Friday, March 19, 2010

I Confess -- No Snowman

It's not that I didn't try. I couldn't get a ball of snow to pack hard enough for rolling. I thought the snow was wet and it would be easy. It's windy, but not unbearably cold. I was sure the relative warmth would keep the snow sticky. Nope, not at my house.

I should never have set myself up for failure. Especially at making a snowman. This is depressing.

On a happier note, I'm getting inside chores done and I have a lovely beef stew (grass-fed beef, of course) in the crock pot. Smells really good.

(Here's where I sneaked away from the computer for a moment and grabbed a piece of dark chocolate. I feel much better now.)

I know a few of you (like me) are working on queries in the upcoming months, so here are three recent blog posts you might want to check out:

How to Format a Query Letter at Nathan Bransford, Literary Agent

5 Query Letter Tips at Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents Blog

Interesting Posts About Writing - w/e March 19 2010 at Jon Gibbs' An Englishman in New Jersey (this one has more links to posts and articles about writing queries)

And for everyone, pop over the Kerrie Flanagan's The Writing Bug and catch her Author Interview: Stephen J. Cannell. He's a fascinating guy, so if you enjoyed Rockford Files or one of the other Cannell shows back when, or read his ongoing Shane Scully mystery series, you'll enjoy this peek into his life.

Visit Cricket McRae, author of the home crafting mystery series, at Hearth Cricket. She has posted a recipe for a bread boule that might put all of us in the baking mood.

Hope you're having a great day.

9 comments:

Patricia Stoltey said...

Just found this post on queries at Jenny Bent's Bent on Books: http://jennybent.blogspot.com/2010/02/rookie-mistakes.html via Nathan Bransford's blog.

Jemi Fraser said...

Thanks for all those links!

Too bad about the snow, but if it's not snowman snow, it just doesn't pack. Frustrating.

Mason Canyon said...

Sorry about the snowman, but the beef stew sounds great (especially with the touch of dark chocolate on the side). :)

Jan Morrison said...

We are supposed to have 17 degrees today - which in your land would be 60 something - very warm for the non-spring we usually have! I want to come over to your house for crock pot meal! Maybe I'll do one myself - I'm going to write all day in between bouts of organizing paper.

Talli Roland said...

Sorry to hear about your limp snowman... but your stew sounds delicious!

Best of luck with the querying. And happy Saturday!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Thanks for the links! Your beef stew sounds great. :)

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

Carol Kilgore said...

Hope your stew was yummy. I'm heading over to check out the links. Thanks for posting!

5kidswdisabilities said...

Thanks for the info. (And I can smell the beef stew in my mind!)
Lindsey Petersen

Marvin D Wilson said...

Weird. The comments button on your top post - I can't get it to pop up. but this post I can. Anyway, commenting on the top post, I've heard really good things about the Bouchercon convention. If that was my genre I'd definitely go to one.

Enjoyed the "Bits and Pieces"

The Old Silly