Had strange dreams overnight that caused me to wake up needing to know the time difference between my old home in Northern KY and an odd hotel (and by odd, I mean nonexistent) in New Delhi, India. (For the record, New Delhi is 10.5 hours ahead of Union, KY, and therefore of Mondoville as well.) I live to inform.
One afternoon early in the week, I saw a random student who looked like he was trying to racewalk — arms and hips swinging in that peculiar gait — coming down the sidewalk toward me. However, he was bent at about a 30-degree angle at the waist, and I said as he passed, “You’d do better if you stood straighter.”
Yesterday, I decided to watch a basketball doubleheader at the college gym, and since it was a gorgeous day (sunny, mid-60s), I decided to walk it. As I lumbered across the street, a truck passed, and I heard a voice: “You’d do better if you stood straighter.” One to you, random student.
Also this past week, I got a look at the cover of Greasepaint and .45s, the clown-themed crime anthology that Ryan Sayles has put together for Down & Out Books. Chuck Regan’s cover painting seems to sum things up quite nicely.
The book contains my story “Command Performance”, and I’ll let you know when it’s available for pre-release orders.
Meanwhile, Lawrence Block’s At Home in the Dark antho, which includes my low-rent rock and roll story “Rough Mix”, will be available before too long as well — on 30 April, to be precise.
Again, you can rest easy knowing that I’ll keep you posted. Whether you’ll rest easy after reading the stories, on the other hand, is another question altogether.
Meanwhile, I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of Tombland, the latest in C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series. While the fact that it seems to be a pituitary case of a book, coming in at nearly 900 pages, gives me qualms, I just can’t pass up the chance to spend more time with Sansom’s hunchbacked lawyer-cum-detective after a few years without word from the Tudor era. If you aren’t already familiar with the series, you could do a lot worse — it’s fun for fans of crime fiction and historical novels alike — Sansom has a Ph.D. in history from the U of Birmingham, so the details are typically very strong. But as ever for me, the real strengths in the series are in the characters, both Shardlake’s and the supporting cast. Check them out.
And speaking of the Tudor era, I had best get back to prepping for my Shakespeare class — we’re doing Faustus and starting The Scottish Play this week. But I’ll go ahead and play you out with a bit of music. It’s a classic 60s garage punker, but why does everything have to be obscure. Besides — the Spawn and I were bellowing it around the house a couple of days ago, so here you go. Here are the Sonics, with one of my favorite songs from my favorite rock and roll era, and a reminder that there’s a case to be made for putting the vocals into the red.
See you soon!