Shameless Bragging 2016

Merry Christmas

A bit about myself…

Early in the year I got news of another award, “Second place, the Five Star Dragonfly Book Award for The Woman in Black.” The awards I have accumulated so far make me feel dec10-irene-alone-antlersgood about myself and my writing; they do not translate in substantial sales, unfortunately.

John Grisham once wrote, “When A Time to Kill was published twenty years ago, I soon learned the painful lesson that selling books was far more difficult than writing them. I bought a thousand copies and had trouble giving them away. I hauled them in the trunk of my car and peddled them at libraries, garden clubs, grocery stores, coffee shops, and a handful of bookstores.”

And he was John Grisham!

Regarding my former carrier in computer science at the IBM Research Laboratory in Rueslikon (Switzerland) and with Western University, a got another recognition… I received a letter from IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) announcing that I have been elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior member, “an honor bestowed only to those who have made significant contribution to the profession.”

Hurrah! Hurrah!

I spent most of the 2016 winter months in Arizona, where I played golf every other day. In the other time I looked after my new novel, Lemoncella Cocktail (published last summer). Now I’m working on its promotion, writing blogs and tweets. Not that I believe much in these, but I’m following the instructions of my publisher.

Once again, Merry Christmas and have a wonderful 2017!

Rene Natan aka Irene Gargantini Strybosch