Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Z Monster

If you read this before, I'm sorry. I accidentally published before I meant to.

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Today is my youngest son's birthday. He is six and this morning when he headed off to school with two dozen cupcakes in tow, he was grinning as if king of the world.

His personality is like mine and that in itself is quite scary. He has the ability to make me smile and grit my teeth at the same time and he truly is a treasure in my life. So Happy Birthday Z!

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So have y'all heard about the thirty-some odd threatening letters sent out to various banks in protest of the the economy and what not? The letters contained a white substance that authorities are saying is harmless.

Guess what? Every last one of those suckers was mailed from the very post office that I work at here in Amarillo. Maybe CNN will interview me and I'll finally get my fifteen minutes. If so you can bet your ass that I won't waste it talking about some nut job with too much time and postage in his hands. Hell, no they interview me I'm, pitching Plundered Booty* to the world.


*For any newcomers, Plundered Booty is the name of my recently completed novel.


Also, pop over to Debra's blog From Skilled Hands today. She is blogging about Cups of Kindness, a group of artists that are helping their regional foodbank.

35 comments:

Jenster said...

Happy Birthday, Z!!!!

I thought of you when I saw that on the news yesterday.

Janna Qualman said...

That's crazy! But I hope you get your fifteen out of it. :)

Happy Day to the little man!

Patti said...

happy happy day (and i hope that was your son's guest entry and that you're not drunk blogging again...)!

Travis' Wife said...

Wow I had Baby Z 6 years ago? It does not seem like that could be. It seems like just yesterday he peed off the top bunk bed...ohh yeah it was yesterday. What a little goof.

Cloudia said...

Hauoli La Hanau Z!
that's happy birthday in Hawaiian.

Virginia Lady said...

Happy Birthday, Z!

Okay, that is seriously creepy. And you might even know the person then. Makes you wonder about the people around you.

Lana Gramlich said...

Happy birthday to Z (& many, many more!)
That's too much about the pseudo-thrax mailings! If they don't interview you, try to hold your book (or a sign about it,) up in the background, anyway. ;)

debra said...

Happy b'day to Z! I am somewhat like our #2 i personality. Interesting, isn't it, Travis.
And thanks for mentioning the benefit for our foodbank. I am really excited about it. We the people can do what the government cannot seem to accomplish.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Weren't you just recently blogging about wanting to do some illegal activities for book research? hehe

My middle son is 18 today! Wow, how time flies.

Laura K. Curtis said...

Now THAT's a good use of your 15 minutes!

And the very idea of a Mini Me of you, Travis, is truly frightening.

alex keto said...

Actually, I did notice that story about the letters but was hesitant to bring it up.

Be careful although for the life me I don't know how you can be. We had a bad experience up here at the Brentwood mail facility during the anthrax scare.

Hilary said...

Happy B'day little P-ing Z-person. :)

Aaron said...

Happy Birthday, Z-Money!

Barrie said...

Happy Birthday, Z! Any chance I could talk you into mentioning I So Don't Do Mysteries if you're on CNN?:)

Janet said...

Seriously? From your town? Now there's a post for Monday...

Packsaddle said...

The good news is you are no longer a "person of interest".

The bad news is you are now officially a "suspect".

Melanie Avila said...

Wow, that's so crazy they came from your post office. I LOVE the idea to pitch your novel - take advantage of the media!

Happy birthday Z!

Mary Ann said...

I hope you get your 15!

Robin said...

Happy birthday Z! Advice? Swim in the deep end of the gene pool, that's right baby...swim to Mama...there you go!

I also flashed back to your recent posts about deviant behavior in the name of research...and that's how rumors get started!

But trying to sell "Plundered Booty" on national television has worked for Lindsay Lohan, Brittny Spears, or Monica Lewinsky. Here's hoping you have better luck!

Charles Gramlich said...

I agree, pitch Plundered Booty. That's weird, though, about the letters from your branch. Unless.... No, no, I dare not think it. What might a writer do to try to get 15 minutes of fame? What indeed?

Stephen Parrish said...

You may have stumbled upon a new marketing technique.

Melissa Marsh said...

Shoot. I didn't even hear about this since I've been across the pond so long. Didn't hear about this while I was there, though I did hear about our "lovely" Nebraska state senator who is suing God. Sheesh!

Deborah Elliott-Upton said...

Happy birthday to Z and blessings to the entire family. Oh yeah, get your time in front of the camera by saying, "Hey I'm an author, and no one would believe this storyline if it happened in one of my books, but maybe I'll just have to write this story after I sell "Plundered Booty."

Shauna Roberts said...

I hope the pseudo-terrorist isn't one of your friends and that he doesn't escalate to harmful substances.

Give Z my happy birthday wishes too.

SUV Mama said...

Happy birthday to the kidlet!
Yes, get your 15 of fame. Be sure to say something like "Oh, yes. Mail terror is something I address in my book, Plundered Booty, information of which is available at Travis Erwin dot blogspot dot com".

Vodka Mom said...

Happy Birthday "6"! Right now, he IS King of the World!!!

Rick said...

Yes, Happy Birthday to your son! And don't get on too much trouble when you're on CNN!

Phats said...

Happy Birthday to your son, can I have a cupcake!! :)

Go Huskers!

jjdebenedictis said...

Happy Birthday to ya, Z!

Guess what? Every last one of those suckers was mailed from the very post office that I work at here in Amarillo. Maybe CNN will interview me and I'll finally get my fifteen minutes.

Just as long as the FBI isn't interviewing you about it...

the walking man said...

Work that camera!!!

Josh said...

happy bday little man

theneatos said...

Happy Birthday, Z!

I sure hope you get your 15 minutes. I would love to see you talkin about Plundered Booty on the air. Man, they'd probably censor you because they thought it was something naughty. Maybe you should just make and wear a shirt pimpin your book and stand in the background.

Cheryl Wray said...

Happy Bday to your son!! He sounds like treasure!!!

Ello said...

Happy birthday to youngest Erwin! I hope you get interviewed! I want to see you on tv!!

Barbara Martin said...

Belated Happy Birthday to Z! Hope your dad gave you a great present.

Unnerving that those letters were sent through the post office you work at. Take care, Travis.