Three Awesome Things To End The Year

There’s been lots of good news during the last week round Thunder Road Way. As excited as I am to get rolling with 2016’s projects, it’s still sweet to end this year with a high note. Or in this case: three of them.

Too Far Gone got a nod in the Winnipeg Free Press as one of their best books of 2015!

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I even had my cover on the front page alongside Wab Kinew’s The Reason You Walk and Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk.

Here’s the blurb. Thanks, Chris Rutkowski, for reading.

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The finale of the Thunder Road Trilogy also made McNally Robinson’s Manitoba Bestsellers of 2015 list, coming in at #3 in the fiction category. I’m very proud to be on that list with some excellent writers. Congratulations on a good year, everyone.

McNally Manitoba Bestsellers List 2015

Finally, I sold a new short story. More on that one later after all the Is and Ts are dotted and crossed, but I think you’ll like it.

Write on!

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Cleared The Deck In Time To Deck The Halls

I find myself in the curious position of not actually having a pressing writing deadline.

This week I turned in Tombstone Blues to Turnstone. Completed the edits on my short story “A Taste of the Other Side” for Jennifer Brozek’s Gears and Growls anthology and wrote an article on my favourite place in Winnipeg for the Winnipeg Free Press.

The timing for this lack of deadlines couldn’t be better as I find the holiday season extremely exhausting. Exhausting being my measured term for the two month period (I work retail, my holiday season is much longer than yours, and brother, it’s no holiday) when I turn into an utter Grinch.

If, instead of stealing presents, the Grinch tried to make the sun explode and consume the entire solar system (what? I grew up reading comics and I have the heart of a super-villain. Also, go big or go home). There are friends who come in to the store not just to shop, but to see my “Christmas Face”, as they put it (It’s a very Yul Brynner sort of quiet menace, calculated to keep people from asking me questions so that I can actually, you know, get things done–or so I imagine the look to be. It doesn’t work nearly as well as I’d like).

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Perhaps if I wore the hat?

Yes.

Hats make the man, and if I wore that hat to work, I think customers would avoid me.

Hmmmm.

I guess I’ll have to add it to my Christmas list.

In the mean time, my writing tasks may be done, but I’m not done writing.

Write on.