Thursday, September 21, 2006

Augustus

I've been away from the blog for the last week or so on a trip to Italy with my wife. Here your weary correspondent casts a jaundiced eye over the hilltops of Florence:

And here he does his best to do like the Roman (statuary) does:

I would have liked to include more from my trip in the blog, but since I'm not writing about travel or food, finding a connection to my chosen topic--the process of bringing my new novel Candy from Strangers to market--seemed daunting ... until I ran across the Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome:

The connection comes, of course, from the fact that Augustus is the namesake for my series character: private eye August Riordan.

Alas, as the linked Wikipedia article suggests, the mausoleum is in sad shape. The surrounding grounds seem mainly to be used by dog walkers and homeless folks and the building itself is little more than a pile of 2000-year-old bricks. But, hey, on reflection that doesn't sound too much different than the building and surrounding neighborhood of August Riordan's apartment near the Tenderloin in San Francisco!

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