Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Highlights of the event included Louise Penny receiving her third Anthony Award for Best Novel for A Trick of the Light. Meanwhile, Mystery Readers International awarded their Macavity Award for Best Novel to Sara Gran for Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, the first book in her new "Claire DeWitt" series. As well, Canadian crime fiction authors hosted a Meet the Canucks dessert event, as reported by Linda Wiken.
In other news, Margaret Cannon of the Toronto Globe and Mail provides an encouraging review of Linwood Barclay's new novel, Trust Your Eyes, along with a look at Karin Fossum, Marek Krajewski, and Ian Hamilton.
Meanwhile, Adam Woog of the Seattle Times praises The Cutting Season by Attica Locke, Dan Fesperman's The Double Game, and The Hot Country, "Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler's foray into crime fiction."
Finally, Jack Batten of the Toronto Star provides another series of mini-reviews on Peter Robinson's Watching the Dark, Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs, Barclay's Trust Your Eyes, and Hamilton's The Red Pole of Macau.
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
The manuscript has been rewritten, revised, edited, and proofread. Now it's in the hands of my trusty beta readers, who will parse it for flaws, errors, and patches of boredom begging to be skipped. While they get to work on it, I have a chance to do something a little different for a change.
The back of my property is actually in transition, part of the reforestation of a wide stretch of land that was cleared in the nineteenth century as farmland but hasn't been farmed in about forty years or so, having instead been subdivided and sold off as building lots. It's a mixture of softwood trees that usually come first in reforestation -- tamarack, birch, pine, and cedar -- and hardwood trees that follow, especially maple, elm, and a few precious oaks.
I've decided to try to shift my schedule to take better advantage of the seasons. This winter I'll try to complete two projects. The first is a rewrite of my first novel, The Ghost Man, which will be the subject of an upcoming post. The second will be to write the next Donaghue and Stainer novel. If all goes well, I'll be able to take next summer off and enjoy the warm weather while it's here. Sounds like a plan.