Monday, August 29, 2005

Round Rock book signing

Saturday I had the pleasure of a book signing for TOFU AND T.REX at the B&N Round Rock. Had a great showing, including Don Tate and Varian Johnson, who also blogged about it (click on their names). Cyn blogged it too.

Also, there's a new interview with me by the good folks at Downhome Books.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Summer weather and cat behavior...

It's the middle of August, which means that it's 98 F, but feels like 105. I am definitely going to have to take this into consideration for my work in progress (my first actually set in Texas).

Also, it means I find it impossible to run (even in the AM it's a bit humid), so have been swimming at the Town Lake YMCA and at Deep Eddy Pool. Which brings me to some weird cat behavior: after I have swum at the Y (and showered with soap), our white cat, Blizzard, finds it necessary to groom me. Vigorously. Like I was covered in catnip. Since he is a long-haired cat, this is a fairly slobbery and sand-papery process. This does not happen after I've swum at Deep Eddy (a natural and constantly recirculating spring pool, they don't add chlorine). So apparently, there is some odd cocktail of chemicals in the chlorine and soap that is deeply tasty to him...

Anyway, thanks for all the birthday wishes!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

While the wife's away...

So while Cynthia was in Vermont last month, what did I do?

Research for my new novel -- this included grilling Ken Appelt, husband of author Kathi Appelt, on childhood ranching experiences. BTW, the wait at Z Tejas on a Friday night at 7:30 is about an hour.

Also, I watched the extended DVDs of The Lord of the Rings. On the whole, I was very pleased, especially since LOTR is one of my favorite novels. (I may blog more about these later, after I've seen the special features - yes I am that much of a geek). For now, let me just ask, did anyone else notice that the Elves are the only ones in Middle Earth who use shampoo?
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