Last night, I met up with two friends from Capital Crime Writers, Katherine Hobbs and Alex Brett. Katherine is editor of the Purloined Newsletter and currently running for city council in Kitchissippi ward. We worked together on the Crime Writers executive for four years and Katherine organized Bloody Words national mystery writers' conference last year while I handled publicity. (She will make an excellent councillor.) Alex Brett is one of the first mystery authors I met in Ottawa and a solid talent. She has two books out with Dundern in Toronto and is currently close to finishing up a manuscript, which I can't wait to read.
Anyhow, we met after work at a little pub in Westboro called Trio. Trio is a long, narrow space with high seats and tables, a choice wine list and upscale finger foods. The place opens at 4 p.m. and is packed from then to closing. All three of us live in Westboro, which is a residential neighbourhood just west of the downtown that is labelled one of the 'trendy' places to live. It's become a mix of small, older houses and new development but still has lots of green space and a small town feel.
We were lucky enough to get a table (there are not that many) and whiled away the evening talking about writing, books, politics, our lives - everything that matters. Alex has a new hobby, making podcasts of short stories for people to download or listen to on their computers. One of my short stories entitled "Evening the Score" is in line to be recorded and will be up on my website. Very cool.
Writing is going well this week. Some new scenes coming together.