Clinton, South Carolina, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 11:46 a.m.
The week started out unevenly, but, at the moment, the uncertain seems at least normalized, and I’m in a mood of fulfillment, and fulfilled is about the best I get these days.
It’s way too early for any declaration of success, but the new novel, Crazy of Natural Causes, has gotten nothing but praise in the early customer reviews, and I’m flattered that those who got copies of it in advance (by virtue of nominating it for publication) seem to think it’s better than I do.
We authors can be hard on ourselves.
Here’s a “showcase” on Crazy of Natural Causes kindly presented by fellow author Jim Jackson,
I’m happy about baseball because the Red Sox aren’t currently playing it. They’ve worked themselves back to the cusp of contention, but it’s the All-Star Break, and they dropped two out of three to the Yankees at home, leaving the Carmines six and a half back going into tonight’s ballyhooed exhibition in Cincinnati. I’m proud to say I only watched a little of last week’s Home Run Derby, the contest annually held to determine which slugger is only going to hit five more dingers the rest of the year.
Last night’s surprise was that, for the first time, I watched the old Albert Brooks/Brendan Fraser flick The Scout, which was a flop two decades ago but I found moderately entertaining. I didn’t turn to watch Todd Frazier edge Albert Pujols and listen to Chris Berman squawk until the movie was over and Steve Nebraska safely on the ground. And mound.
Without the distraction of baseball games on television, I’ve jumped back into the next writing project, a crime novel called Forgive Us Our Trespasses that is about halfway to a polished draft. I need to get it ready, but there’s plenty of time. It probably wouldn’t be wise to foist another novel of mine on the unsuspecting public before it has had time to digest the craziness of Natural Causes.
For the first time this year, or at least the first time since they actually began running races, I’m optimistic about NASCAR. The blind hogs seem to have found some acorns.
My weekly Bleacher Report column has been widely read, and last week’s was a record-setter (my personal record book), and the new weekly column, at competitionplus.com, seems to be hitting the target.
This week’s Sprint Cup race is in New Hampshire, which was a place I enjoyed visiting back when I visited lots more places than I do now. “Live Free or Die” never seemed like much of a choice to me.
This novel is mainly the way I make a living nowadays, and I’d appreciate it if you’d consider ordering it in advance. It’s just $3.49 in advance, and that’s cheap enough for even an author to buy. http://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Natural-Causes-Monte-Dutton-ebook/dp/B00YI8SWUU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436215069&sr=1-1&keywords=Crazy+of+Natural+Causes
If you like it, you can also buy my two other novels, The Intangibles and The Audacity of Dope, as well as my NASCAR and music books, here: http://www.amazon.com/Monte-Dutton/e/B005H3B144/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1416767492&sr=8-1