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I Am an April Fool

Today in Chicago, as of not quite 2 p.m., the temperature has finally cracked 45 degrees. After much of the past week–let alone the past winter!–I was beginning to think it never would again. The sky is this strangely beautiful … Continue reading

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It’s A Chick Thing

So now “lady mayor” is a thing. Thank you, Haley Barbour, fount of real-‘Murican wisdom, for setting us straight on that one in your reference to Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, NJ. She can’t just be plain old “mayor,” because … Continue reading

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The Magic of Apple Pie

So here I am on a chilly October Friday in Chicago, working away on revisions to my 1872-era police procedural and juggling that with my latest novel-in-progress, the stolen-baby one (yes, my mind works in these paths; over time I’ve … Continue reading

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The Twelve-Dollar Vera Wang

A short story in three parts, inspired by a real-life trip to a thrift store and a find there that gave me the title. Part 1 “A wedding?” Eva said into the phone. “Oh for God’s sake, Janey. Of all … Continue reading

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Fun With Fiction

Writing-wise, we have one heck of a deep bench here in Greater Chicagoland. A source of pride brought home to me this past weekend at the Printers Row Flash Fiction Contest, sponsored by the Midwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of … Continue reading

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Omigawd, So Much To Do…

Busy gearing up for Printers Row Litfest today. A whole weekend of digging through used-book piles, looking for buried treasures… signing and reading and selling my mystery novel at the Mystery Writers of America tent… talking shop/attending panels with fellow … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Sun (h/t to the Beatles)

A little touch of piffle for your day. Be gentle; I’m a novelist, not a poet, but here goes. 🙂   I’m soaking up the sun today, Like parched ground After too long a winter And a cold, cold spring. … Continue reading

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