Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Thinking of Rob Levandoski

I'm going to get to Rick's intriguing topic soon, but the shock of Rob Levandoski’s death has preoccupied me. And, really, it does circle back to writing. Rob, who published Fresh Eggs (nominated for a Pulitzer), Going to Chicago, and Serendipity Green under his own name, also had a series of mysteries under a pen name. C.R. Corwin’s Morgue Mama series, which stars the gruff and salty director of a morgue, is a delightful reflection of Rob’s wry and perceptive sense of humor.

Rob's passing shocked me in the way that all of us react when someone we know dies suddenly, and too young. But at my age (about that of Rob), these shocks are coming too often. Which got me thinking about a number of things. First thing I did after reading the tributes to Rob on his blog, http://www.thelittleblogofmurder.com/ was to order one of his books. I got on the Poisoned Pen Press website (they make it easy to do this) and ordered Dig, which sounded like flat-out fun. Those of you who are way ahead of me can tell me what to read next. I also ordered Carolyn Wall’s book, Sweeping up Glass. Thanks for blogging with us, Carolyn! And thanks, Donis, for asking her.

Which brings me back from my little side-track. Time is going by too fast. Life gets busy. I put things off—like ordering books, taking a trip with my sisters, taking that piano class at the local community college, doing a bike tour of the Canadian Rockies. Yikes, some of this I’ve got to do while I can still ignore the creaking in my knees.

Professionally, I’m trying to write better. On a personal level, I’m trying to be more patient, tolerant, and a better friend/mom/wife. Most of all, I’m taking a long moment to think about the people I love and appreciate them. And I’m going to do it more often.

Rob, I hope you’re having a fine single malt with some of the excellent writers that have preceded you this year: Mickey Spillane, Gregory McDonald, Arthur C. Clark, Carolyn Heilbrun, and Magdalen Nabb come to mind. God bless.

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