Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The New Obamamobile

NOW THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA has taken over GM, the new Government Motors is pleased to unveil the new 2010 Obamamobile:


This car runs on hot air and broken promises. It has three wheels that speed the vehicle through tight left turns. It comes complete with two teleprompters programmed to help the occupants talk their way out of any violations. The transparent canopy reveals the plastic smiles still on the faces of all the "happy" Democratic owners.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Tips for writers

ONE OF THE LAST THINGS NEWBIE WRITERS learn is that there are really rules for writing that agents and editors look to see if you have followed in your submission. There are numerous sites on the web that you can consult that will assist you in developing your story and the preparation of your manuscript. I’ve found a few sites listed here that might be a point from which to start a journey or refresh your knowledge. No promises, but you might want to check them out.

The Writers Site
The art and business of writing

Fiction Writer’s Connection
Novel writing tips

Getting Published:
Getting Started
Writing Tips
Lecture Notes
Fun With Words
Tracking Submissions

Whodunnit, Howdunit, and Whydunnit: 10 tips for writing your mystery novel

How do you get a novel published?
By Terry Whalin, Whalin Literary Agency, LLC

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mystery writers at Beaverdale Books

SATURDAY MAY 30, Beaverdale Books in Des Moines hosted four local mystery writers as part of its Mystery Month celebration. Picture: The rogues’ gallery of mystery writers from left, me, Alan Loots, author of Storm Lake; Alfino Giovannini, author of Des Moines, and Jerry Hooten, author of Don’t Talk to Strangers.

Beaverdale Books carries the books of all four authors. It is located at 2629 Beaver Avenue, Suite 1, Des Moines, phone: 515/279-5400. The store’s webpage is