Category Archives: James J. Murray

SAMARIUM – The Good and The Bad

In the past I’ve blogged about lethal radioactive chemicals (here and here) as possible murder weapons to use in your murder mysteries and thrillers. There is another rather dramatic radioactive agent—a beneficial medication at that—which could take center stage in … Continue reading

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ALMOST DEAD – A Gift To My Readers

No, No, No . . . I don’t want my faithful readers almost dead. I want you very much alive and reading my novels! What I mean is that my new novel Almost Dead debuts today and my special gift … Continue reading

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Wishing You A Joyous Winter Holiday!

Happy Holidays To All My Readers & May You and Yours Be Filled With Joy and Peace During This Holiday Season  

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PROLOGUES – To Use or Not To Use!

Fiction writers often use prologues to set up their story—possibly with an actual murder scene or with a scene that gives valuable historical information to help the reader understand the villain or hero. But are these preambles to the real … Continue reading

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Commas, Em Dashes, and Ellipses—Their Proper Use!

In a recent blog I discussed how to properly use the three types of dashes in writing. Today, I’d like to further the discussion on punctuation marks used specifically to clarify or to emphasize a point. They are the comma, … Continue reading

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Mad About Mushrooms

The general term “mushrooms” includes a wide variety of fungal plants. They typically have a domed cap on a stalk and many have gills on the underside of the cap. Among the various mushroom species, many are considered nutritious and … Continue reading

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Why A Writer Should Be Thankful!

Here in the United States it’s Thanksgiving time—Thursday, November 26th to be exact—and it’s a day of fantastic food feasts, with the bonus of a long holiday weekend ahead. More importantly, it’s a time to reflect on what makes our … Continue reading

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