Category Archives: Why I Do What I Do

Bouchercon, Day the Last (And the Fates Laughed)

On Sunday morning, I woke up alone. This wouldn’t be worthy of remark, except (What a twist!) I hadn’t done that earlier in the week. Mrs. M accompanied me from Wednesday until Saturday, but the Spawn didn’t want me to … Continue reading

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Bouchercon, Day Zero (In Which the Prof Vandalizes Someone’s Inventory)

I flew into Toronto today, and boy, are my arms tired. No, wait. My arms really are tired, but it’s because I had to get up at 3:30 to get to Real City in time to star in Security Theater … Continue reading

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Finally Playing with a Full Deck?

At 4:57 this morning (3:57 Nashville time), I turned 52. I’m actually holding off on the celebration until this weekend, but I’ve been touched by the best wishes I’ve received from hundreds of people, in person or via social media. … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Becomes Uncomfortably Aware that He Has a Birthday in 20 Days

I’m 51 years old. Barring something unexpected, I will soon be 52. Unlike the Mad Dog, who loathes the thought of aging, I share my mom’s opinion that getting older beats the alternative. Still, events over the past two days … Continue reading

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Saturday Potpourri: Kickoff Edition

It’s been a busy week, and I was pretty worn out after last weekend’s Killer Nashville, but now it’s a 3-day weekend, and I’ve got time to catch up with everyone. So let’s get to it, shall we? *** I … Continue reading

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Gig Report: Happy Birthday, Art Bar

The Berries got back into the rock and roll business last night, playing the opening set at the anniversary celebration for our Real City home at ArtBar. As the opener, we arrived at 7 p.m. for set-up with the venue’s … Continue reading

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Quote of the Early Morning

A few minutes ago, I ran across a New Criterion review of the new OUP edition of the diaries and journals of Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. I’ve mentioned Hopkins before — how when I first encountered his work (during my teens), … Continue reading

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