Category: Writing Blog

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! A few people I’m grateful for this year… I am grateful for my husband, who continually encourages me in my writing endeavors even while pursuing his own. I am grateful for my kids, for giving me inspiration when they play their own stories and hugs when I need them. I am grateful for …

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Thanksgiving in 1901 Spokane

Thanksgiving in 1901 Spokane

I’ve shared about the Dear Mother collection of letters before, but this week I wanted to highlight some of Marinus Crommelin’s impressions of Thanksgiving, a holiday they didn’t celebrate in his homeland of Holland. “Next Thursday it is Thanksgiving day…a statutory holiday which appears to be celebrated with good food and dancing as well as …

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Happy Birthday, Anna Katharine Green!

Happy Birthday, Anna Katharine Green!

This week I wanted to give a special homage to the woman who’s become a huge part of my life lately: the remarkable Anna Katharine Green. On this day, November 11, in 1846, Anna Katharine Green was born to New England lawyer James Wilson Green and Katharine Ann Whitney Green. She was the fourth child, …

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How I NaNoWriMo Differently (and you can, too!)

How I NaNoWriMo Differently (and you can, too!)

I won’t be doing National November Writers Month (NaNoWriMo) this November, and I’ll tell you why. But first, let me give a quick definition of NaNoWriMo for those who are wondering. NaNoWriMo is a free program for writers that encourages them to write a novel in a month. If you visit their website, you’ll find …

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Christmas Anthology Unboxing

Christmas Anthology Unboxing

Hello! I am thrilled to share this moment with you as I get to unbox my first published short story! Head on over to my Facebook Author Page to catch the action. Signed copies are for sale right here on my website! Thanks for watching and reading! 🙂 (In order of stories) Ronnell Kay Gibson …

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Why Do We Like Whodunnits?

Why Do We Like Whodunnits?

Why do we like Whodunnits? By “Whodunnit” I mean the movies, TV shows, and books where we don’t find out the murderer, thief, or conman until the final scene. It’s an interesting question, considering it’s not always been the format of choice. For instance, take The Thomas Crown Affair—the original 1968 heist film. We know …

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Full Course Dinners Circa 1896

Full Course Dinners Circa 1896

The following comes from one of the 19th century cookbooks I’ll be sharing at my next presentation THIS SATURDAY, Oct 19 at 2:00 at the East Side branch of the Spokane Public Library. Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking School Cookbook Published 1896 A FULL COURSE DINNER. FIRST COURSE. Little Neck Clams or Bluepoints, with brown-bread sandwiches. …

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Who was the First? Bellwethers and Mystery

Who was the First? Bellwethers and Mystery

Who was the first author to introduce us to “the locked room mystery”? Who was the first to use a recurring series detective? Who was the first to have their detective gather everyone together in a room so that he might explain precisely the murderer’s motive? Who was the first to give us that daring …

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