Killing: Resolutions and husbands

 I’ve certainly killed my resolution to blog once a week. What I thought would be a two—maybe three—week hiatus while my husband and I traveled down to Florida and then took a cruise has turned into a much longer time period. In part the reason is I’m not sure what I want to blog about. I feel it needs to be something helpful to others, otherwise why should I expect people to come read my blogs? The other part (reason I haven’t blogged) is just plain laziness. Or maybe it’s that I’m having too much fun in the sun.

Also, as many of you know, I have a problem with being told I need to have a media presence in order to sell books (or even get published). I understand the logic of that, especially nowadays with so many writers able to be “published” via e-books, but really, all I want to do is write.

Anyway, I have been writing and will be doing so for the next month. I want to bring a FINISHED ms with me to Sleuthfest the end of February and to do so I need to stay off the social media and concentrate on that ms. So if you don’t see many postings from me on Facebook or Twitter or any of the lists I’m on, or if I miss a week or two of blogging, I hope you’ll understand that it’s because I’m working on my ms. (I am getting close to the end.)

Meanwhile, I am serious hoping nothing happens to my husband, because if he should disappear or die by any means other than natural, I’m in big trouble. If the police go through my computer to see what I’ve been looking up and reading lately, they’ll certainly take me away in cuffs. For example, in the last month, these are the subject lines that have appeared in my email box: Sniping and weaponry information; How to electrocute your husband without getting caught; Blood in drain; Cleaning blood up; Buried alive?; Murder gone wrong.

Yep, I’d be in big trouble if anything happens to him.

Love you, Bill.

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17 Responses to Killing: Resolutions and husbands

  1. Hi Maris,
    Winter for you, sounds like fun! Luckily, with our winter this year, it’s almost like being on vacation. : )
    I agree, the subjects you’ve been checking out would definitely lead to an arrest, (hopefully not a conviction) and I think I would do this kind of research on the library’s pc. Probably wouldn’t make much difference thou, a good detective would root out the time and date you signed in. Gee…writers have such fun! Oh, one other thought, in regards to your subject lines, it would appear pre-meditated. LOL!
    Enjoy the sun and good luck with finishing the manuscript.


    • Maris says:

      I bet the ski/snow boarding resorts aren’t happy with the weather. I know of one writer who found the FBI at her door and had her computer and research carried off. As far as I know, that was all resolved within a short time, but I’m sure those agencies have us on a watch list. As I said, I just have to hope my husband doesn’t disappear.

  2. Murder after reading your blog: Three things must be necessary in premeditated murder: a strong motive, a lack of any value system, and the strong possibility that the murderer will get away with it. Therefore, humans need not be ‘crazy’ to off the light of life in another.

    • Maris says:

      I’m not sure about the “lack of a value system” being a necessity. A lot of murders who commit murder in the heat of passion would argue their value system had been violated, thus giving them reason to retaliate.

  3. Lucy Kubash says:

    Glad to hear you’re writing and enjoying the warmer weather. I feel the same about spending time on social media. I’d rather just write. I marvel at how some authors can work an outside job, write AND spend so much time blog-hopping, tweeting, etc. But guess that’s the way of the new world.
    Hope you finish that ms. and have a great time at Sleuthfest. Sounds like a fun conference.

    • Maris says:

      I agree, Lucy. I must be very slow because I’m finding it impossible to spend time on the social media sites, work on my ms, and have a life (which includes walking the dog twice a day, cleaning house, preparing meals, and reading the monthly pick for the two book clubs I belong to.)

  4. Annette says:

    Glad to hear there is going to be a new Maris Soule story out there. When I save my research, I try not to be that specific, heh, heh.

    And all experiences are research. Enjoy the good stuff. Annette

  5. Wonderful post today, Maris! I’ve done research like that too, but only out of curiosity – I love all those true crime shows on TV and sometimes they’ll have a story I just have to expand on with more research. I’ve also had the same thoughts, because one of the first places the police look for evidence of “foul play” is the spouse’s computer 🙂

  6. Diane Burton says:

    Oh, Maris. I was LOL when I read your title. Until the end, I thought you meant it–because he was the reason you didn’t have time to do all the social media stuff. 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying winter in FL. Hope you finish that ms in time.

    • Maris says:

      Actually he’s been pretty good about leaving me alone to write. At the moment I am thinking about killing my computer. It’s about as slow as a Comadore (remember those?)

  7. Misty Dietz says:

    Oh man, I totally hear you about the research. I seriously think of being on some sort of law enforcement watchlist when I’m researching stuff. The last thing I looked up had to do with home-made bombs and suicide. LOL…or maybe not so funny.

    I also feel your pain with regard to social media. I’m on it a lot. And while I do really enjoy some of it (Facebook), I would totally get rid of Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, and possibly even my blog (but I do enjoy that). Being a writer these days take a lot of balance. I haven’t figured it all out yet.

    Catch some rays for me. 🙂

  8. Grace Kone says:

    Oh, do I know what you mean about “just wanting to write.” I’ve clung to that philosophy for years while social networking flared around me. It’s only a year since my very first blog, about six months since I succumbed to Facebook, and month since I inched my way onto Twitter. And then there’s LinkedIn and the Beaumonde Group and the Clues ‘n’ News group and . . . Deep breath! I just want to write . . . but none of us function in a vacuum, and as I read your blog, I realized how good it was to know other people feel the same way. (I just returned from a cruise too – set sail the day after the Costa Concordia disaster. Sigh.

    • Maris says:

      We were on a Carnival ship when the Costa Concordia went down. Certainly makes you wonder what you (I) would do in that position. I’d like to think I’d be calm and cool headed, but I have a feeling panic might take over. At least they were fairly close to shore. What a disaster that could have been.

  9. Kim G. says:


    I just read your blog. I know exactly what you mean by the police ever checking my computer. I have looked up things like:

    Glock 17
    How to disappear
    Buy a fake birth certificate
    I’ve been on the FBI pages more than I feel comfortable doing (I feel like they must keep track of who visits)
    The perfect murder

    I’d be in BIG trouble if the police ever confiscated my computer! Love your blog! I’ll bet everyone here thinks the same way.

    Kim G.

    • Maris says:

      I agree with you, Kim. I think the FBI has a list of us. As long as we keep producing books that use our research (and our loved ones don’t disappear), I think we’re safe.

      Hope we’re safe.

  10. Maris, this is hilarious. I wish your husband fabulously good health. Naturally I wished that for him anyway, but now there’s more reason. 😉