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John H. Watson Society

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I’ve found this wonderful new society for fans of Sherlock Holmes and the Dr. Watson, The John H. Watson Society. Anyone who becomes a member by December can be entered as a “Charter Member”…AND they have a great weekly quiz!!

Re-start…new novel is coming along…

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. I could say I’ve been terribly busy writing (which is true), and my laborious day job has been keeping me extremely busy (also true), but the real truth is I’ve been lax and lazy with this blog.

I am, however, nearing the end of the writing cycle for my sequel to Sherlock Holmes and the WHitechapel Vampire, tentatively titled (though it changes month to month) SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BODY SNATCHERS, Whitechapel Vampire Book II.

As part of my research for this book, which is written more in the style of the original canon, though not exactly, I’ve begun re-reading the canon, back to front, so to speak. I’m using the William S. Baring-Gould chrnonology to begin reading the stories that supposedly occurred last, first. Anyone who’s read the short stories is familiar with the way they seem to jump around in time, so I resorted to an authority on the canon. I’m also posting a page here that has the entire chronology listed, as compiled by James Hoy. Hoy used four letter abbreviations for the works, and I include those, with the actual titles and I’ve included which collection of stories they can be found.

So, please avail yourself to the Baring-Gould Chrnonology of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories about SHERLOCK HOLMES.

Ideas for the sequel…

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Although I’ve written the draft for the sequel to

Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire

I thought it would be fun to solicit ideas for what the reader would like to see in it. If you should happen by this blog, do stop a moment and comment…particularly if you’ve read my first novel.

Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire on audio…

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I’ve just learned that my book, Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire, is now available as an audiobook.

My publisher, MX Publishing, surprised me with an email yesterday, but I only saw it tonight. I was ecstatic as I have a friend who is blind and I’ve been toying with the idea of recording the book myself, but I don’t have the right equipment to make a really good recording. Now I don’t have to.

Thanks MX Publishing, and especially Steve Emecz, for making this happen!

Sequel to Whitechapel Vampire

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I’ve been hard at work on the sequel to “Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire” for quite some time now. I’ve come up with a working title of “Death of the Whitechapel Vampire”, but it may not be exactly what you may think…is that a spoiler? You’ll have to wait to find out…

Anyway, the word count is currently 60K+ but I have a lot of unfleshed out pieces…I think my next post I will talk about my writing process…I wonder if anyone is interested…

Twitter – Socialist network, or anti-social?

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First, let me say I’m soliciting comments from anyone who might have insight to my character’s problem.

Okay, that may be a bit strong, but one of my characters, Baron Barlucci, has a Twitter account and when he arose from his crypt last found it had been suspended. His crime? Sending “unsolicited” tweets to other twitter accounts. Now you may ask if they were improper, indecent, or just too many of them over and over. I’ve only his word to say no to each of these, but he’s never lied to me before.

It seems recently, in an effort to aid me in my attempt to discover what agents are reading what, he has recently followed several agents, editors and the like. My suspicion is that one of these New York business folk got their ire up at being contacted by a mere character. The baron usually replies with a witty remark on a tweet someone else has posted.

My question is, if the person (and I use that term loosely) who may have found some offense at being ‘tweeted’ on Twitter, why didn’t they simply tweet back a “please don’t tweet me” message. My guess is that they knew how that would look, a word rhyming with ‘itchy’, and thought it would be easier to poison the Baron’s Twitter experience by anonymously. My guess is that they use this spam rule: “If you send large numbers of unsolicited @replies or mentions in an attempt to spam a service or link”. Though he occasionally reference my book and my blog, he does it sparingly so and hey, isn’t the ‘network’ part of social networking?

My belief is that a single user felt they were just too important to be bothered by a fiction character and complained. Now, the baron is contemplating chucking his account.

YOU COMMENTS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

CBS Elementary mini-review…

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Elementary

While recovering from minor eye surgery (can anything involving cutting the eye really be minor?) I discovered my cable company allows me to watch network primetime television “OnDemand”. A very convenient thing for me. But I digress, the recovery as well as the convenience of modern cable viewing allowed me to view a program that I’d not yet had the chance to see, CBS’s “ELEMENTARY”.

Being more or less a Sherlock purist, I was very doubtful that I would enjoy this program, but much to my surprise I found it to be an excellent program. The fact that the lead character’s name is Sherlock Holmes is, and this is difficult to understand, not at all incident to enjoying the show.

Yes, the main characters roughly parallel the Doyle characters, it’s kind of like they are in a parallel universe where things are just a bit different. For example, Dr. Watson is a former surgeon whose ‘wound’ came in the operating room and is psychological rather than physical. She left the OR and now hires herself out as a ‘sober’ companion for recovering addicts, which the Sherlock Holmes is and becomes her client, or patient. She was hired by his father (a departure in the universe). Even Constable Gregson is present, but he’s NYPD in this series rather than Scotland Yard.

So, all that aside, you have a recovering addict with a sober ‘nanny’ doctor who, by the way, is becoming more and more interested in her patient’s ‘consulting’ activities. From the four episodes I was able to view, I found the entire premise eminently likable and found very little to complain about. Oh yes, Holmes lacks some of his unflappable confidence it seems to me, but since he’s nearly always correct or at least on the right path, it’s simply another ‘parallelism’ in this universe.

I highly recommend it and only the most staunch purist would find it unenjoyable, in my humble opinion.

I look forward to being able to view the BBC’s ‘SHERLOCK’ one day that I might make a comparison and join the fray over which is the better carrying on of the tradition.

Get an autographed copy…

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My second giveaway on GOODREADS is now underway. There are only two copies available for this one, so you’ll want to get in on it quickly. It’s timed that I will have enough time to get the books to the winners for CHRISTMAS. What better than to read a novel that includes Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and a blood-thirsty vampire as you prepare for the holidays!!

EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!
IT WOULD MAKE A FANTASTIC MOVIE, DON’T YOU THINK??

A Lesson in Deduction…

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If you can filter out the British accent (pardon me, Steve), this is a delightfully illuminating talk with much that is of practical use…please enjoy and share with your friends…

Congratulations to the winners…

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Congratulations to the four lucky winners of my book, Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire, from the Goodreads Giveaway. Your books will be on the way shortly; I plan to get them into the mail this weekend (sorry for the delay).

The winners names are:

Laura
Judy
Misty
Michael

Thanks for entering and good reading to you all…

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