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18 May 2010 in The Mistress of Nothing

I’m currently having one of those odd, in-betweeny times - not quite ready to start my next big fiction project, still very distracted by the GG and the forthcoming publication (Jan 10) of ‘The Mistress of Nothing’ in the US, waiting to have various trips confirmed, ash cloud allowing, spending much too much time following links I learn about via Twitter, distracted by various uncertainties at DMU - just plain old distracted, discombobulated even. 

The cure for this will be to get started on my next big fiction project - really get started instead of fiddling about endlessly, opening and closing files, starting and abandoning research… But I’m not ready yet.  Or at least, that’s what I tell myself. 

A bird flew into my window today.  Great thud.  Scared me.  But it flew off again, so that’s okay.

Squirrels are stripping the clematis of its blooms - they sit on it and pull the flowers off one at a time and eat them.

There’s a mouse in the house that won’t take the bait and instead appears at odd times doing strangely bold dance moves before scampering off again.

Looking forward to GeekCamp tomorrow night. 

And that’s about it from me. 


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SheilaD, 20 May 2010, 08:24 PM

Just wanted to say that I recently discovered your fiction, and am currently reading “The Mistress of Nothing” and finding it terrific.
I’m an author myself, and I know that “in-between” feeling. Perhaps it’s necessary to regroup and restore oneself before embarking on a new project. Just recently though I decided I couldn’t afford to take time to do this, and immediately began a new novel (and possibly a second) on finishing my first historical fiction, which is not even ready to go out to a publisher yet.
I think I’m going to be a big fan of your work. It’s so great to discover an author you really like.
All the best,
Sheila Dalton

Kate, 21 May 2010, 07:10 AM

Dear SheilaD - Thanks very much for your comment, and I’m really glad to hear you are enjoying ‘The Mistress of Nothing’.  Best of luck with your own fiction!  My hope is that this in-betweeny feeling doesn’t last too long. 

best - Kate

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SheilaD, 21 May 2010, 11:06 AM

I think you have a really original mind. I haven’t read your other fiction yet, but the synopses and plot descriptions I’ve read sound intriguing. Your ideas are unique, and you’re not afraid to take risks. Plus you have the talent to carry things off. One of a kind, I’d say.
Btw, I’m Canadian, of English descent. Born near London. I came to Canada when I was 6, then attended the U. of L. in England for a few years in my twenties. I like to write about times in history when England and Canada connected.

Kate, 21 May 2010, 11:55 AM

Well, thank you!  Lots of my books are set in both Canada and England - The Last Time I Saw Jane, and A Little Stranger in particular.  Let me know what your books are called.  Kate

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SheilaD, 21 May 2010, 01:24 PM

I’m going to be sure to read the books you mention, and I’m going to list ‘The Mistress of Nothing’ on my library’s Great Reads list. (I work as a librarian, as well as an editor and writer.)
I like to say I’m Canada’s most obscure writer, in a field of thousands. My last book was “Trial by Fire” a mystery for teens. My next is “The Girl in the Box”, due out in 2011. The one I’m almost done is “Slavery in Black and White: My Life as a Kept Woman and Most Peculiar Pirate”.
Thanks for responding! It’s kind of neat.

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