09 September 2016

So Long ... at least for now

No, I'm not frowning; the sun is just bright.

By Dixon Hill

As many of you know, we've got a new house that has a relatively empty backyard.  We've got a pool back there, and a concrete slab that was probably poured so some past owner could park an RV on it, but other than that all we've got  is gravel.  Well, gravel ... and three large pallets with plastic wrapped boxes and goods that I need to put in my office.

Problem is, I don't have an office yet.  We need to put one in -- right atop that RV slab back there. The plan is to place a hot tub beside it covered by a loggia.  We've got the loggia, but not the hot tub.

Nor do we have the office, though I've lined-up a nice structure that will be delivered for a good price.  I'll need to do interior and finishing work, though, before I can write in there.

My wife, with her degree in interior design, has some projects she wants me to construct within the house as well.  And, since she handles our home interior, I get the fun of landscaping the backyard once my office is up and running.  (I've revived the grass in our front yard, only needing to add some trees, bushes, and vines that will shade the mostly windowless east and west ends of our ranch house.)

Meanwhile, I also have several writing projects that need my attention.

The result is that I haven't had enough time to take care of home matters, my writing, and my blogging, while still holding down my day job.  One of the things that I've let slip is making comments on my own posts.  I managed to squeeze in time to write my posts, but I haven't often been able to respond to readers' comments.

And that bothers me.  I think, if I'm going to write a blog, that means also taking part in reader discussion of my posts.

I've written for SleuthSayers since its inception, and was wildly excited to be invited to partake of this blog.  At times, I think I've done my best, but lately my best just hasn't been good enough to warrant my continued participation.

I don't look forward to leaving SleuthSayers, but I need to take some extended time off in order to (literally) get my house in order (as well as the grounds), and to concentrate on writing projects I've let slip lately.  SleuthSayers isn't the only activity I've engaged in, that I'm pulling out of at the moment, but it is the only one it makes sense to write about here.  Once I believe I've gotten my writing house back in order, and that it makes sense for me to return to this forum as one of the posters (if that's even the right word?) I'll let you know.

O'Neil De NouxThe Great News!

You'll be very happy to learn that my slot will be filled by award winning mystery writer O'Neil de Noux.

He has written 18 novels and published over 300 short stories, including science-fiction adventure stories, character-driven mysteries, historical fiction and even a smattering of very well executed erotica.

He served as the 2012-2013 Vice President of the Private Eye Writers of America -- and rightly so.  His work has won multiple awards for both long and short fiction, among these a Shamus in 2007 (Best Short Story) and a Derringer in 2009 (Best Novelette), while his The Long Cold is in the running for Best Paperback Original Private Eye Novel this year.  (I've got my fingers crossed for ya', buddy!  Though it's not like you need the luck, because you write great stuff!)

In short, I'm flattered even to be REPLACED by this guy.  And, he's clearly a great fit for this blog site comprising so many other highly successful writers.

I hope you'll join me in welcoming O'Neil de Noux to SleuthSayers, and I strongly encourage you to be sure to catch his inaugural blog in two weeks!

Meanwhile, this time I ... won't ... see you in two weeks!  In the immortal words of Red Green, however, "Keep your stick on the ice; we're all in this together!"
--Dixon








12 comments:

Art Taylor said...

We'll miss you, Dixon. Thanks for the great posts and good luck with everything else on your plate! And welcome to O'Neil. Looking forward to your own debut here--and beyond.

Melodie Campbell said...

How warming to hear you quote Red Green at the end, Dixon! A happy and fun connection to my country, and by that, I mean my town, too (Hamilton, the home of Red Green.)
I'll definitely miss you. Maybe a few guest posts now and then? I'll hold you to that!

Eve Fisher said...

We will miss you! And welcome to O'Neil.
But we expect updates, and future postings. Remember, we know where you live. And we can always call the FBI to check under that slab...

John Floyd said...

You will be missed, old friend!! Best wishes with all your home-related (AND literary) endeavors--as Melodie said, I hope you'll be returning often for guest posts. And yes, welcome to O'Neil!

R.T. Lawton said...

Dix, build up, rest up, refresh the muse and hurry back. I'm still waiting for more of your excellent short stories to get published.

O'Neil, I've enjoyed your short stories set in New Orleans. If you see me at Bouchercon, be sure to say Hi.

Elizabeth said...

Hey Dixon, I'll miss reading your posts & hope you stop in from time to time. Congratulations on your new home! And I hope you enjoy the landscaping project ... I live up north, but it's been extremely hot this summer. I love gardening & all kinds of yard work. Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.

Anonymous said...

Oh man! I am so sorry to see you leave Sleuthsayers! It will make alternate Fridays a lot less sunny.

Leigh Lundin said...

Dixon, I'm gonna miss you. I've enjoyed your varied articles ranging from how to blow things up, knock things down, leap into midair from flying objects, and follow the nefarious activities of local characters. Yep, miss you already.

DoolinDalton said...

Don't be a stranger, Dix.

B.K. Stevens said...

Dixon, I'm sorry to see you leave, but it sounds as if it's the sensible move for you to make at this point--and as if you'll have more than enough to keep you busy. As others have said, I hope you'll stop by from time to time. O'Neil, welcome! I look forward to reading your posts.

Robert Lopresti said...

Dixon-

All the best. Don't be a stranger. Stranger than you are, I mean. Oh, you know.

Rob

Melissa Yi said...

Fare thee well, Dixon. Welcome, O'Neil.