I've been working on a number of projects, none of which are ready for publication and/or promotion as yet (which is why I haven't been talking much about them), but it occurred to me that I haven't been blogging as much recently, so this seemed like a good time to bring you up to speed on what's been keeping me busy lately.
I took a day trip down to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake to do some research on their collections and to get a feel for how their archives of photos and documents might be accessed and accessible. In the novel that I'll be writing this summer, Tyler Cunningham will be digging into the history of the Adirondack Park, and more specifically into the world of the Great Camps to help solve a mystery.
The trip yielded pages of notes and dozens of pictures to help me in planning the coming novel, tentatively titled, 'Caretakers", and has opened the floodgates for more ideas with every passing day; my steno-pad is filling up day by day.
Finally, I'm still working on the story of Tyler Cunningham's first case. The story is taking longer to tell itself than I had anticipated, but I like the shape and feel of it. The story opens in the early summer of 2002, just 7 months after Tyler's arrival in the Adirondacks, and he is still establishing his map of the area and the people. He is invited/coerced by his landlord to help with a family matter that quickly gets out of hand and launches Tyler violently into a recognition/acceptance of his usefulness as a consulting detective.
These three projects, along with the regular family & friends stuff, work, and reading as much as I can, are filling my days in a pleasantly stressful way. I'm looking forward to the end of the schoolyear, so that I can focus on writing and camping over the warm months.
Thanks for your continued interest and support!