I finally began work, actual writing of the next Bruce DelReno Mystery. Many ideas got tossed around in my head since Willowtree was finished, some evolved to notes on paper. Chapter two is nearly complete, and so far Bruce found only one body. Otherwise, all I will say about volume two, tentatively titled Stinger, is there will surely be lemonade. Reviews of Willowtree will influence the new story. Maybe. Too much golf turned some folks off in the beginning, until they got hooked on jimsonweed. Maybe there won't be so much golf…in the beginning. Maybe Genny won't be so nice, or Ben will turn to crime for his "social interaction." I don't know yet. I do know the D-Backs will be much better in Vol.II.
So, that's what I'm up to, besides trying to lower my handicap (it did go down last month). Fore! Or, should I say, Two!
Another holiday approaches. Holiday. No work for a lot of people who have work. Picnics instead. Labor Day. I am wondering if extreme conservatives, especially in Ohio and Wisconsin will have a burger and beer at the beach or at a family gathering on Labor Day.
History review: In 1894 the Pullman Car Company cut workers wages, workers who were putting in 16-hour days. This led to boycotts of trains and refusal of members of the American Railway Union to run trains having Pullman Cars. Other unions joined the strike and it became a national problem because there was much violence. President Grover Cleveland called in the US Marshals and 12,000 US Army troops, because several laws were being violated and the strike interfered with the delivery of mail. Thirteen were killed and fifty-seven wounded. Six days after the strike ended. Congress made September 5 a national holiday, Labor Day,
The irony: Labor Day was created to keep the mail being delivered. The US Postal Service and Congress are now (September, 2011) considering cutting the workforce by 20%, seriously reducing benefits, and eliminating some bargaining rights.