Flathead River Writers Conference — Oct 6-7

The Authors of the Flathead sponsors the Flathead River Writers Conference October 6-7 in at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. I’ll be speaking, along with keynoter Mark Coker of Smashwords, writers John DeDakis and Kathy Dunnehoff, online marketing expert Roxanne McHenry, and agents Jeff Herman and Regina Brooks.

Saturday, I’ll be talking about my own writer’s journey and about fact & fiction — why getting it right matters, how to research, when to stop, and other research tips. On Sunday, we’ll spend our first hour building character — both fictional and real-life — with writing exercises.  In the second hour, we’ll review Ten Common Mistakes Writers Make About the Law, and talk briefly about getting unstuck.

From reader to writer … .

Stupid Criminal Tricks #3 — check your pockets!

A Montana burglar used a credit card to pick a lock. Unfortunately, it was his own credit card — and he left it behind. Plus, the homeowner was at home, and spotted him. The Associated Press reports that he’s been arrested and charged with felony attempted burglary and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

No charge for criminal stupidity — that’s free.