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I’m Planning A Murder for this Afternoon

I’m Planning A Murder for this Afternoon

I haven’t decided if it will be with a gun, a knife or a giant pickle. But someone is going to die. Not because they deserve it, mind you. (Well, maybe they do a little.) But because murder is essential in a murder mystery. So, to move today’s plot along, I need to kill somebody. So, if you would like to suggest a method for today’s homicide, please post your ideas.

Writing a murder mystery is hard/complex/challenging but flat out fun! When it all comes together, I hope you enjoy it.

Carry on, Citizens!

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Trolley Dodgers Turns 9 Today

Trolley Dodgers Turns 9 Today

It’s hard to believe that 9 years ago today, Trolley Dodgers was released. So today, the first 9 people to comment on this post will receive a free autographed copy. Already have one, you can have a signed copy of Kansaska instead. Got both, then I’ll send you a Citizens! T-shirt. Got all three? Then I will give you a hug, next time I see you.

In case you’re wondering what the book is about, it’s based on a column I wrote for BC Magazine in 1997. At the time, the Dodgers were for sale, and Jeff Sagarin gave me the idea that if everyone in Monroe County (Indiana) would pitch in $20,000, we could buy the team. I wrote the article and was later interviewed on a Bloomington radio station (WGCL).  During the interview, some of the callers thought the story was real.

Fast forward to 2004 and I started turning the idea into the book that was released Sept 6, 2005.  Thanks to everyone who supported it and I hope one day we can see it on the big screen!

Carry on, Citizens!

 

The Conch Adventure: Day 5

The Conch Adventure: Day 5

Yes, I can count. (I misspell things often, but I can count.) This is Day 5. My last post was on Day 3. There were many adventures these past 2 days, and I will try to fill you in. I’ve learned much about the Conch Republic. It is a land of adventure and spectacle. I believe that more research needs to be done here, but alas I must return to Indiana as Mrs. S has business in St. Louis to attend to and I must catch up on the latest adventures of Professor Gizmo. I must also continue the finishing touches on the novel that is coming out next month.

The Conch Adventure: Day 3

The Conch Adventure: Day 3

The day was filled with many ups and downs. I spent the early hours at the home of Ernest Hemingway. It was time well spent as I learned about his four wives —and learned how I should not in any way shape or form feel the need to best him in this endeavor. This was made abundantly clear by Mrs. S. It seems during one of his spats with wife #2, he tossed her his the last penny he had in his pocket after she had spent $20,000 installing a pool while he was away. Not to be upstaged, she had it encased in the concrete next to the pool. Both are shown below.

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