This is a very dull and quiet time of year…if you are a cat.
If you are a human, this human, it’s a different story. My brain is racing like a squirrel in a squirrel exerciser as the new book starts coming together.
Let’s back up a bit. This is not a new book per se, but rather a novel I began probably 15 years ago. I even wrote out parts of it, but it never quite came together. I put it aside. Somewhere. Wherever it is now, it will never be found. I’ve moved three times and owned several computers in that time period. But that is OK. I didn’t lose anything. It’s all still there. At the time, the story haunted me. But that was a different time, and not the right time.
That is the weird thing about stories, for me at least. I have another Emma mystery or two left in me, but this isn’t the time for them. So I started kicking around ideas several months ago. And in seeking the new I found something old.
There’s not a great deal I can tell you about the new book. We will go back in time a few years and hang out mostly in the Columbia Gorge. I think you’ll like it. The Columbia Gorge is, to me, sacred ground. It has been an important part of my life since I was a small child and we drove to Portland on an old two-lane highway. There were waterfalls and lush greenery. Before Celilo Falls was buried by The Dalles Dam, I watched the Indians fish from the rocks with spears and nets as we drove toward our destination. I’m very excited. So keep your fingers crossed as I transition these ideas from brain to written pages.
Old business: Today I made a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation based on net book sales for the months of November and December 2015. You can donate too, just hit the link. I like this donation idea and plan to keep it going. My donation for January and February 2016 will go to the Oregon Humane Society. Donation amount will be for 10% net sales, so this is a great time to purchase a book–online, directly from me, or on my website, e-book or real book–and get some extra bang for your bucks.