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Hello everyone My new novel Beneath the Ice is now available on Amazon.


Detective Andrea Watson and FBI Agent Fletcher Peterson watch ice blocks being cut from a local lake for the St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace. When body parts are discovered in a couple of Ice blocks, the two form an alliance to find a serial killer.

It's not a simple case as Andrea has to deal with a misogynist team leader and a persistent reporter. Andrea and Fletcher travel south, following the killer's trail. The closer they get to the killer, the situation becomes a race against time when the dogged reporter goes missing.

I hope you will buy a copy and give a review. Thank you all for your support and for your critiques over the years. I know I'm becoming a better writer for your input.
Thank you Lilli I'm still not good at this link thing.
Big Congrats!! I picked up the sample. (I always pick up a sample and check it out first) Very proud of you!

Happy Birthday!! *Cake*

Good morning everyone. I want to share some news. This past week I saw a post on FB from a young graphic artist who wants to create a graphic crime novel. She asked if anyone had a good story she could use. I offered my Detective story and she loved it.
She had been sending me storyboards. We collaborated on the look of the two main characters. I am encouraged by her drawings so far.
If she gets it published, I’ll share it.
You can find my story "Detective's Secret
I've added a new entry to my book, "My Journal #2:
         "What a productive year
I've just edited an item in my portfolio:
 Its Coming up Green  (18+)
A forensic anthropologist finds her new project a bit too familiar
My power was out for four days. You learn to do without and to be creative. I have a gas stove so it was running all day. Who knew that warming water on the stove could heat a house. Cooking meals was creative. With no microwave or oven, we ate soup, sandwiches, and anything with eggs.
I have to thank our neighbor. She was given her mother's RV generator to keep their refrigerator and freezer at temperature. When she was done, she offered the use of it to her neighbors. We had it for a night and were able to keep our appliances running. We charged our electronics. The next day we were to pass it on to the next neighbor, but they were able to buy the last two at a Costco.
We drove to a dry ice company through the snow (The business park didn't plow). They sell wholesale but sold us 50# to put in our freezer and refrigerator since the posted date of turn on service was Thursday. Fortunately, our power went on late Monday afternoon.
It's nice when neighbors help each other out during these difficult times. Stay safe and warm!
That's wonderful.

I always said that when catastrophe strikes it either brings out the beast or the best in people.
I've added a new entry to my book, "My Journal #2:
         "June 24-Book Rewrite
I've added a new entry to my book, "My Journal #2:
         "Ariel is Gone

Wishing you the best of everything.
Today and always!
Kindest Regards, Lilli

Thank you Lillie
Thank you so much
That is a cool picture. Is that your book? Amazingly cool. Have a wonderful birthday even in lock down. Write something about you and either a real or make believe fantasy or something about what you'd like for a birthday! *Smile*

No it’s one I copied from the internet
Fellow writers I’m struggling with character voice. If there’s a good newsletter or post about creating different character voice in a novel please post a link. I had one review that said my characters seem to sound alike This is the rough draft. As I move into the first rewrite what can I do to make sure my male detectives don’t sound alike? Is it action? Words usage? I could use some help.
Another way is to think what are the character traits they are to display in the story.
A miser will speak differently in a dialog than a generous person. Each interaction is not solely factual information, but a revelation of how each character feels about the fact.
These are all Midwest characters. Now they live in Mzn so I can add a “you betcha” but you can’t throw too many of those in one novel. What other ways are there to show voice? Another writer has his character constantly pulling on the hair at the nape of his neck. It became an irritating action as I read. I couldn’t figure out why he did it.
You might find something helpful by checking out
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It has several articles on the subject as well as some fun fill in the blank type profiles for your characters.
Here we are, Monday and still the world is in a panic. I and my husband have been laid off due to the over reaction to the flu. Friday we were told that since our jobs didn't have anything to do with sales or shipping, we would be on temporary lay off with no date in the future to look forward to.
The only good thing is, I now have time to start downsizing my garage. I'm seriously going to go through boxes and either sell what I can or pitch it. Who's going to buy a huge set of china, bits and pieces of decorative tableware or totes full of Christmas decorations?
Another good thing is I will be busy rewriting the memoir I was hired to do. (very difficult) I also need to write the last few chapters of my own work in progress. I pray this panic will end soon and we'll go back to being sane, rational people.
Sorry to hear about your job. What kind of china set do you have? I love that kind of stuff. Not that I can get it shipped here, obviously, but I'm being nosy. *Laugh*
My thoughts are with you. It's not an easy time but it looks like you're coping.
PS: Just read Elle's note. I have friends here who'd love that china, and another friend who does Christmas parties for the economically deprived kids -- she'd grab those decorations! *Ha*
Has anyone read the March issue of Writer's Digest? I was especially interested in Jessica Strawser's article on Character. Some things she wrote resonated with me. She put a new twist on how to look at character and change. I will be using it when I rewrite my novel. Quite the eye opener.
A love poem

They strolled down the lane together,
the sky was studded with stars.
They reached the gate in silence
as he lifted down the bars.
She neither smiled nor thanked him
because she knew not how.
He was just a farmer's boy,
and she was a jersey cow.
*Cow* *Cow*

This made me chuckle. I really liked this poem.
This isn't my poem. The author is unknown. My mother used to tell us this poem, I've repeated it for years.
It may have been in our CHILDCRAFT story books
Well, I'm glad you shared it! *Heart*

Thank you!
I've added a new entry to my book, "My Journal #2:
         "Death is Coming
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