Welcome again to Mysteries and Margaritas! We love having you stop by. This is a special place for writers to share information, enjoy a conversation with each other and push our craft yet farther than we would have done on our own. In that vein, I'd like to do something a little differently today. Rather than write about me, interview a fabulous person, or pick a topic that would get us all jumping around, today I'd like to collaborate on a resource file.
I find that a lot of my research happens on the Internet. I think that's true for most of us. I have a number of sites that are my "special" go-to's that always seem to be there. You know, the ones that can tell you whether it's "lay or lie," what gun would be best handled by a woman and still have stopping power, what the uniforms look like for police in San Francisco, how to set off a bomb without being nearby, what is the scoop on xyz publisher, which conference turned out to be the most bang for the buck...I could go on and on.
So, today I'm issuing a challenge. Post for us the sites you love or hate- the ones that you have bookmarked- the ones that we all should find out about. I'll list a few of my favorites and then add to it as the day goes on. Yup, we know about RWA, local chapters (unless you have an unusual one), and some of the other national orgs (MWA, for example). What I'm looking for are those that most of us might not find. YOU know what is out there. Don't forget to include the URL if it's not obvious. Spill. I'm going to only put out a few now. I'll add to it as the day goes on. This is a tease.
At the end of the day, I'll assemble the full list and post that so we all can use the information.
A few of Cassy's frequently visited sites:
Lots of great information from experts in any field you can imagine that has to do with criminal activity. Guns, bombs, crime scene info and so on. Really friendly people from backgrounds all over the spectrum.
Alexandra Sokoloff www.alexandrasokoloff.com
It doesn't matter if you write screen plays or not. Alex offers some great tips and processes for putting the story on the page and keep it moving. She is very generous on her web site to provide almost step by step techniques to keep the interest of the reader. She also has a book many have found useful. Click on the side bar that is about Screen Writing Tips.
Drugs and Poisons www.drugsandpoisons.com
Wanna know what's out there and what it can do to your poor victim?
Forensic information in a friendly format. http://writersforensicsblog.wordpress.com/
This is a chatty but fun site that has lots of information
Doug Lyle, MD www.dplylemd.com
Doug is fantastic at offering all sorts of medical information on anything you can imagine related to the health care world. He is particularly good with the gruesome. He has published widely and is readily available for questions.
I have many others, but now it's your turn. Let's make our list fun. A romance writer? What do you use? A paranormal fan? Okay, what? YA? You know the question. Language use? Craft? Advice? Organizations that make a difference for you? Contracts (Jeff, join in here!)? Important sites for agents (Christine? Are there ones we might not know about?)?