End of the Road

December 8th, 2011

Well, the long, winding trail has unwound at last, and we stand, dusty and dumbstruck, contemplating completion.

Oh, I’m so full of it.

This was my first blog tour, and it will be my last for a few months, but then I’ll be back with a vengeance, as soon as somebody asks me.

I had a great time, appearing on the blogs of a bunch of writers I admire and hosting them here.  I think everyone wrote marvelous posts, not just here but on all the other sites, and I harvested a stack of great writing strategies I plan to plagiarize — sorry, adapt – in WRITING TO FINISH.

This was a surprisingly labor-intensive enterprise, and a LOT of thanks go to Anne K. Albert, who (if I remember rightly) was the Mama Bear and set up that schedule, which was as complex as string theory but much more useful.  Thanks also to everyone who hosted me, to everyone who enlivened this space with their thoughts, and — obviously — to the members of the Academy . . . sorry, drifted off there — to the folks who read these things and left comments.

Five of those people are going to to get a Poke in the eye, or at least in the mail.  One of them will get four Pokes.

I’ve been on tour in the Mendocino/Fort Bragg area since Monday, and they’ve kept me hopping due to the prodigious efforts of a remarkable woman named Ruth Sparks.  I’ll probably report on all that in the next few days.  And when I’m back in L.A., I’ll assemble the names of everyone who responded to my blogs hither and yon, and draw the names of the winners out of a hat once owned by the Headless Horseman.

Till then, be good y’all.

9 Responses to “End of the Road”

  1. john m. daniel Says:

    It’s been a pleasure traveling with you, Tim. I’ve learned much from your posts, and I look forward to The Queen of Patpong, which is on order. Meanwhile, enjoy Mendo-Ft. Bragg.

  2. EverettK Says:

    Oh, Sally, you are so full of it. I’m just not sure what ‘it’ is… but I don’t smell something fishy.

    On the serious side (one rarely visited), I GREATLY enjoyed following you around on the blogging trail and reading all of the visitors’ blogs here (I admit, I didn’t read all 196 blogs, only about 30 of them; I do have a life, after all). Great stuff all around!

  3. Jean Henry Mead Says:

    It’s been a pleasure touring with you, Tim, and reading some great articles you posted. Wishing you the happiest of Christmases and a successful New Year.

  4. Suzanna Says:

    Tim, Glad to see you enjoyed your blog tour, and by a quick look at the number of comments you received there were plenty of participants, and potential winners for the Poke book drawing. Lucky ducks. Look forward to going back and reading the whirlwind of posts and replies.

  5. W.S. Gager Says:

    Tim: Would be happy to hit the trail again with you. Enjoyed your posts. You have a true gift and I can’t wait to read both Poke and Junior. Mitch said I would enjoy Louie after I got used to his rough nature. Best of luck to you and keep in touch.
    W.S. Gager on Writing

  6. Lil Gluckstern Says:

    Welcome home-after your north coast tour. It was a lot of fun to “meet” new writers, even though I couldn’t keep up with you all. Now come the Holidays for peace and quiet;)

  7. Anne K. Albert Says:

    Plagiarize away, Tim, because your posts on the Mystery We Write Blog Tour are worth their weight in gold, and I’d love to do the same!

    I learned so much from you, and Queen of Patpong is on my TBR list.

    Btw, I’m asking right now…on bended knee…please say yes to the 2012 Mystery We Write Blog Tour.

  8. Kevin S. Cummings Says:

    You walk, I’ll follow. I’d like a Poke in the mail but not a poke in the eye from you, Mr. Hallinan.

  9. Bonnie Says:

    Quite a tour de force. But this is also a test. 😉

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