Writers on Writing: The 18 Blogs of Christmas with Art Taylor
Just after Halloween, as we were taking down our shelf-top haunted house and spooky pumpkin figure and storing away our spiderweb placemats, our four-year-old son Dash asked when we’d be putting up our Christmas decorations.
“One holiday at a time,” I told him. “We’ve got Thanksgiving first. After Thanksgiving, then we’ll start thinking about the tree.”
This seemed a good compromise until the shopping center near us installed holiday lights and wreaths the first week of November. “Look, Dad, they’re doing it. Why can’t we?”
Writers on Writing: 18 Blogs of Christmas with Cindy Brown
When Henery put out a call for holiday post ideas, I knew I wanted to write about A Christmas Carol. After all, Dickens inspired my latest mystery (Oliver Twisted), and Carol is one of my all-time favorite stories. And I had lots of ideas for this post. I could tell readers how Dickens wrote the story partly in order to bring attention to the plight of the poor. I could talk about the many film and theatre versions of the story (The Muppets! Patrick Stewart in a one-man show!). I could help readers plan a jolly Victorian style Christmas with all the trimmings.
Writers on Writing: My Writing Life with Ritter Ames
One of the best things about writing the Bodies of Art Mysteries is I have a valid reason to travel to terrific locations—beyond the pleasure of simply being there. Getting caught up in the excitement of new places, however, can get a writer into trouble. For example—
While I don’t write historical mysteries, visiting historic sites makes for important research for me. So, no London visit is complete without a day at the Tower of London complex. Just the promenade along the Thames that borders the grounds makes me want to claim the spot as my very own. In one neat package, the Tower encompasses myth & legend, fact & fiction, gorgeous landscape & eye-popping architecture, and a storehouse of amazing riches wrapped up in a thousand-year-old breathtaking locale.