Sneak Peek: Theological Discussion From Book 3

Sunday, meaning Elvis gospel, but don’t get me started on that, because then I might forget what I’m meaning to post today. That might have happened before about this very same post. In fact is it kind of happening now? What was it I was going to …? Oh, right. A short selection from book 3, just right for Sunday, Bernie says. So all I need to do now is hold that thought. Hold that thought, big guy. And one other thing, Admin says: spoiler alert!

We walked across the lot. Ollie was swinging one leg over the motorcycle when he saw us. He paused, then sat slowly on the seat.

“Got a moment?” Bernie said.

“Pressed for time, tell you the truth,” Ollie said.

“The truth is always a nice change of pace,” Bernie said.

“Huh?” said Ollie.

Bernie smiled, the kind that’s only about showing teeth. “Cool bike,” he said, putting his hand on it.

Ollie gave Bernie’s hand a look – he didn’t like his bike getting touched, hard to miss that – but all he said was, “Yeah. Thanks.”

“Came to express our condolences,” Bernie said.

“For what?”

“The circus’s recent loss.”

“What was that?”

“Uri DeLeath,” Bernie said. “Unless we’ve got the wrong funeral.”

“Nope, it’s the right one. He passed on.”

“One way of putting it.”

“Like, to the other side,” Ollie said.

“How do you feel about that, Ollie?”

“The other side, you mean?”

“Sure, why not?”

Ollie squeezed his eyes shut for a moment. A certain kind of dude, the kind we always bring down, does that when he’s trying to have a thought. “I don’t know,” he said, eyes opening. “Is there a hell, too? Or just heaven.”

Bernie smiled again, this time the actually-having-fun type. “What if there’s hell and hell only? Ever think of that, Ollie?”

“Damn. You think that’s possible?”

“Depends on the point of all this,” Bernie said, “assuming there is one.” Ollie glanced around the way humans do when they’re trying to figure out where they are.


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56 Responses to “Sneak Peek: Theological Discussion From Book 3”

  1. Rose
    3:53 am on February 21st, 2010

    Any idea of book three's publication date?

  2. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:15 am on February 21st, 2010


    Now I've heard there was a secret chord

    That David played, and it pleased the Lord

    But you don't really care for music, do you?

    It goes like this

    The fourth, the fifth

    The minor fall, the major lift

    The baffled king composing Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah


    I did my best, it wasn't much

    I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch

    I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you

    And even though

    It all went wrong

    I'll stand before the Lord of Song

    With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

    Snort!… Praise God for Spencer Quinn and all other names he may go by….Grunt!

  3. Melanie
    5:34 am on February 21st, 2010

    Like the Newf Pack, I'm drooling for more! Thanks Chet!

  4. Barb & Maggie
    5:37 am on February 21st, 2010

    Chet, Thanks for the little teaser. Can't wait. Everyone says I'm a Chet groupie! Maggie

  5. Gus & BooBear
    5:48 am on February 21st, 2010

    Thanks, Chet !! Glad you held the thought long enough to post the Book 3 lines. We can't wait for book 3…can you speed Spence and Admin along with the release date??

  6. Gus & BooBear
    5:51 am on February 21st, 2010

    Rio, is Cosmo on some kind of secret mission or has he been snatched by Admin? And we haven't heard from WoJo in like FOREVER!!

  7. Lexi
    6:09 am on February 21st, 2010

    Chet! When is book three coming out?! We wanna know!

  8. Siberian Husky
    7:34 am on February 21st, 2010

    Thanks Chet. It doesn't spoil a bit of book number three for me because I won't remember any of it by the time the book comes out. My memory functions much like yours does. A lousy memory can actually be a blessing at times. Humans often don't know whether we really don't remember something or just don't want to do whatever it is they are asking us to do.

    Rio: The bobsleds are crashing. Speed is good, crashing is bad. We need to think of another sport to do. Curling?

  9. B. Stover
    8:41 am on February 21st, 2010

    Can’t wait for book 3!

  10. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:25 am on February 21st, 2010

    Siber-H!….Live action Curling is on Again for pities sake!.…Growl!….I’ve never seen it, but I’ve been told my tail is curled! ….Snort!… That’s as close to Curling as I ever want to get…Grunt!

  11. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:32 am on February 21st, 2010

    Puss N’ Boots!… funny you should mention our pal Cosmo!… snort!…. I was just thinking he would have really enjoyed being here…Gruff!.. on this Glorious Day when a bit of Book 3 (name to be determined) was given to us….Snort!

  12. Siberian Husky
    9:59 am on February 21st, 2010

    I know this question has been asked before, but where is Cosmo? He's a cute little guy. I miss him. We might have to send Chet and Bernie to find him.

  13. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:06 am on February 21st, 2010

    Cosmo!…the last thing I remember talking to him about was FU!….Growl!… I wonder if Cosmo got too close and FU ,,,eh… Snuff!… well I don’t even want to imagine anything bad happening to our pal.

  14. Melanie
    10:06 am on February 21st, 2010

    Siberian Husky,

    My sister and I decided that in the bobsledding points should be given for the prettiest sled or the most creative.

    also just getting down the hill while not being upside down.

    Hockey is on now. I wonder how Chet would like hockey pucks. What do you think Chet? The ice is pretty slippery but I bet you'd learn how to do a great slide to intercept any of those fast moving small fat frisbees.

  15. Chet The Dog
    10:54 am on February 21st, 2010

    Melanie – isn't there something about hockey in Thereby Hangs A Tail? Or possibly Dog On It? Or maybe it's still to come.

  16. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:08 am on February 21st, 2010

    Chet!… I know!,,,I know!…snort!snort!… If Melanie doesn’t answer you, I will!!…Gruff!

  17. B. Stover
    12:00 pm on February 21st, 2010

    I don't remember anything about hockey in either book.

  18. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    12:01 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Rio. If a search and rescue mission for Cosmo becomes necessary, just let me know. I still have the mustache, so I can go incognito again. PFC W

  19. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:07 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Melanie!…. Where the Hell are you???…. Chet is asking you a bloody question!…Snort!

    Wookie!…All I can say for now is… Grunt!….Be on Alert and Be on Call!…Snort!

  20. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    12:21 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Commander Rio. Thanks, I'm standing by,awaiting further marching orders. BTW, in response to your question from yesterday, like 007, I like my martinis shaken, not stirred, you don't want to bruise the gin, you know. As regards greenies, however (my facvorite), I will take them au natural (extra large). Yum. Wookie

  21. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:35 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Wookie!….Son!… I think today is a day when we both can relax and enjoy a few Martinis, Shaken, not Stirred!… Snort!… If not for your bravery Agent, none of Book 3 (name to be determined)…Grunt!… would be there in big bold print for all of us to see!…Gruff!… I hope you are proud of your accomplishments!… wheeze!…

    mmmm! Damn good Martini!

  22. Melanie
    12:53 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Oh, Dog, Now I'm going to have to read both books again. . .

    Can't wait. don't remember about hockey pucks. My children are giving me memory losses!

  23. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:58 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Chet!…The Metro Arena was once a hockey arena before the team left town….Snort!…You were on the ice once during a game with smelly players and a bad tasting hockey puck!….wheeze!…back when you and Bernie were searching for some crazed hockey fan…Snort!…in Thereby Hangs a Tail.

  24. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:02 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Chet!… Because I answered your question…snort!…without giving away any Spoilers!…mmmmmm!… can I have an autographed copy of Book 3?? …. blatent begging.. snort!…sorry!..

  25. Mollypop
    1:32 pm on February 21st, 2010


    Mom just kissed me and said I'm a silly poodlehead. (That means fierce.)

  26. Melanie
    1:38 pm on February 21st, 2010


  27. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:41 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Molly!…. we here are into Sports of all kinds….Snort!… so remembering a few facts about references to hockey was no big deal…Grunt!… this in NO WAY reflects on B. Stover’s intelligence…mmmm!… which I am sure everyone here is very impressed with! Gruff!….When of course she uses it for Good and not Evil.

    Opps!… does this blow my chances at the Autographed Book!??? …. Damn!..

  28. AbbietheKitty
    1:50 pm on February 21st, 2010


    Alice and I are impressed. Surely you don't need more than that?

    Heh heh heh.

    Abbie and Alice

  29. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:57 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Gulp!… Guys!… I think the Game has Changed!…

  30. jenifer dawson
    2:05 pm on February 21st, 2010


    Wookie: Did it hurt when you ripped off the moustache?

    Jasper: Love your eyes!

    Cosmos: I'm missing you.

    Rio: Begging does not become you.

    Wookie again: Do you use the same touch-up dye as Alice?

    Alice: We'll get 'em next time. Lonnie (a year older) says hi.

    Chet: Now that I've been taught discretion by Rio, how about a proof-reading job? I won't blab a word


  31. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:12 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Dawson!… I only Beg for things that are very Important to me…Growl!…

    Dawson!… Can you tell me what Alice did to A-Kat??… do you know what happened?…Snort!

  32. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:34 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Dawson!… I am Begging You!…sniff

  33. B. Stover
    2:36 pm on February 21st, 2010

    I think Rio deserves an autographed book.

  34. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:23 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Stover!…mmmmm ….Thanks for that… Sniff!….very much.

    [I just hope you have some pull with the pointy, forgetful one!…snort!… I may have messed with him waaaay tooo much…mmmm!]

  35. Melanie
    3:29 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Rio, don't forget the mind control device! Maybe you can make him forget, or we can get the cat with the hypnotic eyes . .

  36. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:45 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Melanie!….Shush! About the Mind Control Device!… hmmphf!… he may be listening in right now!… my chances are very slim as it is… snort!

  37. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:52 pm on February 21st, 2010

    And!… I think we all need to Re-Group!… Gruff!… Now knowing that Alice and A-Kat are working together as one entity… Groan!… This is a very Dangerous combination for us.

    Grunt!.. We have to be Ready for Anything!… I need to know who is with me!…Snort!.. I think I know who is against me.. but as you can see, nothing is for certain when we are dealing with an amazing Evil Hypnotist!

    Wookie!… On the Ready Pal… put down the Martini… Grunt!…

  38. Mollypop
    4:16 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Rio! A-Kat is with us. That was Alice in the last post, as usual, doing her mind games. Oooh she scares me. I'm wearing those glasses all the time.

    As soon as Wookie sobers up, he'll activate the you-know-what. We will be triumphant. Ha ha ha ha ha.

  39. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:27 pm on February 21st, 2010

    WAIT!…I may be assuming way too much from a "simple" post on a PG rated Blog…Snort!…from an extremely calculating mind in a striped Kat Suit… Grunt!…as long as the M.C.D. (shush Mel!)… is in place… we are good to Roll with the plan as planned….

    Wha!?.. what’s that you say Miss Molly!… Sniff!…Remember!.. it’s very easy to be fooled by a cleverly designed Kat Suit!… it could be A-Kat. Or it could be ALICE in your midst!…Snort!… what does the Screw Say???

  40. jenifer dawson
    4:33 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Rio: I have learned how to keep my big fat mouth shut (although I do know the answer to your question). I do think you deserve an autographed book, however, just for entertaining us while Chet was forgetting his promises. (It's not his fault he has a bad memory). And for quoting Leonard Cohen

    Wookie: Your moustache is on sideways.

    Mollypop: you're a lollipop. (Not really, I just felt like saying so,)

  41. Gus & BooBear
    4:35 pm on February 21st, 2010

    A-Kat is definitely not in cahoots with Alice! She's been part of our team from the get-go. I think maybe she's been put in the jail Alice escaped from…All the pics lately have been of Alice! Can her staff not find A-Kat or has Alice worked her mind games on them as well??

    Come back to us A-Kat and Cosmo!!

  42. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:47 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Dawson!…. Big sloppy slurpy kisses… Snort!… you’ve Never been kissed until a Pug kisses you!… NOW!…What happened to A-Kat!?… We All know she is not a traitor!…

  43. Cosmo
    4:48 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Hey Guys! Long time no sniffs!!! Wow, glad I caught this one, thanks for the sneak peek Chet – can't wait until #3, can you give us any idea when it'll be out? I've just been going back the past few days trying to catch up with everything, man it took awhile! It was so great for all of you to think of me, you guys are the best! I guess I was abducted, but it's not what you think, mutch, mutch more boring…I was abducted by time – things around here have been busy, busy, busy. Mom FINALLY got off the computer so I could write this – she's been on A LOT, doing all her art & writing stuff which takes forever, and by the time she gets done I'm in already in dreamland ( I really need my own laptop – my birthday is coming up this spring!)then we had to go visiting relatives (so glad I didn't puke!), then I've also still been trying to contact Fu, man you can't get an appt. with that guy unless you're royalty or something – but I'll keep trying (I think he's avoiding me for some reason, maybe I could charm his secretary??? hmmm), anyway, I also have been doing my work at the hospital visiting all the patients and staff – is that job great for the ego or what? It's the best!

    Here's me when we start…

    [img ] Pet Therapy Visit.12.jpg[/img]

    Here's me when we get home – great job but exhausting!

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    Oh, awesome disguise Wooks – really glad you told us it was you man! I can't believe your last mission all of you, wow, you guys rock!

    Nice photo Jasper, you have the most interesting eyes!

    Well guys gotta go – I'll be checking in, but things are still pretty hectic, so I won't be able to stop by as much as I used to. Catch ya soon! Tailwags, Cosmo

  44. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:56 pm on February 21st, 2010

    June 17th, 2010… Leonard Cohen is to be inducted into the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”…

  45. Mollypop
    5:00 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Mom's magical tooth screw couldn't receive anything but Olympic hockey. I'm not interested because Rio says that Chet says the pucks don't taste good. Mom did say she once played on a hockey team and escaped with her life. Again, huh?

    Okay – US wins and I can get on with my life.

  46. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:12 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Hmmmphf!…Dawson!… can you pass me that bloody Zipper???… hmmphf!

  47. Mollypop
    5:18 pm on February 21st, 2010

    We need to stay on track, but I have an off-track request of ALICE!!!! I want the Hockey God Sidney Crosby to come play for the Buffalo Sabres. I think ALICE can make this happen.

  48. AbbietheKitty
    5:29 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Well I have been busy doing a little work here. So I let Alice do all the posting. You guys don't have to worry about me. I am keeping an eye on Alice and she is just watching the Olympics and trying to get petted as much as possible. Here is my recent job.


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  49. AbbietheKitty
    5:33 pm on February 21st, 2010


    Did someone mention martini's?


    [img ] martini.jpg[/img]

  50. AbbietheKitty
    5:36 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Dear Mollypop,


    If I have anything to say about it Sidney will come play with the WILD. Although that would be a sad comedown for him as the Wild are pretty tame these days.

    Alice Johnson.

  51. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:47 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Wow!… I am seriously Im-Press-ed!… A-Kat! Way to go!.. Woo!..Are you a member of the Kat Quilting Press Club??… Snort!… how freakin’ cool is that!?… Well, maybe not as cool or as exciting as the Luge or Bobsledding.. but.. SNORT!… Hey!… I knew you were a Klean Kut Kat!…

  52. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:58 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Alice!… the photo that started it all…so impressive, so elegant.. so Cunninly Bad to the Bone!…wheeze!…although, I do admire the fact that you like a good Martini!… Snort!

  53. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:06 pm on February 21st, 2010

    GROWL!….We got GYPED big time here in the Wild Wild West!… there was NO CANADA vs USA Hockey game here at all! … now we are being shown the final interviews …bastard freakin’ Network …GRRRRRR…GROWL!!…

  54. AbbietheKitty
    6:06 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Yes I really like my press pass. It gets me onto lots of quilts. My staff got it for me. Her sister is a librarian and she taught her how to get those press passes. She is really smart. It is a good thing to have a librarian in the family.

    Of course some times it is way better to have someone who is a nurse/caretaker in the family too.

    But I shouldn't say any more.

    As that Dawson chickie says…zip.


    And Happy Birthday Lonnie!


  55. Mollypop
    6:30 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Rio! – You knew this answer and B. Stover didn’t and she is so intelligent and seems to know everything. You are my hero!

  56. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:22 pm on February 21st, 2010

    Your faith was strong but you needed proof

    You saw her bathing on the roof

    Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you

    She tied you

    To a kitchen chair

    She broke your throne, and she cut your hair

    And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

    A good day should always begin and end with Hallelujah!…Snort!

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