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Month: April 2021

Indie issues

Indie issues

By Jan S. Gephardt Lately, I’ve been increasingly bothered by a cluster of tendencies I call “Indie issues.” They crop up in the writing of otherwise-competent self-published authors, and they happen often enough that I’ve started to recognize them. Perhaps you’ve noticed, too. No, I’m not talking about plain old bad writing. Of course, beginning writers often write less well than seasoned pros. And yes, a number of Indie writers don’t yet know their craft. To get to “good,” a…

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Literally Green Buildings

Literally Green Buildings

By Jan S. Gephardt Happy 51st Earth Day! Followers of my Artdog Adventures blog may remember earlier posts about environmentally-friendly architecture. I tend to post them around Earth Day. People sometimes talk about “green buildings.” But there’s “green” as in eco-friendly, and then there’s “green” as in literally green buildings. And some are both. What do I mean by “literally green buildings”? When I say “literally green buildings,” I mean green with plants. Lately, more and more architects think about…

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Airstream + Dog = Happy Trails (and Tails)

Airstream + Dog = Happy Trails (and Tails)

by Guest Blogger Daniel J. Hale RV travel with Man’s Best Friend is an irreplaceable bonding experience. It’s also the very best kind of travel, especially during a pandemic. Airstream + Dog = Happy. I’d been jonesing for an Airstream since I saw several of the streamlined aluminum travel trailers during a road trip to the Great American Southwest in 2001. By early 2019, after my second stint as Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America. (best known for…

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Rescue Me! Adventures as a Dog Rescue Volunteer

Rescue Me! Adventures as a Dog Rescue Volunteer

By G. S. Norwood Rescue Me! Over the years I’ve taken in a lot of strays, and helped many animals find good homes. In 2013, after I my beloved border collie, Liam, died, I contacted a border collie rescue group to find a new friend for my remaining dog, Tam. That’s when my adventures as a dog rescue volunteer really began! WARNING: You may find some of the photos in this blog post disturbing. Please be assured this dog is…

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K9 Mysteries

K9 Mysteries

By Jan S. Gephardt “K9 Mysteries” is a category that doesn’t currently exist. Well, it doesn’t, if you ask Amazon or the BISAC categories. But I want to wrap up our Women’s History Month series (a day late; sorry!) on women writers of mysteries, romance, and science fiction with some brilliant practitioners of this officially-nonexistent art form. The mystery genre is chock-full of subcategories: cozies, thrillers, police procedurals, noir, and on and on. And many of those categories have subcategories:…

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