Friday, June 18, 2010

Summer is starting

A lot of action in the writing world these days. Summer reading season is here and I've got some appointments to see authors coming through town with their books. Sophie Littlefield is here this weekend with A Bad Day For Pretty and Rebecca Cantrell will be here in two weeks with  A Night of Long Knives.
On the interwebs Naomi Johnson has announced the winners in the latest Watery Grave International and they are some great stories.
Jason Duke's contest is heating up and I am very happy to be on the list of finalists that includes some great writers and great stories.
My interview with Stephen Jay Schwartz is up at Spinetingler. He was very open and honest and had some great tales to tell about his book Boulevard.

The sequel is coming along to a rapid conclusion even though we keep changing it. We just revamped the revamped ending but, as always, making it better. It's a little bit like driving the engine with one arm and laying track out ahead of us with the other.
I've said it before but working with Jennifer is such a pleasure. Even these roadblocks we hit in the story never end up in an argument or a stoppage in work. (lives and kids do that enough) But the end is near. I think only about 2 or 3 more chapters each and a first draft will be done. I think there is a lot of work to do with this one but working it over and making little improvements along the way is the fun part. Another fun part anyway.
I really hope we can do something with this one. I start to feel like a slacker if I don't have anything to announce is in the pipeline.

One thing that is out is the Second Wind anthology that I did a story for a while ago. As of now it seems the only place you can get one is off their website. Anyway, I quite like my story included in it and there are several others like Deborah J. Ledford that are worth your while if you're looking for a short story collection this summer, although I haven't read it yet. I'll have to order one for myself to see what else is inside. Give a gander to Murder In The Wind. I'm hoping it will be more widely available and I can spread some more links. I'll get one and report back on the other stories.

1 comment:

ratatouille's archives said...

Hi! Eric Beetner,
Thanks, for sharing the link and on my way out of your blog door I plan to listen to What the Dog Saw over there on your sidebar.

I must admit that since I'am only a reader and not a writer...I'am alway taken aback by yours (or rather pulp writers) straight forward language.
I think that what draws me to mystery writers...that noirish tone in your writings.
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D