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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 4 days ago 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! http://www.amazon.com/Meow-Murder-Nick-Nora-Mysteries/dp/0425270203/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 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
I actually tried to work the Lady Luck line into THE BLACK DOVE -- I think it was even in an early draft. And then it got cut again! Maybe the third time's the charm. As for phrenology, I'm sure that'll make a comeback, too, at some point. I love the idea of a supposedly brilliant detective -- a CSI guy of his time -- raving away about how the murderer couldn't have done it because his brow ridge isn't pronounced enough.... -Steve
Your wish is our command, guys. We probably can't swing director's cut editions of the books, but hey -- what better repository (or dumping ground) for deleted material than a blog? Check out Big Red's latest entry for some never-printed blasts from the past. -Steve
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2008 on The Long and Short of It at Steve's Web Place