My Mystery Addiction Started with Nancy Drew by Heather Weidner

Nancy Drew the ultimate inspiring sleuth. Reblogged from Mystery Thriller Week.

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My Mystery Addiction Started with Nancy Drew

I have loved mysteries since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. Saturday morning cartoons in the United States in the 1970s were full of mysteries and sleuths. I adored Scooby Doo, Hong Kong Phooey, Speed Buggy, the Funky Phantom, and Josie and the Pussycats. And as a kid with a newly minted library card, I quickly learned that there were lots of books full of mysteries, crimes, and capers.  

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Michigan! A Photo Presentation by John MacDonald

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  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: john macdonald (February 9, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BMPH0GI

My rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

My Review:

What a stunning way to see the colors and diversity of the Upper Penninsula and other parts of Michigan. I enjoyed the photos of the bridges and the autumn colors especially. What a vivid collection of photographs. There was at least one photo on each page and there were plenty of views of the Great lakes.

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With one section dedicated to presenting the scenes in black and white and that too was just so artistic. Each section outshone the other. Breathtaking colors, skies, waterways and animals fill the pages.

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This book of photographs by professional photographer, John MacDonald is a lovely way to see the beauty that Michigan has to offer. With several sections to delight the eyes, with black and white, color photos and natural scenes, it is over one hundred pages of beauty. Even photos of the ore docks and the ore tankers looks so stunning on the smooth water.

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There is a lovely section that has flowers and waterfalls, my favorite was the section on the historic buildings and landmarks. With plenty of sunsets and wildlife shots that fill the screen with color and natural beauty. Then we have the bridge and the ore transporting photos. You can also visit the photographer’s photography website and view or purchase from his collection.

Where to find: Michigan! A Photo Presentation:

You can find this photography expose in paperback and in Kindle on Amazon and Barnes and Noble using the links below.

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Circles of Delight: Classic Carousels of San Francisco by Aaron Shepard

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  • Pages:124
  • Publisher:Shepard Publications
  • Publication date:08/01/2016
  • ISBN-13:9780938497691

 

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

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Why the beep do people like Fantasy? by a Fantasy Writer

Shared from Mystery Thriller Week. An MTW author provides his incentive for trying new genres.

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What is something you hate? What is something you love?
The thing about opinions is that somebody always disagrees with you. There is somebody that loves what you hate and hates what you love.
What does this have to do with the Fantasy genre? You might have guessed by now. If you hate it, there’s somebody that likes it. If you like it, there’s somebody that absolutely despises it.

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Why the beep do people like Horror? By a Horror Writer

Reblogging this to The Page Turner from Mystery Thriller Week. This post is from MTW author David Kummer who happens to be still in high school and the author of 4 excellent thriller novels. Enjoy!!

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What is something you hate? What is something you love?The thing about opinions is that somebody always disagrees with you. There is somebody that loves what you hate and hates what you love.

What does this have to do with the Horror genre? You might have guessed by now. If you hate it, there’s somebody that likes it. If you like it, there’s somebody that absolutely despises it.

So, now that we’ve got that off the table, let’s talk about why some people actually like Horror. There are many misconceptions about the genre, and I’ll do my best to dispel those.

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Guest Post: What You Know is not Finite by Jude Roy

I was told when I first started writing seriously to write what I know, and that is what I did. However, I soon realized that what I know is not infinite. I quickly realized that what I knew about my culture was only a small piece of a much larger pie. For example, I did not know how Darrell Bourque felt and believed about my culture. I read his poetry and found that his view of the Cajuns was slightly different than mine. I did not know what Earnest Gaines felt and believed about my culture. He saw them from a Black man’s perspective. Both of these talented, but different writers, had experiences with the Cajun culture that I never had. The more I read people who wrote about the Cajuns, the more I realized just how little I knew. My advice to new writers is to read a lot before you write a lot. In other words, start with what you know. Then learn what you don’t know, and write about that.

Let me give you an example.

When I started writing, I created Pete LaSache, a story-telling Black man, who could never come right out and say what he meant, so he would bury his philosophies, beliefs, and visions in stories. As a young writer, I had no idea why he did this—only that I liked the idea. Let’s face it, wasn’t that what I was doing, too. But what did I know about Pete’s culture? Yes, I was the poor son of a sharecropper and not very high on the social scale—not much different than Pete—but I was White. I had no idea what it might be like to be Black. I decided that I needed to know why Pete told stories.

I did a little research, and here’s what I came up with: Pete is a descendant of the Xanekwe people, and they believed in the power of the sangoma, the shaman, men and women who had the power to see spirits and read the future. I invented the idea of a snake that would wrap itself around a person’s brain and speak to his host with stories about people and events; some of them dealt with the past and some with the future. Here is a brief description of the Xanekwe story snake from a novel I was working on at the time:

The story snake was a talking snake—he had a human tongue, instead of forked like a snake’s tongue; it was fat and oval-shaped like that of the Xanekwe people. When the old sangoma slept in his hut, the snake slithered in through the front opening and curled himself around the old man’s head. “Listen to me,” the snake said in the old man’s ear. “You are a great healer of men’s ills, both physical and spiritual. You have been chosen by those that have gone before you and will follow after you to carry the story snake in your head.” With that, the snake slithered through the shaman’s ear and coiled himself around the old man’s brain. When the old man woke up, he didn’t remember anything that happened—only that he had an important dream. But from that day on, he could see things in the future. One day, right before he died, he called his son over to him and told him the story of the snake and in that way, the snake passed on from father to son. And when that son became a father, he passed it on to his son, who passed it on.

Now, I knew why Pete told stories, and as I matured, so did he, and his stories became more powerful and prophetic.

I grew up in the fifties and sixties during a very tumultuous time when Blacks were beginning to assert their identities. There were issues out there that I had never faced before, and that bothered me. My father, although illiterate, raised me to respect all people, and I thought that was all that was needed. But this is a complex world. Respect, though admirable, will not right all wrongs. Then while I was in college, a Black friend of my wife and me, told me that no White person could ever know what it was like to be Black. As a writer, this troubled me. How could a White person write from the point of view of a Black person or a Native American then if he/she could never know what it was like? How could a male write from the point of view of a female? However, as I grew older, I realized that yes, I could never know what it was like to be Black, Native American, Muslim, female, gay, lesbian, etc., but as different as we are, we share many of the same similarities, beliefs, experiences. That’s when I decided that if I was going to write from these different points of views, I had better learn what I could about them. In other words, I would borrow from their experiences, histories, cultures, and hopefully, my stories would at least have the ring of truth.

I believe that the power of a writer is the ability to crawl into the skin of another person and see the world through his/her eyes, but how does one do that when he/she has not had the same experiences. There is only one way. I started reading Black writers, took a course on Black literature, paid attention to what was happening around me. I read news stories. I read obituaries. I read biographies. I read Native American writers, Muslim writers, female writers, LGBT writers. I read, I listened, I internalized. True, I may not belong to any of those cultures, sexual orientations, religious denominations, or sexes, and my characters will always be tainted by my experiences, but I honestly believe my characters are stronger now because at least, I have a rudimentary knowledge of where they’re coming from. Not only did it make me a better writer; it made me a better person.

 

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Jude Roy, Originally from Chataignier, Louisiana, a small community in south central Louisiana, Jude Roy writes about the Cajuns who live, play, and work there. His work has appeared in such venues as The Southern Review, American Short Fiction, PEN Syndicated Fiction’s The Sound of Writing, The Fiction Writer, Mysterical-E, The Writing Disorder, and numerous other magazines and anthologies

Jude Roy is the author of two Cajun PI mysteries and a collection of literary fiction short stories. These are all available on Amazon.

My thanks to Jude Roy for his insightful look at writing from a different perspective. Jude is an active participating author in Mystery Thriller Week. You can find out more about Jude on his blog  and his  Amazon author page 

I Found My First Easter Egg, Then I Found Another, and it is not Even February!

Everyone loves to wake up Easter morning and find that the crafty bunny has spent all night dying and designing those adorable eggs. It is not expected in January though.

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No bunny had hippity hopped into the house.  Beau would have barked if that had happened.

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