Category Archives: Murder Mysteries

Return from Break!

What a great wedding my best friend’s daughter had! The ceremony was held in a Lutheran Church, but had Latino overtones since that’s the heritage of the bride. Two traditions were included. First, the bride and groom had a silver lasso/ribbon placed around them to symbolize unity. Then they received las arras – gold coins to bring good luck to the couple as they start their new life together. It was an eclectic wedding to say the least – the father of the bride is Buddhist, the groom is Lutheran, and the bride and her family have a Catholic affiliation!…The wedding took place without a hitch. The only near-disaster was when the six-foot-five Best Man began to step on the five-foot-two Bride’s wedding dress. Fortunately, she snatched it out of the way just in time. Being a writer, I had visions of the entire dress being torn off and the poor Best Man being ripped into equal shreds by an enraged Mother of the Bride (who vehemently wanted everything to be perfect). Now there’s a plot idea for you – marriage and murder all at the same time!

Fisher Writing Tip #1: Write Yourself Into a Corner!

If you write fiction, you know that inevitably you’ll run into a brick wall labeled, “Oh, wow, I don’t know where to go next with this story. I’m doomed, doomed, I tell you!” Of course, much wailing and gnashing of teeth will follow, and your spouse will get heartily sick of your cliched whining. All… Continue Reading

Reverse Writer’s Block

After suffering for years from total writer’s block due to depression, my imagination was freed up when the then-new anti-depressants came on the market back in the Eighties. Prior to those years, I was able to write non-fiction easily, but couldn’t do fiction at all. Curiously, since those days, I’ve encountered a kind of reverse… Continue Reading

Murder Mysteries – and Cartooning!

Cartooning and writing – what do they have to do with each other? Well, oddly enough, the two skills seemed to be linked in certain authors although no one really knows why. Examples are the humorist, James Thurber (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and the great novelist, John Updike (The Widows of Eastwick, etc.). In… Continue Reading

Shortsightedness Leads to a Career in Writing!

All of us are shaped by our physical characteristics. One characteristic, in particular, shaped me into a writer – myopia. As a child, I was extremely near-sighted and couldn’t engage in a lot of sports activities. Klutzes weren’t welcome at second base or beneath the basket. So, naturally, I took to reading books at an… Continue Reading