Very, very tired this morning, but LSU won the national championship last night over Clemson, 42-25, snapping Clemson’s winning streak at 29 and capping off a season we fans could have only dreamed of, as recently as last August. I certainly never expected a 15-0 record-breaking national championship season–although I always hope–and even in my wildest, most fanciful dreams–it was never this dominant, complete, or amazing. I’m very tired this morning and my throat is a bit raw from yelling–but hopefully when I complete today’s twelve-hour shift, I can go home and go to bed for about twelve hours or so. I leave for New York for the weekend on Thursday morning–more about that later–and I have a lot to do before departing.
Despite the exhaustion, I am so happy, Constant Reader–so very, very happy, and so proud of the team and Coach O. What a gift to the fans this season was, indeed.
In other exciting news, I recently discovered that an anthology I contributed to has found a publisher! The anthology, compiled by Josh Pachter, is called The Beating of Black Wings and is crime stories inspired by the music of Joni Mitchell! My story is called “The Silky Veils of Ardor,” and is another dark tale of brooding and vengeance. (Hmm, sensing a theme in my work…) Josh announced the contributors include the list of contributors features such fabulous authors as Donna Andrewsw, Abby Bardi, Michael Bracjen, David Dean, Brendan DuBois, John Floyd, Barb Goffman, Sherry Harris, ME, Matthew Iden, Edith Maxwell, Alison McMahan, Adam Meyer, Alan S. Orloff, Kathryn O’Sullivan, Christine Poulson, Marilyn Todd, and Stacy Bolla Woodson–plus the first-ever literary collaboration by Tara Laskowski And Art Taylor, and the first-ever fiction collaboration by Jackie Sherbow and Emily Alta Hockaday (managing editors of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Isaac Azimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and Analog Science Fiction & Fact.
Pretty cool stuff, huh? Quite the array of talent there, and somehow I got snuck in there, too!
And the Lefty Award nominations ALSO came out:
|Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel|
|°||Ellen Byron, Fatal Cajun Festival (Crooked Lane Books)|
|°||Leslie Karst, Murder from Scratch (Crooked Lane Books)|
|°||Cynthia Kuhn, The Subject of Malice (Henery Press)|
|°||Catriona McPherson, Scot & Soda (Midnight Ink)|
|°||Wendall Thomas, Drowned Under (Poisoned Pen Press)|
|Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial)
for books covering events before 1970
|°||Susanna Calkins, Murder Knocks Twice (Minotaur Books)|
|°||L.A. Chandlar, The Pearl Dagger (Kensington Books)|
|°||Dianne Freeman, A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder (Kensington Books)|
|°||Jennifer Kincheloe, The Body in Griffith Park (Seventh Street Books)|
|°||Sujata Massey, The Satapur Moonstone (Soho Crime)|
|Lefty for Best Mystery Novel|
|°||Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay (Ecco)|
|°||Tracy Clark, Borrowed Time (Kensington Books)|
|°||Matt Coyle, Lost Tomorrows (Oceanview Publishing)|
|°||Rachel Howzell Hall, They All Fall Down (Forge Books)|
|°||Attica Locke, Heaven, My Home (Mulholland Books)|
|Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel|
|°||Tori Eldridge, The Ninja Daughter (Agora Books)|
|°||Angie Kim, Miracle Creek (Sarah Crichton Books)|
|°||Tara Laskowski, One Night Gone (Graydon House)|
|°||John Vercher, Three-Fifths (Agora Books)|
|°||Carl Vonderau, Murderabilia (Midnight Ink)|
Hmm, not sure why that pasted as tables. Oh, well.
And now, let me sleep-walk my way into the spice mines.