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Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Horse Latitudes

According to Wikipedia, who seems to know everything, the Horse Latitudes are an area in the subtropical oceans where the winds are fickle and sailing ships would occasionally get stranded for days or weeks waiting for the winds to fill their sails (though Noir fans will know The Horse Latitudes as a classic 1990 crime novel by Robert Ferrigno, in which a former drug dealer stuck in his own doldrums finds himself accused of murder).

Having finished the publicity for both Wolves of Fairmount Park and Philadelphia Noir, I'm coming out of a little lull of my own, making some headway on my third novel, working on ideas for TV pilots and movies and (of course) keeping up with the demands of the day job.

2010 was a gratifying year, with 'Wolves' garnering nothing but good reviews (including the Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Oline Cogdill's beautiful review for the Associated Press) and making a couple of 'best crime novels of the year' lists, in January Magazine and Spinetingler, and good news for friends - including fellow Philly crime guy Duane Swierczynski's Edgar nomination for the inspired, excellent Expiration Date. Philadelphia Noir also got some really nice reviews, including an especially kind and thoughtful one from Philly's own literary scholar Ed Pettit.

My friend, director Paul von Stoetzel of Killing Joke Films is making great progress on the short film of my story, How to Jail, which ran in last Spring's CrimeFactory, including getting my script storyboarded and putting together a great cast. I'll be out in Minneapolis with Paul on February 18th for a fundraiser, so unlimber the dog sled and come on by.

In the coming year I'll be leading workshops at the Backspace Writers Conference in New York, May 26th to the 28th, and the Philadelphia Writers Conference, June 3rd to the 5th, and in April IDW will be releasing GI Joe: Tales From the Cobra Wars, edited by Max Brooks and including my story, "The Gun Show."

How was your 2010, and what's on deck for you in 2011? Post your good news, reviews, rants, threats and empty promises in the comments section.

1 comment:

  1. 2010 will go down as the year we were so graciously welcomed into Bad Neighborhoods, and the keyboard clacking miscreants that inhabit them. Dragon rolls, whiskey chasers and go go dances. Our kind of year. Here's to you Dennis.