Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Writers' Workshop

Come to the Triangle Sisters in Crime
One-Day Workshop for Writers!

Saturday March 12, 2016, 9 AM to 4 PM
Room 118, Western Wake Technical Community College

3434 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary NC
Registration closes March 7.
Click here to register for the workshop

Learn from the Best - Sign up for this all-day writers' workshop

Come to the Triangle Sisters in Crime
One-Day Workshop for Writers!

Saturday March 12, 2016, 9 AM to 4 PM
Room 118, Western Wake Technical Community College

3434 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary NC
Registration closes March 7.


Thrills and Chills with Allison Brennan.photo of Allison BrennanCharacter, conflict and pacing are the three keys to writing a compelling mystery or thriller. In this workshop, Allison Brennan will talk about how to create characters readers will love (or hate), how to keep the story moving, how to keep your stakes high and your conflict real. Plus, a special bonus discussion on villains--no matter what kind of villain you create -- evil or just misguided -- Allison will share tips on creating a villain worthy of your hero. Allison Brennan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 28 books and numerous short stories. She writes two series -- the Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan romantic thriller series (book 11, THE LOST GIRLS, will be out in November); and the Maxine Revere cold case mystery series (book 3, POISONOUS, will be out in April.) Allison believes life's too short to be bored, so in addition to writing three books a year, she is raising five kids, assorted pets, and a husband. Visit her website at allisonbrennan.com.

Plotting Along with Erin Knightley. We’ll discuss different approaches to plotting and how to know what will work best for you. From detailed outlines to simple character motivation worksheets, group plotting sessions to solitary brainstorming, find the method that fits your personal writing style best.  photo of Erin Knightley
Erin Knightley, the USA Today bestselling author of a dozen published works, including seven historical romance novels, initially decided to pursue a sensible career in science. She eventually came to her senses, leaving her practical side behind in order to write full time. Together with her tall, dark, and handsome husband and their three spoiled mutts, she is living her own Happily Ever After in North Carolina. Visit Erin’s website at erinknightley.com.

photo of Tara Lynne GrothMake a Living as a Writer with Tara Lynne GrothWhat does it take to rely on writing as your sole source of income? Learn about various streams of income you can tap into with your unique expertise. Consumer and trade magazines, advertising agencies, and website owners need content. Writing credits build your authority and a 'writer platform' makes you attractive to traditional publishers and readers. What are standard pay rates? How much do you need to earn? How can you protect yourself financially and legally as a writer? We'll answer these questions during this session.​

Tara Lynne Groth, a full-time freelance writer, resigned from salaried life in 2010 and has been running her writing business ever since. She writes web content, magazine and newspaper features, speaks at conferences, and leads workshops through two groups she founded: Triangle Writers and Asheville Writers. She blogs at www.writenaked.net and more at www.taralynnegroth.com.

SinC members $65, Triangle SinC members $60, Others $75
Includes catered box lunch, door prizes, coffee & snacks, writing game, mingling, and moderated panel.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Curmudgeon's Book of Nursery Rhymes

Now on Kindle.

Beloved nursery rhymes told with a twist.  In Little Bo Peep the narrator is one of the sheep, who says "in the first place she didn't lose us" or in Hickory Dickory Dock the story is told from the viewpoint of the clock. In Little Miss Muffet the spider says "I was invited to that fateful lunch."

There is also a politically correct version of Little Bo Peep rewritten so as not to offend anyone, especially those who are little, that is to say "vertically handicapped" or "altitudinally challenged."
Sometimes thought provoking, often humorous, the retelling of old stories reflects how the Resident Curmudgeon sees life. A true curmudgeon also sees things from a different viewpoint.

Available on Kindle for $2.99

Friday, January 15, 2016

Functions of the President

Among the many functions of the President is to represent the US in international affairs. Among many other things he must negotiate with leaders of other countries.

Now that brings us to a problem.  Can you imagine Donald Trump negotiating with the Prime Minister of England?  Or of France.  How about Trump meeting with Angelia Merkel? Please spare us the embarrassment!

But the absolute worst scenario:  Donald Trump having an audience with the Queen of England.

Heaven protect us from such a tragedy!

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

A Puzzlement

I am really puzzled about some things I have seen recently. There are a couple of televangelists who seem to be claiming a new (at least to me) concept in religion. As I listen to and read their pulpit rantings, I keep getting this theme:  "If you don't believe exactly the same as I do, then you're a sinner!"

Whoa there! I thought that was God'S job, to decide who were sinners. How come these earthlings now have this task?

Listening and reading further, I realize the really important factor.  They claim that God speaks to them directly. Aha!  Now I understand.  This is some sort of a franchise arrangement. These teleboys have some sort of a license whereby God tells them the ground rules, and then they get to apply them.

Since there are more than one of these teleboys, I have to wonder just what sort of territorial jurisdictions have been assigned.  Maybe it's something to do with what network they are on.

In a way you just have to admire these teleboys.  They are true entrepreneurs. They have discovered a product, and developed a market.

Bless us all here in the good old USA.