by David Dean
Before I go on with my last regularly scheduled posting, I have the honor of introducing the gentleman that will be stepping into the Tuesday time slot in my stead--Terence Faherty. Actually, unlike the entirely necessary intro to my first posting, Terry probably has no need of one. He is a winner of two Shamus Awards and a Macavity, as well as a nominee several times over for the Edgar and Anthony Awards. All this by way of being the author of two long standing and popular series featuring seminarian-turned-sleuth, Owen Keane, and Hollywood detective, Scott Elliot. His short stories appear regularly in all the best mystery and suspense magazines. Terry is prolific, talented, distinguished-looking, and shares many other traits with me, as well. I'm looking forward to reading his postings and want to offer him a warm welcome to our little family. I think he's gonna fit right in. Oh, did I mention that he's a leading authority on the late, great actor Basil Rathbone? Well, he is...but I'll let him explain about all that. Look for Terry's first post two weeks from now.
I may have mentioned in my last posting that I'm determined to attempt another piece of long fiction--I call such things, "novels". In fact, it was the august opinions of SleuthSayers' readers and contributors that helped me to decide which storyline to pursue. As I am a simple man, not much given to multi-tasking, I feel the need to clear the deck in order to do so. In other words, this will be my last posting for the foreseeable future.
My time with SleuthSayers has been truly wonderful. I have enjoyed contributing my thoughts every two weeks, and greatly appreciate the kind consideration that each of you have given them. Beyond the obvious breadth of knowledge exhibited daily by my fellow writers, I think a wonderful tolerance and greatness of mind has been a cornerstone of our site. It has been a privilege to be amongst your numbers.
It would be wrong of me to slip away without acknowledging a few of you specifically, beginning with our mentor and leader, Leigh Lundin. Have you ever dealt with a kinder, more passionately concerned man? His guidance has been invaluable, his heart as big as the Stetson he wears so jauntily in his photo. Leigh, you're the best.
There is also the erudite and always interesting, Rob Lopresti. It was Rob that reached out to me years ago to do a guest blog on the, now legendary, Criminal Brief site. There are few people better versed in the field of short mystery fiction than Rob, and he's a damn fine practitioner of the art, too. It seems he intends to expand his literary horizon by entering the novel writing biz, as well. Did I mention that he is also versatile?--librarian, critic, writer, blogger, musician, and probably other talents that I have yet to learn of. He has also been a gentle guiding hand for me from time to time.
My thanks also to the warm and wise, Fran Rizer. She has been both an advisor and unstinting supporter to me, and her long-distance friendship has been a welcome surprise and an invaluable benefit to my membership here. I've also become a great fan of her funny, sassy, vulnerable, and altogether intriguing literary character, Callie Parrish. Fran has much to be proud of in her series.
John Floyd, through the magic of the internet, has come to feel like a personal friend rather than a virtual one. His warmth and kindliness have touched me on several occasions via unexpected email messages. He is a true gentleman, as well as a dauntingly talented and prolific writer.
But as I said in the beginning, I have been in good company with all of you, and benefited from the relationship no end. As the title of this blog states, there will be no goodbyes--I intend to read SleuthSayers daily and offer my usual array of pithy, sage comments. If not altogether barred from doing so, I might even write a guest blog from time to time. I can already envision the topic for my first: Why is it so difficult for me to write another novel? Or possibly, Why in God's name did I ever begin another novel? Or finally: Why won't anybody buy this damn novel that I've written?
Thanks everyone and God bless.