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First Book Signing

Well, it’s official. I confirmed my first book signing. On June 13 I’ll be live and in person at Chapters Newmarket, 17440 Yonge Street at 11 am. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a few more locations later in the year. Oh, and I might even have a new book available for launch in June.

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Draft 1, Book 2

Finally finished the first draft of the second Detective Hodgins series. Don’t like the current ending, but once I work through it, I should come up with something better. 🙂 The plan is to take my binder with the printout to the coffee shop on Sunday and go through it with the red pen. Will also have my notebook so I can write in stuff that won’t fit between the lines. Need to find a new coffee shop as the one at the corner closed up and the building is for sale. Two other shops nearby, but I don’t like Tim Hortons or Starbucks. I hope to have Death on Duchess Street ready to go to my editor (Melissa at http://infinite-pathways.org) before the end of the month so I can have it cleaned up and ready to print for WORD ON THE STREET September 27.

Speaking of events, I’ll be selling copies at BOOKFEST at the Pleasant Ridge Public Library in Thornhill Sunday, June 14 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., and at WEAVING WORDS at the Sharon Temple Sunday, August 30 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. If you’re in the area, come on out and say hello (or buy a book). 😀


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Extra time to kill – sorta literally

For the past couple of weeks I’ve actually been in a position where I’ve been able to write quite a bit. Generally, I write in the evening or weekend in front of the TV. And not every day. Shameful, I know. I’ve managed to go from about 30% to over 60% the way through the second Detective Hodgins book. I actually started this one last year as part of an assignment for the writing courses I was taking. That 30% (less actually) sat for a long time. I’ve added to it a bit over the past couple of months, but in just two weeks I’ve doubled it. Part of that time has been spent doing research, not just putting ink to paper.

index No, I don’t outline and do all my research before writing. I’m one of those people, as I’ve mentioned before. I have a general idea of where I’m going, but that’s about all. It was only late last month that I decided who the killer was and why. You’d think I’d know that before starting, but no. I had one person in mind, but thought it was too obvious.

And in reference to the earlier comment about putting ink to paper, yes that’s what I do. I have a small notebook from Dollarama. It’s got a cute little kitten on it. I write, then type, write, then type. I’m doing my best not to edit as I go. That’s what I did for the first book, and it really slowed me down. I’m printing out the typed pages (double spaced of course), and putting them in a cheap binder. Just love Dollarama! I’ll admit to having a few marks on the pages, but not from editing. Just things I thought of to fix or add. I’ve even got a few things highlighted on the actual Word document that need a big re-think due mainly to being awkward.

OK, I guess my little break is over. I need to get the last 11k or so written so my wonderful editor can add her comments.

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Nearing the end of the first Detective Hodgins novella

Just finished typing up another chapter.  Have done two in the past couple of weeks.  Finally hit my original target of 20,000 words – 20,987. My new target is 100 pages. So far I’m at 86. I need to add a couple more chapters and break the current last one into two and draw it out more. I guess I need somewhere in the neighbourhood of 3,000 more words to finish version 3 of the novella. My chapters are not long – most 1000 – 1200 words, so a few chapters will do it. Over 100 pages is fine though. Then it’s off to Melissa for her editing service. Not sure if I’ll need another edit from someone specific to my genre – might not have time to find someone anyway. Mel is good though. 🙂

I need to get this done very soon so it will be ready for printing and e-version by early to mid October so I can have copies for Bookapalooza in November. I booked 1/2 table (Melissa has the other half) so I’d better have something other than advertising to put on it. 🙂


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