Writing Tips

The publisher asked if I had any writing tips to accompany the publication of Tender Is The Bite – now out there and on the loose!



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7 Responses to “Writing Tips”

  1. Staff
    9:12 am on July 7th, 2021

    I am up early today. I was sleeping nicely and then I felt something wiggly and tickly and small in my hair. Henry, as usual, was mushed up against my head. “Henry”, I thought, “you have loaned me a flea. Or maybe more”.
    We have been through fleas before but not lately. I have not been careful. There was no use of anti-flea medicine this year and Keiko, for one, has been sneaking out and then staying out for several hours. So between the two of them there will have to be a flea purge.
    I hope we get it in time and I don’t have to fog the entire house.

    Good morning Queen B!

  2. B. Stover
    10:08 am on July 7th, 2021

    Interesting tips.

    Good day to all.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:46 am on July 7th, 2021


    I always enjoy when Spence shares his writing tips!

    Hazy, hot and humid in this neck of the woods.

    Good day to all!

  4. Carol Harris
    12:18 pm on July 7th, 2021

    Pearl has been working overtime keeping OFA writing. I hope treats are a part of the deal.

    I have seen 13 houses for sale. I missed out on “the perfect house” that had 4 offers in 24 hours. Two others were almost perfect but a bit too small and one was located too far up a mountain. I passed on seeing one that was listed at the base of Bear Mountain–a little too literal.

    Speaking of mountains, there is fresh top on their tops. What is going on? Summer is half over and I can count on both hands the numbers of warm, sunny days.

    Good day to all. Happy reading if you have received the book. I haven’t yet but I have guests the next couple of days so it is probably just as well.


  5. Thieves! & Howie
    4:34 pm on July 7th, 2021

    Speaking of writing, we read every word of The Numbers After Two last night. Yeep!

    WATP: We found a note in Howie’s Book of Master Plans that reads: Ask Mister Wookieteddyfranklin’s paw about alibi to oblique ratio. P.S. what is ratio?

    We also found another note from Howie: Take taskmaster some snacks from Doc’s stash.

  6. Herd of Hounds
    5:00 pm on July 7th, 2021

    Always enjoy OFA’s tips and pointers. This was no exception.
    Nothing he has written as Spencer Quinn has been bad.

  7. mlaiuppa
    6:07 pm on July 7th, 2021

    I’ve never been much of a writer. As Peter says, a skill best learned young. Well for me it was a skill killed young. All of the mandatory writing assignments in grade school, every year. Be creative on demand. I think my last “creative” writing was in the sixth grade. From then on it was just plodding to finish the assignment and get it over with to meet the minimum requirements. I never voluntarily wrote anything until I started blogging and then I only report the days activities. Very boring and dry stuff.

    I did do a bit of voluntary creative writing teaming with a few other fans on a Highlander TV series bboard in the 90s. We would take what was happening on the show and it’s characters and go off on wild tangents each trying to one up the other. I still keep in touch with one person from that time. But we never produced anything more than a paragraph long. The annual Bulwar Litton brought out the height of our creativity.

    But that was it. Not a writer. Never going to be writer. I blame the public school system. But I did receive an excellent education aside from that. Both a blessing and a curse.

    I do watercolor now.

    Freyja jumped up and welcomed Diana and me with a good morning isn’t it a great day you’re missing the best part.

    She lay briefly with us and I witnessed her briefly clean Diana’s ears and Diana let her. Everything is brief with her. The cleaning of the ears is a very good sign.

    At first Freyja would lay against the kitchen door when I was in the house. But yesterday I witnessed on the security camera both dogs laying in their Coolaroo beds just resting or napping. I have put Freyjas a bit closer to the door so she has a good line of sight. I even caught her playing with a toy on camera.

    Right now I can’t see either of them but I suspect they are both on the north side of the house napping on the cool concrete. Every dog I’ve had has done this. Caesar learned to do it in front of the foundation vents so he would get a cool breeze.

    So I think they have worked out their differences and are bonding nicely. This morning I observed the swapping of the food bowls and without incident. Both got dry kibble and Freyja ate it just fine. Hoping it will keep her teeth cleaner. Today they will both get a meaty raw rib bone. Freya is still gnawing on the ones from last week.

    Today I found nothing destroyed in the bedroom while Freya was waiting for us to wake up and the yard destruction is being reduce, undoubtably helped by the removal of temptation in the form of garbage bags. I think she is settling in. She also seems to be hunting something in the yard. I suspect field mice. I know they’re are around.

    I think Friday I will head to the therapy pool at the Kroc Center. I think they’ll be fine alone for two hours.

    Tender is the Bite arrived but I didn’t start it last night. I read The Numbers after Two instead. I kept saying no, Bernie, don’t do it. But when it comes down to it, do you really need any numbers after two? Chet and Bernie. That makes two. Should there be a third perhaps Chet will finally be able to grasp the number 3. But I don’t see that happening.

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