Wednesday, 15 December 2010


overcast, light snow, cold and windy, temps minus 12

Still in Montreal - having quiet day, finally! Breakfast at Chez Nick's with Susan and Liz (to exchange gifts) and of course, Michael. Then home. Spent a couple of hours writing first draft of the chapter on Setting as Character for the Now Write! book on crime fiction. I'm not sure when it'll be out. The editor wants the chapters by the beginning of Feb, so I'm presuming later in the year, or early next year. As soon as I know, I'll let you know.

Michael had lunch at L'orchide de chine with his friend David. Well, he and his wife Linda are my friends too - it's just that David and Michael go way back, having worked on various aspects of medical research together for decades. And in the process became the best of friends. They adore each other, and are devoted. Michael just cherishes his time with DAvid. David is the head of genetics at McGill. So when he and Michael get together it is like twins speaking in their own made-up language.

You know that famous line from Jerry Maguire - You had me at hello. Well, when David and Michael are together they lose me at hello. After that I'm just churning and splashing and thrashing and trying to keep my head above water. And whenever there's a lull in the conversation and they look at me I just say, Wow. Or, Dear God. Or shake my head, try to look both thoughtful and amazed (by their brilliance) and say, ahh. Better than what I'm actually thinking which is, 'You completely baffle me.'

Happily, David and Linda also happen to be among the kindest people we know....and they've shown their kindness over and over. Especially whenever Michael has any medical issue...David remains in practice and makes himself immediately available.

Nice conversation with the US publisher, Andrew Martin of Minotaur. Beginning to strategize about A TRICK OF THE LIGHT, which will be published end of August, beginning of September.

Then watched more of Modern Family. Love, love, love that show!

Hoping to see The King's Speech tomorrow. In a real live movie theatre. Dear God. Wow. Ahhh.


Linda said...

Your life is so full, Louise. I think you truly "get it". I love, love, love reading your blog! I wish you and Michael, and everyone lucky enough to have you in their life the most wonderful holiday ever. Peace.

lil Gluckstern said...

I'm totally intimidated by what I'm reading about the weather, so I really like your stories about fun with your friends in Montreal. The picture in yesterday's blog looked more foreboding. And definitely not so cheery. Happy holiday time, and drive safe.

Louise Penny Author said...

Hi Linda, So glad you're enjoying reading it - I sure am enjoying writing it. But it is always a relief to know people are out there! And I hope you have the most wonderful holiday you've ever had.

Louise Penny Author said...

Hi Lil,

My friend - always great to hear from you, and yes, our weather here in always a bit of a tease - can be both staggeringly beautiful and deadly. Happily, we can pick and choose when we travel, and are very respectful of the nature of winter. Happy holidays to you!