A number of people have been asking me what’s going on in my life. How’s the marketing coming? Are you still writing? When are you going to go back to work - no, really? So, here’s the poop. The marketing is going well. Obviously, I could do better, but I do have a reading this Tuesday night at Common Good Books in St. Paul at 7:30 pm. If you’re in the area please stop in and say hi. And buy a book - it doesn’t even have to be mine. It’s a great bookstore. I’m also preparing for my session at the Rochester Writers’ Festival on April 18th. The session I’ll be leading is “How to Deal With Rejection Letters.” Ha - I’m way over qualified. The writing is going okay as well. I just got a short story accepted by L & L Dreamspell. ”Almost a One Star Hotel” is scheduled to appear in their “Ghostly Dreamspell Anthology.” I’ll keep you posted when I get more information. I’m also always playing around with other short stories when I get bored or blocked with my novels. Besides trying to find publishers for two completed novels, I’m also working on two other unfinished novels. Actually, that’s not quite right. I had a dream a few nights ago that definitely screamed NOVEL! (screamed being the key word) The next morning I got up and wrote chapter one. Now I guess I can say I’ve got three unfinished novels. So, where do I find time to watch as much TV as I do? Priorities.
My day did start a bit surreal today. I woke up this morning . . . I opened up the front door . . . I stooped down to pick up the paper . . . A foot of snow was on the floor. (Do you hear the blues harp in the background?) Okay, it wasn’t a foot of snow. Probably not even an inch. But it did snow last night and the ground was covered. Anyway, that wasn’t the surreal part. Around here, snow in April is not all that unusual. But as I was perusing the books section in the newspaper - there was my name. Common Good Books notified the paper and mentioned my reading. Not that that wasn’t way cool enough on its own, but my name was right next to one of my favorite authors, Walter Mosely. He’ll be signing his books at B&N in Edina on Wednesday night. My morning surprises weren’t over. After I read the paper I went to check my email. There was a post from a Jodi Chromey, that my server wanted to alert me might be spam. My server can be a little over zealous at times so I decided to risk opening it up. Well, it turns out that Jodi runs a website - www.mnreads.com. In it there’s a blog that features “six questions we always ask” and she asked me if I’d be willing to answer. Yes, please. But before I responded to her email I checked out the site. Awesome! Very professional looking. A lot of interviews with Minnesota writers, and loads of book reviews. If you’re a reader you don’t even have to be from Minnesota to enjoy this site. Anyway, look for my answers on Tuesday’s edition. Thank you, Jodi.
So for those of you who asked - now aren’t you sorry you did?