Tower of London Tour

It’s Halloween week, so talking about places that have a bloody history goes hand-in-hand with the calendar right now. When the place in question is also one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited, and that the history of the locale extends far past the gorier events, well, that’s just the Cracker Jack prize to it all. One of the best things about being a writer is that every trip, trap, or researching technique in my life can color my writing in a positive way. Another good thing about doing that kind of all-encompassing life experience is I know a little bit about a lot of things, so when I hear about a terrific documentary on television, I have a pretty good idea if I’m interested. Case in point is the PBS documentary on the Tower of London that first aired earlier this week. Because of the joys of digital Read more…

7 Ways to Find Time to Write

I have a limited attention span—not because I can’t focus, but because there are so many things around vying for my attention. I have dings and rings and buttons and bells. The one thing I don’t have much of anymore are actual wall calendars showing me how much of the year has already flown by. It’s October people! We tend to have these epiphany moments about the time the back-to-school stuff hit the clearance tables and the Halloween frights fill the store aisles. But for writers, learning to schedule our time, ahead of the “OMG it’s the end of the year” slap, is key to success. I’m currently brainstorming the sequel to Counterfeit Conspiracies and actually writing the second book in my Organized for Mystery series. I look for time to write everywhere, and to make sure not to miss any opportunities in the day’s schedule. Here are a few tips to try: Read more…