Thursday, September 27, 2012

Books, books, books...

Who doesn't love 'em, eh?

I have some good news for the criminals of Austin, so I'll start with a message to them: first, if you're reading this on a laptop or iPad, please return it to its rightful owner.  Thanks.

Next, I ask this not just because it's the right thing to do, but because you'll have plenty of time over the next few weeks to exercise your felonious habits.  By the way, do you suppose Felonius Monk wore felonious habits?  Or do just nuns wear habits?

Sorry, trouble concentrating today.  (And yes, I know it's Thelonious Monk.)

Right.  Felonious habits.  Oh yes, see, over the next few weeks my normally razor-sharp and unforgiving prosecutorial mind will be distracted by the most important even to me for the past seven years: my book launch.

Which means that there will be plenty of opportunity for the light-fingered to steal a leopard from the zoo, the greedy to embezzle money from an old people's home, and for the tempted Jew to eat a large rasher of bacon.  I simply won't be watching.

In the next few days, a man will arrive with a large box containing my book (my publisher gives me some free copies), particularly exciting since I want to hold one in my arms and cradle it like a baby.  I'll post a picture, yes.

Does that mean I'm taking a leave of absence from here?  Absolutely not.  I'm still riding out with the cops, so if any good stories flow from that I'll post them here.  More likely, though, you'll be hearing a little less about my criminal activities (there's a phrase that someone could take out of context) and more about my writing life.

Any questions?

And just to whet your appetite (and mine), here's the official flyer for the book.

 (I just realized this isn't really legible, I'm trying to figure out how to correct that - the file is .pdf and I turned it into a .jpeg, so any advice on how to do this is welcomed!)

Anyway, as you might imagine this makes me feel like a real writer.  Imagine how I'll feel when I get my hands on the book itself!

Oh, next week, I thought I'd address some of the myths and dilemmas of being a writer, like 'Sewing leather patches onto a tweed jacket is easy,' and 'I just met you, why wouldn't I give you a free book?'

Unless I see you before, have a great weekend.


  1. Congratulations, Mark. It is an awesome feeling when you hold your book in your hot little hands for the first time. Looking forward to getting my copy. And good luck with the launch!

    On another note, I'm sure Thelonious has heard it before. :)

  2. (I just realized this isn't really legible, I'm trying to figure out how to correct that - the file is .pdf and I turned it into a .jpeg, so any advice on how to do this is welcomed!)


    The only way I know is to use a PDF converter program. A good one usually runs around $70.00. There is another way, but you've probably already used that to convert the pdf file to the .jpeg you have now.

  3. Ken: Thanks, you are kind! And you're right, I used a converter program but it did a pretty poor job. I'd demand my money back but it was a free program!

  4. I have been following your blog for a while, and am excited to read your new book! Any chance there will be a kindle version?

  5. David, thanks very much!

    Mel, thank you too - yes, the book will be available for kindle download October 9. I hope you enjoy it!

  6. Congratulations!

  7. Can't wait to read it! Yes, I will cradle mine like a baby as well. My husband thinks I'm joking when I say I'll be sleeping with mine! LOL. Can't wait to hear more about your journey!


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