Happy Friday all! I've had a crazy busy week and I'm looking forward to the weekend (except for mowing the lawn, anyone have a teen I could borrow?). Hope you are too.
I was fascinated by this infographic this week that shows what "species" of reader you are. I guess I ultimately fit best in the "It's Complicated" species, but I fit the characteristics of "The Hoarder" and "The Underliner and Scribbler" in the Compulsive Family. "The Audiobook Listener" in the Situational Family, "The (sometimes way too dogmatic) Evangelist" in the Social Family, and "The All-the-Timer" in the Free Range Family. Where do you fit?
This week's contest round-up:
Criminal Element has a chance for you to win David Rosenfelt's UNLEASHED as well as his DOGTRIPPING.
Lesa has a funny contest this week...humorous funny that is. Deborah Coonts and Lisa Lutz are up for grabs in that contest. Ooooooorrrrr, rather their books are up for grabs. I don't think either woman would appreciate Lesa giving her away. ;-)
Friday Reads and Crimespree Magazine are giving away a slew of books by Mark Billingham.
And finally, the James Lee Burke Facebook page has a hot, hot giveaway. Win his latest, LIGHT OF THE WORLD, plus the audiobook version!
O.k. now on to the fun stuff! I'm excited to welcome Steve Hockensmith today for Five on Friday. You regulars know how much I've enjoyed his Holmes on the Range series. I was sad to see it end...or at least take a temporary hiatus. I'm still hoping for their return. And they did return in a way for me this summer. I listened to the Dear Mr. Holmes collection on audio...more about that to come soon!
Anyway, Steve will also have a new series coming out this fall for middle graders. It's mystery combined with science and I'm so psyched to check this out for my nephew! The first book is called Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger Lab!
Steve still holds the distinction of writing the BEST book inscription ever to me. It's really going to be difficult to top! Hmmmm, maybe we need to have a post about book inscriptions...sorry, ADD kicking in...back on track.
Please help me welcome a most wonderful writer and person, Mr. Steve Hockensmith!
If I could tell my 16-year-old self one piece of advice, knowing what I know now, it would be: Learn about computers. No, wait! Invest in Apple. No, wait! Don’t date [NAME WITHHELD] your sophomore year of college. No, wait! Don’t date anyone in college at all except [NAME WITHHELD] (but don’t dump her so callously) and [NAME WITHHELD] (but stay classy when she dumps you). No, wait! In 20 years when you’re talking to that screener guy from The Late Show with Craig Ferguson and he asks you about the time you weren’t allowed to look David Duchovny in the eye, don’t clam up and ruin your chance to....
You know what? I should just leave the poor kid alone. He’s going to make a lot more mistakes than I could fix with one little piece of advice.
A skill I’ve always wanted to have, but don’t is: Musicianship. If I had the slightest bit of musical talent, instead of being a writer I’d probably be the bass player in a Steely Dan tribute band. (I said “If I only had the slightest bit of musical talent,” remember. If I had a lot of musical talent, I’d have gone solo by now.)
My idea of the perfect ice cream sundae includes: Filet mignon, a side of pommes frites, a glass of cabernet, and a six-figure publishing contract. (I’m not really into ice cream.)
The most daring thing I ever tried (to date) was: Being a musician. It was daring because (A) it’s always a risk to try doing something creative and (B) I had absolutely no talent (see above). The second most daring thing I ever tried was being a writer. Fortunately, that time the risk paid off.
The #1 item on my bucket list right now is: Survive. Which is kind of a funny thing to have on your “To Do Before I Die” list. But it’s my number-one priority right now, and anything else would seem sort of frivolous. I’ve got kids to raise, bills to pay, deadlines to meet, and a dog to walk. I’m going to run off and bungee jump from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon or have a glass of wine on the Champs-Élysées? No way. There’ll be time for all that when I’m dead.
You know quite a few people in this series have mentioned wanting some sort of musical skill. I wonder if we went and asked a bunch of musicians what skill they'd like if their responses would be writing or storytelling skills? I don't know about this not into ice cream business, though, Steve. How is that possible? Just kidding of course!
I'm off to mow the lawn. You all have a great weekend and happy reading!