Where I’ll be next

by micah on January 29, 2014

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Updates and Such; a Minor Epiphany

by micah on January 18, 2014

I’ve been busy. Busy writing, busy reading, busy sleeping, and busy thinking.

What about? My recent novel, mostly. Okay, more than mostly–it keeps me up at night and greets me every morning. A few months back I thought it was finished. My best work to date, I thought. Then some editors gave it a read, and…well, something didn’t seem right. They couldn’t say what, exactly, but I knew. Or, rather, Donald Westlake knew.

Back when I was writing JACK THE BASTARD I sent Mr. Westlake an early draft. I didn’t expect much of a response–the man had more important things to do than offer editorial advice to some greenhorn–but in (what I later discovered was) true Westlakeian fashion, he read the whole damn thing. And took notes. And sent me those notes. I’ll skip the praise. The worst parts of JTB, Mr. Westlake said, suffer from being overdone, inhuman, and improbable.

I tried to fix it, and offered him an improved draft. Subsequent emails offered some evidence that I’d heeded his advice.

So now I’m nearly done with another of draft of IN SEARCH OF ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, and Mr. Westlake’s brilliant summation of What Needs Fixing still applies.  What does this show? That an author’s weaknesses are systemic. I’m trying to root it out, folks, and I have all the time in the world. Until Feb. 15th, that is.

Speaking of grandmasters, did you know Lawrence Block has another book on the way?

Kirkus has a nice, brief interview with Larry, who continues to prove that the most important part of publishing (once you get past all that writing stuff) is selling, and when you write like Larry, selling is easy. Well, easier.

What else is going on? Snow. Cold. A chest virus that won’t quit. The third season of Sherlock. An upcoming appearance at the Larkin Author Series in Buffalo, NY. When is it? Let me check my calendar…one sec…ah, here we go. Thursday, February 27th. Wednesday, February 26th. I’ll be reading, signing, Q&A’ing.

Next month we start work on the super-secret video game project, and if I can scrounge up some prelim graphics, I’ll post ‘em here.

Stay warm and wash your hands. Seriously. You don’t want this.

*kaff* *sniff*

 

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Viewer Mail

November 18, 2013

Today’s viewer mail: An impassioned plea for a good book. Micah, I bet you know of some books I should be reading. I don’t like the classics and think they are boring. Sorry if this sounds rude. Kindly, Ellen Rude? The spirit of your request is fair. You want something good and you want it [...]

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If You’re So Inclined.

October 9, 2013

The release of BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2013 is upon us. I’m honored to be a part of the collection, and no, I’m not flashing obligatory modesty by way of playing the “aw shucks!” card. I’m grateful and flattered that I get to share book-space with the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Barlow, Michael [...]

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All that and an announcement.

September 7, 2013

Sorry I haven’t called in a while. My next novel is off my desk, in my agent’s hands, and headed for lands unknown. The end came via ten days of insomnia coupled with night sweats. Akin to giving birth, a friend said. Only much less painful. And with fewer towels. Do they even use towels [...]

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Save the Whales, Indeed.

July 17, 2013

October 10, 2012 Micah Nathan here, author, occasional essayist, and concerned citizen. I’ve never written this sort of letter before—figuring that many letters of complaint to governmental agencies are reactionary screeds, I’m reluctant to risk any chance of being lumped in with those types. Yet a recent article in the NYT regarding beluga whales possibly [...]

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The Beauty of Persistence

June 26, 2013

Some viewer mail on this muggy Wednesday. Woden would be pissed… Micah, I have this “thing” about authors and their reading recommendations, and I notice you don’t have a list of books on your site. May I inquire as to what you’re currently reading? – Melissa The first incarnation of my site had a page [...]

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Here Is Where You’ll Find Me

June 19, 2013

The Place: Eight Cousins The Day: Friday, June 21, 6-7 p.m. The Occasion: Their “Toast the Author!” series The Plan: I’ll read from my new short story collection while you drink and nosh. Signing to follow.

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Summer reads, Fall travels

April 13, 2013

Writer-at-large Jake Halpern recommended Eight Cousins bookstore in Falmouth, MA, and since Jake only recommends the good stuff, I dropped them a line, they dropped one back, and it all led to this: I’ll be part of their “Toast the Author!” series on June 21st. Fun starts at 6, goes until 7 (and a bit [...]

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Unfair, Really

March 27, 2013

  “They (city police) were very courteous and very gentle,” Bowie said. “They’ve been just super.” Quiet and reserved, Bowie answered most of the reporters’ questions with short answers, shaking hands with them when they entered and left. Asked if the arrest would sour him on returning to Rochester, Bowie said “certainly not, absolutely not.” [...]

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