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A Couple of Things....
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Here at Casa Maywrite there's been a whole lotta writin' goin' on. But you wouldn't know it from this poor journal.

I always find it difficult to find something interesting to say without making something up. Our fiction is a lot more exciting than our lives.

But I only sporadically feel the urge to say anything about the writing process and I think it is dangerous to talk too much about work in progress. Once you let the cat out of the bag, while you're still working on it...well, it can get away from you.

However, there are a couple things I can mention. For one, over at her monthly blog for Poisoned Pen Press, Mary writes about a fascinating murder mystery she found in the form of an 1890 newspaper obituary.

Late in the l890s neighbours realised animals on the farm next door were neglected. Investigating, they went around the back of the house and saw a ladder next to the window of the second floor bedroom wherein slept the farm owner. The dwelling had been ransacked and the farmer was found murdered in his room, having been strangled, shot, and his head battered.

Continue reading The Ladder at the Window.

Then there's the equally mysterious case of Mark Terry's e-books, THE DEVIL'S PITCHFORK and THE SERPENT'S KISS. Whereas they have been selling ten or twenty copies a month, during November THE DEVIL'S PITCHFORK has sold 97 and THE SERPENT'S KISS has sold somewhere in the 80s. Mark wants to see if he can push e-book sales of THE DEVIL'S PITCHFORK up to 200 copies by the end of the month. Only $2.99. I've read two of the Derek Stillwater books and can recommend them highly.

I wouldn't mind being convinced that e-books can actually sell in significant numbers except in freakish instances.

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