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Sunday, July 7, 2024

Dog Days and Sisters in Crime contest

cj Sez: The “Dog Days of Summer” are officially upon us, as is Hurricane Season along the Gulf coast.

  To say the weather is sweltering would be an understatement. Today’s heat index where I live reached triple digitssomething like 110°. Needless to say, I’m sucking down water and planning my days to be indoors between ten a.m. and five p.m.

  The dog days of summer are historically the period following the heliacal (sunrise) of the star Dog Star, Sirius. Sirius is one star in a group of stars that form the constellation Canis Major, meaning “Greater Dog.”

  Greek and Roman astrology connected Sirius to heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.

  The Farmer’s Almanac says, “the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11” are the traditional timing of the Dog Days. It also says that “some of our hottest and most humid days happen after August 11.” Seems there’s a lot more hellacious heat and humidity to come, so we have that going for us.

  The 2024 hurricane season has already spun up two storms. The first, tropical storm Alberto, doused the coast of Texas and now the first hurricane, Beryl, is also barreling toward the Texas Gulf Coast.

  Do what you have to do to stay safe out there, friends.


Author and Reader Notes:

  “Sisters in Crime PRIDE award submissions are open through July 31. This $2000 award was the legacy project of past-president Sherry Harris. It is designed to support an emerging LGBTQIA+ crime writer. Folks do not need to be a SinC member to apply.” 

  Click this link to read more about submission requirements: 


  Award-winning author Connie Berry asks: “Are you a rule follower or a rule breaker?” My fellow Sisters in Crime member talks about weasel words and shares how writers can break writing rules and get away with it.  Breaking the Writing Rules (And Getting Away With It) - Writer's Digest (

(cj Sez: Do you know what “weasel words” are?) 


  CALLAHAN IN ACTION, Book 6 in the Cat Callahan Mystery Series, is scheduled to launch August 8 and it's available for preorder now at


  Okay, that’s it for today. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe you and yours.


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