Why setting is so important in a mystery series
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Why setting is so important in a mystery series

When I began planning the Pegasus Quincy mystery series, my prime impetus was to share the beautiful Verde Valley with the world. The area is a paradox, a small valley with one major river and five named creeks in the middle of a state, Arizona, renown for its deserts. The first novel, Death in Copper Town,…

What you need is a good hug
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What you need is a good hug

When I was a child, I remember sitting on a kitchen stool, watching my mother fix a  cake for my birthday. As my special day falls in winter, it was often snowing outside, but warm and cozy in the kitchen. By tradition, birthdays were celebrated with an angel food cake, usually a box mix. Box…

Ignorance is to bliss, as technology is to…
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Ignorance is to bliss, as technology is to…

The familiar phrase comes from an ode written by Thomas Gray, a poet who lived in the 1700s, The full quote is, “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.” The impetus for the poem was some joyful children playing near Eton College, with no thought of what future catastrophes their lives might hold….

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The Creeks of the Verde Valley

Some people think of Arizona as a desert state, which it is, but the mid-part of the state is home to the beautiful Verde River and its five tributaries, Fossil Creek, Granite Creek, Oak Creek, Sycamore Creek and Clear Creek. And if you’d like to add a few, there is also dry Beaver Creek and…

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Seasons of Change

We deal with change all the time. Day changes into night. Our body changes from hungry to full. Seasons change. But if the cycle is predictable in many ways it may be comforting. Change can be, in the wider scheme of things like fractals. The farther away is your perspective, the more the overall pattern…