Friday, December 9, 2011


Can you get jetlag from a bus tour? That idea seems weird to me, but my head is spinning from the 14-Day MURDER WE WRITE BLOG TOUR that ended yesterday. Each day we played musical-blogs and moved from one Mystery Writer’s site to another. It was wild, but I’m declaring it a success because when we climbed off the bus no one was bleeding.

Earl Staggs was driving, by the way, and that guy knows how to take a curve. These Texans all use a heavy foot, and we really booked it.

I never dreamed that I’d take a 2-week trip with 14 other people, much less 14 writers. As I’ve said before, writers are a little different kind of cat. We can’t help it. Something in our DNA tells us that we must record what we see. We’re compelled to write down all sorts of things in the way we see them. Each member of our Team could take the same basic plot, and using our own characters, we would each spin a different story.

That’s what brings magic into writing. And into reading.
Here’s the whole bunch, along with their blog addresses:
Tour Guest authors on Cozy Mysteries and Other Madness:
Nov. 25 – Timothy Hallinan
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Nov. 26 – M. M. Gornell
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Nov. 27 – Wendy Gager
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Nov. 28 – Alice Duncan
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29 – John M. Daniel
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Nov. 30 – Pat Browning
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Dec. 1 – Ron Benrey
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Dec. 2 – Beth Anderson
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Dec. 3 – Anne K. Albert 
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Dec. 4 – Earl Staggs
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Dec. 5 – Jinx Schwartz
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 Dec. 6 – Mike Orenduff
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Dec. 7 – Marilyn Meredith
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Dec. 8 – Jean Henry Mead
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M.M. Gornell said...

What an experience, Jackie! So glad I was invited. Earl is some bus driver, that's for sure! Loved it.
Subscribed to your blog so I'll know what you're up to!


Jean Henry Mead said...

It was wild and crazy bus tour and I loved it, especially getting to better know my fellow mystery writers and their work. Wishing you a warm and happy Christmas and productive New Year!


john M. Daniel said...

Jackie, it was a pleasure spending time with you. All the best luck to you with your writing, and here's wishing you fine holidays!

Jackie King said...

Madeline, Jean and John, I've loved meeting and coming to know each of you. And, of course, Warren.

Timothy Hallinan said...

Amazing trip, Jackie, and thanks so much for being so nice about my contributions. I learned so much from this that I can't wait to get back home and start writing again.

See you at the next Bouchercon?

Sheila Deeth said...

I missed some bus stops while picking my Mum up from the airport, but this tour was great fun.

Jackie King said...

Thanks, Sheila. I loved having you drop by when you could. I'm assuming that you're British, and I hope you will keep visiting my blog.


WS Gager said...

Jackie: Maybe I was a bit car sick but I thought it was more like a rollercoaster ride...LOL. I enjoyed getting to know my new foxy friend. Let's keep in touch!
W.S. Gager on Writing