As many of you know, my husband and I come to Galicia spring and fall -- usually the most comfortable seasons in Galicia, although this time they have had a delayed spring, so it's been rainier and chillier than usual. Always beautiful, though, as you can see. Meanwhile, our wonderful neighbor is looking after our house in Sacramento, so we are very grateful.
I'm also celebrating the fact that I've rewritten the first five chapters of my mystery novel. It was worth the wait, once I'd had it critiqued. Some of you may remember it looked like this:
There was much to think over, as you can see, and I'm glad I didn't just jump in and start revising right away. I've a much better idea about how I want to handle scenes and characters, and if I'd started too soon, it would have been like knitting rows and rows on a sweater and then needing to rip them out again. Now the book knows where it's going. (At least so far.)
A third thing to celebrate: I've mentioned before the Kickstarter campaign for coming anthology, Beyond Watson, in which twelve stories involving Sherlock Holmes will use differing viewpoints than the traditional Dr. Watson perspective. One of my stories starring Imogene (& Rusty) will be included.
The Kickstarter campaign was a huge success. The book will be coming out in June, and you can expect to see this cover again (as well as read some teasers) in the next two months. Meanwhile, if you have projects you'd like funded, by all means visit KICKSTARTER to learn more about what kinds of projects they fund and how to go about starting a campaign of your own.
Last, but not least, we were fortunate last night to hear the great María do Ceo, a renowned fadista, perform in a concert in the Casa da Cultura in Sober (an interesting town few miles away that offers many musical and cultural events.) She lives in Galicia but is originally from Portugal, the birthplace of Fado. I originally heard her sing in August of 2013, when friends Terri & David took me to a performance at Rectoral de Castillon. (I blogged about it HERE ) Rajan and I were taking turns in Galicia that summer, while the other took care of our sick dog, so I was alone on that particular trip, but that was when I discovered Fado.
The following April, we went with friends, Craig and Melanie to hear María do Ceo sing at a town called Quiroga, an hour away, and I blogged about it HERE. That was when Rajan discovered Fado, too, and we've both been hooked every since. We've hoped many times to catch another performance in Galicia, but she has always been singing somewhere that would involve a very long drive in an unfamiliar location for us.
But: three days ago, our friends, Craig and Melanie, alerted us to the concert in Sober, and we all went together last night to hear her. She was marvelous, as usual. She was featuring songs from a new CD -- which we bought, of course, and had her autograph. She's a very gracious lady and even remembered me from before, which was so nice!
Here she is, kindly allowing me to have a selfie with her:
If you have never heard Fado before, listening to her singing is a wonderful introduction. You can go to here WEBSITE
And this is her new album: