Open Book: Toronto (http://www.openbooktoronto.com/). Those of you who follow it will know it's a gold mine of writer information. I've just been invited to participate as an on-line Writer-In-Residence in December. It's a ways off, but that gives me lots of time to practice my blogging skills.
Mission accomplished. Just past noon today, I finished the first draft of my new thriller, Endgame. It's a re-write of a famous Agatha Christie plot, with an entirely new setting and cast of characters. Does this mean I'm now writing commercial fiction? We'll see. In any case, I can now come home feeling I've achieved my goal.
This morning, as every morning here, I'm sitting high in my turret overlooking Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay. And it is glorious. But not too glorious to keep me from writing, which is what I've been doing since I arrived. Odd, though, to be thinking up ingenious ways for my characters to be murdered while watching waves and whales and sailboats going past on a perfect blue sea. Hasta la vista, baby.
Very happy to be in beautiful Puerto Vallarta! My, how it's grown since I was last here in 2008. Obviously the economy slowdown hasn't affected things. I suspect it will lose its intimate quality if it keeps on like this, however. For now, I'll just have to make the most of things. I'm looking forward to revising my latest book over the coming weeks.