Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Mickey Picayune. The change in branding is as much for me as it is for you, trying to get me to make this a regular thing (monthly?) and to offer value each time so that you open the email. It's not like I can give you a free book with every email, but I can give you something. Maybe an updated picture of me will suffice?
I completed updates to my website, www.mickeyhadick.com. If you've read these newsletters regularly, you've probably seen all the bits and pieces, but this is a better presentation and improved navigation. If nothing else, browse my blog for an existential crisis blast from the past.
I'm deep into a sci-fi dystopian novel, now. Those can be tricky to pull off, but I'm keeping it short in case I need to rewrite it.
And this email is coming from a new provider (SendFox) so I hope it makes it past your spam filter.
In other news
I drove out to NYC a couple of days to pick up something very important (my daughter). It rained ten out of the eleven hours during my drive east, so I didn't enjoy the fall colors in the mountains of Pennsylvania. During the drive back, there were some gorgeous views and much simpler driving. I took this one from Riverside Dr. in Manhattan, just before we got on the George Washington bridge (pictured) to leave.
What to read while you're waiting for my novel
I just finished Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. It's set in 1948 but written in 1990, and it's a superb depiction of racism of the time. Also, it's a hard-boiled a detective story as they come. It was really a fun read.
I've also started Watch What You Say by George Weinstein, who I met in September at the writing conference I attended. I'm only four chapters in, but it's a grab-you-by-the-short-hairs kind of story, and I'll be deep into it soon.