Moving Out of the Winter Doldrums

Moving Out of the Winter Doldrums

So long February. Here’s your hat. I don’t know about you but I’m more than ready for the next season.

So a couple of new events lined up, an Arts Cafe in Ottawa at Francesca Apartments April 30 and guest speaker at Quinte West Public Library in Trenton May 23. I’m also booked to be on Daytime Ottawa on March 20 to talk about Closing Time. My first talk will be at the Unitarian Church Arts Night March 27, so I spent a few days this week working on my presentation, which I can use as the base for the other events.

I also got back to writing this week. I left the new opening chapter I worked on last week and started an entirely new one. My thought was that I’d see which one had the most momentum and will make the best book. My sense is that the one I worked on this week is the winner while the other chapter might turn into a short story. One of these book projects takes a good year so best to have a concept that will keep my (and eventually your) interest.

No news yet on placing my thriller I’ve reached out to one agent and am waiting for their feedback. I’m still working on a synopsis and will need to complete that before I start shopping it in earnest. This takes a lot of time and energy as well as a toughened hide to deflect rejection, and I’m still working to get ready.

I’m going to start sending out Ottawa launch invitations next week although I want you to know that you’re invited. This is my wrap-up party for not only Closing Time but the entire Stonechild and Rouleau series so I’m hoping for a terrific turn out. I’m also pumped to have the event at the Granite Curling Club, my home club these last few decades. So mark the date! Saturday, May 9 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. with special guest The Haughian Brothers Band.

Finally this week, I accepted the position of Eastern Ontario rep for Crime Writers of Canada. I’m yet to learn exactly what this involves but figured it was time for me to get back doing some volunteer work.

Good week ahead, everyone.