Monday, March 19, 2012

New Beginings

by C.L. Phillips

Today is my final post for the Working Stiffs.  I'd like to thank Joyce Tremel for taking a chance on an unknown mystery writer from Austin, Texas.  Prior to blogging here, I'd made a few posts on the Sisters in Crime blog.  Joyce kindly offered me a home away from home, gave me a chance to find my blogging voice, and introduced me to the most amazing group of mystery writers.

I confess I'm a little sad and excited to see the end of Working Stiffs.  I've decided to strap on my big girl pants, grow a pair and launch my own blog at  C.L. Phillips, where I'll be waxing Texan about:

  • True crime (yep, it's massively stranger than anything I could create)
  • Flash mysteries (like two of my later entries on Working Stiffs, here and here)
  • Interviews with cool people who love reading and writing mysteries
  • The Story behind the Novel (or the true story of how I come up with crazy ideas to write)
The focus is narrow.  All mystery.  All for readers.  I hope to provide a place of fellowship and discussion for people that love to read mysteries, of all types.  Like most of my work, there will be irreverent humor, veiled sex, and more than one story you can tell at the bar with your friends.

I hope to see you there, and I'd love to keep in touch.  You can find me on twitter, and this summer I am launching two books, FIRST MISTAKE, and KILLERS ANONYMOUS,  Some of the Story behind the Novel will be hilarious, so you might want to stop by and find out how I created an ex-stripper-turned-psychic-channeler who channels a fifteenth century Irish Catholic priest and what happens when said priest drinks tequila.

And I hope to see you all at Bouchercon in Cleveland, where rumor has it, there is tequila at the hotel bar.  Cue the Eagles, and Hotel California.  You gotta admit, when you hear the line, "you can check in but you can never leave", you wish the song was a full length mystery novel, no?

Joyce, my deepest and sincerest thanks.  And to everyone else, I'm buying the first round at Bouchercon.


Annette said...

We should have a Working Stiffs reunion at Bouchercon!

It's been great getting you know you here, C.L.

C.L. Phillips said...


Thanks so much. I've enjoyed our time here, and look forward with great delight at continuing to read your words.

And we should have a reunion at B'con. :) Great idea!

Joyce Tremel said...

And the reunion should be EVERY YEAR.

Cindy, your new blog sounds great. It will have everything a blog is supposed to have. I will stop in often.

Good luck with the book launches. I can't wait to read them!

C.L. Phillips said...


Many thanks for the kind words. I am so nervous about the new blog. It's like throwing a party and wondering if anyone will come! Yikes!!! Maybe my mother will read it. Won't she?

Jenna said...

It's been a pleasure getting to know you, C.L. I'm not sure I'm going to B'con this year, but I'll be there in spirit. Good luck with the new blog; sounds interesting! xoxo

Patg said...

I'll miss you all at Bouchercon. Have a drink and think of me.

Ramona said...

"Waxing Texan" - now, who could resist that?

Good luck with your new blog, Cindy. All mystery, all the time, that's gotta be fun.

C.L. Phillips said...

Thanks to everyone. Waxing Texan, that's what you do when you car is covered in gold cedar pollen. You wax that Texan car.

Liz Milliron said...

Cindy, I'm so glad I got to "meet" you here - if only because I now have a great beta reader!

You have inspired me. I think I will split my blog. One category for writing and one for personal reflection. Well, the categories already exist, but now I need to use them.

"Strap on my big girl pants" - love that phrase!

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