The Literary Drover No. 1730

Inquiring minds want to know: Do I have a summer reading list?

I have a reading list. It is in the form of the ever-precarious stack of books that take up most of the headboard on the bed. It seems that every time I remove a book five more take its place. I don’t mind this burden, of course. Reading before going to sleep does wonder for dreams.

The Literary Drover No. 1729

From notes made on the human condition:

How “eccentric” is too eccentric?

Despite living in the relatively remote environs I find there is a demand for screenwriters who can actually write a screenplay. A few months ago I was contacted by someone I know (who knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone, ad infinitum), who told me that they wanted me to be involved in a forthcoming project as – ta-da – The Screenwriter. A seemingly infinite number of e-mails and telephone calls later a “business lunch” was scheduled, and I agreed to attend as “The Screenwriter”.

There supposed to be twelve attending the meeting. Number twelve, The Producer, showed up fashionably late by thirty-plus minutes. Everyone else had placed their orders and were nursing drinks when said Producer-type showed up, ordered a Vodka and paint thinner (I kid; it was grain alcohol.), and sat down. Within minutes our salads arrived, and as the eleven others tried to be polite about the delay The Producer took out a zip lock bag filled with fresh herbs and began festooning her salad with them. Unfortunately for everyone else the waiter saw this and hurried over, seeking an explanation for why a paying customer would bring their own food.

Long story short (the proceedings went downhill faster than grease goes through a pig), I am of the distinct impression we have been encouraged to take our business elsewhere.

Something tells me bad things be comin’, despite assurances The Producer may be encouraged to leave the project. Regardless, I found the entire experience funny because it occurred to me the world is filled with off-center types like The Producer. Are there movies and films focused on this type of person, who would tilt at windmills but since the windmills already tilt at them they take their behavior one step further?


The Literary Drover No. 1728

Before I decided to undertake “The Book Tour” I established several clearly defined goals. Since undertaking “The Book Tour” I have decided to add several more goals. To date, the goals I first set for myself have been realized, and based on this fact I know I can and will fulfill the additional goals.

Simply, I will not stop until all that needs doing is done.

The Literary Drover No. 1727

For those interested, the fund raising associated with the sale of SCENE OF A CRIME/FOR UNTO US continues into the month of July. Of course, the more copies of my book sold the more people will be helped.

If you have purchased a copy (or two), thank you. If you have not done so, be aware winter is coming and this year, as in years past, many will die of exposure because their homes lack proper heating systems, and a wood fire might make the difference.

The Literary Drover No. 1726

Reference to the Golden Eagle has brought additional interest to The Jhon Collector Mysteries. Mention of personal experience has resulted in, conservatively, a deluge of communications from people wanting to know more.

You ask, I do:

Golden Eagles possess astonishing speed and maneuverability for their size. Diving from great heights, they have been clocked at close to 200 miles per hour.