I’m so glad to be back with you, my dears. This past week was full of fun and travel and maybe even a little glamor, but I’m home now from New York, grateful and a bit weary. If you’re an introvert like me, you know what a mixed blessing travel can be. There are those moments of worry and feeling overwhelmed, mixed with a kind of euphoria when you realize, “Hey, the world can be a very cool, fascinating place.”
On Wednesday, I was at the Edgars symposium, on a panel about creating villains in crime fiction. Then the Edgar Awards banquet took place on Thursday night. My short story, A Paler Shade of Death, was a finalist, but the Edgar went to the legendary Lawrence Block. I can’t think of a better writer crime writer to lose an Edgar to. You may not believe it, but I was way more worried about presenting the Best Novel Award. I couldn’t even tell you that I was the chairperson of the Best Novel Committee. Talk about secrets! Our committee looked at well over 500 books, and we weren’t even allowed to comment on them over the year. It was almost impossible to choose, but I think we came up with a great list of finalists. Noah Hawley won for his novel, Before the Fall. You can check out the other finalists’ books here. They’re all worth a closer look.
I always overpack for trips and end up being irritated with myself because I hate trying to manage too much luggage. So this time, I packed light. That meant I couldn’t bring my SLR camera with me, and was limited to my iPhone camera. My phone photos never come out very well. (Probably because I’m too lazy to figure out how to make the most of it ; ) But I did manage to take a few.
May 1st Words
Journal: 350 words
Long fiction: 0 words
Short fiction: 125 words
Non-fiction: 0 words
Blogging: 614 words
Exercise: Not today. Back on the pony tomorrow.