August 14th, 2010

Announcing The Very Short Tour . .

Unlike last year, when I plowed a 9200-mile furrow through the highways of this great nation, this year I’m doing a dinky little loop of maybe 3500 miles.  And I’m hoping against hope that some people will actually brave the elements to come see me.  I’ve put together a Power Point presentation, and although I know that sounds like a bad episode of “The Office,” it really works — or, at least, I think it will when I finish it.  What more could you want?  Me, some pictures, a story or two, and lots of complicated technology all hooked up in a haphazard fashion, any component of which could opt out at any moment, leaving me gasping like a fish as I try to ad-lib.

Okay, enough verbiage.

Thursday, August 19, 7PM — Book Launch, the Mystery Bookstore, in Westwood, 1036-C Broxton Avenue or Boulevard or Lane or whatever it is.

Sunday, August 22, 2 PM — The Poisoned Pen, Phoenix/Scottdale, 4014 W. Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ

Wednesday, August 25, 5:30 PM –Murder By the Book, Denver, 1574 So. Pearl St., Denver, CO

Sunday, August 29, 2 PM  — M is for Mystery, San Mateo (with the wonderful Wendy Hornsby), 86 E. 3rd Avenue, San Mateo

Saturday, Sept. 4, 2PM, San Diego — Mysterious Galaxy Books, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego

Saturday, Sept. 11, 12 Noon, Thousand Oaks, CA — Mysteries to Die For, 2940 Thousand Oaks Boulevard

And a splendid time will be had by all.

10 Responses to “OFF THE MAP”

  1. Sylvia Says:

    Spain next, right?

  2. Larissa Says:

    Say hi to Denver for me. (c: And more specifically, say hi to the mountains and go drink some good New Belgium beer from somewhere in the vicinity. It’s made in Ft. Collins and is therefore a required have when you’re in Colorado. (c:

  3. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hi, Sylvia, Larissa — How I wish I were going to stores in both Spain and Kansas, but this one isn’t as crazy as last year’s. Although who knows, Sylvia? Mayb El Cuarto Observador will be a hit there and they’ll ask me to come.

    Riss — How you doing? Writing any?

  4. Larissa Says:


    Been doin’ pretty good. I was immensely busy with this year’s KC Fringe Fest…so I was mostly painting and organizing artists..(read: herding cats.) *but* I did start noodling around with a few of my WIPs. Mainly went back to the characters to get reacquainted while trying to tackle some of the questions I’ve been avoiding answering with them. Or that their not telling me yet? Whichever way. (c: It’s hard to switch gears from trying to convey things visually to textually. Sometimes I think I’ve forgotten how to use that part of my brain.

    Be that as it may-I think I had a mini revelation the other night about one of my characters-now I just need to apply butt to chair.

    It looks like things with you have been going awesome! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next! (c:

    I’m heading off to Germany for 12 days in September so I’m hoping to get some writing done there since that’s where it all started.

  5. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Riss — I wish we could sit down and get caffeinated.

    Visually to textually: think camera. How do you want to reveal the scene? You can start with any detail — a cigarette, a bowl of flowers, the curve of a woman’s fingers, blinding light through a window (look — not to be immodest, at the first couple of graphs of Ch 1 of BREATHING WATER, which is all about a man who frames himself in bright window light as a way of putting his visitors at a disadvantage) and then direct the reader’s eye from then? When do we see the room? How much of it do we see? Why those parts? What frames the characters when they move? Where does the light come from? On and on and on. Break your scene down visually and COMPLETELY LEAVE OUT FEELINGS — let the visuals, dialog, and action tell us everything we need to know about the characters.

    You have amazing energy and it’s pretty much all positive. You need to find the entry point (or points) into the text that works best for you.

  6. Cynthia Mueller Says:

    Thanks for a great presentation. I’m loving the book! It was great to see you, and see you doing so well!

  7. Larissa Says:

    I do too Tim. That’d be fun. (c: Ok-so I feel like the beginning of the story starts off with that “pan back the camera” effect. I feel like I could go on forever describing every little detail about the environment and the smell and the temperature of the glass on the subway and all these things…and on and on and on until I have 50 pages of “pretty” but not so much in the way of content.

    I know from your blog and books that content comes from characters with the occassional nudge in a certain direction from the writer. But man I have a hard time trusting that they’re going to say anything at all. I feel like I keep trying on scenes for size to see if they fit and then throwing them to the wayside. I’m sure this is supposed to be a good thing but really it’s just maddening at this point. hehe.

    Finally, and then I’ll stop I promise, I really need to start carrying a tape recorder around with me. I had this minor epiphany the other day and now I can’t seem to get it back…maybe this is a sign that it wasn’t that great of an idea or maybe it’s just that i’m too busy. but if I could talk myself through some of the tough spots and then listen to it, I think it might help. I’m a verbal thinker in that way… I said that was it, but really this is it…I feel like I’m moving really fast in some ways. Or rather, like a bunch of energy is being expended but there’s not much payoff. It’s like I can’t wait to get to the part where something happens heh. I need to slow the pace down but I don’t want to bog it down. I want all that nice, important, space between the big events that all good books have. The ones where you read 50 or 60 pages and things are just getting started.

    Ok. Done now. I hope you’re enjoying all of your jaunting! 😀

    And thank you for the compliment. I’ll figure out how to channel all this energy someday. hehe. Right now, I just run around a lot. ;0)

  8. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Cindy –

    I’m the one who owes you thanks for coming. Way, way beyond the call of duty.

    And I’m so glad you’re liking the book.

    Riss, I need a little time before I reply. Just drove 500 miles to get nowhere (Rock Springs, Wyoming) and am now in a very peculiar motel so tired I can still feel the car moving beneath me, and starving to death. Will answer in the next couple of days — still got almost 900 miles to cover to get to San Francisco.

  9. Larissa Says:

    (c: You’re awesome. Get some sleep! And I’m sure Rock Springs, WY isn’t entirely nowhere…might be a distant cousin…

  10. Hitch Says:

    Yeah, but then you get to go to Sparks, which will make Rock Springs look pretty damned good. 😉

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