Friday, December 21, 2012

Five on Friday - Bill Cameron

We made it! The world didn't end! Or wait, is it supposed to end later today? I haven't been keeping up with the details obviously. I've been too busy trying to fit just a few more books in before we are no longer. ;-)

Today will be the last Five on Friday for this year. Don't fret, I'm going to be working on recruiting more mean, interviewees for 2013. I've been overwhelmed by your wonderful reactions to these posts, and they're fun for me, too! So I'm going to try to line up a great selection for you in the coming year. But next week will be for my end of the year, top 10 lists. Plus I owe you a post on my visit to the Crime and Punishment Museum AND I have some more reviews, but those may have to wait. So much fun still to have in 2012, right?

I just got my update newsletter from the Left Coast Crime folks and was embarrassingly giddy over the fact that Lou Diamond Phillips will be interviewing guest of honor Craig Johnson. How cool is that? I'm so excited that I'm going this year! Well, I was excited before, but now I'm extra excited. If you're thinking about going, here's the link for their site. I believe registration will go up a little if you wait until after the 1st to register.

And since we're talking about registering for conferences, remember about 2013's Bouchercon, which will be in Albany, NY. They also have a discount on registration if you do it before January 1st.

O.k. that's all for my babbling today. Now let me introduce today's Five on Friday guest. I know Bill thought I forgot about him. He sent me his Five on Friday almost first...back in the summer...but he said, "post it whenever is good." Today is that day! And Bill Cameron is a perfect way to wrap of the 2012 Five on Friday.

Bill is another author I highly recommend you follow on Twitter if you're there. He makes Twitter fun. I've also learned that if I wanted anything from Bill, I could probably bribe  him with bacon to do almost anything. No really, Bill is a wonderful person and an extremely talented writer. I've read some of his short fiction and I have two of his books on my ereader and several on my shelf because I enjoyed the short fiction so much. I'm looking forward to indulging in his Skin Kadash novels very soon! In the mean time, you too can enjoy some of his short fiction right now! He has a holiday story for you on his site now. You can either read it online or download it for your ereader (any kind of ereader).

In the mean time, I shall let him take over and have all the fun!

I have to assume Bill is conjuring up stories in the hammock!

1. My favorite place to read is: My wife would probably say it was the bathroom. I scoff at that notion. (Ahem.) I say it’s my backyard, though of course the weather has to cooperate. Which, since I live in Portland, doesn’t happen often enough to suit me. Sometimes I sit in the swing, sometimes in the Beverage Chair, and sometimes the hammock (though the hammock often causes napping to occur). They’re all equally awesome. (Though, I suppose, the bathroom is pretty great too.)

2. The most famous person I ever met was: This would have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger, though it was at a time when he was not as famous as he would eventually become. I can’t remember the exact date, but it was post-Conan and but not yet Predator. I’d gone to the Cincinnati airport to pick up a friend, and because this was at a time before we started protecting our freedom by giving it up, I’d walked down to the gate to wait.

As I was sitting (reading, of course), a giant man sat down next to me. He was eating popcorn, and when I glanced over at him he smiled and said, “Would you like some popcorn?” The thing is, even though I’d seen his movies to date, I didn’t recognize him until he spoke. Then I had the only reasonable reaction to Arnold Schwarzenegger offering you popcorn: I panicked.

After failing to get a response from me, he went back to eating popcorn until his flight was called.

3. My favorite kind of cookie is: Prolly a peanut butter cookie, but not just ANY peanut butter cookie. It has to be homemade and have actual nut bits in it. And in answer to the question you didn’t ask, my least favorite kind of cookie is commercial, concrete peanut butter-oriented cookies like Nutter Butter. They are so not a proper peanut butter cookie that I reject them utterly.

4. My favorite brand of athletic shoe is: What kinda weirds me out is the fact I have a favorite brand of athletic shoe. For eons, this was something I cared nothing about. My favorite brand was the brand on sale. I did have an UN-favorite brand: Nike. I have never understood the whole Nike mystique. The shoes are ugly and cost too much, even on sale. And, sorry, but I don’t care how good they are (were): Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods are great big jerkweasels.

And yet, now I have a favorite brand of athletic shoe. New Balance. Happened by accident. Which is to say, they were on sale and I bought a pair. And, oh my, they fit so well. And they weren’t ugly. It is possible there is a New Balance endorser who is a jerkweasel, but if so, I don’t know about them. So now when I buy a new pair of athletic shoes, I buy New Balance, even if they aren’t on sale.


The #1 item on my bucket list right now is: Rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. This idea has been with me for about twenty-five years. Way back in the Dark Ages, when the internet was called CompuServe and was accessed via a string stretched between two soup cans, I read a book called The River That Flows Uphill by William Calvin. It told of a group of scientists who went on a two-week raft trip through the canyon. During the trip, they had those free-ranging late night conversations about the meaning of everything we all have at some point in our lives, but because these people were all super brainiacs with giant buckets of education jammed into their skulls, the conversations were fascinating enough to put into a book. Not only does Calvin offer a fascinating look at the Grand Canyon itself from both geological and anthropological perspectives, but also shares deep and wide-ranging discourses on human evolution, the rise of intelligence, and the history of the universe. Ever since I read that book, I’ve wanted to do the same thing. Of course, when my raft trip finally happens, the late-night conversations will all consist of, “You want another beer?” and “Why, yes. Thank you.” 

"Jerkweasel" now joins "sentence enhancer" as my two favorite curse words! I completely expect to see Merriam-Webster name it the best word of 2013. Did I say this was the prefect way to end this year's Five on Friday? I hope you enjoyed it! And I'm looking forward to next year's series as well. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Have a super great weekend. I hope you have time for reading in the midst of all your holiday plans and preparation!

Happy Reading!


George December 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM  

I had never heard of Bill Cameron before this post. I enjoyed his answers so much-even not knowing him- that I just got one of his books. If he can answer five questions and get my attention, I can't wait to see what he does with a whole book!

Jenn's Bookshelves December 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM  

Jerkweasel! Yes! A curse word I can use in front of my children :)

John Ross Barnes December 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM  

Yup, that sounds like Bill. Bill is a Helluva writer and by all accounts a good guy.

That said, if you follow him on twitter and he says "Don't look at this (link)", for bacon jam's sake, Don't. Just (ow, my eyes!) Don't.

Thanks for featuring Bill.

Thoughts of Joy December 22, 2012 at 7:34 AM  

Bill - Regarding that #1 Bucket List item, JUST DO IT! (Ha! No Nike pun was intended. Funny how the mind works, huh?) Anyway, we went to the Grand Canyon this past summer and went on a raft down the Colorado River (not the white water rafting you want to do though) and were just in awe.

L.J. Sellers December 22, 2012 at 4:30 PM  

It was fun getting to know you a little better, Bil. Loved seeing the photo of you with the "dark poodle of the apocalypse."

Eileen December 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM  

Bill's comments on Twitter are what drove me to buy his books. You can't go wrong with a man who uses jerkweasel so well.

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