This blog has changed and is now a handy hints column for the home and garden and we do also answer science issues and things about writing mysteries.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I'm going to be using this BLOG to do something different. I'm going to answer questions people have sent me and give household handy hints on things from cleaning, to the yard to health issues like I did in the newspaper. This should be fun. Each week, starting the week of November 2nd, I'll be adding some new handy hint--for example, you can use canned shaving cream to spot clean a carpet. It works wonders.
I may also have some cooking suggestions. One for example that was asked "Is Propane actually hotter than natural gas? The answer is yes and gas is easier to cook with than electric ranges.
It is now mid June. I have just finished teaching a class in Poisons at Southwestern University for Sr. University. We are doing the initial planning for a second writer's college at the Georgetown Library starting in September. Also this September I have started with the Library Foundation to institute adult education classes. This should be fun and something the community needs and inexpensive but also help the library. Both these functions take effort and we have a good team set to do them.
San Gabriel Secret got theDallas Writer's Guild Summer 2009 Mystery Book of the summer award. (Publisher please take note).
Going to Montana shortly to visit friends and sight see. Driving so the trip will be interesting as well.
Just finished another Virginia Davies novel but it needs a title and I haven't got one yet. Working on it.
Effective Transition from Design to Production (management book)
Poison Handbook for Writers
San Gabriel's Secret -- start of a new mystery series with a Sr. Citizen for a hero!
I also taught a class at the Sr. University here in Georgetown, TX and will be teaching another on in June on poisons.
Will be an instructor at the University of Texas this fall on writing.
I have a couple of interesting lectures I give one is called Vintage Aprons and I have some real examples and my own portable clothesline! The second is The History of Mysteries. also do a talk on Sherlock Holmes -the man and one on forensics for writers and one called Murder 101-what really happens when you kill someone.
I am now a member of the Georgetown Library Advisory Board, on the Board of Directors of the Writer's League of Texas, VP of Sisters in Crime (Austin, TX) and President of the San Gabriel Writer's League.
My newspaper column called Ask Uncle Dave is still running and a lot of fun to do.
A number of us authors put on workshops on writing in conjunction with the Georgetown Library called the Library Writer's College. It was a gig success!!! We are now starting the planning for another college this fall. To go along with it-we are planning an adult education series called Georgetown Learns. This will be a lot of work but it should do well.
I have also started anew mystery with Virginia Davies again. It is in work as we speak (or write).