Saturday, October 06, 2007
The Highlight of My Year
For those who've followed my year, it's obvious it's been awesome. Ten award nominations, six wins for SOJOURN. My career is trending upward, as the financial analysts would say. But there is one thing that I've been anticipating beyond almost everything.
Picture this: The opportunity to address an audience in the Duke of Wellington Pub in Whitechapel. Beer at my elbow. The majority of the audience are friends and comrades, fellow Ripperologists. A genuine Victorian pub!
I'm giving a talk on Ripper fiction. 90% of me is wired about this. The other portion is scared out of my mind. What was I thinking? Most of these folks are one, two or more decades into Ripper research. They know WAY more than I can ever learn. Still, I know fiction and what motivates an author to use a compelling character to drive their story. And let's face it, Jack is the ultimate compelling character.
So on Saturday, Oct. 6th I'll be sipping a beer, spinning out my presentation to a group of wonderful folks in an old pub in London. If you're in the area, drop in (Duke of Wellington Pub, Toynbee Street, 7:45 p.m) If not, wish me luck!