Friday night, under a full moon, with full fog, and lightning in the background, I attended the Malice in Memphis (www.maliceinmemphis.com) writer’s group retreat at a lovely location in a private park surrounded by deep woods. Sometimes the real world hands you better props that anything you can write. Thank you to the entire MIM group for an incredible evening of Q&A and a very spirited discussion of scripting and elevator pitches. Their latest book is Elmwood: Stories To Die For. They take real historical locations and add murder most foul. Let’s just say that lunch out with these good people is quite the experience.
This morning, I had the privilege of being a panelist for the Desoto Writers Alliance at the Southaven, MS Library for a mini-conference on publishing. These are the types of events that restore your faith in the publishing business. Lots of people with great questions. Seeing so many people eager to dive into the business makes you look forward to what they will produce. The best part of the day was learning how many genres were represented in the audience. As long as there are novices willing to learn, we will always have new books to look forward to.
I am also going to reveal my secret project over the last few weeks. I have been working on a a solve the murder mystery game. I am happy to report that I believe I have the system worked out and the game will be played for fabulous prizes at the upcoming MCFC convention (www.memphiscfc.com).
November 17th to 19th – MCFC – The Convention!
Dec 21st – National College/Tech Ed – Instilling Humor in Your Writing
Even the darkest of themes can use a little humor. How does humor and horror go together? The humorous laugh versus the nervous titter? Do readers and authors laugh at the same thing? Why have humor? Does the humor flow naturally or do you have to work it in to change the scene?