Sad news today as the world found out that legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard had passed away at the age of 87. While he had lived a full life, wrote more novels than I could read in a lifetime and saw many of those ideas translated into movies, it is still sad to see him go.
I haven’t read him enough to render a full opinion of him or his body of work but he certainly has had a major impact on several generations of writers with his ten rules of writing. Thankfully, Gail Bowen of the Globe and Mail has reposted the ten rules. I fully recommend that you check it out. If you are a writer, then I hope these rules will have as much influence as they had (and continue to have) on me.
I kept it below the radar, but a couple weekends ago I went to Toronto to do a soft launch of my debut novel Evermore: Call of the Nocturne. The idea behind the soft launch is not really to promote the book but use it as an excuse to meet with all of the people who bring the book to fruition. Well, that and watching Blue Jays games.
After coming in on Friday and drinking some beers with an old Friday. I spend Saturday afternoon watching a Blue Jays game. I hadn’t seen a game in
Skydome Rogers Centre since about 2008 and I was impressed by how much the baseball experience had improved. The Blue Jays lost (again) but I had a great time, got a massive sunburn and watched the dome close following the game (cool). Following the game, I got lost walking around Toronto and saw some of its amazing neighbourhoods including Queen’s Park, the University of Toronto, Little Italy and Koreatown.
I met Erin Stropes (my editor) and Jordan Knoll (my cover designer) at a neat little pub called “No One Writes to the Colonel” in Koreatown. We had a great time. It was amazing to finally meet to people with whom I had been working with for years to make my dream a reality. My only regret is that I didn’t have more time and that I didn’t take any pictures (d’oh).
On Sunday, I visited with Kevin Bae, the illustrator for both the back and front covers. We met for lunch and talked for a couple of hours before I grabbed my train. We had a great time and it was cool to find out what he had been up to over the last couple of years, including getting married. Anyway, we had a great time. I wish I had more time to spend in Toronto so I could see these guys more often. It also gives me more motivation to get moving on my next project so I can work with these guys again.
Sorry for going dark for a month. Things have been quite busy. The paperback version of Evermore: Call of the Nocturne has hit a little bit of a snag. Apparently, creating pdf manuscripts using Apple’s Pages software is terribly bad idea. Apparently, it creates errors in the pdf document that don’t show up until the paperback is printed! Sigh. Thankfully, the nice folks at Lulu support have graciously converted my manuscript and allowed me to upload it again. Once I get an updated cover from Jordan (there was a slight spacing issue that caused the title to get almost cut off on the original print run), we’ll be good to go to finally publish the paperback. Once that’s done, I’ll be free to organize my book launch party.
In the meantime, I’m taking advantage of National Novel Writing Month to get a quick start to my next project. Entitled Other than I, my goal is to get the first 50,000 words of it down by the end of November. That’s about 1600 words a day. Typically, my goal has been to write 1000 words a day and I’ve always found that excruciating. Thus far, it’s been going well. After the first 10 days, I have written 16,750 words, making me ahead of schedule. It’s a wonderful challenge and a great excuse to get off your butt and finally start that project you’ve always been thinking about.
Well, wish me luck. This novel is going to write itself.