Monthly Archives: February 2018

March 2018 Author of the Month: Carol Pouliot

So, the Bouchercon assembly last fall introduced me to so many wonderful authors. This month I feature another of my new writing friends. Say hello to Carol Pouliot. Pouliot, who lives north of Syracuse, New York, is transitioning from an author's co-op to a more traditional press, a process that can be quite daunting! Book #2 in The Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mystery Series is titled Threshold of Deceit. A Francophile at age 11, Carol Pouliot dreamed of getting her passport, packing her suitcase, and [...]

By |2020-01-02T21:27:33+00:00February 28th, 2018|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Grinding It Out…

I used to coach tennis. Those years remain among my favorite times as an educator. The young women who gifted me with their talent and commitment will always have a special place in my heart. But being a competitive athlete is tough. The girls and I had a mantra to sustain us during the long seasons. When the matches get tough, keep on grinding. That meant digging deep inside yourself, grasping the strength coiled there, and pushing through the hard times. Watching those young women [...]

By |2018-02-28T05:00:30+00:00February 28th, 2018|Essays|0 Comments

February 2018 Author of the Month: Robert Lopresti

So excited to feature the first of several authors I met at Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto. Robert Lopresti’s sixty-plus short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand, and  Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, among others.  He has won the Derringer and Black Orchid Novella Awards.  His most recent novel is Greenfellas, a comic caper about Mafiosi trying to save the environment.  His most recent book is When Women Didn’t Count, which shows how government statistics have hidden and distorted [...]

By |2020-01-02T21:29:12+00:00February 1st, 2018|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Sharing Space… Literary Citizenship and the era of Me

It's so easy to be caught looking inward. Navel gazing has never been so attractive. The culture of entitlement that surrounds us paves a yellow brick road to the Emerald City of Envy and invites us to pamper ourselves, celebrate our own egos, and neglect that which doesn't touch us. Me, me, me scream the ads. "We're all deserving," suggest the self-help gurus. Mine is better than yours, sniff the armchair critics. Narcissus would be proud. Recently, one of my author friends posted a question [...]

By |2018-02-01T01:38:06+00:00February 1st, 2018|contemplative, Essays, inspirational, motivational, philosophical|1 Comment