Blog Archives - Joanna Campbell Slan

The Friday Night Mystery Club — A book 30 years in the making

I’m often asked, “How long does it take you to write a book?” The answer is, “Depends on the book.” The Friday Night Mystery Club took me thirty years. I don’t know why. I don’t have a good reason. No, that’s not entirely true. As I recall, I submitted it to my (then) agent, and […]

GURDELL– a new Zentangle tangle!

I’ve been playing around with my tangles a lot lately, probably because I’m inspired by Eni Oken’s classes. I saw a print on a pillow and that led me to deconstruction of the design. Deconstruction means taking an image apart and figuring out how to replicate it. Actually, here are the steps: Look at the […]

There’s an Alien in the Trash Can–My Halloween Project

Every year for the past three years, I’ve entered the HBS Halloween Miniature Challenge. I’ve won first and second places. My entry this year is http://wshe.es/sXecJmuo and you can vote on it from Oct. 26-30, 2020. This summer, I started work on my 2020 project. I decided it would be all recycled and handmade. Let […]

Excerpt from Law, Fully, Dead: Book #15 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series

Tuesday was an ordinary but dreary day. The slush had turned to rain around ten the night before. Now all the frozen patches had melted overnight. Perhaps Tuesday seemed normal because it was totally overshadowed by Wednesday, which was the day that Clancy got the phone call. The phone call. I think of it like […]

Excerpt from RUFF JUSTICE: Book #5 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series

Author’s Note: Mrs. Delahunty, one of Cara’s customers, has invited Cara to a birthday party for her golden retriever, Mally.   The morning of Mally’s birthday party dawned gray, ugly and stormy on Jupiter Island. My sliding doors were hard to see through because intense winds had coated the glass with bits of grass, salt […]

Jo Knows How to Tangle: Lesson #2

Today we’re going to learn a new pattern, one that’s a favorite of mine–PokeLeaf. Typically Zentangle patterns are not representative, that means they aren’t an attempt to copy something that you might find in RL (Real Life). PokeLeaf is a bit of an exception because it’s obviously…wait for it…a leaf! Introducing PokeLeaf– You begin by […]

Jo Knows How to Tangle: Zentangle Lesson #1

By Joanna Campbell Slan FYI–I participate in an Amazon affiliates program. The links in this article put small change in my pocket.  I only recomment items I use and like. By clicking on the links and making a purchase, you’re helping to buy me a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Just sayin’! ** Now we’re […]

Jo Knows How to Tangle: An Online Zentangle Course

PREPARATION TO TANGLE By Joanna Campbell Slan FYI–I participate in an Amazon affiliates program. The links in this article put small change in my pocket.  I only recomment items I use and like. By clicking on the links and making a purchase, you’re helping to buy me a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Just sayin’! […]