I see a comment below about bears. The Nelson CIty police had to shoot a black bear just the other day as it was hanging around a school area. Sad. I saw lots of bears on my trip to Tofino, and I've seen several here (near Nelson).
Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author, has been blogging quite a bit about reviews and their impact on authors at her blog: http://tessgerritsen.com/blog/ It's been interesting to find out that even bestselling authors feel the pain of a bad review. But we do need to sometimes step back, get out of our tunnel vision from being too close to our projects, and take other opinions into account. There is value to that.
Thanks, Sandra! I am thinking I'll have to post a picture of my cat Musetta soon. She is, well, the model for the cat Musetta in my Theda Krakow mysteries. A nd no, not a zombie cat detective. A cat ghost.... more as the book gets written.
Hi Sandra - the UK info looks interesting - hope to see your thoughts on it. Haven't been there, though ancestors all originated from there, so hope to go sometime and find the name engraved where the Mayflower sailed off - no it wasn't the married name! I went from a family who regularly donated family artifacts to museums and belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution, to my married family who's lived in Alaska most of their lives and knows little about their family - even grandparents, aunts, or uncles! It's a different life! Anyway, I did know you cancelled B'con - I'm doing the program book and so had to move your bio photo and book jackets into the slush pile (grin)... I am not deleting, I learned with Ken Bruen that once you cancel, you can come back! He registered again! Do you know how many book jackets he had? Because I've been having to convert all graphics for 4-color printing and high resolution, etc., it took me hours to do his book covers, literally hours and hours! Then got them all ready, placed in the program, and he temporarily cancelled! Deleted them all! Then he was back... so now I am back to converting his book jackets again. When you cancelled, I was wiser (ha!). I made a slush pile. If someone makes a comeback, they'll get out of the slush pile. Then the work's not lost to those gremlins Carole Gill and I have been griping about (smile).
Ooh Sandra, tell me about your love affair with the UK. what started you off. with me it was history. just saw ann boleyn's home (after 30 years of wanting to see it)--two weeks ago. It was beautiful. the grounds, everything. all the best.
Hi Sandra - Thanks for the invite, I really appreciate it ... your reputation precedes you, naturally. I am as humbled as it's possible to be in an electronic medium ... Also, consider me intrigued by the Kevin Wignall photo malarkey ... I got an ARC of Conrad Hirst and there was no photo Kuddly Kev on the kover, sorry, cover ... is he so damned handsome he'll distract you from actually reading? Cheers, Dec