|In the dealer room at Gillette to Brett IV|
This year, like every, I have so many things to be thankful for that it's embarrassing. On this blog, I'm only going to list some of the things I'm thankful for as a writer:
- Steve Emecz, of MX Publishing, my publisher and the publisher of more Sherlock Holmes titles than any other company. He made my decades-old dream of being a mystery writer come true. And I can't imagine that there's an easier to work with publisher in the world.
- The return of Sherlock Holmes to Dayton. For many years, Dayton, Ohio, hosted one of the best Holmes//Doyle seminars in the country. This year it came back in excellent form under the name "Holmes, Doyle, & Friends." It will return in 2015.
- Gillette to Brett IV. The previous edition of this weekend with the Master, three years ago, came shortly after my first two Holmes-related books were published. This year I knew more people and it was even more fun.
- A Scintillation of Scions VII, an annual conference that is just not to be missed - always interesting and it moves with the precision of a Swiss watch.
- Sisters in Crime. I've had the great enjoyment talking about Sherlock Holmes and the development of mystery fiction to three different chapters of this mystery writers group over the past couple of years.
- Book fairs. Occasions like the Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus and Books by the Banks in Cincinnati not only give writers the opportunity to sell our books. We also get to meet and chat with our readers.
- The Sherlock Holmes community. Being a Sherlockian is such a broadening experience. Today it's easier than ever to surround oneself with a homogenous group of friends, both real and virtual. But devotion to Sherlock Holmes brings together people of diverse backgrounds and thoughts because it spans continents, religions, and political philosophies.