Like Death and Taxes–

As inevitable as death and taxes is this conversation (which I’ve blogged about having at least 4 times in the last two years):

ME: Hello?

WOMAN WITH INDIAN ACCENT: Hello. I’m from Windows. We received a message that your computer has been infected with a virus.

ME: That’s horrible. You’re from Windows?

HER: Yes.

ME: So you work for Microsoft?

HER: No, they are only the manufacturer. I work for a division that helps people after they’ve been infected with malware.

ME: Malware for Windows?

HER: That’s right.

ME: That’s confusing. Are you sure I’ve been infected with malware for Windows?

HER: Absolutely. If you’ll turn on your computer I’ll show you where you can see the problem.

ME: But I only have Macs.

HER: What?

ME: I don’t have Windows.

HER: (Clicking noise).

ME: Hello?

HER: (Silence)

Is it bad when you actually feel a little disappointed when they hang up on you?


And the winner is . . .

How cool is it that the winner of my Halloween #signedbookgiveaway is @EB_Wheeler–author of THE HAUNTING OF SPRINGETT HALL? It’s like a little Halloween miracle! We went totally old school random drawing method by writing numbers to correspond to each of my Twitter followers, dropped them into a hollow pumpkin, and then my wife Reenie drew out EB’s number. Just like that. EB, please let me know where to ship your book–and how you pulled this off! No, on second thought, don’t tell me the part about how you did this.

Ashland Shakespeare Festival–

Just back from our annual pilgrimage to the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon! IT WAS AWESOME. Best Much Ado about Nothing ever, and The Long Day’s Journey Into Night was flawless. It was our 28th year in a row. We stayed–as always–in the amazing Coolidge house B&B. The trip is one of our favorite traditions!


Early Christmas Shopping?

I know it’s only September, but Christmas shopping starts earlier every year, right? Starting today you can pre-order my Christmas story FINDING BABY JESUS at¬† It’s $3.99 with free shipping, which makes it less expensive (in total) than Amazon. Pre-orders from Books and Things sometimes ship slightly before the release date which is scheduled for October 13th. You might be the first one to get my Christmas pamphlet!