Bernie says we have to do some housekeeping. This means what, exactly?

“Tell them that other guy’s site isn’t up to date. I checked it yesterday and it needs work – problem is you-know-who has to find someone to do a whole redesign, he says. Hope it happens soon, because the site doesn’t even mention Bullet Point, his teen suspense novel – pretty dark, for teens – coming out in April. And why doesn’t it say that Reality Check is a finalist for the best YA Edgar Award?”

Don’t ask me.

“And as for the To Fetch A Thief pub date – there’s still nothing set.”

To Fetch A Thief? I thought the title was …

“And ask them, kind of as an experiment, if they’d like to read this short story the other guy wrote for a kids collection called Up All Night. It’s over 5000 words, but you could post it over the course of three days or so.”

I could. Or I could have a nice big stretch.



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53 Responses to “Housekeeping?”

  1. Melanie
    3:38 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Stretch LLLLOOOONNNNNGGGG and then grab pants legs until they put up the story!!!!!

    Thanks Chet!

  2. B. Stover
    3:57 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Yes, I'd like to read Up All Night.

  3. Jen Forbus
    4:04 am on March 3rd, 2010

    I vote for the story, too, but Chet, you can stretch while I read.

  4. B. Stover
    4:04 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Bullet Point is available for pre-order on On the Simon and Schuster website the title for the third Chet and Bernie book (To Fetch a Thief) is now given with the same pub date.

  5. Mollypop
    4:31 am on March 3rd, 2010

    There's so much in today's blog that I don't know where to start. I had better take my morning nap now. I want to be fresh and fierce when Rio wakes up and sees what's going on. I wonder if he gulps s dish of coffee (gasp wheeze) before he hits the computer.

  6. Debbie LM
    4:37 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Always up for a treat!

  7. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:09 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Stoked!…. The Pub Date for To Fetch a Thief is still up for grabs!… Literally!… Snort!…This has many interesting implications…Grunt!… The first being Stover was Wrong!… how can this be??… Stover is very rarely wrong?…. if ever in fact…. wheeze!…. the second being does this Simon and Schuster just fling dates out there willy nilly?… grumble!… From October to April (according to Stover)… wow!… that’s next month!… my birthday is next month….snort!… Is it possible to even think such a thing??… NAW!

    UP ALL NIGHT!… snort!… I can relate to that already!… Spinning!… my head is spinning!…we could be reading Mr. Abrahams essay on Chet’s blog!… how cool would that be!… Gruff!… YES! YES! YES!… Please!

    And!… it’s about time you updated the charming and good looking Mr. Abrahams website….growl!… poor Wookie was planning his vacation around erroneous dates. …grunt!

  8. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:57 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Oops!… I misunderstood Stover regarding the Pub Date on the Simon and Schuster website… Grunt!… it does still say Oct. 26th – not April…. Drat!… But Bernie says the Pub Date has not been set!… Gruff!… so I’m going with that cuz Bernie is a pretty reliable guy!… wheeze!

  9. B. Stover
    7:16 am on March 3rd, 2010

    I'm sorry to say that Stover is often wrong. So are publication dates which sometimes change on whim.

    Hey, Rio, as Mollypop asked: Do you gulp (gasp and wheeze) a dish of coffee before hitting the computer?

  10. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:27 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Gulp!… right now I am drinking a delicious fruit smoothie… snort!… but yes! I do enjoy a good cup of coffee right before I sit down at the computer…. Gruff!… sort of gets the ole neurons firing.

  11. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:41 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Stover!… what books by Mr. Abrahams have you read so far?… snort!

  12. Siberian Husky
    7:59 am on March 3rd, 2010

    I would love to read it. I can do both–read it and stretch. I'm sure Chet can post and stretch. Dogs are so talented.

  13. Rose
    8:31 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Go for the big stretch, Chet!

  14. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:34 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Siber-H!… did you see Wookie trying to plan his vacation yesterday?…. HA!… what a hoot!… poor guy is so enthralled with Audrey these days….wheeze!… he doesn’t know what’s going on….. [snicker]

  15. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:55 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Fortunately Audrey is the type who would never sniff and tell. A very discreet young lady. Wookie

  16. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:00 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Oh Wookie!… I may as well be the one to break it to you pal…snort!… I’ve seen her out on… sniffing about!…wheeze!

  17. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:00 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Wheeze!… I saw Alice out there too!… snort!… she was dressed up like “A Samoyed”…. What a Crazy Kat!…..sniff!

  18. B. Stover
    10:22 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Rio: I have The Tutor, End of Story and Down the Rabbit Hole on my Kindle but I haven't really had time to read them yet. However, spring break is coming up! Don't give anything away about The Tutor. (Actually, you can say whatever you want to say about it. Just put up a warning first.)

    Wookie: I'm sure that Audrey is a lady…and discreet.

  19. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:38 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Nice!…I think you will enjoy The Tutor immensely… Snort!Snort!…I have made a few references to it already, but nothing that would spoil it for anyone…wheeze!

    Wookie!… I’m just raggin’ on you!…. snort!… Audrey would never need to snuff out another, not while you’re around big guy!…. Grunt!… she is gorgeous and discreet !… sniff!

  20. Siberian Husky
    11:40 am on March 3rd, 2010

    Audrey could do far worse than Wookie. We'll give him a character reference. I have no chance of meeting Audrey since I live in the Wild Wild West. Even worse, Audrey must live close to that stuff I hate–water in its liquid form. Wookie can handle that.

  21. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:27 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Trinity!… Water can be in 3 forms….snort!… Liquid, Ice and Gas… grunt!… I prefer Liquid and Gas the best!… sniff!…I myself can create a silent but deadly Gas… phffft!… I can clear a whole room for up to half an hour!… Snort!….and that’s real convenient when I want to use the computer…. Wheeze!

  22. JACKIE
    1:17 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Why don't my pictures print? Is it because we are in California? Is it because we use a Mac? Is it because are cable network sucks? Yes, I vote for the children's stories.

    My favorite children's books are Shiloh and Because of Winn-Dixie. I hope you get a chance to read those Chet.



  23. JACKIE
    1:19 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Oh no!! Correction is it because our cable network sucks.

    So sorry!!


    [img ] beach2.jpg[/img]

  24. Mollypop
    2:14 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Jackie – Is that a picture of you?

  25. JACKIE
    2:24 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Yes, I running away from the seals on our beautiful California beaches. I don't like the water, but I love running. I will try for another picture.

    Oh yes, I've heard that poodles were used to hunt tigers. Your are fierce.

    Love and licks


    [img ] drive.jpg[/img]

  26. JACKIE
    2:29 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Oh no!! Not another error. You are fierce.

    I will try to send another picture. That is me driving!

    This is a member of my pack Lily AKA Spot.

    [img ] 3.jpg[/img]

  27. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:02 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Growl!…That photo looks an awful lot like AbbietheKat!… snort!… Alice is up to her old tricks…AND she almost had me hooked too!…Snarl!… I liked the look of Jackie .. sort of plump like me!… to bad she is a well paid Spy!… groan!

    [on the floor laughing, and that’s not like me]

  28. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:03 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    I'll try again because Bad Asses never give up…snort!

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  29. Mollypop
    3:03 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Jackie – Yes, I am very,very fierce. I keep tigers away from our property. No tigers here so that shows you what a good job I do.

    The kay aye tee looks Abbster -ish. How much does it weigh?

  30. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:09 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Molly!… you have grown!… That is AbbietheKat!… snort!… and she weighs a TON! To be exact!… grunt!…. looks like she carries all her weight in her Big Bottom…. [snicker]

  31. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:26 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Snort!… alright Alice!… what are you up to this time!?… growl!… I know you have somehow managed to get rid of the Kat GPS tracking bug we deviously planted on you!… What’s up Pussy Kat!?…snort!… spill yer guts! And no Hair balls please!.. Gross!

  32. Mollypop
    3:37 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Well Rio – When we last saw Alice she was wearing a sweater that coordinated with her dyed fur – that fashionista! A-Kat thought she looked grumpy, but hah! – she really looked threatening. So what now?

  33. AbbietheKitty
    3:49 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    OOOOO Wow that Lily is sure a beauty. I love the slightly longer hair. Just as pretty as a picture. Abbie admits to being jealous! And no, Rio, that is not Alice in disguise. Alice has many disguises but she doesn't try to look like Abbie.

    Blondes have more fun, you know.

    Besides I have much more imagination than to disguise myself as another KAT!

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  34. AbbietheKitty
    3:57 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Hey Chet!

    I would like to read Up All Night. I haven't done that in years. (((Snicker)))

    If you post a chapter a day then Dawson can read it to the old folks up in BC Canada. But wait till she gets back in town. I think next week will be good

    Abbie's staff

    BTW that there Lily doesn't look like she weighs as much as Abbie. Last I saw Abbie was nearing 16 pounds and Lily looks furry but not fat to us. Beautiful though!! Love them tortiseshell's.

  35. AbbietheKitty
    3:58 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Rio! Babe! I didn't know you were keeping my picture!


  36. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:03 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Hell!… what is that!?…snort!… I don’t know Birds!.. I don’t like Birds!… grunt!… Quite a disguise Alice, but Wookie and Siber-H both HATE birds! (I think)… and so does MagPie!.. snarl!… you are Meat on a Stick wearing that costume!… Grunt!

    So!…What’s making you so mad Alice?… we are being docile and minding our own business right now….snort!… what is riling you up so??? …. You big Fake Furry Thing!… heh!

  37. Mollypop
    4:10 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    That's George the bird who looks at Alice through the window every day. He's mean and would peck us!

  38. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:11 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    AbbietheKat!… if I know Mr. Abraham, UP ALL NIGHT won’t be something for the old folks in… Gag!…Canada!…Snort!… they will sure as hell shit their selves after the first 1000 words…HE!… is no Spencer Quinn… gasp!… Just a warning note to Zippy!… awww.. miss that spunky Zippy.

  39. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:13 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    PS: yes AbbietheKat!…I keep your picture…mmmm…have you ever been on a Hot Tin Roof???…snort!

  40. Barb & Maggie
    4:18 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    You are right Rio, I do not have a fondness for feathered creatures. And who said poodles were used to hunt tigers? Jackie? I think poodles were water retrievers, is this not so, Mollypop? Rhodesians hunted lions, but tigers…this is making me sleepy. I need a nap.

  41. AbbietheKitty
    4:22 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    George is proud to have been recognised on the Chet the Dog blog

  42. AbbietheKitty
    4:24 pm on March 3rd, 2010


    Chet said the Up All Night book was for a kids collection. I think the oldster's in Canada can take it. I know he writes 'dark' stories though I haven't read one of his non-dog books yet.

  43. Mollypop
    4:27 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    George is a nasty beast! Big Beak!

    I have webbed feet but don't like to swim. Just like Siberian Husky. The water retrieval is to go get the dead ducks. Not for me!

  44. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:44 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    George!… it has a name??… ugh!.

    AbbietheKat!… I give you that one… snort!… the short story is for a Kids Series…. Can’t wait….mmmm…. where’s my warm soft bed and my toys?…yawn!

    BTW… The Tutor is Not a Non-Dog Story!… there is definitely a dog in that Story!…snort!… and wot a guy he is!… he is a Dawgs dawg!… if you know what I mean?….

  45. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:52 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Hmmmphf!… I think there is an important point from this mornings POST that we are all forgetting about!… Gruff!… Bernie said “you-know-who” has to find someone to Re-design the Peter Abraham website…. Groan!… it takes no effort at all to see how lazy Admin has been!.. Gasp!.. Letting P.A.’s website go into ruin the way it has!… Growl!… I just hope Spence can kick some Admin butt so things get done in a timely fashion!… Darn! …that lazy Admin!

    Hang On!…Wookie!… maybe soon you will be able to plan your vacation for real!… snort!

  46. JACKIE
    4:56 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Lily is 12 pounds as of last October. She is part of my pack. My pack also includes another kitty, Stripes. I am their leader.

    Lily says she loves Abby Kat! She told me that she believes that they have a common ancestor according to Louis Gates Jr.

    Love Jackie

    [img ] 2.jpg[/img]

  47. Mollypop
    5:08 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Mom retired from 35 !!! years of computer stuff. Sorry about our dreadful admin but no more here, I say. I'm so happy to sleep all night without those phone calls. Mom says Spence needs help but I need to go to bed now. Money isn't everything she says.

  48. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:17 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Wassup!…Lily and AbbietheKat are mirror images… I thought it was trick photography at first!…snort!… but I now see that Lily really is another Kat!.. [God help us all]…grunt!…

    Lily!….stays in shape and reads Cool magazines!… snuff!…tell me, is Jackie for real?? Is she really that all-white pudgy girl-guy?? …snort!…If she does indeed drive!,!…. this could be a very interesting advancement of our Missions Team…. The possibilities are Endless!… Whooo!

  49. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:25 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Molly!…I hope you get to see this!… Snort!… We here know Exactly what your Mom has gone through!… My best friend left Software/Web Development a few years ago… Money is not worth the stress and aggravation…Gruff!… Your Mom is going to be so much happier!… and healthier I bet!.. Grump!…But that’s why Mr. Peter Abraham’s website has been such an EYE SORE for so long now!… Admin get movin! Dammit!…

    Glass of Champagne my dear Molly??? . Enjoy your new life!

  50. Siberian Husky
    5:32 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Right on Rio–I do not like birds. We are a primitive breed. I get along with all members of the nation within a nation, but the rest of the animal kingdom is fair game.

    Mom says I have to admit that the cats that are part of Chet's community are kinda cute–all except Alice who needs to permanently change to a Samoyed

    It will be ok Lexi. I am confused myself.

  51. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:03 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Read!…it all Siber-H! over and over till it makes sense!.…snort! … lots of good stuff today and tonight!…wheeze!.. I learned a lot!.. and I can’t wait for the first installment of UP ALL NIGHT!.. whoo!… will it be tomorrow??? …who knows?…lets be ready for anything!

  52. Lexi
    7:36 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Wait. I’m as confused as ever. Yes? No? 31.4?

  53. AbbietheKitty
    7:45 pm on March 3rd, 2010

    Alice says "Goodnight Gracie"

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