Yesterday, my book hit Barnes & Noble for pre-order.
Today it hit 187,160 in the sales ranking.
I would host my own little happy dance but I’m technologically ungifted, so I will send you to Angie’s for one. She’s techno-savvy.
All things considered 2006 hasn’t been bad. There have been ups and downs, as there is for everyone. There’s been a lot of illness this year, a lot of friends touched by loss. Buttons lost her first litter of kittens, all three stillborn. I can still remember the relief that her second litter was healthy. Of course, some days around here, that’s not what’s foremost in my mind as they knock stuff off counters and climb the Christmas tree…
If I’d been better prepared I would have thought hard about the good points, and put some sort of logical order to them. But I wasn’t prepared, and so I’m just going to give you a smattering.
~Having “The Butcher” in Crimespree
~My mentor, Cornelia Read
~Meeting @ B’Con…Anne Frasier, Tribe, Robert Fate, Julia Buckley, John McFetridge, Alex Brett, Denise Mina, Laura Lippman
~Meeting @ Harrogate…Helena, Jayne and the rest of the Billingham Babes (I want a t shirt), Vincent, James, John Rickards, Martin Edwards, Sheila Quigley, Ali Karim…God, I’d best stop this list or I’ll forget someone…
~Al Guthrie and Duane Swierczynski, and The Truth About Dave White, which I’m still working on. Haven’t decided if I should go straight for the blackmail or just put it up, though.
~Stuart arrives in the litter box – Note the striking similarities to her namesake. (It's all in the facial hair.)
~Catching up with Stuart
~My UK trip with Marsha
~Russel falling asleep on the bus and missing his stop
~Hanging with Clan Jordan
~“Fucked Again” was in Demolition
~Interviewing… Jess, Duane, Mark, Simon, Cornelia…
~Getting tipsy at God’s house
~My e-pals Kate, Lynne, Mary, Norby… The people who keep me sane
~All the bloggers who link here, lurk here and email me and comment
~All those who've contributed to Spinetingler and its success this year - Mindy, Angie, Diana, Toni, Andrea, Kate (who bid us farewell but did so much to help us start) and undoubtedly others I've forgotten ***
*** Like Trace. Goodness, how could I forget to mention Trace? I don't think New Book Brain covers that!
Things I’m looking forward to in 2007
~Out of the Gutter
~Interviewing… Al, Ken, Steve, Kevin, Anne, Julia, Tess and half a bazillion other people I’m forgetting, no doubt
~Spring Mouth Full of Bullets, because K. Robert Einarson has an original short story in the issue. And I have a reprint of What Every Guy Wants.
~Writing the next book
~Selling the next book (Hopefully!)
~Hopefully placing another short story I’ve sent out
~Meeting Rick Mofina
~Having a quiet drink with Tim Maleeny at LCC
And if I keep on with lists, no doubt I'll forget someone or something and hurt feelings. All of this to say that it's been a good year, and I'm glad you guys have been a part of it.
Raising a virtual glass to salute you all.