There’s very little quiet on any set these days, but that’s because of the cable networks. In any case, I wasn’t referring to television. (By the way, why do they call it a television “set” when there is only one device?) Where was I? Oh yes, the quiet on the set thing. Well, I’ve got some potentially good news to share with my 21,000 loyal blog followers…… There is a possibility, albeit remote, that my second mystery novel, THE PIRATE PATH, will be optioned for a movie later this year. Are you folks familiar with a production company called “Infinitum Nihil?” (Meaning “infinite nothing.”) This is Johnny Depp’s company, operated by the old pirate and his sister. Keep your fingers crossed for me. (Pirates always have to cross a few bones for luck!)
Speaking of luck… I recently received two lovely gifts from two of my high school friends who are also blog followers. First, I wish to thank the incredibly talented Joyce Harness McGregor for sending me a beautiful painting of my favorite bird. (The red cardinal) The painting is now hanging in my study for all to see. Second, I would like to thank the brilliant Margaret Dinzler Shaw for sending me a copy of the book of essays she recently edited. Good job, Margaret!
Incidentally, I recently received an invitation to become Facebook friends with the great Daniel Negreanu, one of the world’s best poker players. Daniel is a fan of my mystery novels, and one of the truly nice guys on the professional poker circuit. I wish him continued success at the tables, and urge him to wear the t-shirt I’m sending. (The shirt displays a full face photo of President James A. Garfield on the front, and on the back it reads: THE SECOND MOURNING.) Dang shirt costs me five bucks to make!
Did you see that the CEO of Starbucks is telling his workers to be gentle with customers who may have lost money in the stock market last week? Great advice from a guy who charges five dollars for a cup of coffee! I’ve figured out how they get away with that… they use Italian titles for all of their special drinks. Makes the stuff sound fancy. Hey, who charges more per cup, Starbucks or Victoria’s Secret? (Both keep me up at night!)
My never-ending self-promoting book tour and tequila sampling took me to another fascinating location last week. I spent a productive afternoon in lovely San Saba, the Pecan Capital of the World. (Just think of all the “nut jokes” I could do right now!) Believe it or not, the town produces over five million pounds of pecans every year! They use pecans in almost everything down there, including beer, olive oil, pies, cakes, cookies, and pralines. These items are not cheap. You have to “shell out” some bucks if you want to eat well! If you plan to stay f0r dinner, I’d try Diggs Restaurant & Club. (Yummy steaks, cooked over…. pecan!)
Well, I must close now. My new grand-daughter is expecting me, and if I show up late, she might need a diaper change. (Man, if you guys thought an oil change was messy, you should see some of those diapers!) How can anything so beautiful produce such a nasty odor? Yes, dear pilgrims, the Lord works in mysterious ways! (He also has a wicked sense of humor!)
Have a safe and happy week, and we shall meet again in the sweet by and by. (or should I say, bye-bye?) Love to all,
P.S. A free autographed book to the first person who can tell me where the attached photo was taken!