of milling about in the fields of Kent, CT, I need something quick to read.

The fields of Kent are not well-armed for the 21st Century. There are bugs, too much sun, no wifi, and no guaranteed power source. So I need a paperback book - one that doesn't require being plugged in, one that I can read even if the sun is glaring and bright, one that won't fry if the inevitable rains of Kent, CT should fall.

I've started Hosseini's new novel - And The Mountains Echoed - but I don't think it is quite right for Kent. For one thing, it's hard cover (too heavy for carrying all day) and for another, I fear it will be too intense, too hard to set down if I need to pay attention to the goings on the rally (which IS the reason I'm there after all).

I've also got Hilary Mantel's Bring Up The Bodies - but that also doesn't feel right for Kent. Mantel would be perfect for a longer vacation, or a stretch of rainy weather. Mantel requires a lot of focus and I tend to be tired and scattered at Kent.

I started a cozy - Hounding the Pavement - but am repelled by the talking dogs. Yes, talking dogs. At least in Rita Mae Brown's books - the animals can only talk to each other. . . . this dog walker with a mental connection to dogs is just too weird. And the writing is weak, so I've set that aside.

I came across a review of Keigo Higashino's The Devotion of Suspect X at Mystery Page Turners. It sounds perfect for Kent. I don't know if I can find it at my local Barnes & Noble. . . but I'll give it a try.