On Writing

The Writing Life

Proof for the all-out characteristic of writers. Madeline L’Engle put forth in her journals, that when she is not writing one wouldn’t like being around her. I have an inordinately fertile imagination yet it is difficult for me to visualize that lovely gentlewoman being bustled up to her writing room by her family. Yet, am… Continue reading The Writing Life

The Once and Future Muse

“Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell” (COPP).        Beginning with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the first to write his stories, as a muse, Sherlock Holmes has lived over many lifetimes and inspired many, many writers, musicians, and artists over… Continue reading The Once and Future Muse

MX Publishing Podcast

Everyday I am more and more grateful for finding Steve Emecz and the MX community. Find out why by listening to the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast interview with Steve about his unique publishing company. (Link at end of post.) Sherlock Holmes Books and MX Publishing was created by an amazingly singular gentleman with… Continue reading MX Publishing Podcast

Huzzah!–Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

“A trusty comrade is always of use, and a chronicler still more so.” (TWIS) I’d like to acknowledge the Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia and its creator, Alexis Barquin. Plus all its contributors. This splendid resource was and is a daily helpmate during the writing of my novels, These Scattered Houses and Remarkable Power of Stimulus. Always open… Continue reading Huzzah!–Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Geri Schear Review

These Scattered Houses by Gretchen Altabef The story takes place during The Great Hiatus, that period in Sherlock Holmes’s life when the world believed he was dead. For two years he avoided Professor Moriarty’s men and traveled under the identity of a Norwegian explorer called Sigerson. Ms Altabef’s novel takes place in Poughkeepsie, New York… Continue reading Geri Schear Review