Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Getting Re-Published



I have nothing to say.  Seriously, nothing.

Well, one thing: There is a collection of short stories, some written by me, some written by me and Ellen, some written by Ellen.  The title is a play on a state characteristic called Minnesota Nice: Minnesota Vice.  Because currently the most famous pseudonym of the two of us is Monica Ferris, the publisher is Monica Ferris Presents.  All the stories are previously published and I think at least some of them are damn clever.  This is an ebook available on Amazon and Kindle.  A hard copy in Trade Paperback format is coming very soon.

And wait a minute, here’s something else:  We are also working on republishing a collection of stories set in a late-medieval nunnery, something I wrote while establishing and exploring my “persona” in the Society for Creative Anachronism.  I used serious research into medieval nunneries and the Holy Rule of St. Benedict to establish the place, and at the same time named the nunnery Deer Abby and described the Mass Priest assigned there, Father Hugh of Paddington, as a “small brown fellow with kind, anxious eyes, who means well.”  The abby’s proper name is Abatia Cervi Albi, Abby of the White Stag, from the vision of St. Eustace.   Look for it soon as an e-book titled The Chronicles of Deer Abby. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Writer's Weekend Away


 Ever hear about a place and think, “Gee, I would like to visit.” When my friend Linda Gordon Hengerer and I heard that David Bishop was giving a talk on book marketing, the perfect opportunity to visit Mt. Dora, Florida, presented itself.

Lake Dora and Mt. Dora were named for Dora Ann Drawdy, an early settler of the town.


The boathouse at Lake Dora.

The elevation here is 184 feet above sea level, giving rise to the amusing tee shirts proclaiming, “I climbed Mt. Dora.” But mainly, this place is known for small town charm, a quality it has in abundance. The downtown is filled with tiny, one-of-a-kind shops, and dining places tucked away in nooks and alleys.

Linda and I ate dinner at the Goblin Market, which pays homage to the Christina Rossetti poem, and has a romantic/gothic ambiance. 

In truth, the poem is a thinly veiled reference to the temptations of self-indulgence, and I showed a similar lack of restraint when it came to ordering fried green tomatoes, braised pork loin, and caramel crusted cheesecake.

Inspired by the new surroundings, we dragged out our notebooks and cameras. Ideas flew at us like bats rush out of a cave! We managed several character sketches and plots for a new series.

A selfie that I took while Linda was making notes.

The next day, David Bishop shared a practical and well-thought-out assessment of how to sell more books as an indie author. He was generous with his knowledge, and we tried to share what we’d learned.


This weekend was a tonic. I feel rejuvenated, inspired, and excited. I can’t wait to get home and back to my writing!

Tell me, what rejuvenates you? Please share your ideas with me! I'll choose one lucky commenter and send him/her a copy of my newest book Love, Die, Neighbor.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Rain

I should have known that the blue sky and splash of sunshine wasn’t going to last. But I ignored the dark clouds to the north and figured the rain was done with us. So I left with no umbrella or rain coat, and just threw on a fuzzy lined hoodie because I did realize it was cold. Cold by Southern California standards. The weather man actually made a brrr sound when he announced the high was only going to be 59. Tell that to somebody back east digging out their car.

I had lost track of the time since most of the day had been rainy with a white sky. The light was flat and gave no hint to where the sun was. It turned out the few rays of sun that showed up were just a salute before it went down. By the time we were driving to Costco, it was dark and suddenly I noticed drops of water hitting the windshield. I can’t believe it, but I actually said out loud, “But the rain was supposed to be over,” as if there was someone listening who would realize this shower was a mistake and turn it off.

The parking lot was a shiny black when we got to Costco and reflected all the headlight. Even with the rain falling and my lack of rain gear, I took my time making sure not to slip. When I went in the store, I forgot all about the rain and was surprised to see the shiny roadway when we headed back to the car, pushing a cart with our purchases.

It started up again on the way home and it seemed like it really meant business. No gentle pitter pat on the windshield this time. There was a subtle roar and I began to consider how I was going to get my purchases across the yard and into the house without getting them drenched. If I got drenched, so what.

Just as I was thinking how different the rain was here than in Chicago where a downpour like that could end quickly whereas here it could go on for hours, we drove out of it. That’s the thing about living near the Santa Monica mountains. There are canyons that when you pass them, the weather can change abruptly. When I got home, there were puddles on the patio as I carried things in, but nothing coming down from the sky.

We need the rain after years of drought. At least where I am, it has been the good kind which means never so much at one time that our street floods up.


The great thing about rain is that for the most part unless you live in an area that floods or has mud that slides, when it stops, it’s over. Tomorrow morning there is a good chance, I will awaken to a clear sky and bright sun. The backyard will be even greener. The puddles in the dirt under the orange tree will have soaked in. And the just like that the rain will be forgotten. Temporarily, anyway. I just heard we’re supposed to get more rain at the end of next week.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy Book Launch!


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I’m so excited! A Fatal Twist, the fourth book in my Downward Dog Mystery series, launched on Sunday, January 8!

As always, it’s going to be a month of celebrations. The Facebook Launch party was yesterday, but there are still lots of ways you can join in the fun.

Blog Tour:
Great Escapes is hosting me again for a fabulous nineteen-stop tour. Book blasts, reviews and a few articles written by yours truly.  I hear there will even be a prize or two!

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Details at http://www.escapewithdollycas.com/great-escapes-virtual-book-tours/upcoming-great-escapes-book-tours/fatal-twist-tracy-weber/

Book signing events:
I’m scaling back a bit this year on the book events, so mark your calendar for one of these three:

Edmonds Bookshop

Thursday, January 19th, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

Make an evening of it in this delightful Western Washington city. Participating businesses feature local artists, and there are even wine tastings.  This is one of my favorite places to hang out with readers!

http://www.edmondsbookshop.com/events.htm

Seattle Mystery Bookshop

Saturday, January 28th, 12:15 – 1:15 PM.

This time I’m doing a joint signing with author and friend, Gigi Pandian, so you get two authors for the price of one! (aka free!)  This lovely mystery shop is a Seattle gem, so please join me and help support it.

http://www.seattlemystery.com/event/tracy-weber-signing-fatal-twist

Whole Life Yoga Book Birthday Party!

Sunday, January 29th, 12:30 – 2:00 PM.

No, we don’t do yoga at the party, but we do have music, prizes, yummy vegan desserts, and a bottle of bubbly or two. I generally talk or read for about 15 minutes at 1:00, then it’s all party and prizes all the time!

http://www.wholelifeyoga.com/bookLaunch.html

I hope to see you at one or more of the events. Please know that I adore each and every one of my readers.  Without you I would have given up on writing years ago.

Tracy Weber

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All four books in the Downward Dog Mystery Series are available at booksellers everywhere!A Fatal Twist can be found at Amazon and Booksellers everywhere!