Showing posts with label pictures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pictures. Show all posts

Friday, April 16, 2021

No More Cover-up

  I would like to unveil for you the cover of my second novel due to be released (tentatively) in January of 2022, The Strange Case of the Dutch Painter. I don't want to say too much about it right now. Suffice it to say that Sherlock Holmes investigates the murder of Vincent van Gogh.

That's right--I said murder.
May be an image of text

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

For Writers: B. Kliban

 Familiarity with the work of B. Kliban is fading fast; which is a damn shame. He was one of wildest minds and most influential cartoonist of the 70s and 80s till his death at 55 of a pulmonary embolism.  He entertained us with such collections as Cats, Never Ear Anything Bigger Than Your Head, and Whack Your Porcupine. When Gary Larson's The Far Side gained notoriety, Kliban fans knew we were getting toned-down Kliban; Larson acknowledged his influence.

This is my favorite B. Kliban cartoon. So much so that years ago when I lived in Houston with my friend the Rainbow Trout, I reproduced it on one of the walls. I don't think we got our deposit back on that apartment.

It strikes you as laughably simple, right? a man is working on a 4-piece puzzle of a yin-yang symbol. He appears to be giving it far more thought than necessary. His brow is furrowed. Ha-ha, dumb guy, right?

 But think about it for just a second. Don't we constantly overthink, making mountains out of molehills, second-guessing ourselves, making the simple difficult?

Now look at it again on a yet another level. He's contemplating how the elements if the yin-yang symbol mesh. Yin-yang is a powerful, highly complex symbol.

Two opposing forces: active and receptive, male and female, before and behind, light and dark.  The duality of nature.Yet are the two forces opposing each other or chasing one another, alternating? And each force contains the embryo of the other, each giving birth to each other: the oneness of nature. One might well hesitate over such a conundrum.

So the moral of the story (yes, there's a moral) is: when you're writing, don't get caught up with the simple or obvious. But realize that few things are simple or obvious.

To hear this song, click here.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Dr. Seuss


dr. seuss

My great-great-nephew Atticus's first book was, of course, an autographed copy of my own novel. I would not be surprised if his taste leans toward Dr. Seuss at this point. He is, after all, barely five days old. But can you ever be too young for Sherlock Holmes?

Friday, March 26, 2021

Reading Club

Reading Club

Phil Krampf presses his free bookplate into service as a Covid mask. 
Desperate times call for desperate measures. If you'd like a bookplate to press into your copy of the novel, just send me your address in an email on the right. 
Neither address will be sold or shared with anyone, may the gods strike me dead.


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Beautiful boy

I just realized I never showed you any baby pix from when the book dropped last January 19th. Isn't he cute? I think he has my serifs.

baby book

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Where Van Gogh Died

auberge ravoux

spent the last 70 days of his life in the little town of Auvers-sur-Oise as a lodger at Auberge Ravoux. During his stay there, he created more than 80 paintings and 64 sketches before dying of a gunshot wound on 29 July 1890. 

In this picture, Ravoux and his daughter Adeline are on the left. Madame Ravoux and daughter Germaine stand in the doorway.

                             --The Strange Case of the Dutch Painter

Monday, March 22, 2021

Reader's Club

Reader's Club

                                      Rory Moloney knows what he likes.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

"The Crudest Ideas"

 "Sherlock Holmes had, in a very remarkable degree, the power of detaching his mind at will. For two hours the strange business in which we had been involved appeared to be forgotten, and he was entirely absorbed in the pictures of the modern Belgian masters. He would talk of nothing but art, of which he had the crudest ideas, from our leaving the gallery until we found ourselves at the Northumberland Hotel."

                                            -- The Hound of the Baskervilles

Jan Verhas

Jan Verhas  (9 January 1834 – 31 October 1896) was a Belgian painter of the Realist school. He wasknown for his portraits and genre paintings often depicting children of the Belgian bourgeoisie.

Reading Club

Reading Club

Sue Clark shopping for deals.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Suffragette Prison

 Holloway Prison, the largest women's prison in Western Europe until its closure in 2016, was famous for housing prominent suffragettes.

                                                                          --The Strange Case of Eliza Doolittle

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Brunswick Wharf


                                                                       --The Strange Case of Eliza Doolittle

Sunday, March 14, 2021

27A Wimpole

 Shaw's inspiration for the home of Henry Higgins:

"Much like the fictional professor of phonetics, who famously lived on the same Marylebone street, the property's original owner, Professor Horace Wilson, was a linguistics expert." --The Daily Mail

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Reading Club

Mystery author Ona Russell's into something good.


Reading Club


More satisfied customers, Mark and Steffie Petrus


I can't exactly tour the world right now, or even hold a book signing at the local, but if you've purchased a copy and you'd like it personalized,  just sign up on the left and I'll send you a free bookplate, which I think is rather charming.. I won't sell your email or your name or your address or anything else to anyone, not that I expect anyone to ask me. I just want to thank you for purchasing the book. Thanks!

(Unfortunately, only in the U.S. and Canada at this point.)

Reading Club

 Author Patricia Burroughs caught up in a good read.

In My Little Town

 Autographed copies at Shreveport (my home town) Barnes&Noble.