Posts Tagged ‘Heart of Barkness’

Football

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January 22nd, 2022 Posted 8:09 am

This is a big football weekend. Football comes up in my work from time to time, going all the way back to Hard  Rain, and it’s central to the plot of Reality Check (my YA novel that won an Edgar award). But there’s some in the Chet and Bernie series as well. This is from Heart of Barkness and I’ll post another snippet, a bit longer, next Saturday:

We kept running. And what a nice sight – Bernie was running as fast as I’d ever seen him. Which isn’t at all fast, not even for a human, probably on account of his leg wound in the war, but it made me so happy to see him back to running not fast. As for me and my running, let’s put it this way: I was delighted that the dart player turned out to be one of those humans who could really motor, especially after his flip flops flew off. Why hadn’t he gone into football or track instead of robbery? I wondered about that as I loped along behind him, trying not to catch up too soon and spoil the fun.

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Ready For Some Football?

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January 14th, 2022 Posted 8:18 am

Lots of football coming up this weekend, including a Saturday night game in Buffalo where the temp will be around zero. Will there be bare-chested dudes in the stands? Count on it!

Football comes up now and then in the Chet and Bernie series. This is from Heart of Barkness:

“What are we going to do if Charlie wants to play football?” Bernie said.

Buy him a football: that was my only idea. I was thinking about the big problem with football – namely the unwieldiness of the ball, which you need to deflate a bit to get it properly in your mouth – when we pulled into one of the playing field complexes we have in the Valley, not the fancy kind with the unreal grass and shady trees, but the other kind with mostly no grass and no trees. Out on the fields, kids – some little, some not quite as little – were practicing football. Practicing means the coaches are out on the field yelling things. In games, the coaches yell from the sidelines.

“Any chance you’d prefer to stay in the car?” Bernie said. “Maybe grab a few zzzs?”

What was that? Something about the car? I was already some distance away and had missed most of it.

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Musical Interlude

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November 22nd, 2021 Posted 8:43 am

A very busy week coming up, so how about Song For Chet, the song that came from Heart of Barkness (now in paperback)? Emmy Award winning Bob Edwards produced and made it happen, and also created this video. Mitch Watkins wrote the music. (I did the words.) The fiddle solo is by Gene Elders.

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A Song In Our Heart

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September 10th, 2021 Posted 8:29 am

For no reason, how about Song For Chet, the song that came from Heart of Barkness (now in paperback)? Emmy Award winning Bob Edwards produced and made it happen, and also created this video. Mitch Watkins wrote the music. (I did the words.) The fiddle solo is by Gene Elders.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/sak5irueaL4

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