Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Snippets

by Maggie Sefton


Since nothing has suddenly popped into my head, demanding to be written about, my post today will be snippets of thoughts that briefly appeared on my "radar screen" today:

Serious illness---my oldest daughter (a mom of four herself) had emergency gall bladder surgery last week.  Suddenly, all of us in the family were keeping in touch with the situation and exchanging information via texts and brief phone calls.  I know technology can add to the stress level in our lives, but sometimes it can also bring huge benefits, like faster communication.  We do group texts with five or more on our smartphones, so when someone learns or hears something, we all know it.

Leann's wonderful Sunday post on our CC blog---Thank you so much, Leann, for expressing those thoughts so wonderfully.  They are shared by so many of us who love to write cozy mysteries.  And we LOVE that our readers love our books.  :)

Staying in touch with old friends---Today a dear writer friend and I shared a long and wonderful lunch, catching up with each other.  We talked about all sorts of things, especially fiction.  We're both putting up formerly published novels on EBooks.  And we've got ideas for new fiction we want to release as well.  Exciting times.  Mary Gillgannon and I met in the early 90s in Denver at Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers meetings.  We were both writing historical romance and we became fast friends and joined with two other historical romance authors, Denee Cody & Jessica Wulf, to form  a serious critique group to supplement the wonderful critique group we were participating in Denver.  We worked hard, honing our craft, and within two years, all four of us were published with major New York publishing houses.  Today, we're all still writing, but have broadened our interests to include mystery, paranormal, and fantasy.  Mary & I continue to stay in touch with each other.  Old friends are truly gold.

Lastly, I still can't believe Season Three of Downton Abbey ended the way it did on Sunday night.  All I can say is. . .Oh, No!!!!!!!!!

8 comments:

signlady217 said...

First of all, glad your daughter is ok. Second, glad you and your author frineds are continuing to write such excellent books. Third, if they had to have that story line happen on Downton Abbey they at least did it in a great way. (I had heard spoilers, and it STILL snuck up on me!)

Adrienne said...

Maggie, I'm hoping your daughter is doing well. They're always our babies, aren't they? Here's to a speedy recovery. And then, it's fun as a non-writer but big fan to go behind the scenes where you and your colleagues hone your craft, as you say. I don't think we readers can appreciate the time and energy and devotion that goes into writing one book. Thanks for sharing! Adrienne in MN

Lover of Books said...

Having written short stories for fun, I have just a glimpse in what it is like. I am glad your daughter is well. I love my old friends. They are the best!

Maggie Sefton said...

Signlady---I'm so glad you're enjoying them. :). And I had no idea what was going to happen because I'd deliberately stayed off websites that would talk about series bec I'd heard they were releasing spoilers. So I was NOT expecting that.

Maggie Sefton said...

Adrienne---Thank you for those kind words.. Some day I'll get those historicals out as Ebooks. They all have Mysteries layered throughout the plots. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Lover of Books----I know what you mean. Our old friends know us from waaaaay back. That's why I return to visit with my oldest dearest friends from childhood regularly. Nancy & Diane & I grew up across the street from each other together in Arlington, VA. :).

Adrienne said...

We're going to be in Arlington VA visiting our daughter and her family in about 9 days! We'll say hi to the neighborhood for you :-)
And Maggie, I just saw the posting on Amazon for the next Molly Malone book, Poisoned Politics. I;ve been waiting and watching. Hooray!!Of course now I have to wait until August but it'll be worth it. Take care...Adrienne in MN

Maggie Sefton said...

Adrienne----Wow! They have it up already? Now I'll have to go look. :). Thanks for telling me. And definitely say say to Arlington for me. Where does she live in Arlington? Near what main streets? It's only 24 square miles. :). Formerly Robert E. Lee's family plantation. Federal gvt allowed the Lee family to stay there while Gen. Lee was alive, then once he died, they had to leave. Part of the land along the Potomac was used for Arlington National Cemetary. Beautiful setting.