This year it seems we’ve moved on from buttercups to winter-wet grass in the blink of an eye. Neighourhood dogs who play on grass not concerned. I suspect that, unlike me, they rather like wet. We are now looking forward to hosting Phryne, an 18 month old Samoyed who lives with my son, Nathan, and his wife, Barbara, plus three gorgeous cats. Phryne will be joining Adrian and me for Christmas while Nathan and Barbara are off on a cruise to the Antarctic. Me, I’d love the penguins, hate the snow and ice – so am happy to settle for what will probably be a wet Christmas in Richmond.
I’m afraid my plan to publish a book of my short stories has not yet come to pass and, truthfully, I’m not sure it will – but many of my books are still available from e-publishingworks.com or on Amazon.
My best news though, regarding books and writing, is that my cousin in England, Simon Dinsdale, has recently published DARK SHADOW and VENGEANCE DAY, the first two books in his new series featuring Detective Superintendent Christian Dane. Simon served in the British army in the 1970’s, joined the police in 1980 and spent 27 years as a detective. Thomas Waugh, author of Duty Calls, writes of Simon’s work, “Gripping and informed, Dinsdale’s knowledge of police procedure shines through.” As his cousin, I can also vouch for his storytelling skills. I know you’ll enjoy his books.
Meanwhile, Merry Christmas to all – and wishing you a year of Happy Reading.
Happy New Year too.