What’s In A Name?

Mrs. Publicist: Middle of the month and time for what’s in a name, where Pete and I discuss a character name from his Chet and Bernie series. How about Torquemada the tortoise? Although he doesn’t appear in real time in the upcoming Bark To The Future – pub date 8/9 and preorderable now under the Constitution – Chet does refer to him more than once,  a bad memory it seems.

Pete: Yes, the Torquemada case was one of their worst. The whole thing came to me at once, in a sort of tangled ball that I only sorted out after the fact. Tortoises are not creatures you’d think of as scary, but Torquemada, leader of the Spanish Inquisition at its worst, was very scary. So there was that. Plus they both start with the same three letters. I love that kind of thing! There’s fun to be had in this business. And then there’s the matter of the case itself, where –

Mrs. P: Whoa! Let’s stop right there. Folks will have to read the book to find out. That’s Publicity 101. See you next month for more of What’s In A Name!



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8 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. B. Stover
    10:45 am on March 16th, 2022


    Good day to all.

  2. mlaiuppa
    3:23 pm on March 16th, 2022

    Turtles can bite. I imagine tortoises can too. Yeah, they move pretty slow, but they can be stealthy and I imagine come up behind you for some unpleasantness.

    Does anyone remember the tortoise on Sherlock? They bought him cute little “sweaters” off Etsy so he could be a shark or something seasonal like for Halloween. I tracked down that shop. Very cute stuff.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    4:03 pm on March 16th, 2022

    Happy hump day to everyone!
    Tortoise? Did someone say tortoise? My younger brother was driving down the street at night at the ripe old age of 16 and saw a white “rock“ walking across the road. He stopped to check and it was a tortoise trying to escape or make a break for freedom or find a female tortoise. He brought the tortoise home we named him “tank“. He learned his name and when you called his name, he’d come on a dead run for celery or dandelions or hibiscus flowers or rose petals. He was a happy guy.
    We know the shells shouldn’t be painted, but eventually it wore off. If it hadn’t been for that awful paint, baby bro wouldn’t have seen him and Tank might have died that night.
    He disappeared one night but we found him across the street at a hou r
    That had 12-15 other tortoises. He is now the thing a happy and productive life. The neighbor shares eggs and baby tortoises with local nature groups

  4. mlaiuppa
    6:04 pm on March 16th, 2022

    Tank was a very lucky tortoise. No they shouldn’t be painted but that saved him and he ended up living a great life. I have read of people in some areas that intentionally run over tortoises crossing the roads. What a cruel thing to do. They have to be some of the most harmless creatures on earth. Except maybe for Torquemada. I wonder if that will become an e-story? There are so many little backstory hints to choose from.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    6:41 pm on March 16th, 2022

    I know a turtle and a tortoise are related but are truly different creatures. Here in the south we have snapping turtles and they will bite the snot out of you. People who want to catch them must be careful and grab them farther around the shelves and where they put their head out and turn. I really don’t want to experience that.

  6. mlaiuppa
    8:33 pm on March 16th, 2022

    Michelle made Nome (#17) and Paige will shortly (likely #20).

    My next four picks are all clustered from 27-30; Jeff King, Amanda Otto, Deke Naaktgeboren, Karin Hendrikson.

    Lisbet left Kaltag and still has 10 dogs.

    I know some of those snapping turtles can take a finger clear off. But as far as I know, tortoises are pretty benign. They aren’t known for devastating crops with mass destruction or infecting people with virulent diseases. They make pretty good pets. When they slow down for winter hibernation you just put them in a shoe box in the closet and when you start to hear it rustle in the Spring, you let them out and give them some greens and let them loose in the back yard. At least, that’s what a teacher colleague of mine used to do. He loved his tortoise. Thought it was the best pet ever.

    I like something with a little more fur that will kiss me and snuggle with me.

    Tortoises are not that great as snugglers and kissers. They do seem to have some degree of talent in predicting the outcome of sporting events.

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:01 pm on March 16th, 2022

    Mlaiuppa!….Do youse know if they can predict the outcome of baseball games? Or horse racing?….wheeze!… This would be great news to someone I know…chuffle!

  8. mlaiuppa
    4:54 am on March 17th, 2022

    So far I’ve only read of a Russian tortoise that does football so I’m guessing it’s soccer.

    There was that Octopus.

    Check out Jimmy Fallon. I think he has puppies that predict that stuff.

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