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!
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.
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??
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 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:
Thanks for entering and good reading to you all…
Today’s book signing at Warwick’s Books in La Jolla was a roaring success…I completely sold out my supply of books in two hours…I will be adding a new post with pictures tomorrow, or very soon.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SHOWED UP AND ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO BOUGHT A BOOK!!!
The Sherlock Holmes Society, that venerable group headquartered in London, England, a literary and social Society for study of the life and work of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, has seen fit to present a review of my book in the summer edition of their Journal, which I quote here:
Sherlock Holmes & the Whitechapel Vampire by Dean P Turnbloom (MX Publishing, www.mxpublishing.com; £10.99/$18.95/€12.99) is robust pulp fiction, imaginatively identifying Jack the Ripper as an aristocratic Italian undead bloodsucker. Fact and invention are so mixed that it’s easiest to imagine all this happening in an alternative version of our history. The narrative rushes along, carrying you with it, in the best tradition of the thriller. And at the end (a good touch, this) Sherlock Holmes still doesn’t believe in vampires!
I know this is just shameless self-promotion, but that’s what we’re supposed to be doing, SO…
In three days, Sunday, July 29th 2012, I will be signing books from Noon till 2pm at Warwick’s books in La Jolla, California…here is a link to the venue…
MAP copy and paste “7812 Girard Avenue, San Diego, CA”
Please come and buy a book if you are in the area and have an interest in SHERLOCK HOLMES, VAMPIRES, or JACK THE RIPPER…my book has all three…