On the Prowl: In the Light of the Strawberry Moon

On the Prowl is my latest great idea. This isn’t a newsletter but a place to play with words, explore ideas, and absorb random facts. This is the first edition, released with June’s full moon, the Strawberry Moon. Welcome to my world.

June 5, 2020 is the Strawberry Moon

This moon can be the last of spring, as it is this year, or the first of summer. According to The Farmer’s Almanac (almanac.com), June’s full moon was called the Strawberry Moon because the Algonquin tribes used it to mark when wild strawberries were ripe for picking. Interesting. I would have thought the conversation was vice versa, something more like…

Guy #1 “Finally, the strawberries are ripe.” Guy #2 “The full moon makes it easy to see.”
Guy #1 “What number moon is it?”
Guy #2  “Who knows. Why can’t it be something simple, like the strawberry moon.”
Guy #1 “Strawberry Moon. Huh. Sounds as good as this tastes. Can you pass the whipped cream?”


Backyard Phoenix

Embers cooled to ash
Now nestles egg and feather
with a crack, new life

(Yes, my grill is now a spacious birdhouse)

Rabbit Hunting
Like anyone, I get sucked down the rabbit hole of the internet. I had written a boat race into a scene in Suicide Squeeze, the 2nd in the Diamond series (February 2021). My hero, Diamond, jumps from one boat to another to save a hostage. I asked my friend Aaron to help make the scene more real. He boats and water skis, I do not. His response sent me down the rabbit hole for a good two days…come join me.

Excerpts from an email…
When you cross a boat’s wake at speed it can really throw you.  This is a really fast boat with a bad driver, but I believe they hit another wake at an angle.  This video has been around awhile.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBelAUSnMpQI had seen the first video, but hadn’t thought it was real. There is another version of it set to music that I thought was masterful. The music overlay, not the driving. 

This one was because the fishing boat was going way too fast and was light weight, but the wake still caused it to go airborne.  See the 1:30 mark of the video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UEETjztLqI   This one created so many questions, they crashed in my head like a bumper car pit. Why would someone print over “wear your life vest and kill switch” and omit “don’t drive like a dumbass?” Why was the dumbass in the water for ten minutes when there is clearly a camera guy following him?

The next issue is the side spray of the boat.  This would push the two boats apart.  You could definitely jump between boats, but it would be a pretty bumpy and wet ride. Here is a video from Fear Factor where they did this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNFVkBvREaA  This one was just cool and verified I will not try this at home.

Cat’s Cradle
Make as many words as you can from the letters in

Email your list to me. We’ll share the results next month.
Here’s what I came up with:
9 2-letter words, 34 3-letter words, 44 4-letter words, 32 5-letter words, and 5 6-letter words

This is a podcast where my piano player/ producer/ son Jack and I combine storytelling with original music to put you at the heart of mystery, murder, and mayhem. These are arrangements, which means instead of word-for-word readings, you get a performance meant to be heard. Jack and I perform these live, front to back, no breaks, no fakes, no retakes (unless it’s really bad, then he makes me start all over again.)
This season, Jack and I are bringing you my book Widow’s Run, one chapter at a time. It’s free from your favorite podcast sources including Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher.
Look for Episode 1: What a Lovely Corpse You Have.


HOWL AT THE MOON for 2020 graduates. Congratulations and best wishes as you embark upon your next great adventures!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Frankie and Kristen. No blowing out candles this year, just cake eating.

WELCOME TO THE PACK May babies Clara and Amelia. Congratulations to both sets of parents.

BOWED HEADS for Terese, Rose, Earl and Paul. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Condolences to those who loved these dearhearts.

RAISE A PAW in support of everyone struggling with the consequences of COVID. No one has been sparred from the mental and physical health effects, but some have carried a greater burden. Reach out, you are not alone.

* Robert Goldsborough has a new Nero Wolfe book available. Archie Goes Home. This is on my want to read list.
* My next book released Monday, July 6. Check it out below. Love the cover. Thank you JT Lindroos.

If you have something to announce, cheer about, or celebrate, email me. My rules: 1) Keep it positive 2) Keep it clean 3) Keep it real. Of course, I reserve the right to pick and choose what to include. It’s my right as the leader of the pack.


Releasing July 6, Available for Pre-Order
#2 in the De La Cruz Case Files

The woman in the stingy hospital bed wasn’t dead. The question for Detective Jesus De La Cruz: did the comatose patient narrowly survive suicide or murder?
Faithful friends paint a picture of a guileless young woman, a victim of both crime and society. Others describe a cold woman with a proclivity for icing interested men with a single look.
Beneath the rhetoric, Cruz unearths a twisted knot of reality and perception. A sex scandal, a jilted lover, a callous director, a rainmaker, and a quid pro quo have Cruz questioning if there is such a thing as an innocent man. Truth is a strong rope, tied in a noose. As he closes in, the knot tightens, but who will pay the price? A killer or a member of Cruz’s own family?

Look out for the Next Edition of On the Prowl
July 5th, 2020
Where we’ll howl under the Buck Moon

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