Archive for July, 2008

25
Jul
08

Man Shoots Lawnmower

With a sawed-off. What was he doing with that? If your business requires you to keep a sawed-off shotgun on the premises, it’s probably not a good idea to draw attention to yourself by using it on lawn and garden equipment

But the best part of the story is what he told the cops when they arrived:

“I can do that. It’s my lawn mower, it’s my yard. I can shoot it if I want.”

I want that on the front of the tee-shirt.

Dude’s pitcher on the back.

23
Jul
08

Day late, dollar short

Yesterday the second novel came out. Tiny Little Troubles can now be found in bookstores from coast to coast.

Tiny Little Troubles is about what happens when greed meets science. What happens? Bad things happen: ethics, family, friendship all go up in flames. And that’s before the criminals get involved.  It has love, sex, death, and money in it, extortion, murder, and robots (albeit very small ones):

I’ve tried to be calm about the book’s appearance, after the all-out frenzy (on my part anyway) of having Vinnie’s Head published. I’ve accomplished this so far mainly by denial.

Now the book is in the world, but so far, except for a couple pre-pub assessments (Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist) unreviewed. At least, as far as I know. I’ve forbidden myself, this time, the endless self-Googling that absorbed so much of my vital energy with Vinnie.

Well, okay, I did a little searching. For a couple hours. But nobody’s reviewed it yet.

I plan to remain ignorant of my Amazon numbers, too. For the most part.

I looked last night, after Troubles had been on sale for almost 12 hours, and saw that the numbers had moved down from the high gazillions into the lowest 100,000’s. This probably means that one person bought the book, and that one person was probably my mom. Silly lady, she should have known I would have given her a better discount than Amazon.

Until those numbers move, I’ll be checking in, keeping an eye on things. Just making sure. Somebody has to do this. If not now, when? If not me, who?

So if you want to save me the anguish and eyestrain of spending the next three months in front of the computer, obsessively monitoring the book’s progress, go out and buy a copy. Buy two or three: they make great gifts. Give one to your mom; she’ll enjoy it.

Give me something to search for, something to find. Then maybe I’ll get tired and go away, maybe even write another book.

You never know until you try

Tiny Little Troubles
by Marc Lecard
St. Martin’s Minotaur
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 0312360223
ISBN-13: 978-0312360221
$24.95
Appearing in stores July 22, 2008

03
Jul
08

They send stuff like this to me now

Amazon, because of my previous purchases, thought I might be interested in this:

Nanotechnology for Dummies

I’m interested. The title is the basic plot of my new novel, Tiny Little Troubles. Did I mention that it’s coming out this month? Well, it is, on July 22. You can pre-order from Amazon now.