Thursday, September 04, 2008

A drink or a deep breath

A mojito sounds really good right now, and it’s only 9:30 in the morning. Yesterday afternoon, my gmail account told me I’d sent too many emails that day and I couldn’t send any more. Sheesh, right in the middle in the plans Vicki and I are making for our book tour together. Here we are, with emails flying so fast I don’t think I’m keeping up and all of a sudden, I can’t respond.

This may be a message from the universe, if you believe that sort of thing. Could it be that I just need to slow down, take a deep breath, and listen rather than blab? Could be. So here are a couple of things I’ve noticed that others may enjoy. Roberta Isleib, who was our guest blogger a little over a week ago, has a new book out. It’s called Asking for Murder, and she has an enticing video on YouTube:

Betty Webb’s blog has excellent insight and advice as to critique groups. Check it out at My experience with crit groups sounds similar to Betty’s. I love my group because each person is kind, fair, candid, and humble. There are only four members to the group and we email our pages to each other a few days before the meeting, so that when we get together we’ve read each others’ work and we’re ready to jump right in with constructive comments. We also drink coffee and eat pastries. And chocolate. We laugh a lot, too—mostly at ourselves.

Despite my email problems, I’m really excited about the tour Vicki and I are planning. We’re starting it right after Left Coast Crime, which will be on the Big Island of Hawai‘i from March 7 to 12, 2009. Who’s going to be there? It should be great. From Waikoloa (Big Isle), Vicki and I are doing a handful of events on Oahu, then we’ll go on to Arizona. Donis has helped a ton with suggestions for this leg, and we’re hoping to meet up with her while in the area. Vicki and I will post a schedule once we get this ironed out. Meanwhile, Vicki, my phone still works—and I’ve got your mojito recipe!


Donis Casey said...

Oh, you can believe I'll be around when you're in Arizona.

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