Monthly Archives: September 2008

Draft Christopher Guest to Bouchercon!


I spoke to someone years ago about the fertile ground that Bouchercon, an annual mystery book conference, would provide to the brilliant Christopher Guest.  He has dramatized the best and the worst of dog shows, folk music festivals, and community theater, so I can only imagine what he could do with a conference of writers, agents, publicists, and fans.  

As this year’s conference approaches, I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a movement to support the idea.  Then today, as I was trying not to think about the stock market or politics, I passed Michael McKean on 5th Avenue and he smiled at the Duffer.  I took it as a sign (and then immediately cast him as an eccentric independent bookseller in Guest’s future Bouchercon Mockumentary).  
I’ll be collecting signatures at this year’s Bouchercon in Baltimore.  If you’ll be there, find me and sign.  And if you’re on Facebook, join the “Draft Christopher Guest” group.  See what happens when I’m at home sick, supposedly resting?

Gotta love Mystery Booklovers

This morning I talked about writing, prosecuting, and Angel’s Tip with a terrific group of readers at Oakmont, PA’s Mystery Lovers Bookshop.  I’d describe the conversation for you, but I think Jen from Jen’s Book Thoughts does a much better job: read all about the event here.

Other good news: Sean is meeting me in Philly tonight with the Duffer. Bad news: In a bout of honesty, I told the hotel that Duffer is a dog so now I’m staying on the dog floor, where some poor lonely wreck of a squeak toy is warbling and another dog (whom I picture to be behemoth) is barking in response.  Also, my nemesis of a cold continues to kick my butt.  So much for writing.  

My sister the comedian (and all her little helpers)

So….several times on book tour I’ve been asked the same question during Q&A, verbatim: “So were you really rescued from a plane?” (For those of you who don’t know, this is a reference to the backstory of the fictional Alafair Robicheaux in the Dave Robicheaux series authored by a different Burke.) Someone posting as Barnaby Jones even asked the question while I was briefly a guest at the Barnes & Noble Center Stage Book Club.

My sister Pamala (webmaster at my dad’s site) just confessed that she has been tracking my movements across the country, enlisting volunteers to pose the question, and then called the stores afterwards to make sure they were in on the joke. And the poster known as Barnaby Jones? That would be the prankster once again.

Can’t believe I didn’t figure it out sooner! As for her helpers on the road, next year I expect a different question.

6 Quirky Things


So, Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts “tagged” me with a game that requires me to post 6 quirky facts about myself, and then to “tag” 6 other bloggers to do the same.  I don’t know 6 other bloggers, so if you blog, consider yourself tagged by me.  Here are my 6 quirky things:

1) I don’t like to eat salad from the same plate as other food.  It needs to be on a separate plate.
2) I wipe down my kitchen counters every night before I go to sleep.
3) I wipe my dog’s paws with a baby wipe after every walk.  (OK, I’m noticing a trend here.  Time to move on to another kind of quirky.)
4) I carbonate my own carbonated water but can only drink flat water before I go to sleep, and it must have ice.
5) I like the smell of skunks.
6) I’m a darn good seamstress.