“I say, Watson, weren’t you supposed to be writing all week?”
“I was, Mr. Holmes, but time just got out of control.” (I don’t know why Sherlock insists on calling me Watson. But, then, he calls everybody Watson…the paper boy, the mail man, the shop girl…everybody. I don’t think he’s very good with names. Unless you’re called Moriarty. He seems to remember that one.)
‘Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.’ -from Silver Blaze
“Well then, “ I began. “Monday I had to get my car serviced and—“
“’Come, Watson, come!’ he cried. ‘The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!’-The Adventure of the The Abbey Grange
I shake my head. These outbursts happen a lot. All the time, in fact. Could be the drugs, but I’m not pointing any fingers at the great sleuth, mind you. “But I am dressed, Sir,” I reply with all the sincerity I can muster. “And my car is being serviced, they cleaned it and it’s too lovely now. We can’t go anywhere.”
‘I confess that I have been blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than never to learn it at all.’ -The Man with the Twisted Lip
“This is so very true, Sir. Very wise observation. Now Tuesday was grocery shopping so I wouldn’t have to go anywhere for the rest of the week. And Wednesday I was on the phone making arrangements for lodging during the RWA in July. It’s nearly full, you know.”
‘The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”-The Hound of the Baskervilles
“Good point,” I respond. “Then Thursday, I had to go pick up my car and, well, we ran out of fresh veggies and creamer for the coffee and cat food and dog food so it was to the store after that.”
‘You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.’-A Scandal in Bohemia
“Tell me about it! If I’d gotten enough veggies the first time, I would have had a little time to write. And Friday the dogs needed bathing and I helped a friend.”
“‘Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?’-Silver Blaze
“I suppose not. “ I paused. “Except I need to drive an hour to where the car is serviced so there’s two hours lost right there.”
‘I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.’-The Sign of Four
“I’ll take that under advisement. You’re so much more intelligent than I. I was able to write all day on Saturday, but that’s not writing all week at all, is it?
I sigh and make a face.
Mr. Holmes says nothing. He puffs on his pipe.
“My week was filled with little things that needed my attention, I’m afraid. Updating my website. Paying bills. Cleaning house. Lots of little things like that, too tedious to note.”
‘It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.’-A Case of Identity
“Then I just lived through a very important week.”
THE END OF OF THE CASE OF THE MISSING WEEK
And before I sign off…
GOOD NEWS, PEEPS!
Mr. AL has come up with yet another amazing book cover for my stories. I leave you with Champion of Entean’s cover. You all know it’s release is May 28th, right? (Don’t worry, knowing me as I do, I’ll be telling you again a time or two.)
HAVE A GREAT WEEK, PEEPS!!