OMG, I leave the country for a couple of weeks, and the world begins to fall apart! (Or maybe just the west coast) I just read that the groovy citizens of California are seriously considering c-section! Oh wait, make that secession. Either one would be foolish, and if I remember correctly, secession has been tried before. I don’t remember the details, but I think it ended rather poorly. In any case, I hope our confused brethren don’t leave until my books have been optioned by Hollywood. (Talk about national tragedies!)
Frankly, I think that some of the protest signs have been a little questionable. One guy had a “Stop” sign, and some old hippie chick had a yellow “Yield” sign. Man, talk about mixed messages! My favorite signs were “Slippery When Wet” and “No U-Turn.” (I don’t intend to touch these jokes with a “ten foot pole!”) Besides, methinks I doth protest too much. (See how I slip those clever literary references into my blog?)
Well, I had my first book signing at a full-fledged honky -tonk last week, and it was great fun. Did you know that the word “tonk” used to mean piano? So when a fellow honked the tonk, he played some music. I thought you might find that interesting. One old cowboy came up to me and asked if I knew the difference between a dog and a fox. (The answer? Nine shots of tequila!) By the way, if you haven’t been to Giddings, you should go there. (The folks in Giddings get a little giddy after those tequila shots!)
For those of you who have inquired about the release date of my next historical masterpiece (TURBULENT TIMES), we are looking at early May. I recently had the pleasure (?) of reviewing 932 endnotes, which only took two weeks! Don’t ask me why, but I wound up with over 300 books on my bibliography! Actually, I had to do quite a bit of research for this book, as many of my “factoids” have never been presented to the public before. When you present startling information, you must leave a paper trail for subsequent authors and researchers. Very time-consuming, but such is life.
So what else is new? Well, last week’s gala dinner honoring Judge Susan and the Princess of Portugal was absolutely fabulous. (Both ladies turned 39!) The invited guests (and a few party-crashers) dined on Chicken Patriciano, eggplant parmigiana, and assorted Italian greens. As usual, the gluttons (me) overate, over-drank, and over-stayed their welcome. You know, it’s not easy to over-stay your welcome when the party is at your own house, but I managed to do it!)
Incidentally, for those of you who live in the Southeastern portion of America, please mark your calendars that I will be coming to Savannah and Charleston in May to pick up my recent literary award. (My last mystery novel, A RUN FOR THE MONEY, won a major award in January.) I am really looking forward to returning to “the scene of the crime,” so to speak. The book, or most of it, takes place in the South Carolina Low Country. Get those mint juleps ready!
Finally, I would like to extend a belated birthday wish to the captain of our recent ship voyage. (Captain Sven “Iceberg” Olson, of Oslo, Norway) I remember asking him (last month) about our particular vessel. I asked him how frequently smaller ships sink. He said, “Only once.” Well, that was certainly a reassuring answer. (Now you know why I sleep with my life preserver on!)
In closing, I would like to congratulate my cousin Max, who recently caught (and released) a huge, 8-pound bass in Florida! (Yes, he provided photographic evidence.) Max used a special pole (a south pole, I believe) to catch the behemoth, and then, coincidentally, watched some pole dancing back at the lodge. Ah, wilderness! (Do I sound jealous?) Don’t feel sorry for me, endnotes can be very stimulating. (Yeah, right.)
Well, my friends, keep those cards and letters coming. And… if you want to win a gift card… be the first to provide the correct answer to the following question: What famous person rented a house from William H. Seward during the Civil War?
Good luck, and have a safe and happy week! Love to all,