1. M is for Magna cum Murder
This mystery convention for authors, fans, and booksellers is scheduled for October 29-31 in Muncie, Indiana. Mother and son writing team Charles and Caroline Todd are the guests of honor. This is one of my favorite conventions because I used to live in Muncie and first attended as a mystery fan. It’s here I discovered one of my favorite mystery writers, Susan Wittig Albert.
2. M is for Mugwump
I didn’t know I was one, but it appears so, according to the second meaning in Webster’s New College Dictionary: “One who acts independently, esp. in politics.”
Mugwump. Patricia the Mugwump. I like it.
3. M is for Meditation
Meditation, like journaling, is one of those things I play with from time to time but never get really serious about. I’ve been thinking of signing up for the weekly meditation experience at our local senior center. Northern Colorado is also home to a couple of interesting retreat locations, although neither one is as close as that senior center. Both of these are wonderful for meditation training and practice as I found out when I toured with a senior center group.
The Shambhala Mountain Center near Red Feather Lakes is home of The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. I sat in on meditation practice inside the Stupa when I was there to tour the facility. Things change when you enter the Stupa and absorb the quiet. One of the things on my bucket list is to spend a full week at the camp on retreat.
The Abbey of Saint Walburga (contemplative Benedictine Nuns) is a working farm and abbey near Virginia Dale that provides a retreat house for individuals and groups. The farm is peaceful and quiet. Visitors may attend services and prayers.
4. M is for Mysteries
I’ve never mastered the art of writing short stories, so I’ve launched an effort to study the process by reading my way through a bunch of mystery magazines and anthologies. I’m starting with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. That’s where librarian and fellow Five Star author Molly MacRae has placed several of her short stories. And by the way, she’ll have a new full-length mystery, Lawn Order, coming out in December.
If anyone can recommend a great book on writing the short mystery, let me know. I need all the help I can get.