Author Archives: Marion

A New Spin on an Old Trope Leads to a Bumpy Ride

In 2008, Random House published Lauren McLaughlin’s YA speculative sex comedy Cycler. On one level, it’s the story about Jill, an only child, and her quest (with the help of her friend Ramie) to get the New Boy at school … Continue reading

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Aging: Walking Through a Diminishing Landscape

What happens when you get older is things go away. People go away, and we all knew that. People who pass away leave a hole in your personal landscape. Maybe it’s a pinprick– the person was a friend of someone … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Royalties

(These may just be the same thoughts I’ve had about royalties.) I’ve said here and elsewhere before that if I can afford to buy us burritos from my quarterly royalties, I consider the quarter a success. Spouse and I are … Continue reading

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Bits and Pieces

On August 17, Comeuppance Served Cold went into the production phase. I expect to have copyedits to review by September 8, so I know what I’ll be doing for a while! Saturday, August 28, I participated in a live Zoom … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #19: Covid Test

A couple of Sundays ago I got a call from a friend. She left a voicemail, didn’t say what it was about, didn’t leave a text. We spent about 20 minutes playing voicemail tag before she reached me, to tell … Continue reading

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3 Rules for an Ann Cleeves Mystery

(Warning, spoilers.)Ann Cleeves is a British mystery writer, who has won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, and has two of her detective series, the Vera Stanhope books and the Shetland series, adapted for BBC television. Her books are extremely popular. … Continue reading

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I got to the botanical garden during peak dahlia season. The banks of lush blooms, looking like time-frozen fireworks, have benches interspersed so you can sit and rest your feet after you’ve walked down from the terrace, through the first … Continue reading

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MCWC 2021 Finished Up

Another conference is in the books. Like last year’s, this conference was online. Like last year’s this worked pretty well for me. It worked better for me in one respect; I participated online from a room at the Alegria Inn … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal has posted the cover for Comeuppance Served Cold! Helen Crawford-White, who created the cover for G. Willow Wilson’s The Bird King among many other wonderful covers, is the artist. I suppose I could be happier, but I don’t really … Continue reading

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Open Mike: What to Read, What to Read?

This month I did two author reads, and I have one scheduled for early next month. As Comeuppance Served Cold draws closer to publication, I plan (or at least hope) to do more personal author readings. This leads to the … Continue reading

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