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    Archive for January, 2008

    Writing Without Reading

    Thursday, January 31st, 2008

    This time last year, I’d started a “survey” of all the sub-genres of mystery in order to introduce me to works that I hadn’t read before: to the pleasures of noir, the craft of police procedural, the perils of fem jeop. Of course, like all things I try to put on a schedule, to […]


    Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

    I’ve rejoined the workforce—the workforce that gets paid twice a month instead of twice a year, that is. I consider writing my full-time job because whether or not I’m sitting at the computer churning out pages (or trying to churn out pages) I’m constantly thinking about bits of dialogue, how characters would interact, and possible […]

    Sorry Folks

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

    Park’s closed.
    Moose out front shoulda told ya.
    Translation: I’ll be back next week. In the meantime, if you know who said this and in what movie…leave it in the comments along with a line for the next person to guess. And so on, and so on. Have fun!

    Fan Dance

    Monday, January 28th, 2008

    Are you a fan of anything? Have you ever written a “fan” letter?
    I was thinking about this recently. I was thinking about the fact that although I admire many writers, many musicians, many artists, many people for a variety of reasons, I don’t think I’ve ever written a fan letter, per se. In fact, even […]

    Istanbul, Not Constantinople

    Friday, January 25th, 2008

    Part the First
    by J.T. Ellison
    It’s been a long time coming, but at long last, Miss Tasha is the focus of her own cocktail party. And that’s not much of a stretch, because for those of us who know her and love her, every day is a party.
    Tasha is one of those rare individuals […]

    Revelations in Career Counseling

    Thursday, January 24th, 2008

    In the poll that we’ve never changed here on Good Girls Kill, the results show that the vast majority of you all want to read stuff about the writerly life.
    Alas, if one does not hit the bestseller list, if one does not marry money, inherit money, hit the lotto or a bank (the […]

    Anything Good On Tonight?

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

    The Directors Guild came to an agreement with the AMPTP last week and some news sources reported the agreement as an indicator that the writer’s strike may soon be resolved.
    Yes! Please let it happen.
    As you’d probably guess, I’m completely with the writers on this one. I want them to get a fair deal. If […]


    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

    While my friends have been an enormous source of strength for me over the past few years, perhaps the biggest thing I’ve relied on is hope.
    According to, hope (as a noun) is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. In its life as […]

    Another One of Those Goofy Quizzes

    Monday, January 21st, 2008

    It’s been a while since we threw one of those wacko “Personality Quiz” thingies out to the madding crowd, so…let’s all kick back and have a little just-for-fun on this Monday a.m. Answer at your own discretion.
    1) Can you tie a cherry stem with your tongue?
    2) What was the last thing you touched?
    3) Sunshine or […]

    If You’ve a Date in Constantinople, She’ll Be Waiting in Istanbul…

    Friday, January 18th, 2008

    Astute readers will not be shocked in the least to learn I’ve been singing the above song for the better part of the last week. That’s right, it’s time for the most difficult, harrowing part of being a writer: the research trip. And for me, this time it’s Istanbul. I’m all packed (Organized Girl likes […]