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Mike Befeler · 4m ago

The Left Coast Crime Conference

One of my favorite mystery conferences is coming up: The Left Coast Crime Conference in Reno from March 22 through March 25. This is a wonderful gathering of mystery fans and writers to exch...
Mike Befeler · 1w ago

Conflicting Emotions

As I watch my two-and-a-half year old grandson, it brings back memories of my childhood. He loves playing with balloons. We play balloon catch, balloon volleyball, balloon soccer and balloon...
Mike Befeler · 2W ago

Similarities Between Novel Plots and Two-Year-Olds

In addition to my writing, my major focus in the last two plus years has been getting to know my grandson (now two and a half). I’ve learned a great deal watching and interacting with him. H...
Mike Befeler · 3W ago

Speaking at Libraries

I have enjoyed the opportunity to speak at libraries. In January, I co-taught a class on short story writing with fellow author, Gayle Bartos-Pool, at the main library in Glendale, CA. This ...
Mike Befeler · 4W ago

Life of a Two-Year-Old

I’ve been learning a lot from our two-year-old grandson. Hopefully, I’m teaching him a few things as well. My observations come from being with him almost every day, actually spending more t...
Mike Befeler · 1M ago

You Know You're Getting Older When . . .

Many of my published books feature older characters. I also like collecting saying about growing older, which I often use when giving presentations. Here are a few of my favorites. You know...
Mike Befeler · 1M ago

New Book Contract

Signing a new book contract is always an exciting event, no matter how often it occurs. It represents a milestone along the path of conceiving an idea, writing it down, editing it into an im...
Mike Befeler · 1M ago

Physical Aspects of Aging

Many of my mystery novels include older characters. I guess that’s appropriate because I am now an older character.For all of you young ‘uns and even the oldsters, here’s what I’ve learned a...
Mike Befeler · 1M ago

World War II Veteran

My good friend, Ed Gitlin, turns ninety-nine years old this month. He is an avid reader of history, has a quirky sense of humor and survived war trauma including being a prisoner of war in G...
Mike Befeler · 2M ago

Storytelling with Kids

I enjoy telling stories to my two-year-old grandson. In my family there is a tradition of Horace the Flying Horse stories. My mom told them to me, I told them to our three kids, and I now sh...