Wednesday, February 11, 2009


All right, all right, I admit it: it's been awhile. How are you doing, anyway? Have you lost weight? You look great!

Until I get this current pass done (the last before the new work goes out to the Tiny Dynamo and all the Beta-Readers), internet time is strictly rationed. Strictly. Rationed. My apologies, and you really do look great. Something with your hair, maybe?

The lovely and talented Shauna Roberts and Barbara Martin *both* awarded me the Premier-Dardos. I feel humbled that you find something of worth and value in the clicks of my keyboard. I'm supposed to pass this on to other worthies, but there are simply too many of you, and too few of me doing the typing. Please feel free to accept one on my behalf...

Speaking of worth and value, I recently finished Where Serpents Sleep by our very own CS Harris. Holy Smoking Joes, it was like a master class in how to write a thriller, and how to keep a series thrilling. Pace. Suspense. Action. Intrigue. Heroes. Villains. If I were the type to teach Creative Writing classes, my students would find her work required reading.

And on the heels of my godawful incoherent post (I humbly promise never, never, NEVER again to drink and blog), Candy's historical thriller shows *exactly* how to make research feel authentic without bogging down. Bloody marvelous.

There's more I want to talk about, so much more. Sidney's new podcasts. Wayne's offbeat, lyrical and poetic photo essays. The way that like the cartoon mouse Savoir Faire, Charles Gramlich is everywhere.

Sadly, I'm out of time. I doubt I'll even get to the 103 unread messages in my Google Reader at the moment. Yup, 103. I blame the rationing.

And the war. Always good to blame the war.

I know what it is. You've been working out, haven't you?


Barbara Martin said...

You're forgiven by the photo alone since it speaks volumes. I should take a cue from you to post less and get more of my 'real' writing done.

As for the reward, Steve, you deserve it for your innovative approach to writing. Great review on Candy's book.

Charles Gramlich said...

Hey, you noticed how good I look. All is forgiven!

I'm getting ready to start a new St. Cyr book soon myself.

Lana Gramlich said...

Congrats on the well deserved award! Working out? Surely you jest. *L*

cs harris said...

Love that picture! At the moment, that's my life in a nutshell.

And thanks so much for the kind words about Serpents. I've noticed I always think my last book is the worst I've ever written.

ANNA-LYS said...

Ohhh gosh You are delicious
I have missed the taste of YOU
glad You are back!!!!!!!!!!

If I knew an award could
do the trick, I should
have awarded You every day!


You have earned every pixel on that award pic!

AvDB said...

Just try not to get buried under a paper-alanche. Half-suffocating while bleeding out from a million tiny cuts doesn't sound too appetizing.

Steve Malley said...

Barbara, the way I figure it, I have to be in the tattoo studio so many hours a week. I *want* to write and play with the Tiny Dynamo. Other stuff (laundry, blogging, updating my website, etc) takes a back seat to those three...

Charles, you're in for a treat!

Lana, you sure about that?

CS, for me, it's always the book I'm working on now that sucks the worst!

Anna-Lys, sadly, I got that award several weeks ago. Ugh. At least my laundry's done...

Avery, you forgot the vat of lemon juice. Thousands of paper cuts is nothing without a nice bath in a vat of lemon juice. :-)

Glamourpuss said...

I empathise - if I get Google Reader down to under 200 posts I feel I'm getting somewhere. Sigh.

Wishing you a productive time!


Unknown said...

Glad to know you're alive even if only just :-)

Steve Malley said...

Puss, 200 would definitely be pushing my 'mark all as read' threshold...

Liz, very, *very* much alive-- just offline. Which is like being blogdead.

Hm, the Blogging Dead... Could be something in that....

Unknown said...

I do think you might have something there!!!

ANNA-LYS said...

( ¸¸.* Anna-Lys

RK Sterling said...

Close. I grew a mustache. :)