Sunday, March 20, 2016

finally, a hat


Photo credit: Mighty Reader

And now, other hats:

The mysterious mister mudpuddle in a variety of styles:






stone symphony, view from the podium

13 comments:

  1. looks like a nice place to walk; like the hat!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The bridge to Blackbird Island in Leavenworth, a couple of weekends ago. Rainy, then snow. The snowy day was breathtakingly gorgeous. I forgot how much I miss show in Seattle. The hat was on sale! I have somehow turned into a man who buys felt fedoras when he goes on vacation.

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. The traveler, soon to be a victim, soon to be a corpse, rides into view around a bend in the road fifty yards from Cocke and Bull. He is a priest riding a dun-colored nag. He wears a black suit of wool with a wide-brimmed hat upon his head, the very clothes in which Cocke will later masquerade himself in Joppa.

      Maybe not any of those words, but often when I think of hats, I think of my novel Cocke & Bull, which has quite a bit about hats in it.

      There were few people about in the heat. Cocke received curtsies from a group of ladies who were out shopping, perspiring under their parasols, and he smiled and made a leg in return. He smoothed his hair with his left hand and regretted the absence of his hat. The priest’s hat was not handsome, not a hat that a man could wear cocked tricorn at a rakish angle the way he’d like, but ladies did appreciate it when a gentleman doffed his hat for them. No matter. Cocke was tall, handsome, had learned to speak with a pretty London accent and women had been falling over him his entire life. He did not need a hat to make a woman blush. He was John Cocke, and he was invincible even when dressed absurdly in priest’s clothing.

      Delete
    2. 1. I like hats.
      2. Is there a personage by the name of Bull as well? Thanks for that snip!
      3. MUDPUDDLE REVEALED!

      Delete
    3. 1. Who doesn't?
      2. Yes, John Cocke and William Bull are small-time criminals in Colonial America. Things go wrong on a con job, hijinks ensues. Plus, the Great Hurricane of 1749. Very exciting.
      3. Mudpuddle in hats!

      Delete
    4. it sort of sounds like Donald Westlake's zany mysteries with dortmunder. nicht wahr?

      Delete
    5. I don't know Westlake, but I think my book is probably more like Nathaniel Hawthorne, or an Old Testament story of wickedness. Less about the crime than about the moral choices of the criminals (and the victims). The humor is very black, the violence very red. My most-rejected manuscript, though I do love this book.

      Delete
    6. 1. My mother.
      2. Sounds so fun!
      3. So good.

      Delete
  3. how can i send pictures in the comment section? drag and drop doesn't seem to work...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't think you can attach a photo in the comments. I think you have to post the file to the internet somewhere and then put in a link to that file. But as far as I know, you can't just upload a file from your computer. Which is too bad.

      Delete
  4. oh. well, tx for the explanation; darn... and i had such a good one with me in my stetson. you'll just have to imagine it, i guess...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You could email it to me and I could post it under the photo of me. Stetsons makes some fine hats. Unless you're shy about your email address (and who could blame you these days).

      Delete