Final Excuse

February 16th, 2008

Okay, I’ve moved, I’ve finished the edit, I’ve done my taxes, I’ve had my nervous breakdown, and I’m still not doing a chapter.

I feel so guilty, and that’s not an exaggeration. I had coffee this afternoon with Cynthia Mueller, one of the nicest people I ever met, and she told me she’s not posting this week, either. Well, that’s okay for her, but I’m supposed to be the person who started this, and here I am making an excuse for the third consecutive week.

Well, I leave for Asia at the crack of dawn on Monday, and I’ve been putting things in order here all week. Tomorrow is the big pack, and then Monday/Tuesday I’m in the air. It’ll take me a few days to be able to think straight when I get there because of the 15-hour difference in time, but I will the minute I turn out something that’s worth anyone’s reading time.

Life is a little too interesting at times, but I suppose that’s better than having it be a little too dull.

11 Responses to “Final Excuse”

  1. Lisa Kenney Says:

    Please don’t feel guilty Tim. We know you’ll be back when things calm down. You’ve got a heck of a lot going on and there’s absolutely no reason to feel guilty. By the way — I’m nearly finished with “The Fourth Watcher” and I’m really enjoying it. I love this setting and these characters. Give yourself a break. I have the chapter I’ve been fiddling with on and off for a few days and I’m not sure whether I’ll post it or not. All of the distractions and travel I’ve had lately seem to have taken away my ability to concentrate and exercise any objectivity. I’ll know later or not whether I post, and if I do, it will be my shortest chapter so far. Maybe it’s supposed to be this short — I just can’t seem to tell.

  2. Steve Wylder Says:


    I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the DC too much to give you a hard time for not posting. If I were buying a house, doing my taxes, flying to Bangkok (or wherever) AND doing the final edits on another novel, I’d be a lot more delinquent. Have a safe trip. I’m eager to read the next installment of Counterclockwise, but not at the expense of your sanity.

  3. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hi, y’all, as they said when I was growing up in Virginia and Maryland.

    I decided last night that I’d write the next chapter on the Pacific flight. As soon as I can get online with my own computer, as opposed to an Internet shop, I’ll post it.

    And thanks for all the support (and for saying such nice things about THE FOURTH WATCHER, Lisa).

  4. reality Says:

    Hello Tim,
    No problems. You arae having a hard week(s).
    I just wrote to Lisa, explaining my gist of excuses. Perhaps I’ll post on my blog one daay.
    I do have to look for your book here in Pakistan. Hope I find it somewhere.

    Safe travels.


  5. Wendy Ledger Says:

    I can’t say much,as I haven’t been posting either. I need to figure out a way to write regularly, but I haven’t yet. I hope I will. In the meantime, have a great flight, Tim, and best to everybody.


  6. Cynthia Mueller Says:

    Hi Tim,

    Got my fingers crossed for a safe flight for you. Thanks for taking the time on Saturday. I’m still a little star-struck!

    I’ve decided to hold off on posting about my weekend and meeting you until I finish my chapter 12. (Using writing as a reward for writing…maybe I’m on to something here.) And I’ve got to catch up on reading everyone else’s chapters, too!

  7. muns Says:

    Hi Tim,

    So much has been happening that it’s great to be able to enjoy a view of your literary world on the DC and also the great support you are receiving.

    It’s 7:40P in L.A. and you’re in the air & I’m here in your room on the computer w/ Ralphie snoring under the chair. Hopefully you’re dreaming and finally getting some more than well-deserved rest.

  8. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hello, everybody —

    For those of you who don’t know, “Muns” is my amazing wife and Ralphie is our mildly impressive dog, who can snore with the best of them.

    Cynthia, it was great to meet you and Angel, and by all means put finishing your chapter ahead of posting about seeing me. Put finishing your chapter ahead of pretty much everything; that’s what I do.

    Wendy, the only way to write regularly is to reserve the time and then defend it against all challenges. Ideally, it’s about the same time every day. Maybe it would help if you identified a place to write that you don’t use for much else. I use coffee houses because the demands of my daily existence don’t intrude there. By the time the first cup arrives I (and Cynthia has seen how I drink it), I’m generally ready to get going.

    Usman, thanks for the understanding (and LOOK — the new chapter is up, thanks to my plane ride). I will be getting back into the DC rhythm in a few days, which will include catching up on everybody’s books. Hope you fin NAIL there, but I don’t know anything about whether it’s been distributed there.

  9. Cynthia Mueller Says:

    I had to put Chapter 12 on hold. I got nothing–not even awful writing–just nothing. So I posted about meeting you instead.

    And I take exception to the “mildly impressive” label you gave Ralph. She’s adorable!

  10. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Cynthia —

    Actually, Ralphe writes the books. I just go out and buy the kibble.

    And I designed a special keyboard for her to use. Very big keys and an automatic translation function from Woof to English.

  11. Cynthia Mueller Says:

    How cool is that! I got one of those keyboards for Bailey-the-Beast. She ate it!

    In our house, our Stanford-Binet rankings are as follows:

    my husband
    the microwave

    As soon as Pumpkin and Jax finish Chapter 12, I shall post it.

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