cloudy, drizzle, cool, temps 17
You'll never guess what happened...and you'll probably think I'm making this up now, I've had such great good fortune recently - but STILL LIFE has been shortlisted for an award...almost six years after being published. The Barry Award for Best Crime/Mystery Novel of the Decade!
Since this is 2010 it seemed a good time for the people at Deadly Pleasures magazine to look back on the past decade, so they put together this special Barry for this year.
Here's the list
MYSTERY/CRIME NOVEL OF THE DECADE
Ken Bruen - The Guards
Michael Connelly - The Lincoln Lawyer
Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Dennis Lehane - Mystic River
Louise Penny - Still Life
Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Shadow of the Wind
What I love about this category is that I suspect it will be hotly debated...the ones left off. The ones on it. However, I will not be one of the people debating!
More editing/writing today...going well...slowly, but well. Off tonight to do a Skype. Skype doesn't work in our home - we're too remote, so we've discovered we need to go into the village and use the highspeed there. The cafe called Cafetier offers free highspeed. Now the problem is that it closes at 7pm, and the skype tonight is at 8pm...but I've been assured that if I sit in the car outside the cafe I can still get the high speed.
I think Jane Austen had to do exactly this...and Dennis Lehane, all the time.
But I'm happy to do Skype and meet readers, and this is with the Chicago Library system, so that's fun.
I'm just afraid I'll hare off out of here and forget the laptop!
rainy today so Gary's coming tomorrow to take the photos for the Globe and Mail of the baby blue beetle.