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Rod Pennington
Professional Curmudgeon
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Holly G. – I noted someone plagiarized your name on Nancy’s Amazon review page. I think we should pull a “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” on some of those reviewers. http://www.youtube.com/user/ClerksFanclub Sadly the funeral thing is not an April Fools but a perfect example of the boorish stupidity of right-wing religious nut who like to go chant anti-gay slogans at a fallen soldier’s funeral. Throw in the incredible stupidity and unfairness of a judicial system that let’s figgin a-holes like that win a case in the first place. I’m not advocating violence but I’m all for locking the scumbag lawyers and the brainless judge involved in a room with Me, Margie and Xena.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2010 on April Foolie! at The Lipstick Chronicles
Message on my daughter’s Voice Mail. “Hi! If this is my father calling trying to April Fool me. Bite Me! Everyone else wait for the beep.” She obviously hasn’t got her morning mail yet. I did get the significant other. We’re having work done on the house and have a lovely and stylish construction dumpster in the middle of our driveway. I convinced her someone had dropped something into it over night that was leaking and smelled bad. I even dumped water with some red food coloring on the driveway. Every bad TV detective show she had ever watched run through her mind before she caught up. April Fool’s Day is a contact sport in our house but winning cost at a cost. It’s a good thing a man my age really doesn’t need to be sexually active to lead a full and happy life. Our anniversary is the end of June. I’m hoping her headache will be gone by then. Paula - I love Ben and Troy but Hines Ward is a cheapshot punk.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2010 on April Foolie! at The Lipstick Chronicles
Found this.... Users can use a vacuum to suck up dirt, dust, or hair around their computer on the outside case and on their keyboards. However, do not use a vacuum for the inside of your computer as it generates a lot of static electricity that can damage the internal components of your computer. If you need to use a vacuum to clean the inside of your computer, use a portable battery powered vacuum designed to do this job. http://www.computerhope.com/cleaning.htm
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2010 on Dusting My Pickax at The Lipstick Chronicles
Harley: For a buck or two you can get a can of air at the Office supply store. This is a better option, especially if you're using a laptop. The risk is slight, but you can get a static electric charge from a vacuum cleaner and fry a component.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2010 on Dusting My Pickax at The Lipstick Chronicles
The best part of the Trivial Pursuit night was how little Steve and Jan cared while we were trying to bludgeon each other into submission. I still bear the scars...
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With Heather Ledger gone, maybe she's looking to score a role as the Joker in the next Batman movie.
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Yes Dear. Oops sorry. The Look usually comes from my long suffering wife and that is the stock reply. Humm. My watch has stopped... Nancy, you are GOOD!
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To all, don’t read too much into my little swipe earlier at our beloved president. As the founder and only member of the International Curmudgeon Union – I See You – I don’t like, trust or admire ANY politician. In my mind, anybody who solicits and spends millions of other people’s dollars to get themselves a job that pays $200K a year is someone who needs watching. I hope Obama’s four or eight year run is a rip roaring success. I also hope the Easter Bunny will bring me a package of “peeps” on Sunday. I will not be surprised or disappointed if neither works out. It is not just Obama. Both of the Bush presidencies were a profile in incompetence and the best case I’ve seen for not allowing “legacy” students into Ivy League colleges. I miss Bill Clinton for pure entertainment value though I wouldn’t leave either one of my daughters alone in a room with him. Don’t get me started on Congress. A recent poll said 68% of American thought every member of congress should be voted out of office. That’s my idea of a worthwhile cleaning project. Let’s take it a step further. Let’s ban all men from holding public office for the next couple hundred years. You would get the curmudgeon vote. Not because I think women would do any better but because but it is impossible to imagine the girls screwing it up any worse than the boys have. PS. I will occasionally toss in a cheap shot at some garden variety democrat – either one of the Clintons are the easiest targets -- but it is just good clean fun and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. I love to see Karen of Ohio’s head explode. I’ve been doing this to her for 30 years and it just never gets old.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2010 on Dusting My Pickax at The Lipstick Chronicles
Roxy kicks ass but never kisses any! Loved the book and loved the new direction.
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2010 on New Books in March at The Lipstick Chronicles
Karen: Ten Four!
Karen: Christy's dress looked fabulous but she was always a stunner. Not only were we at the wedding, Jan got Christy her first job in the medical field. And the rest, as they say, is history. As for your other two, Robin will likely get married in climbing gear and I can’t see a Citadel girl like Holly in frilly white.
Nancy: The opposite of Tom Cruise, you lost me at: "Yes, a wedding dress." I perked back up when you talked about reviews. Never lose sight of this -- the goal of art is to stretch the mind. Some are so inflexible between the ears they find having to actually work the gray matter a challenge they prefer not to risk. Do you really care what brand of food makes Pavlov's dog salivate the most? Write what stretches you and the rest will take care of itself. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Ralph Waldo Emerson I ordered a signed copy of your book from Mystery Lovers. I can’t wait to read it.
Mary: here's two clues. #1 The post directly in front of the one that has you baffled was from mystery writer Nancy Cohen. The first two words of the next post by me were "Hey Nancy!" #2 The next big clue, type "bad hair day mystery" into a Google search. No misdirections or red herrings.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2010 on The Dustbin of History at The Lipstick Chronicles
Now that Xena is up and about, here is a hilarious story about one of my books. A bawdy female friend wanted me to sign her book which I did and she immediately tossed it in her purse without reading it. Her husband – on of those humorless droids I referred to earlier – read the inscription before her and let’s just say he was less than amused. “Dear Joann. Thanks for the memories, see page 49.” Page 49 “He pulled her panties to her ankles before continuing his journey downward. As his serpentine tongue…” You get the idea. I thought it was side splitting. So did Joann. Humm. Come to think of it we didn’t see much of them after that. Go figure.
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Hey Nancy! She was on the panel I moderated at Sleuthfest. If you aren’t familiar with her “Bad Hair Day” series, shame on you. Not only is she a great novelist she had a marketing handout that was nothing short of fantastic.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2010 on The Dustbin of History at The Lipstick Chronicles
Like grocery stores, it is all about shelf space and placement. When, as William noted, you walk in and see racks and racks of one genre and people elbowing each other for access that is a trend publishers ignore at their own peril. If I were a fan/writer of “Chick Lit” I might start getting nervous that the boom and bust pattern is about to repeat itself. When you overhear people in the book room at the conference saying things like: “She’s the cupcake lady?” “No, she’s bagels.” And they are discussing this as if the difference between the two is on the same level as whether you are a Yankee or Red Sox fan; you may be reaching the saturation point.
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Kathy: I've been call "Dick" many times. However it usually has the prefix of "You".
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2010 on The Dustbin of History at The Lipstick Chronicles
I feel much better knowing that I was not the first and only idiot and it happened often enough to actually have a name. This is definitely a onetime brain burp moment. Fortunately it was .380 and not my friend’s 45. It was great while it lasted and it was a nice way to hone skills while collecting a check instead of rejection letters. Going a bit further back, I guess that era was similar to the Golden Age of hardboiled pulp fiction.
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Peg H. - It is certainly a blow to the macho image to be dancing around sucking your thumb and crying like a school girl at the target range. My friend Jerry was really impressed. Especially since he had dragged me there was for the expressed purpose of meeting some of his ex-military friends. At least they learned a few new words. And Tarts before you ask, yes, of course, I was the model for the tasteful and understated cover art. Subtle-R-Us.
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Mary: All is forgiven and I am still very much in your debt. With precious little eyerolling at my spelling and grammar, Mary did a proofread of "The Gathering Darkness" for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Mary is one of only 8 people to have seen the new manuscript. She actually got it before my co-author!
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2010 on Promoting Yourself at The Lipstick Chronicles
Tarts: Back to car and back to civilization. Good job Peg H. and Bev. Like I said earlier, I love women who can keep up. On that note, I'll leave the rest of you scratching your heads
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2010 on Promoting Yourself at The Lipstick Chronicles
I am about to jump into my car and head north. If I can find a McDonald's or topless bar with Wi-Fi along the way I'll check back in. On marketing, I'll leave you all with this...I moderated a session at Sleuthfest Friday on "Promoting Yourself" -- gee, I wonder where I got the idea for this blog? On the panel were James Grippando and Charles Todd. Between them they have had around 837 New York Times Best Sellers. The takeaway – don’t expect your publisher, no matter who you are, to build your image. That is your job.
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FYI to ALL: The highlight of the conference. This weekend I got to meet the lovely and talented Elaine Viets. Is she perfect or what? Tall, smart, as funny as you would expect from reading her books and a wonderful public speaker. I attended her workshop on Thursday and it was a total riot! If you ever get the chance to hear her speak in person or she is doing a book signing within a few hundred miles; run don’t walk.
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Alan & Karen: On the blurbs – like someone is going to put up a bad one. My favorite story was a review which said “This book is a great big pile of steaming dog poop.” The blurb, “This book is… great.”
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2010 on Promoting Yourself at The Lipstick Chronicles
Live from SleuthFest 2010! I’m not sure if the Hilton has a 14.4 modem or two tin cans with strings for internet access. Download times are making my teeth hurt. Still, I will try to respond to all of your comments during the day in a timely manner. Apparently the entire word of Tartdom has been infected with “Harley disease”. It is “Rod” not “Rob”. Unless, of course, you’re all just messing with me before I’ve had my coffee. I once had a person had I had to call “Linba” for a week before “LINDA” got it right. Ahh, the burden of an unusual name that is so close to a common one. My parents had a sick sense of humor; ask my brothers Rob and Ron. Since I’m a father and a grandfather – how about “Pop Tart”?
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