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The Dame of Mystery

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Do I have a favorite Agatha Christie novel?   Well, there’s quite a few to like.

Here’s a list of my Top Ten Faves, a.k.a. my “Ten Little Indians” list . . .

1.  Witness for the Prosecution
2.  Murder on the Orient Express
3.  Nemesis
4.  And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians)
5.  Mr. Parker Pyne, Detective
6.  The Mysterious Mr. Quin
7.  The Secret Adversary
8.  Partners in Crime
9.  The Body in the Library
10. Curtain

What is YOUR favorite novel from the Dame of mystery?

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Rubbing Shoulders with Jim Butcher

Rubbing Shoulders with Jim Butcher

Last year, I went to the Space City Con in Houston. While waiting in line for the Star Trek panel to finish so we could go in for the Jim Butcher Writing Seminar, “Making Things Blow Up,” a bunch of us got chatting. Little did we know the man himself, Jim Butcher- was amongst us- until this one guy mentioned having fanboy nerves the first time he met his hero, Stan Lee. Then he said, “It was surreal- I sat right beside Stan Lee on a panel at Comic-Con,” letting the cat out of the bag… We all got giddy and, with stars in our eyes, took turns for photos and/or autographs. (In true Murphy’s Law fashion, I left his book in the car thinking there was no way I’d get the chance to ask him to sign it- doh!) Jim is one cool dude/author/person.

I could go on and on about how much I enjoy Jim’s writing (I can call him Jim now, right?), but I bet you’d rather hear some of his writing advice instead. This guy did it the conventional way, and it paid off in the end. I believe his massive amount of talent also played a part, needless to say, when this guy talked- I listened. And took notes. Here’s a snippet-

On writing scenes- 4. Setback- will your protagonist succeed? a. Yes (BORING) b. Yes, but…(Better) c. No (Even better) d. No, and furthermore…(BEST)

As you can see, Jim’s books contain a lot of complicated setbacks. And I read them like an addict. I am always mad at Jim Butcher because he is so good at this! Anyway, here’s my brush with greatness. And, to be frank, I really hate my hair in this pic, but I am putting it out for the world to see anyway. Dedication, my friends, dedication.
Check out all things Jim at http://www.jim-butcher.com/