Current status: One agent looking at full manuscript. She read my first two pages at the Writer's Conference in Nashville, said to drop the Prologue, and send it to her. She has had it now about ten days. Same for another who wanted 25 pages, and one who was a referral from an agent's assistant who worked for both the one who turned me down, and the one she referred me to. One great blurb from my editor. I am off to Spain in a few days, and won't be back until the 5th of October. Look for FB posts, but given the low band-width in the bar next to the hostel I will be working at, Weebly connectivity is doubtful. For my loyal fans, I have a little something I added in my last revision, in the Afterword. I hope you enjoy it. Oh, new photo of yours truly. Hopefully I look sufficiently professorial. Smile.
In answer to Margaret’s query regarding Holmes, “Wherever did you get that name?” Fans of the Great Detective will be surprised to know that the original name was Sherrinford Holmes and the loyal companion and narrator of his adventures was Ormond Sacker. The name Holmes is thought to be in homage to Oliver Wendell Holmes, a writer and philosopher Doyle greatly admired. The name Sherlock is less certain, though he did have a school classmate named Patrick Sherlock. The name of Watson most likely was chosen from a fellow physician named Jack Watson who had recently returned from service in China and lived nearby. I for one, am glad how things turned out, and I think most readers would agree.