Category Archives: The Devil Inside Me

H. H. Holmes Hits the Headlines

Imagine my surprise when I saw a link pop up in my Facebook feed with this headline: River North hotel invites guests to spend a killer night in H.H. Holmes pop-up suite.  Yep. You read that correctly. If you’ve followed … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo approaches…

It’s October, and you know what that means! Pumpkin spice everything–and NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. Never heard of it? Read Kristen Kieffer’s excellent distillation on her blog, well-storied. In a nutshell, it’s a bazillion people trying to write 50,000 words … Continue reading

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Back on the Wagon

As most teachers will tell you, August tends to be our version of the new year. Everything starts fresh again: new students, new notebooks, new pens that I don’t need…The summer tends to be a recharging time for me, and … Continue reading

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The Devil Inside Me–snippet #3

When I asked a few weeks back what YOU would like to see on this blog, some kind souls requested more from my work-in-progress, The Devil Inside Me. Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite suspects, Elyse Baxter. … Continue reading

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Real Life Interferes

It’s that time again: back-to-school. As a teacher, this middle part of August is a blur of putting a classroom back together, managing all of the new training modules the school/district/state dictates, and making deals with the copy machine that … Continue reading

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I signed up for a writing conference…part deux

I blogged about the Indiana Writing Workshop conference and how excited/nervous I was to attend, but the weather in Illinois and Indiana created enough ice to prevent me from going. However, the folks who put together these workshops do them … Continue reading

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The Murderous Mystery Tour…

The Murderous Mystery Tour is coming to take you away… (My apologies to Paul and John. I couldn’t help myself.) If you’re simultaneously creeped out and fascinated by the likes of H.H. Holmes, take a trip to Chicago for two … Continue reading

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How Many Rejections Can You Take?

Comparison is the thief of joy. I’m positive Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t talking about writers when he said that, but for those of us still in the aspiring-to-be-published category, it most definitely rings true. When you’re the person still wondering if … Continue reading

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Excerpt #2 from The Devil Inside Me

Another excerpt from The Devil Inside Me! Meet Detective Davis Dunleavy, our protagonist, as he encounters the first crime scene. I’d love to hear your feedback via comments, and if you’d like to read more, sign up for my emailing list here! Detective … Continue reading

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What Makes a Serial Killer?

On April 4th, Fourth and Sycamore published my short story, “Downright Devilish,” which is the first in a series of shorts to re-imagine the childhood of Dr. H. H. Holmes, Chicago’s (allegedly) first serial killer. Continue reading

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