Finally back in Crimespace. Thanks for the response about the Mac McAnally article. It was well received in the March/April issue of MISSISSIPPI magazine. I'm trying to make a trip up to Nashville soon. I'll let you know.
GREAT photo -- I mean, you with the cig and the bottle, although the cats are nice, too. Looking forward to seeing all in Nashville again. Right now, I'm in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and it's one hundred million degrees outside.
Hello, Mary. Nice to see you here on Crimespace. I'm still finding my way around here. There doesn't seem to be a way to send a message other than on the wall (unlike Facebook, which also has an internal email function. I've been enjoying the forum discussions, though, mostly as a lurker.
Thanks for signing BONES at Killer. Read it on the plane stayed up to finish it. I may have to adopt you so I am sure to get a copy of the next book ASAP. Jane wants to know what color you would like your room.
I hope you are almost finished with a new book. I think I gave you plenty of time. My sis' name is Emily Anne and she is doing well. Are you going to go to Baltimore? We both are going. I so enjoyed talking to you, you are a doll.
Hiya, Mary! I'm actually at the SinC meetings every so often, just under a different name. Jennie Bentley is a pseudonym. The publisher required that I use one, and that's the one I chose. Anyway, I was there for Chris Grabenstein's talk in November, and hung out for dinner afterwards. Guess we've just never been properly introduced. I'm hoping to get there for the party, and maybe we can hook up then.
On another note, did you happen to catch HOGFATHER on TV last weekend? Wow!
Smokahontas! I'm thinking that I never told you how much I enjoyed TNT. Can't wait for book number two (so just send me the galleys; I promise I won't tell anyone I read it first). Go, Jane and Phoebe! (Now that I think of it, I should be angling to write a review or two on TNT...hmmmm)
Mary...I just realized you were one of my new friends, and wanted to say hello, unless I already did and forgot, which is part for the course for me. Getting addled in my old age. Anyway, nice to meet you and congratulations on the new book.
Had another agent request the manuscript for Hunka Burnin' Death! Woohoo! I'll keep you updated. Hope to get up to Nashville again soon.Big holiday plans for you? Speaking at any other conferences any time soon?
Congrats on finishing your final-we-hope rewrite of the second book. Still waiting on word from the agent on my manuscript. I called last week and was told they would get back to me. In the meantime, many more queries have been mailed out. I'm not working on the second Jake Straight book yet, BUT I am outlining another book, an epic adventure. I'll keep you updated on things. Thanks for keeping up with me, Mary.
Ok, Mary, not usually a cozy fan but I am LOVING T&T. When Phoebe visits and Jane opens the lovely antique chest to reveal....weaponry! Oh man. Go girls. (Okay, back to my reading). And to Cyndi below: Yes, do not delay. Order today. :)
Watch out how often you hold the cat door open -- true confession: my cat now has me trained not only to get out of bed about 10 minutes after we turn the light out (she howls), but to sit by her as she eats and stroke her. When I stop stroking her, she stops eating and stares at me. When I pet her, she purrs, kneads the floor and eats. I have to do this for several minutes before I can go to bed and not be woken by howls.
Basically, I have learned the hard way that that things we humans think they are doing to quiet the cat, the cat knows we are doing because they have successfully trained us.
Have the cats learned to use the door? Or have they simply trained you to be their door person?
"Topsy Turvy" is a fabulous Mike Leigh movie about the making of "The Mikado." Basically, Gilbert and Sullivan are at a creative dead end. Both have personal issues weighing on their work and while they're still wildly popular, they're sort of repeating themselves... until inspiration strikes! It's got a great cast (I adore Jim Broadbent), and it is definitely worth checking out, if only for the slow change on Gilbert's (Broadbent) face as inspiration strikes.
Speaking of movies AND harder edged -- any fans of "Sexy Beast" out there? Great heist movie/romance (for us slightly older married types).