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Nowhere man

By Sally Carpenter My current writing project is putting my first novel, “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper,” back in print. Before I send the file to my publisher, I’m editing it for corrections and style. I haven’t read the book since … Continue reading

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Parodies and pastiches

By Sally Carpenter The theater in my town recently screened “Galaxy Quest” as part of the Friday night retro-film series. It’s one of my favorite movies. Trekkies consider it the seventh best Star Trek film because it’s a spot-on parody … Continue reading

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A groovy new book

By Sally Carpenter My new retro-cozy, “Flower Power Fatality,” seems like it’s taken forever to write. I estimate the actual writing time at about 1.5 years but it’s been on my mind for much longer. The idea originated a number … Continue reading

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An ‘ideal’ article

By Sally Carpenter  Some years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Jeffrey Scott, the most prolific writer of TV animation, with over 600 produced scripts to his credit, and all-around nice person.  In his book, “How to Write for … Continue reading

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Music to my ears

­By Sally Carpenter I got the idea of using chapter headers in my books from Steve Hockensmith. His “Holmes on the Range” books have cute headers that hint at the chapter content. I use headers in my books so I … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about the weather

  By Sally Carpenter Many writers swear by Elmore Leonard’s list of “10 rules for good writing” as definitive guidelines that must be followed at all times. Rule one is “Never open a book with weather.” Ooops, I broke that … Continue reading

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Finding the right formula

By Sally Carpenter Some people have accused cozy mysteries, and other genre fiction, of “formulaic.” What’s wrong with that? Humans are creatures of habits. We have our rituals and traditions that help us enjoy life and make sense of it. And … Continue reading

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