NO, NOT THAT KIND OF FREQUENCY! I’m referring to your radio frequency, ergo I shall remind thee of my upcoming radio interview, scheduled for this Tuesday, March 25th. If you prefer, I will post a link to the podcast and you can listen at your leisure. I’ve heard a tape of the interview, and I was very pleased. (I only mispronounced my main character’s name once!) The host, Jack Drucker, was exceedingly complimentary, which was a very pleasant surprise. (He must not read a lot!) Mr. Drucker thinks I might become a household name. (If I change my name to Stephen Can-Opener.) In any case it was a great experience and a terrific opportunity to discuss DEVIL’S COVE and my other semi-brilliant mystery novels.
As some of you know, my first non-fiction book, THE SECOND MOURNING is now in the hands of my publisher. I’m told to expect a publication date in mid-April, which is a lovely time of year down here in Austin, Texas. (Wildflowers and such) I shall keep you informed of my progress. So, how was your St. Paddy’s Day? Did you know that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland? (One reptile kept asking, “Are we there yet?” Another had to stop and use the bathroom.) I’m not sure, but I think the snakes were driven west, toward the District of Columbia. Just saying.
My literary agent (Black Bart Berkowitz) tells me that my name was recently added to Vladimir Putin’s “no travel” list. (I am now persona non gratitude in Russia.) No big deal. Did you know that there is a group of Russians that are claiming that Putin is a ruthless tyrant? Do you know what they’re called? Missing.
Speaking of oddities, did you hear about the “Woman’s Butt Size Study” that was conducted at Harvard University? The results were quite interesting: 10% of women think their ass is too skinny. 30% of women think their ass is too fat. 60% say they don’t care, they love him, he is a good man and they wouldn’t trade him for the world! (Would you folks like to guess which category my wife is in?) Women!
After a short absence (due to parole requirements) I have returned to the world of professional, high-stakes poker. Registering under the name of The Mighty Cobra (a lot of snakes in this blog, huh?) I managed to make the final table at the huge Steiner Ranch Tournament last Thursday! If you can identify the photograph attached to this blog, I just might share my winnings with you! (All right, maybe not, but I will autograph your copy of THE SECOND MOURNING.)
Finally, I would like to mention that my book signing at the Barton Creek Mall has been postponed. (At my request.) I must attend another function, a birthday party hosted by the eminent Judge Susan! We will be celebrating the birthdays of Patricia E. Yanoff (a living saint) and Ms. Barbara Talbott (a true martyr) Gifts are not necessary, unless you want some food or drink or don’t care about walking around with a black eye and a broken arm.
In closing I would like to remind you that life is short….. so smile while you still have teeth!
Love to all,