Checking In

November 2nd, 2011

It is I!!!  Isn’t is awful that a simple grammatical sentence should sound so awkward?  I hold responsible the people who say things like, “Me and Tiffany went to the mall.”  I also hold responsible, on broader principles, anyone who names a daughter “Tiffany.”

In keeping with the “checking in” title, I offer you a watery picture from Bangkok’s Don Muang airport, which is becoming the airport in a horror movie: You Can Check In — But You’ll Never Take Off!! Bwaaa-haaa-haaa. In the great tradition of Thai planning, Don Muang was designated the central command area for flood control but it had to be abandoned when it, um, flooded.

News of the World

Global stock markets surged imperceptibly on the news that THE FEAR ARTIST is finished.  Well, sort of finished, in that I’ve actually written the last sentence, and what a sentence it is.  I did a fast, vision-ruining three-day edit and sent it to my agent who LOVES it (he does not dispense love frivolously) and suggested 12,462 changes, all of which I’m making and 12,461 of which actually improve the book.  I’ve read to my wife the first three chapters, which set the story up, and she not only remained conscious but said some very nice things. Next up: my editor, Juliet Grames at Soho, who will get it on the 8th.  And then we’ll see.

Bloggus Interruptus

I want to thank all the wonderful writers who stepped in to take up the slack while I gnawed away at my book ten hours a day.  And thanks to all of you for making it a welcoming, interactive experience for them.  Later this month, I’ll participate in a “blog tour,” which is a sort of literary daisy chain in which my blogs will appear on a different writer’s site each day for fourteen (I think) days and their blogs will appear on mine.  Are you following this?  A different blogger each day here for two weeks, little Timmy on a different blog each day for the same two weeks.  Or, maybe I should put it this way — sorry?  Okay, okay, you get it.  Sheesh.

And to encourage you to hopscotch around the web reading my blogs elsewhere (they’re amazing, much better than the junk I dump here), I’ll be posting daily the URL of the site to which I’ve wandered and I’ll be giving away five hardly-shopworn-at-all prizes: signed copies of each of the four Poke books, and for the Grand Prize winner, the whole set, all inscribed and smeared with traces of my DNA.  These will go to people who respond to my blogs on other sites, so if you’re among the handful of people who haven’t already won all my books, prepare to surf the web.

And can we finally retire “surf the web”?  Please?

More about this closer to the start date, which is November 25.

Brazill Dark Roast

Paul D. Brazill, the Online King of Noir, has a new story collection coming out, 13 SHOTS OF NOIR.  I haven’t read it, and Paul hasn’t volunteered a capsule description, but the book’s subtitle, Thirteen short, sharp stories of booze, bullets & bodies, is probably indicative.  Paul is a really distinctive writer and he can perceive more shades of black than I can of blue, so you might want to check it out on Amazon when it’s available, presumably sometime in the next few days. And if you’re a fan of things noir, visit his stylish, hyperactive site, You Would Say That, Wouldn’t You? a wide-open window on the dark side of noir.

And while Paul is a bold and daring writer, this boldface is unintentional.  I’ve deleted it six times and it comes back every time I save.  I’m not shouting at you, really.

The Return of Robb

Coming Friday, we return to those thrilling days of yesteryear with a great post by Robb Royer, his real-life take on “American Graffiti.”  You will not want to miss this.

Okay, back to the edit.

10 Responses to “Checking In”

  1. Sheri Hart Says:

    Congratulations on finishing your book, Tim!

  2. Suzanna Says:

    Congratulations, Tim! You are an inspiration, and I really mean that.

    Happy for you and your beautiful Munyin!

  3. Anne K. Albert Says:

    Fourteen days. Fourteen blogs. Fifteen authors. Dozens and dozens of giveaways. Sounds like fun to me…oh, wait, I’m doing it, too.


  4. Paul D Brazill Says:

    Congratulations Tim!

    And thanks for the hat-tip!

    I hope people enjoy 13 Shots Of Noir, whenever it surfaces (how would I know, I’m only a writer!)

    It’s more fun than dark-I hope!


  5. Larissa Says:

    YAAAAAAAY! (c: Rock on and well done! Now, for all the fun rewriting and editing and the such…I can’t even imagine. I’m excited to see where you’re going to be dropping little gift-blogs so I’ll be sure to pop back in as it gets closer to the 25th. Happy editing and congrats!

  6. Lil Gluckstern Says:

    Congratulations on finishing the book. I’m looking forward to so much-your blogs, your guest blogs, Robb’s blog, a book contest, and your new book! Whew, I’m exhausted with all this anticipation, and then there’s Paul’s book. I’m having a wonderful time using my kindle. Now I better go read.

  7. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Thanks, everybody. My wife thinks I’m a dram queen because I was so down about the book during the long dry spell when I was writing from four to ten hours every day and loathing every word. I learned again that it ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT MATTER whether you think you’re writing well or not, or even whether you actually ARE writing well or not. What matters is that you (I) invest so much time and energy into the world of the book, because eventually it all comes alive again and it’s relatively easy to go back and either prune or fix the saggy, dull parts — but if I hadn’t written the saggy, dull parts I never would have discovered the actual story.

    So there, self.

    I do appreciate all the support.

  8. Suzanna Says:

    Of course you’re a drama queen, that’s how you can create such interesting, intense stories! But without your tenacity, talent, and resilience your books would still be circling around somewhere in drama limbo land. LOVE what you said about the value of the “saggy dull parts” helping you thread the story together. It’s a great lesson for anyone who is creating something new to remember that it may not come out perfectly at first but keep showing up, keep working, the quality eventually will come. Thanks for sharing this perspective, Tim, it is really helpful.

  9. Brynne Says:

    Reread NAIL and had reflections like on your people in there. Even the gutter trash creates lace around it all.

  10. Mike Schimmer Says:

    Possible repeat, Captcha dyslexia problem. Finishing The Fear Artist was a non-issue, the outcome was never in doubt. Congrats on reaching the end while feeling good about it, and sincere thanks to all the folks who helped you in the process. If past performance is a predictor of future success, The Fear Artist will be a smash hit. Looking forward to blog-hopping in hopes of snagging a signed Poke thriller. Best to you and Munyin, and to the staff at Soho Crime. Cheers

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