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"Do you know about the murders?"

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Saturday, October 30, 2010,
And then, one of the women leaned across the table and asked, Do you know about the murders?

It was September 16, 1922.  A young couple strolled down Easton Avenue, along the border of New Brunswick and Somerset.  Even today, as I drive the road, if I look past the strip malls and the housing, the hospital, the Dunkin Donuts, the massage parlors, I can find brief glimpses of the countryside.  Eighty-eight years ago, the young couple turned off Easton, down DeRussey Lane,  heading toward an aba...
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Dead lovers in the upstairs bedroom

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Thursday, October 28, 2010,

Last night, at dinner, a beauty pageant queen, dressed in her sash and crown... I should probably clarify that... She was wearing more than just her sash and crown.  It would be oh so wrong, if she were wearing only a sash and crown... So anyway, last night at dinner at the Dean's house, a beauty pageant queen, a truly delightful young woman, complete with her sash and crown, taught us how to fold our napkin to look like a turkey. 

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It was a dark...


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Do you outline?

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, October 25, 2010,
I am often asked how I plan my books.  Do you outline, people ask, or do you free write?

 

(from bizarro.com, Dan Piraro, 2007)

Some writers say they like to let the story develop organically, but I don't know how to write a traditional mystery without a certain amount of planning.  Readers of traditional mysteries want to match wits with the author.  If the story's going to work, I need to know, in advance, which are the important clues, and which the red herrings. I need you to be surpris...

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Advice and such

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, October 19, 2010,
"You must know the rules.  You must be on friendly, even intimate, terms with them.  That way you can take one aside some evening, slip away for a few drinks, invite the rule back to your place, and then gently and with great tenderness violate the hell out of it." (Jay Brandon, Don’t Break that POV, Hand Me the Pliers, in Rules of Thumb, Martone and Neville, editors)

"When you die, I believe, God isn't going to ask you what you published.  God's going to ask you what you wrote." (T.M. McNal...
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Book Promotion Philadelphia-Style

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, October 12, 2010,
On Sunday, at a rally in Philadelphia, someone threw a book at the President.  The Secret Service investigated, coming to the conclusion that the man meant no harm.  It seems the man was simply an author, hoping to bring the book to the President's attention.  No charges have been filed.  But neither has the Secret Service released the author's name or the book's title.  Presumably they don't want the author to get the promotional benefit of the stunt, nor do they want to encourage other woul...
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Still Life with Tomatillos

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Friday, October 8, 2010,
Mrs. Doah wondered what I would do to follow When Jello Attacks.  And I said, "What, me worry?"



9.  A still life photograph or painting - 3 pts.

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