I belong to a mystery writers club and I have been asked to moderate a panel in February.
On the panel will be three mystery authors who have just recently published their first books.
If you were in the audience what questions or topics would you (as a reader, aspiring writer or published writer) like the panel to cover?
posted by storybored
on Jan 21, 2010 -
I have some questions about cacti. First, can you help me identify the awesome cactus my boss' husband gave me? It looks exactly like this one
(though that's someone else's photo). [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz
on Nov 19, 2009 -
I have a pale pink bottle with a liquid inside. How can I figure out what it is? [more inside]
posted by past
on Nov 5, 2009 -
I'm struggling to remember the title of a book I read in the 1980s, which had a real-world twist: hidden within the narrative was the location of a spot in the USA where some sort of treasure or reward money was located. [more inside]
posted by squid patrol
on Oct 26, 2009 -
I've never seen this mathematical symbol used this way before. Can anyone tell me what it means? [more inside]
posted by mazniak
on Oct 25, 2009 -
Help figure out this modifier of the word "mentality", which may be phonetically similar to "sinded". [more inside]
posted by Roach
on Oct 18, 2009 -
What is the strange white plastic ring thing that I see baseball players chewing on during the postseason games? [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Oct 11, 2009 -
Tell me some scary and/or mysterious things that are local to your area, but not necessarily well-known to the rest of the world. [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Sep 30, 2009 -
What movies have the most difficult plots to understand? Movies that are mentally challenging and require multiple viewings but aren't nonsensical. [more inside]
posted by FuManchu
on Sep 29, 2009 -
My mobile phone seems to have sent a text message to my girlfriend without my knowledge. I don't understand how. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo
on Sep 20, 2009 -
My cat hasn't used her litter box in over two weeks. The house smells great. She has no way to get outside. Where is the pee going? [more inside]
posted by miagaille
on Sep 16, 2009 -
MysteryVeggieFilter: can any of you vegetable experts identify this bad boy
? It tasted somewhat like a tomato, although tarter, and we have no clues as to its identity as a friend dropped it off along with a bunch of other vegetables from a community garden. Thoughts?
posted by hatta
on Aug 24, 2009 -
Need some book recommendations. Just finished reading Bram Stoker's Dracula...and am getting through the Historian. In the past I have enjoyed The List of Seven, Club Dumas, The Alienist, Name of the Rose and so forth. So I guess I like the mystery-within-history sort of suspense/horror/thriller. The things I didn't get into were Dan Brown, Ian Pears, and anything having to do with Templars or Mary Magdalene. Can you recommend me your favorites? -- Thanks so much.
posted by snap_dragon
on Aug 15, 2009 -
Something strange is going on in the kitchen...What has done this to the label on top of my recycle bin? Went to the recycle bin under the sink. in the picture you can see the lid with the label on it. Is it a mouse, a rat....something else?
No human in the house has done this!
posted by razzman
on Aug 13, 2009 -
What kind of bird is making this annoying noise (mp3 file; alternate link here
) behind my Manhattan apartment building? And what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man
on Aug 7, 2009 -
BugFilter: Found a bug on my bed. Legs are in the wrong location on the body for it to be a bedbug, so what is it? Photo here
. [more inside]
posted by roomwithaview
on Aug 5, 2009 -
GardenFilter: We just harvested some potatoes and came across these potato-like knot things
. We found about five or six in a bed that hosted both potatoes and garlic, though they were found kinda far from the garlic and well under ground—at least four inches. What are they? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Aug 2, 2009 -
A boy buys an earring at an old junk shop, either he can't afford both or the guy sells it to him for a great price because there's no pair for it. Once he start wearing it though, trash becomes attracted to him. He ends up taking refuge (I think) in a phone booth and the trash falls away when he takes out the earring. My question, what show was this? [more inside]
posted by abitha!
on Jun 25, 2009 -
Why/How did I get mystery software from China? Also applicable: Who/What/When/Where. [more inside]
posted by wrok
on Jun 17, 2009 -
What is this? My sister in law was in China and received it as a gift at a dinner. [more inside]
posted by bodgy
on Jun 6, 2009 -
Looking for a gardening tool & have no idea what it is: seedling waterer? bonsai tool? It's a metal rosette like you'd see attached to a watering can, maybe 3" across, with a pencil-sized metal pipe leading to a squeezy rubber bulb on the end. [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com
on Jun 5, 2009 -
What is this crazy sci-fi looking device I bought at a salvage store? It has knobs, a compass, and a bizarre spinning top. [more inside]
posted by agropyron
on May 28, 2009 -
Where could I find ideas about creating an adventure/mystery/game for friends over the summer, via postal service? [more inside]
posted by troybob
on May 22, 2009 -
I've just poured myself a Dark Horse Brewery
Tres Blueberry Stout. A slow, steady pour that left a modest head on top. And then a droplet or two skidded around over the foam like a water droplet on a hot frypan for maybe five seconds before disappearing.
Darndest thing I've ever seen. Beer geniuses, how did this happen? How can I make it happen again?
posted by ardgedee
on May 15, 2009 -