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In one week I can take a bath

I have one more week of convalescence before I can get back to exercise and doing normal things bathing in a tub. I had not idea how much taking a bath meant to my peace of mind, or how crucial it was to my writing. I normally take a break for a quick bath if I’m a little stuck–I call it a thinking bath–and then get right back to writing. Showering is no good.

In the mean time, the blog tour has wrapped up, and I’m looking forward to supporting other writers for a while.I know it sounds weird, but it feels like my summer has just begun.

Last night we had more GPS adventures than we were prepared for as we headed out to Wonderland Ballroom to attend a Noir at the Bar event, hosted by E. A. Aymar. We missed the first set with Nik Korpon, but we saw the second which included Jen Michalski, and at the break we stepped out for some cool air before heading home. I’m not a huge fan of readings–either listening to them or presenting at them, but I have LOVED every Noir at the Bar event I’ve attended. The energy is super-ramped, and the stories are never boring or self-indulgent. Here’s the whole line-up from last night’s do:


Today I was inspired enough to finish a new short story that I’m calling “A Good Girl with a Hatchet,” adapted from sections of my New Royal Mystery novels, The Mean Bone in Her Body and The Orphans Court. Mean Bone is scheduled for release this year (fingers crossed), but Orphans Court is still in early draft phases. I did not extract sections of The Juliet and publish them as short stories, but I did for Death Wishing, and I realize I miss having fresh stories “out there” while I work on the long projects.


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Here are pics from the Dames At Dusk reading, May 3 at Kramerbooks in DC. 1st set: Right-left, top-bottom: Sara Jones (jazz singer), Sandra Parshall, Jen Conley, Me. 2nd set: Diane Vallere, Meg Opperman, Meriah Crawford, and Tara Laskowski!

Dames 1 Dames 2 Emcee Lala

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