This blog was going to be about my visit to the South African Book Fair last week. The weather was variable - as it is in Cape Town in winter – but at least we had a few gorgeous days before an awful weekend when we could take refuge at the Convention Center. One of the great pleasures of being a writer is meeting other writers, readers, and people in the book business. These people have wide interests, read a lot (smiley face), and can talk about a variety of topics. Even if they don’t know a lot about them, they see things from different and interesting perspectives. (Just consider the other authors on this blog. My case rests.) So my plan was to write about a couple of the interesting writers I met and whose books I now have by my bedside or on my Kindle. They are not mystery writers, but they have stories to tell. However, life got in the way. Or rather 150 Freshman exam papers to mark by Friday – That’s tomorrow? You’re kidding! - got in the way. So I’m going to postpone those stories to a future blog.
In contrast, as a mathematician in my previous life, I was lucky to meet anyone who didn’t talk in equations. I intended to start this blog with a single example along those lines to make the point, but I ended up intrigued. (Okay, so I’m still a mathematician.) Here is my suggested scoring table. (The hippo doesn't count.) For each one you get, score one point. If in addition you found it funny, score a second point. If you get more than 16 points, you probably should go out more and try to make friends. Or at least one friend. If you get more than 20 points, it’s probably hopeless, but you might try the internet social sites. They are the ones that…never mind. If you get more than 25 points, score two more points!
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Michael (with apologies) - Thursday