Monday, 5 January 2009

Back to Porridge


I'm officially off the gravy train. The dayjob called me back today, and I dove into those spreadsheets and financial reports with hyper-enthusiasm.

Sort of.

Actually, I spent most of the day wishing I was home with Michelle and the kids, but I guess that's just the sign of a terrific break. I think my batteries are suitably recharged and I hope to get up to some serious writing this month. And the blogging should return to normal pace as well. To warm you lot up, here's a number of snippets.

The competition Mike Stone (pictured above) conceived was drawn today. Since it was first announced over at Book Smugglers, they got the scoop. Mike and the lucky winner also had a little to say. For my part, thanks to all who entered via CSNI and my live journal account. You were all in, but you didn't win. Maybe next time, eh?

I figure it's my civic duty to alert you that Colin Bateman has updated his blog! Yup, a mere five months since he posted the opening chapters of Mystery Man, he's got some information on what he's up to this year. Well, I say some, but it's more like a boatload. Plenty to look forward to there.

And finally, a John McFetridge interview has been featured on Allan Guthrie's Noir Originals. Wasn't so long ago I interviewed Adrian McKinty for that very venue. Oh, and have you read the opening chapter of Piranhas yet? Why not?

In relation to McF and McK, I read Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and Fifty Grand in the last couple of weeks. Hell, yeah! More on that to follow.

8 comments:

Michael Stone said...

Handsome devil, aren't I?

Gerard Brennan said...

Mike - You sure are. You must go through a powerful amount of toothbrushes, though.

gb

marco said...

In relation to McF and McK, I read Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and Fifty Grand in the last couple of weeks. Hell, yeah! More on that to follow.

I'll be waiting

May the Befana (who on the 6th of January brings gifts and sweets to the good and coal to the bad) help you ease the transition back to work.

Ciao,
marco

adrian mckinty said...

I'm back on the chain gang myself week after next, bloody miserable aint it?

Congrats again on the book Mike.

Marco you and your crazy customs and I'll bet you dont eat haggis for Burns night either.

Gerard Brennan said...

Marco - Befana; did a rudimentary google. She's a little scary, isn't she. Not sure I'd accept sweets from her.

Adrian - Yeah, man. I tasted freedom and I liked it. The kids are so much fun right now, I feel extra gypped.

Cheers

gb

Michael Stone said...

Thanks, Adrian.

marco said...

6 January is also traditionally the last day of the Christmas Holidays-we say the Befana "takes the festivities away" so it's appropriate.

Yes,she's basically depicted like the traditional witch,broom and all-but of late they're portraying it more as a young, sexy and scantily clad type of witch.
Which is BAD,it's like having a male stripper as Father Christmas.

and I'll bet you dont eat haggis for Burns night either

No,but did you know that haggis was invented by the Romans,you clueless Celt?

Speaking of food,after a wretched Christmas/New Year (flu and aftereffects) today I'll take my last chance for a family gathering + traditional meal-
Lasagne, Zampone with lentils and polenta,and other mouthwatering dishes.

Gerard Brennan said...

Marco - Male stripper as Santa? Man, I near choked on my coffee. Too funny.

gb