1. Missed connection
On this blog and its predecessor I often write about my Work In Progress, whatever that happens to be. On the rare and wonderful occasions when one of them turns into a Work In Print I usually mention the previous column, but this time I forgot. My story "Shanks Commences" was published this spring, but I wrote about the process of writing it back in 2009 and I even quote a draft of it here.
2. Quite Interesting
If one of our American networks every wants to bring their own version I know one of our citizens with the brains and wit to replace Stephen Fry as host: Ken Jennings.
3. The Horror...The Horror
If you haven't had your recommended daily allotment of schadenfreude, let me commend you to this piece. Mandy DeGeit writes horror fiction and she recently had her first story accepted for an anthology published by Undead Press. She bought boxes of the book for friends and relatives and then made the mistake of opening one of them. The title of her story appeared as:
“She Make’s Me Smile”
Okay. So an apostrophe had wandered in where God never intended one to be. Not so tragic if everything else is okay. At least the editor didn't, for example, add a couple of paragraphs describing animal abuse that were not in the original piece.
Oh, wait. The editor did that?
And more, as it turned out. DeGeit wrote to the editor to discuss this and for her trouble she received a reply complaining about "unstable" and "ungrateful" writers. And you thought you were having a bad day.
4. Parks on the Road to Hell
I just discovered Richard Parks blog courtesy of Sandra Seamans' invaluable blog My Little Corner. This is one of the best pieces about the importance of first lines I have come across. Quite a different view than you usually hear.
5. Dr. Doyle, call your office.
I have been reading the Mystery Writers of America Annual, which is provided to everyone who attends the Edgars Banquet, and then sent to other members. One of the many essays is by Leslie S. Klinger, the editor of the New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. He mentions that after giving a presentation at a library he was thanked by an enthusiastic member of the audience.
"I'm so glad I came today," she said. "I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, and I didn't know there were books!"
Hoping life holds some pleasant surprises for you as well.