Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cool

It’s here. DIXIE DUST RUMORS is out and available for purchase. The purchase link is here. It is a middle-grade novel, not an adult novel, and falls on the younger side of the middle grade spectrum. Even though the main characters are twelve, they are a young twelve, and not as hip-tweeny as a lot of twelve year olds are portrayed, and as they strive to act. But then, Rose would rather be around a horse barn than in school, so it kind of makes sense. Barn rats have a different kind of savvy.

If you’re willing to host a stop on my blog tour, please contact me, and we’ll set it up.

I did follow-up on queries, withdrew a few pieces yesterday that I will market elsewhere, started catching up on blogs, worked on client projects, continued reading a friend’s manuscript, caught up on much of the email that accumulated last week while I was gone. I get somewhere around 500 legitimate emails per day spread out over the various accounts, so it can be a challenge to keep up. I also did some work updating the local press list, since I need to get quite a bit of material out to the press in the coming weeks, and started the press kit for OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. Once I have a release date, at least all the information will be ready and I can just get going on the PR go-round.

I sent FEMME FATALE to my producer yesterday morning. Not only did she sit down right away, but she loved it! Whew! It’s a relief, since it’s darker than the first two I wrote for her, and has quite the twist at the end. The director is a woman who will appear in THE MATILDA MURDERS, and loved my writing so much after coming to see TILL DEATH DO THEY PART that she accepted the directing job on FEMME FATALE without even reading the script. Anyway, MATILDA MURDERS will open in September of 2009 and FEMME FATALE will open in April of 2010.

On more news, I don’t know if I mentioned this yesterday, but I’m teaching my Dialogue Workshop at The Muse Online Conference again this October. If you haven’t yet taken the workshop, I hope you sign up and give it a try. If you have — I tweak the workshop every year a little bit, so it won’t be identical to any year you’ve taken it.

I did some research on Prague for the trip, gathered up some information for some correspondence that needs to happen before we go, and realized that, two days after I return from Prague, I head back to the Cape to cover the Bourne Scallop Festival. Nothing like a busy schedule!

Still not sure which of the WIPs I should concentrate on right now. I’ve got at least one more manuscript I’d like to get out the door by next week, and I’ve got to do some work on the serial I’m developing, as well as finishing a couple of these partial projects so they can go into Rewrite Land and then get out the door, too. Plus, I still have BLOOD SOUP, CHANNELLING JIM MORRISON, nad HEEBIE JEEBIES to work on, CRAVE THE HUNT, finish the HELENA FRANCIS mystery, and get started on the next Rose Olen book. I need to just pick one of them and start typing, instead of staring at the list and dithering.

I also have to get cracking on the assignment for Confidential Job #1, which is due at the end of this week.

Oh, yeah, and I have to pack. I’m scheduled to work out of town this weekend.

Unfortunately, I woke up with a heck of a headache, which does not bode well for many hours necessary in front of the screen.

I’ve also got some correspondence to get out — UHaul has crossed the line yet again. And I’ve got to pack up a winning contest entry and get that out the door. Busy day. The temperature nearly went down to frost last night, but of course, we didn’t get any heat. Scumbag landlords.

Time to get back to the page.


Published in: on May 19, 2009 at 7:07 am  Comments (5)  


  1. You said it all when you wrote “Barn rats have a different kind of savvy.” Amen. I remember being happiest when I was mucking stalls and talking to the ponies (and to be fair, I talked to the pigs, too).

    UHaul is a company with which I will NEVER again do business. The way I was treated last time I tried to rent a van was almost criminal. The reservation system is pointless. I reserved a truck two weeks in advance only to hear THE DAY I NEEDED IT that it’s a first-come, first-serve basis with these things. I had to be out of the condo that day. I had to have a truck. I marched in there at quitting time and demanded a truck from a guy who was screaming into the phone and saying out loud “I hate this f—ing job.” He had the right idea, but taking his anger out on me later got him nowhere and nearly got him a lawsuit. Bastards. If I’m not mistaken, there’s a UHaulsucks.com website. No truer words have been spoken.

  2. Sorry about your problems with UHaul. Hope they get resolved!

    I’m off to buy Dixie Dust!!! Hooray!!! 🙂

  3. I’m glad your twelve year old characters aren’t the way most are portrayed these days. I hope your headache leaves and you achieve all you set out to do today!

  4. Congrats on Dixie Dust Rumours!! I hope it sells out of all your wildest expectations! And thank you most kindly for another credit 🙂

    You’ll love Prague – I’m jealous I’d love to go back! And I’ll be signing up for your workshop again – it was the top event at last years Muse Conference for me, because I learnt so much from it – tips I’m still using regularly.

  5. Oh, meant to say, if you didn’t get an email from my “alternative” address today, can you let me know. My home email is bust and it was about a date for your tour.


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