I read my horoscope every day in the newspaper. I just do, along with taking a glance at the crossword. But I ignore anything negative and focus on the positive.
Today's suggestion for everyone was to make no major decisions during the Moon Alert from 3-5 p.m. ET.
As my husband says, it may be best to take a nap. Just in case.
Image by anti_hh from Pixabay
Shamus Award Winners Announced
The Private Eye Writers of America announced the Shamus Award Winners for 2021 (for works published in 2020). Congratulations to all!
Best Original Private Eye Paperback
Brittle Karma by Richard Helms / Black Arch Books
Best Private Eye Short Story
“Mustang Sally” by John M. Floyd in Black Cat Mystery Magazine
Best Private Eye Novel
Blind Vigil by Matt Coyle / Oceanview
Best First Private Eye Novel
The Missing American by Kwei Quartey / Soho
The Eye, the PWA Life Achievement Award, was given to Michael Z. Lewin
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54 pages from the finish
This is where I can see the dream coming true. My 13th book is 54 pages away from being sent back to the copyeditor with my approvals and corrections. Since this is the 4th St. Just and set in Cornwall--a plan hatched in 2009--you can see the time and patience required. Easy to say now, but I always knew my dream would come true. I hope it is the same for you.
Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay
Copyedits and Commas
An old-fashioned illustration for a new-fangled process of accepting or rejecting the copyeditor's changes in MWord. It looks like it should be a quick and simple process but as Oscar Wilde said, “I have spent most of the day putting in a comma and the rest of the day taking it out.”
I'm also deleting sentences of mine that don't need to be there and weigh down the narrative.
This is where perfectionism comes in. I will not see this manuscript again until they send me the typeset pages (proofs) when deleting entire sentences won't be allowed.
From MS to Bookshelf
I'm at the third of several stages of getting a book off of my desk and (I hope) onto readers' shelves. I'm doing copy edits – meaning, a copy editor has gone through my manuscript of DEATH IN CORNWALL and made corrections or suggested changes.
The book at this third stage has already passed through my editor and I've responded to his suggestions. (The first stage is of course the actual writing of the book.)
Next step coming up quickly will be the proof pages - the typeset book. Minor changes only are allowed at this stage and only for the most egregious errors.
I always think copy editing will go quicker than it does but this is going to take about a week to get through 300 pages. I'm at page 115. So wish me luck - and with any luck the book will be on shelves late in October 2021.
Image by Marisa Sias via Pixabay.
I miss it already. Certainly I miss my loving family! I love it where I live but you can't take the California out of the 'girl.'
On July 10, 2021, the International Thriller Writers proudly announced the recipients of the 2021 ITW Thriller Awards. The Awards were presented during “Virtual” ThrillerFest.
BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL
S.A. Cosby – BLACKTOP WASTELAND (Flatiron Books)
BEST FIRST NOVEL
David Heska Wanbli Weiden – WINTER COUNTS (Ecco)
BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK NOVEL
John Marrs – WHAT LIES BETWEEN US (Thomas & Mercer)
BEST SHORT STORY
Alan Orloff – “Rent Due” (Down & Out Books)
BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Andrea Contos – THROWAWAY GIRLS (Kids Can Press)
BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL
Jeff Buick – A KILLING GAME (Novel Words)
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.Agatha Award-winning author of the DCI St. Just mysteries, Max Tudor mysteries, standalone suspense novel WEYCOMBE, Augusta Hawke mysteries, and dozens of short stories. Books offered in all formats, including large print, e-Book, and audio.