I thought that I would take a moment and give you a folksy update on what’s going on here at The Parsons’ Rant. Think of it as a fireside chat but without the cardigan.

Book Reviews

Yes, I know that I haven’t done one in a while and that I have yet to publish the most recent one on Goodreads. At this moment, I have 4 books in the Review Queue© due to a reading binge in August. With any luck, I’ll get one of them out there in the next 7 days.

Blog Posts

My contributions to the worlds of technology and Young Adult Fiction have been sporadic of late. Part of this was due to my annual week at Virginia Beach and part of it was due to ongoing work at the palatial family estate in Hopewell. My brother and I have been labouring to drag the big house – kicking & screaming – into the 21st century. For example, Dr. Data spent four days last week replacing the electrical outlets with three-prong sockets. Most of the two prong sockets were original equipment and the house appears to have been wired by someone drinking bathtub gin. The face-plates for the outlets have a quarter-inch of paint on them and the necessary screws refuse to turn like they should. At this point, I am about 1/3 of the way through this project.

The fun doesn’t stop there. The house has a laundry list of repairs/fixes and the contractor has announced that he is ready to commence work next week. Therefore, I will make yet another trip to his ancestral home to oversee the work. Since I usually do not have much time in Hopewell for frivolous things like  blog posts, the faithful followers of The Parsons’ Rant will have to do without for 5 or 6 days.

From the Mailbag

Mr. John Doe of Anywhere, USA writes: “Hey Dr. Data! What’s with all the reviews of books about mermaids? You weird or something?”

It’s time for Dr. Data to come out of the closet and confess that he has been a certified mermaid geek since the age of 5. While, ordinarily, he does not believe they exist, he has been known to see one or more after consuming more than one wee dram of Hebridean single-malt. What Dr. Data is working on is an urban fantasy on the subject of mer-folk. These novels have been his research into how other authors have handled the subject. In separating the wheat from the chaff,  he has come upon a number of good authors and exciting stories.

Will Dr. Data ever publish his novel(s). His standard reply is “Not bloody likely!”

That’s It for Now

Time to post this puppy and take Lady Judith out for a bit of lunch.

One Response to News: Sept. 6, 2012

  • Howard says:

    For those who really really have nothing better to wonder about, I took Lady Judith to Red Robin. Hardly the most romantic or epicurean establishment, but it served the purpose of giving her a break at lunch today.

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