Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

I am Not Making This Up: Ep. 14 Agatha Christie’s Personal Mystery

Agatha Christie is the bestselling author of all time.  Her works outsell Shakespeare, J. K. Rowling, and Stephen King.  Even if you’ve never read her work, you’ve probably heard of Murder on the Orient Express, or And Then There Were None. But a greater mystery sits at the heard of Christie’s life.  In 1926, after […]

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A New Story In Crimson Streets, and my Soonercon Schedule

My short story, The Hobos, The Devil and James Dean’s Car has been published in the pulp magazine Crimson Streets.

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Success Principles You Can Learn From J.K. Rowling

  I stopped blogging writing advice a while ago, because there are so many writers who blog about writing that I felt that I had nothing new or original to contribute.  But a few weeks ago my husband asked me to give a talk to a business team about J.K. Rowling.   I think the […]

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So This is a Thing

This came in the mail this weekend. My story is the second title in the anthology, right behind the editor’s. He must have liked it. If you want your own Kindle copy, you can get one on Amazon. The title has been out since Halloween.

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Time flies when you’re changing diapers

Holy bones!  I haven’t updated this blog since . . . June 2?  What have I been doing since then?   Oh yeah, that’s right. I had a baby. Amazing how that will fill the hours. There are dirty diapers to change, cuddles and kisses to give out.  I’m becoming something of a domestic misfit. […]

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Blame it on Nancy Drew

We had some kind of reading challenge in second grade, so I picked an easy reader from the library. One of those thin books with lots of pictures. I don’t even remember what it was.  Clifford?  The Berenstain Bears?  Anyhoo, My teacher suggested that I put it back.  She told me that I ought to […]

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Curse You, Jim Hines!

I just had about the shortest MS rejection of my life! I sent a short story in to Unidentified Funny Objects. Within a few hours, it was sent back to me. They liked it. Unfortunately, it’s similar to something Jim Hines is writing for them. *sigh* Oh well, if I’m going to get passed over, […]

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Your Friends Aren’t Going To Publish You

I have some writer friends (who shall remain nameless) who have had problems off and on for years with a creeper/fan. This person’s (let’s call him voldemort, again because he who will not be named) behavior crosses the line into stalking – partially because voldemort has the mistaken belief that if he could just make […]

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Writers Block VS. Opening a Vein

From time to time, I’ve heard various writer friends talk about writers block, or having their muse vanish on them. I don’t want to make light of what is a very real problem for them, but I’ve never had writer’s block. I think it’s because I trained as a journalist. When you are on deadline […]

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“Nesting” in the writerly sense.

They say that new moms go through a nesting phase of pregnancy. It’s that point somewhere in the end of the pregnancy where the baby is on the way, and the mom looks around at her home and thinks I can’t bring my kid home to this! Then there is usually a lot of cleaning […]

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