This and That

Sorry I have been missing in action here on the blog lately. Since I got back from NY last week, I have been tied up with various personal matters and rewrites on a spec feature script which, I am pleased to say, now has an A-list movie star officially attached. The star and I are on exactly the same creative wavelength on this project and his notes have really improved the script. 

There were also some projects & gigs that fell through over the last few weeks, which was really disappointing since I put a lot of time and work into them, but it looks like the connections I made in the course of developing/pursuing them may pay off with other assignments in the coming weeks. We'll see. If I got paid for pitches and meetings, I'd a multi-millionaire several times over.

I've been reading lots and lots of plays lately in my new role as co-chair of the International Mystery Writers Festival in Owensboro, KY  and we're closing in on the handful that we'll be producing this summer. More on that later.

I'm also hard at work on my next MONK novel and preparing some pitches for upcoming meetings. I've been offered another series of tie-in novels, based on a hit TV show, and I am considering it, depending on my availability, the details of the deal, and how the deadlines will fit in with my MONK schedule. Speaking of MONK, it looks very likely that I'll be doing a few more books beyond the one remaining on my current contract.  More on that later, too. 

Unfortunately, I've just learned that I'm going to need surgery again on my right arm, which may slow me down some. I had a bad accident a few years back and broke both of my arms, the right one very severely. I've had multiple surgeries on my right arm that left me with about 50% of normal range of motion  and some numbness. Well, the numbness has increased, so they have to go back in and do some work to prevent further damage. I am not looking forward to that…but  I knew it was going to happen eventually, I just didn't think it would be so soon.

Well, that's it for today. Time to dive back into MONK…

14 thoughts on “This and That”

  1. Sorry to hear about your arm. Those stupid Russian mobsters need to rot in jail. (That was the story you were telling at the time, right?)
    yeah for more Monk books! And this potential new tie in series (if you get it) had better be on a show I already watch since the last thing I need is more shows. I’m drowning in TV as it is.

  2. Danny,
    it’s funny you should mention that. When I had my last surgery, I was still writing the Diagnosis Murder novels and was actually conscious while the operation was being performed. So since I had the doctor there, I asked him some medical questions relating to the murder mystery in the book I was working on. He thought that was hilarious. I actually wondered if that meant I could write off the entire operation as a tax deduction..

  3. Not pleased to hear about you needing more operations on your arm, and I’m sure you are not delighted either. Hope all goes well on your latest projects — I have fingers crossed on a few new ones for me as well. Hopefully, this will be a good year for all of us.

  4. I’m sure you’ve got it covered, but can you hire somebody to take down your dictation so you can continue writing? Or would you be more comfortable with a miniature tape recorder which an aide could type out for you?
    Anyway, you’ve solved the problem, this is just to mention it.


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