Curious Facts about the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

Fascinating information. Thank you for sharing. Surely a must-read for lovers of any form of mystery/suspense/sleuth fiction. Reblogged from https://interestingliterature.com

Interesting Literature

In this week’s Dispatches from The Secret Library, Dr Oliver Tearle investigates the fascinating facts behind some of the greatest detective novels

The rise of detective fiction is a fascinating topic (previously, I’ve chosen 10 of the greatest examples of the genre), and it’s no surprise that a book telling the story of classic crime fiction in 100 books should yield many surprising and interesting facts. This is certainly the case with Martin Edwards’ The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books (British Library Crime Classics), a beautifully produced book from the British Library which charts the rise of crime fiction during the genre’s ‘Golden Age’ of the first half of the twentieth century.

Over the course of 24 entertaining and accessible chapters, which are based around various themes (including London-based crime fiction, crime fiction in the countryside, the seemingly ‘impossible crime’ of the locked-room mystery, parodies…

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My Keto Journey

This is great! My son has a lady friend that is on this diet. She is coming to spend a couple of weeks with my husband and me so we can meet her. She is on this diet and I want to have foods that will help her. She is going to send me a shopping list (at my request). Thank you so much for sharing. Reblogged from https://thebritestfyrefly.wordpress.com

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My journey to weight loss has been long. Though I have not reached my goal, I am happy with the progress. I have to say that of everything I have done, the Ketogenic diet has been the one with the quickest and lasting results. Starting out I searched and searched and asked friends what and how it worked. It took me a while to find the answers I wanted in order to convince myself to start.

While I am no expert on Keto, I am an expert on my experience, and that is what I want to share in this post.

  1. What is it? How does it work? The idea is for your body to no longer use sugar as its main source of energy. Sugars are measured in the form of carbs. No bread is not sugar, but the carbohydrates in bread are processed in the body the same…

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No More November

Here is an amazing mom and author. Wish I could motivate myself to stay as busy as Dacia Arnold. When she gets overwhelmed she digs in and gets more done. When I get overwhelmed I vegetate at my computer and wish I could make myself write. Read her story of a stressful month with a winning ending. Reblogged from https://britesfyrefly.wordpress.com

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November was great and stressful and amazing and stressful. Overall, I survived and have an armful of sweet kiddo love to show for it. We’ll just call it a win.

In late September, I left a great job and people I grew to love. It is no secret that I struggled in areas, but not in the areas of hard work, positive relationships and quality outcomes. It is not in me to produce anything less, so I started looking for other opportunities. Family dynamics shifted. I suddenly became a mother of a chronically ill child and lacked support for my oldest. The logical thing to do was leave the work force to focus on the two little people I am responsible for.

In true Dacia fashion, I also set some steep goals for myself to accomplish while “sitting at home”. With my children taking the highest priority, I planned to…

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Frienemies: Chapter Thirty-Six

A Gloom Reflected Rain had stopped progress on the Jackson house for three days. The relentless deluge took its toll in a landslide that blocked Route 20 between Lerona and Pipestem. Work on the railroad between Athens and Hinton had come to a screeching halt. Tempers flared and fists flew at the tavern. Joel wasn’t … Continue reading Frienemies: Chapter Thirty-Six

Good Endings: What Should Yours Include?

What a great writing site to help us find. Lots of great writing advice on writers helping writers. Reblogged from https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Extract from a Writers Helping Writers article:

What’s the right ending for your novel? This isn’t a simple question to answer, because there are many factors to consider. But the first thing you want to think about is the story’s genre.

Let’s take a simple example. Suppose your story centres around a startling event like a murder. Should the murder be solved? If you’re writing a cosy mystery, yes. If you’re writing a political thriller or a police procedural, you probably have to solve the murder, but it’s not mandatory. If you’re writing a contemporary or experimental novel, you might not present any concrete answers about the murder—you might use the event to explore other questions.

So if you’re struggling to identify what your ending should be, the first place to look is the genre expectations. All stories provoke curiosity and raise questions. That’s what keeps the reader’s attention through…

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Locally Grown Book Marketing for Indie Authors

Timely information (new to some of us) regarding alternative methods of marketing. Reblogged from https://howtoebook.org

How To Ebook

 

Book marketing to national media has becomes increasingly competitive. We’ve seen a dramatic increase in how effectively indie authors have been able to leverage their communities and local media.

Don’t get caught up in Amazon ranking and social media schedules.

As an indie author, part of your focus should be local.  Build your brand. Reach new readers. Nurture relationships with super fans that will support you for the long haul.

Establish yourself as a must-follow local indie author if you live in a vibrant, civic-minded part of the country.  Incorporate this into your long-term book marketing plan.

read more: https://www.amarketingexpert.com/book-marketing-locally-grown/

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How To Start That First Chapter The Right Way [NaNoWriMo]

Great post fore new/beginning/struggling writers. Reblogged from https://rachelpoli.com

Rachel Poli

What’s the hardest part about writing a novel? It’s different depending on who you are, how you write, and what you write.

Still, you may have all the ideas and you may even have a quick outline, but beginning a novel can be tricky. It is, after all, one of the most important parts of your novel.

There are plenty of readers out there who not only read the book’s blurb on the back, but they already read the first paragraph or so of the first chapter.

Why? Because they want to get a feel for the writing style. They want to see if they’ll be hooked into the story right away.

If they are, they’ll buy it. If they’re not… well, maybe the next reader who is enticed by the blurb will be into it.

How To Start The First Chapter

There are so many different ways to start a novel. There’s no certain way that…

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Comma Power

Thank you for sharing this. I grew up with the old grammar rules, which I find hard to break. But sometimes breaking the rules adds interest to a sentence. Don’t you think? Reblogged from https://justcanthelpwriting.wordpress.com

Just Can't Help Writing

I have been thinking about the inordinate power of commas.

I had an intuitive understanding of this power from my manipulation of my own prose as a fiction writer. But I credit Martha Kolln’s textbook, Rhetorical Grammar, for making concrete, as an object of explicit study, what my instinctive ear told me. I never succeeded in passing on to many students a real, self-conscious understanding of how vital such a simple little mark can be to communicating precisely what we want readers to hear: there never seemed to be enough time to think much about style in the classes I taught. But if I had it to do over again, I would indulge myself by finding that time. I’ve worked hard not to be the natural Grammar Curmudgeon I am, but by golly, punctuation is a tool! We’ve all seen those fun exercises where simply moving a few…

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