Friday Desk Report – September 16, 2016

Oh, my, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

But in my defense, there wasn’t a whole lot of activity at the old desk this summer. We travelled for most of July, and then there was much to do for the Big Fat Geek Wedding happening at the beginning of September. What? You want a picture from that? Well, here you go. It just happened to happen on my own anniversary, so we celebrated at the photo booth.



And of course, I took a little bit of time for just enjoying summer. I did manage to read and make notes on a novel manuscript while on airplanes, and I have a new novella in the editing stage. So I guess I wasn’t entirely a slacker, was I?

This week has been mostly getting ready for CaperCon. This is the second year for this convention, and last year’s was a tremendous success. This year it looks like things have only grown, so I’m looking forward to being a guest. Here’s my schedule for the weekend:

Reading/Q&A – Friday @3:30
Crafting Stronger Stories (with Third Person Press) – Friday @6:30
Self-Publishing for Success – Saturday @ 11:00
Plotting and Outlining – or Not – Sunday @ 10:30
Blue Pencil Cafe (with Third Person Press) – Sunday @ 12:00
Writing a Series – Sunday @ 1:30
Insider’s Guide to Marketing and Publishing (with Third Person Press) – Sunday @ 3:00

If you’re there, please drop by my table and say hello!

Review: No Game For a Dame

No Game For a Dame
No Game For a Dame by M. Ruth Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun book that takes the old hard-boiled detective and turns “him” into a “her.” I quite enjoyed it and would read more about this character. The backdrop is nicely developed and the mystery interesting, and we learn enough about the main character in well-timed tidbits to feel that she’s someone we’d like to get to know better.

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Review: Moonraker

Moonraker by Ian Fleming
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We recently watched “Spectre,” and so I suppose I had Bond on my mind when browsing my library’s audiobook offerings. I remember watching the movie with this title years ago, but the book struck me as being significantly different. Much slower-moving, for one thing, although I’m not sure it’s entirely fair to compare the speed of any book with a Bond movie. At any rate, it was enjoyable (apart from the lengthy bridge game description). I’d read more Bond books, just for the fun of comparing them to the movies.

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