Tomorrow (Dec 21) may actually be the end of time if the Mayan Apocolypsers are right. But just in case they aren’t, I’ve been doing my best to get as much writing done on the new book as I can before 2012 makes its exit. I have a lot of stuff going in January 2013, and I’m afraid that it’s going to be hard to keep up with the writing schedule after New Years.
I’ll be doing several events in January, though I’ve only posted the details of two of them on the Events page, a plotting workshop for the Arizona Authors Association on January 5 and a book signing at the Arizona Historical Society on January 18. I don’t have all the details of the others yet. I just know the dates of the events and that I’ve been asked to participate. One is at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore on January 8 in the evening, in conjunction with an ASU writing class. Another is The Big Read Writing Conference in Surprise, AZ, on January 25. I’ll let you all know the skinny as soon as I know it myself.
Interspersed with the book events are fun things like a jury summons on January 2 (Happy New Year!) and doctor’s appointments galore for the husband — as usual. Though I am glad to say that all the doctor appointments are routine. After a horrific 2012, operation/hospitalization/tough recovery-wise, Don is in a very good place right now, thanks to a course of high-vitamin i.v.s and a good naturopath. While he’s feeling well, I am trying to make literary hay while the sun shines*.
I’ve been writing on the first installment of what I hope will be a trilogy. I have not shopped this book anywhere yet, so we shall see if any publisher bites. It’s interesting to work on. The book has a modern setting, here in the Phoenix metro area, and revolves around a Celtic gift shop and its denizens. The only problem I’m finding is that after working on a historical series for most of a decade, I’m really having to bring myself up to speed about modern crime-solving techniques. Dang cell phones and surveillance cameras! There will be more Alafairs, be assured. If I don’t get another chance, have a wonderful holiday season, whatever you and your family celebrate.
If I don’t get another chance, have a wonderful holiday season, whatever you and your family celebrate.
*I’ve used that phrase about forty times in the past month. I don’t expect this will be the last time, either.