Why, you may ask, are you so slow in updating this web site, Donis? I shall tell you, Dear Reader. It seems that my new book, Crying Blood, which I assured everyone was nearly finished last month, wasn’t as finished as I thought. I have basically added a new character and side story to the book, which takes quite a bit of rewriting when you already have a complete story. So just about all I’ve been up to lately is writing, much to the detriment of everything else in my life. You’ll be glad to know, though, that I am in the midst of the final proofread right now, and will send the completed MS off to my editor next week. God willing.
The Webinar that I told you about last month came off without a hitch and was great fun. If you’re interested in doing some writing yourself, I’d suggest catching a webinar sometime. It’s a great way to listen to authors expound about their work, their process, and the business of writing, and it doesn’t cost a thing.
This coming Sunday, June 20, I’ll be down in Tucson presenting a mystery-writing forum for the Society of Southwestern Authors at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on Speedway Blvd. (check out the Events page for details.) I hope you’ll come if you’re anywhere near. Over the space of one hour I intend to tell the attendees everything they need to know about constructing a mystery novel. Never let it be said that I don’t set ambitious goals for myself.
I’ve been trying to sharpen my computer skills lately. Thus the lovely picture above. I finally learned how to adjust the size of photographs and upload them to this blog! I’m so proud of myself I could cry. I took this photo last night at Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale at an event featuring four mystery authors. They are, starting with the man in the glasses, green shirt and black trousers and going to your right, Larry Karp (Ragtime Fool), Simon Wood (Terminated), Barbara Peters (MC, bookstore owner, and my editor), Peter Steiner (The Terrorist), and Dianne Emley (Love Kills)
Last but not least, I’ve finally updated my movie blog! My beloved husband Don Koozer’s new book of poetry, The Road, will be coming out from Bellowing Ark Press very soon, and I posted a video interview with him about it. It only takes a couple of minutes, so have a look. Just don’t expect anything in the way of production values. I forgot to put a lamp in front of us, so our faces fade in and out of shadow. This doesn’t keep the video from being illuminating, however. It also gives you an opportunity to get a load of my accent. I’m always aghast. To check it out, click on “Gallery”, above, then on “Movies”.
June 18th, 2010
Hi Donis, Looking forward to meeting you on Sunday. Thanks for graciously offering to drive down in this HEAT! But then, we’re a bit cooler than Tempe…but just a bit.
JoAnn, SSA member
June 18th, 2010
Thanks, JoAnn. I’m looking forward to being there. We’ll be driving down at the crack of dawn, so we’ll miss the heat then. It’s the trip back I’m dreading.