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I have some good (I think) ideas for Cadaver in Chief 2 (and I dig your title!), but I'm so busy with other projects I don't know if I'll ever get around to doing anything with them. If more readers vote for it with their wallets, though, I'll find a way to make it happen! Good question about my PPZ books. They haven't been optioned. Which kinda surprises me -- I would've thought the studio would want to lock that all up just in case. On the other hand, even if the PPZ movie is a hit and the studio decides to do a sequel, they're not obligated to use my books as the source. I've heard that the movie goes off in a new direction at the end, so maybe they'd keep going that way and leave the books behind. Time will tell....
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2016 on Ballot Pox at Steve's Web Place
Thanks for the spoiler-free review, JT! I haven't seen the movie yet, and by some miracle I still don't know who dies/turns to the dark side/makes a surprise return. (Hello, Jar Jar!) Actually, it hasn't been a miracle. I've stopped visiting sites like io9 while training my eyes to skip over all headlines with the words "Star" or "Wars" in them. It's *mostly* worked. (I accidentally saw a headline about [REDACTED]'s surprise cameo. So that won't be a surprise for me.) Tomorrow I'll be traveling all day, the day after that is Christmas and the day after that I'm finally seeing the movie, so I think the odds are good that I'll actually see the movie unspoiled. Wish me luck!
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2015 on Star Words at Steve's Web Place
By all means, keep an eye on me for encroaching academese, Parspeak. If you catch me using the term "pedagogical," give it to me with both barrels! You'll forgive me if I say "nerts" to the cowboys-didn't-wear-broad-brimmed-hats thing, Bryan. As for those Stetson-wearing Amlingmeyer boys, I'll have an update on them in six or seven months. I have another tarot mystery I have to write, a graphic novel I have to write, and then.... [Cue "The William Tell Overture."]
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2015 on A Fistful of Details at Steve's Web Place
Although I work for a university now, I'm on the communications/p.r. side, not the academic or administrative side. I'm certainly familiar with academese and bureaucratese, though. Both are pretty much the opposite of my normal style, but if you see any of it creeping into my writing, please warn me!
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2015 on A Fistful of Details at Steve's Web Place
In toto, I'm waaaaaaaaaay less productive, of course. I produce a fraction of the words I used to in a given week. But I suppose I do more with the limited time that I have. I procrastinate less now because an hour of uninterrupted writing time is a precious thing. It'll be interesting to see what impact that has on my style and choice of projects down the road. Stay tuned: I have a feeling that'll be the subject of a blog post in about seven months....
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2015 on A Fistful of Details at Steve's Web Place
I read "Doc" last year, Tom, and I agree that it's a great novel. I've read a wee bit about Doc Holliday and the Earps myself, and I really appreciated Russell's nuanced approach. I do think she went a little easy on the guys -- I suspect they were a tad scummier than she presents, especially Wyatt -- but she's a great writer who, as you say, creates a vivid picture of the time. My local library doesn't have "Epitath," so I guess I'll have to break down and actually buy it (or wait a couple months and ask Santa for it). I love research, too, Bridget/Occupy! Love it so much, in fact, I've been doing it for a book I probably won't have time to start writing until next summer. Just goes to show how much I'm chomping at the bit to get back to the Amlingmeyers!
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2015 on A Fistful of Details at Steve's Web Place
Thanks for the question and the follow-up, Kymberlie! I'm also one of those people who occasionally ponder the big mysteries of life but don't really believe in absolute answers. Although I suppose they might be out there. I can't be absolutely sure!
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2015 on Infrequently Asked Questions at Steve's Web Place
Thanks, guys! I didn't end up winning an Edgar, but I got a great consolation prize: lots and lots of good vibes from friends and colleagues. I can't put that on my mantelpiece, but it's something I'll treasure all the same. (I'm not a hippie kind of guy, so it's a little odd that I like the phrase "good vibes" so much. What can I say? I think it captures something real in a nice, pithy way. Don't expect me to start wearing bell bottoms or saying things are "groovy," though.)
Toggle Commented May 2, 2015 on New York State of Mind at Steve's Web Place
The people have spoken! I will definitely be writing another Holmes on the Range mystery. Eventually. When I can. It might take a while. Sorry. No one said democracy was perfect.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2015 on Hock the Vote at Steve's Web Place
Thanks, Toni! I hear the Nick and Nora Mysteries are off to a rip-roaring start, too! And thanks for saying ixnay on the anfay ictionfay, Greg. I don't think I or the world (or, more specifically, the people who own the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies copyright) are ready for that particular combo!
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2015 on Hock the Vote at Steve's Web Place
And I lose again! Whatever. At least Graham Moore didn't. (Woo-hoo redux!)
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2015 on Up the Academy at Steve's Web Place
Thanks for asking, Pamela! Unfortunately, I can't give you a definitive answer yet. My plan is to start writing the sixth Holmes on the Range novel as soon as I've wrapped up all my contractual commitments. At the moment, though, it's unclear whether that means I'll have to write two books, three books or as many as five other books before I can get back to Big Red and Old Red. (Two big, multi-book projects are up in the air at the moment.) A bright side to the logjam: most of the books are for kids and would be fairly short. So I'm guessing I'll be at work on HOTR #6 sometime between six months and a year from now. Stay tuned!
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2015 on New Year's Revolutions at Steve's Web Place
Hey, Lee! Great to hear from you! It's been a while, hasn't it? You're one of the reasons I should've gone to that danged Bouchercon last fall. I had some good reasons to stop going to cons, but unfortunately it meant I fell out of touch with some really cool people. It's nice knowing that by hanging in there the way I have I've provided some inspiration. I know things got quiet for me for a couple years there, but believe me: I never stopped plugging away. It just took a while to pay off. Not that there's anything wrong with taking a break! I'm glad you've recharged your batteries and will be jumping back into the fray. Let me know how it goes!
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on New Year's Revolutions at Steve's Web Place
Hey, Jonathan! Long time no read! I've been wondering what you're up to. Looks like you went and started a blog without asking my permission. Cool! Although my post might have seemed a little downbeat, I'm not feeling that way. I'm truly excited about what's ahead. There's a longer blog post coming one day that will lay out the whys of it. Unsurprisingly, it all comes back to money. Specifically (but still vaguely) the fact that, though I'm not filthy rich, I have more than I used to. And that means freedom -- the kind that'll finally let me grab whichever damn iron out of the fire I feel like!
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2015 on New Year's Revolutions at Steve's Web Place
The boys will definitely be back one day! And "one day" is finally starting to look like it's coming closer. If all goes according to plan, I might have something to announce by the end of the year....
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2014 on Whirled Series at Steve's Web Place
I hear you, D. I think the Nick and Tesla books are pretty fun, but they're definitely aimed at the middle-school set. I've been meaning to bring Big Red and Old Red back for a while now, but the timing was never right. It looks like two major roadblocks will finally be behind me soon, though. Stay tuned!
Toggle Commented May 18, 2014 on 10 Is a Magic Number at Steve's Web Place
That's it exactly, Sue -- I do O.K. at signings and such, but I'm not exciting enough to rate network air-time. I had a chance to get on Craig Ferguson's show years ago, but I didn't make it past a screening call from an assistant booker. He told me "Don't try to be funny," which really threw me. I mean, I get it -- Ferguson's the funnyman -- but it left me not knowing how to *be*. Hi ho. At least now I'm part of a team that's half telegenic!
Toggle Commented May 8, 2014 on 10 Is a Magic Number at Steve's Web Place
Thanks, David! I used to be a one-man interpretive dance, so it sounds like I'm headed in the right direction.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2014 on Sneak Me-Views at Steve's Web Place
Sorry to leave you hanging, Ted! Believe me -- *I* wish I'd had time to bring Big Red and Old Red back, as well. Wheels are in motion, though. The Amlingmeyers will return one day. And when that day finally arrives, I'll be able to explain why it took so long to get here!
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2014 on My Favorite Year at Steve's Web Place
Sorry to keep you (and Big Red and Old Red) waiting so long, D! Hang in there. You'll get your Holmes on the Range fix eventually....
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2013 on My Favorite Year at Steve's Web Place
Thanks, Amy! Hopefully someone will review the book via carved turkey just in time for Thanksgiving.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2013 on HalloWIN!!! at Steve's Web Place
Nice title! I'd hate to suggest that readers would go broke if they bought all my stuff, though. Really, folks -- I might be putting a lot of books out in the next 12 months, but most of you can comfortably afford it all!
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2013 on My Favorite Year at Steve's Web Place
OMG, Marge! What happened? You were about to tell us who Don Draper looks like, but you were mysteriously cut off. And right after mentioning crazy-creepy organ music! This is freaking me out! Did The Ghost get you?
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Mar 15, 2010
Absolutely! I'll be flooding the world with "Look at me!"s in the weeks leading up to July, when the book hits stores. And I can announce here and now that CRACK is finally, officially finished (as of yesterday -- yeeehaa!) and Posse/e-newsletter members will be getting a sneak preview in their Christmas stocking very, very soon. -Steve