Received a surprising email the other day from the agent for my first book, which remains unsold. Seems she's starting up an e-book business for her clients and asked if I'd let her publish the unsold manuscript. Of course, darling. But do let me spruce it up a bit, eh? It's been a few years and I've been honing my craft as a fiction writer every moment of the time in between. So, THE KNIGHT OF CUPS enjoys a brief respite while THE QUEEN OF SWORDS gets a shot in the arm.
I'm excited, but also dubious. Not about her sincerity or the new business--just about whether she'll like the new version of the book when push comes to shove. One never knows, does one?
In other news, I've put up a new batch of buff lads in plaid in the Hot Scots gallery (note the symmetry of red tartan and six-pack abs!). And I have a pork picnic in the oven (cheapest cut of meat around, for we starving writers), a gluten-free mascarpone, gingersnap, and nectarine tart chilling in the fridge to enjoy during TRUE BLOOD and THE NEWSROOM, and a glass of three-buck Chuck beside my keyboard.
Here's a picture of the tart (from the recipe site, not mine--haven't put the nectarines on mine yet, but it's looking good so far). Go here for the recipe, if you're interested. To make it gluten-free, just substitute Trader Joe's GF gingersnaps (they're yummy, even if you're not gluten-intolerant). Don't have a Trader Joe's near you? Well, you have my sympathy.