UPDATE: Now with hyperlinks, and even more bullet points!
Well hello, readers! I must disclaim that I'm currently sitting in a car, stuck in traffic outside of Gary, Indiana, and I'm writing this post on my handy, dandy iPhone. OutKast is in the cd player, and I'm exhausted.
All that is to say that I'm going to bullet point some highlights of the just-finished Bouchercon conference, but I beg your pardon for any typos, lack of hyperlinks (I'll go back to add those later), and general mental fuzziness.
As usual, Bouchercon was a blast. Ben
and I were delighted to attend our first Bouchercon as Tyrus Books, and it was incredibly moving and meaningful to have spent the weekend with the crime fiction community, who were all so supportive and giving.
• Our brand new anthology, Beyond the Dark and the Daylight, was ooh-ed and aah-ed for its lovely production details (hooray 3-piece bind!), and, in an odd bit of prescience, Tom Piccirilli's titular story involves a young boy trapped in the basket of a hot air balloon, chased after by his frantic father. Weird! Tom, can you write a story about a young editor winning the lottery?
• I acquired some really exciting new reading material, including Blake Crouch's Abandon, Brian Azzarello's Joker, and Derek Nikitas's The Long Division. (Loyal Dead Guy readers may remember me crowing about how excellent Nikitas's first novel was. Pyres really moved me, and I am so looking forward to TLD that I almost don't even want to start it, because then it will be over.)
• Tyrus author Michael Lister became instantly buzzed-about when his latest novel, Double Exposure, was cited by Michael Connelly as one of the best books he's read recently. I KNOW, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!
• Great food, including a fancy lobster ravioli that I had the pleasure of splitting with Laura Caldwell. Laura and her agent Amy were fantastic company all weekend -- I hope I can sway them to visit Madison soon.
• Attending the dark fiction panel, which happily wrapped up with the panelists reminding us that hey, someday we're all going to die.
• More, so much more. But I'm getting a little barfy from iPhone blogging in the car, so I'm going to sign off. Thanks, Bouchercon, for being rad. Stay gold!
(Oh, and my Halloween costume from last year -- I was Starbuck.)