Season’s Greetings

Apologies! I’ve been AWOL lately, as I try to complete the second installment of The Dead Kid Detective Agency (tentatively subtitled Dial ‘M’ for Morna) before the holidays arrive. Most of my nights have been spent writing and editing into the wee hours, so I haven’t had much time to post on the site (or leave the house, or sleep).

Carly Thomson's awesome Dead Kid movie poster.

That doesn’t mean that things haven’t been happening! For one, a Children’s Literature class at Langara College, in Vancouver, studied The Dead Kid Detective Agency. I Skyped into their class in late November to answer questions they had about the book and it was honestly one of the more fun things I’ve done in my life. Even better, the instructor has started sending me along responses students have had to the book (when those students have granted him permission to do so). I’ve read several essays, received three musical track to accompany the book (which I’ve yet to listen to, due to my inability to figure out the audio format in which they were saved) and a poster for a theoretical movie of the book (pictured here). Thanks to Carly Thomson for sending it along (and allowing me to post it on the site). It looks amazing!

December is also the time of year people start compiling ‘Best of 2011’ lists, and I’ve been fortunate to have The Dead Kid Detective Agency included on one such list. The Dead Kid Detective Agency was named one of  Kobo’s eBooks of 2011 (and they’re selling it for only $7.69 at the moment!) I’m looking forward to creating another ‘best of’ list of my own, closer to the New Year. (Here is 2010’s list.)

One of the more successful deep-fried spaghetti balls.

Other than that, it’s been a lot of writing and rewriting here at Casa de Munday, with the occasional excursion to buy holiday gifts or (in one exception instance) make and consume ‘deep-fried spaghetti balls.’ (It’s a long story, but one of unparalleled ambition.)

One last reminder: I’m leading a mystery writing workshop at North York Central Library this coming Saturday at 11. If you’re a teen writer looking to spend a Saturday morning writing when you should either be shopping for gifts or watching Saved by the Bell reruns, you can find out more here or here.

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