System failure

Yesterday, 4:00. Finished first draft. TOUCHSTONE. Brain. Fried. Can\’e2\’80\’99t. Think. Emergency shutdown. Argghhh.


  1. Vicki Larson says:

    Power up the emergency generators. Everyone… send good thoughts and energy to LRK! Luckily, power outage is probably temporary in any event, but positive energy can’t hurt!

  2. Doc, she needs a little sunshine. Maybe an hour in the garden, someone else’s cooking, a movie. Hot chocolate and visit a from a cat. She should revive with fresh air. Maybe a walk at the beach. No reading until her eyes uncross. You’ll have to be firm with her, Doc.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hurrah hurrah — you’re done! Now you don’t have to do anything for the rest of your life! Well, at least for a while. Or for a few hours. Or for a few minutes.

  4. Terminaldegree says:

    Congratulations! Wonderful news.

    I hope you do something really nice for yourself now. Like a massage. Or a good dessert. Or both. 🙂

  5. Hurray! It’s done! (well, the first stage anyway..)

  6. crimeficreader says:


    I hope your brain’s not too fried to read this.

    Chris, from Edinburgh encouraged/heckled/pestered etc. me to read your books, specifically, to date, the Kate Martinelli series. I got my hands on a 2nd hand copy of “A Grave Talent” and loved it! (And Chris’s thoughts on my tastes were spot on – he deserves a medal for the E/H/P scenario!)

    I already own “Night Work”, so I’ve ordered the intervening titles, again 2nd hand, in order to read the books in series.

    A great book in “A Grave Talent”, Laurie! There’s crime fiction and there’s crime fiction with depth and substance, which I generally refer to as “with tapestry”. I finished the novel loving all of the characters and I’m now desperate to read more about them.

    And I will, my book orders were placed yesterday. I hope you get better recognition in the UK market in the future.


  7. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations, Laurie! The hardest part is done! Now for the joy of fine-tuning. After a suitable rest, of course. You go, girl! Iris Lady

  8. dementedslinkybrain says:

    A little tidbit of interest – Something delightful to clear the mental palate:

    Robert Wright interviews
    Keith Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University on quantum weirdness:

  9. Oh, well done! *applauds* Can’t wait, myself, but I’m going to have to…

  10. Nikolai says:

    Oh yay! One step closer to having the book in our hands. I can’t wait for it to come out. 🙂

  11. Many, many congrats! Take that well-deserved rest now.

    BTW, have re-read Night Work in preparation for TAOD – as brilliant as the first time round, and ***SPOILER *** I’d even forgotten the comic twist with Maj, at the end. Bravo!

    Chris, Edinburgh

  12. The end. Nice.

    Hope the after-crash isn’t too bad and you get an opportunity to hibernate for a bit before you have to re-engage the raucus mobs.

  13. keep it up laurie – Im slowly working my way through your works!

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