What’s Going On With The Hook?

I’ll get right to the point: my life is about to change.

Where should I begin?

My literary masterpiece – the title is still up in the air – has cleared the editing process and now the real fun starts: finding someone crazy enough to publish the thing! To paraphrase Captain Kirk, “The odds are against me and the situation is grim. Sounds like fun!”

I look at it this way: if a book chronicling the joys of bubble wrap and watching old people dance can be a best seller for over twenty weeks, then the market should have room for the adventures of a bellman trying to make his way in a crazy world overrun by douchebags, right?

Some of you will find my next bit of news a little distressing; I’m afraid my current schedule is a little too overloaded for my bellman brain to accommodate. Something has to give and so I find myself forced to suspend my usual “WordPress World Tour”. I truly enjoy the time I spend connecting with each and every one of you, but I’m just too swamped to be a faithful visitor to all of your sites – at least right now.

There is a bit more to this story – to say the least but I’m afraid I can’t elaborate. At least not at this time…

Someday though, a certain someone is going to find himself crushed under the weight of the “Wheel of Karma.”

That’s going to be a great day.

In the meantime, some good news! My work is going to be featured in a brand-spanking new web publication, Bullet News Niagara! What can I say? Apparently these folks recognize blogging greatness when they read it.

I really hope I don’t get struck by lightning in the next five seconds…

At any rate, a version of “You’ve Been Hooked!” -“the same but different”, as they say –ย  will soon be featured on the Bullet site. As soon as I think of a new title and finish an introductory post, that is!

Until then, I intend to keep replying to your comments and I’ll visit periodically. Take care of yourselves.


Niagara Falls Comic-Con 2012

June 9. 2012 10 A.M โ€“ 7 P.M.
Scotiabank Convention Centre
Niagara Falls. Ontario. Canada

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About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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132 Responses to What’s Going On With The Hook?

  1. ~mimo~ says:

    congratulations! Best of luck and I do hope to read about you in the next bestseller list ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tracy says:

    Wow congratulations on editing your book! I write a lot and I know that the editing can be much harder and time intensive than the actual writing. And I won’t be offended if you don’t respond to my comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Scriptor Obscura says:

    Congratulations, Mr. Hook! All the best to you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. confessionsofyourhusbandsmistress says:

    Great news! I’m sure it will be a best seller in no time!

  5. Well done hook… You truly deserve it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. …Just make sure you keep us posted (please!) ! I’ve run into two bloggers this week that are quitting, because writing/reading has become too much, so I’m relieved this is not the case with you – Best of luck on it all !!!!

  7. Jeanne Heuer says:

    Fabulous my man. I’ll be sure to check out Bullet News. If you ever need a librarian to push your book, give me a call.

  8. Woman says:

    That is going to be so sad!!! I will really really miss your comments and sass on my blog. You’ve always been there for me when I’ve not been 100%. Never fear!!!! I’ll be reading all your work and commenting of course!!!!

    Congrats on everything!!! Being published is something amazing!!! And a great feeling!!! I hope things settle down for you to get back to the regular swing f things!!!

  9. I know I’ve been hit and miss with the comments too since I started working seriously on my manuscript. I have about 9000 words left and then some serious editing begins during my 2-week spring break.

    Can’t wait to read your book!


  10. Congrats on your awesome writing progress! I look forward to more of your posts, updates on your book and the not-crazy publisher who nabs it ;), and will appreciate your visits to my blog whenever/if ever they come. Our book work is the most important for we novelist/bloggers… I support ya all the way.

  11. Gillian Colbert says:

    Congratulations and best wishes! I hope to see you back …

  12. You’ll be missed however; ever upwards; ever onwards… is the name of the game..
    Thank you for your encouragement to me personally… I wish only the best for you… Yours is truly a great light..! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have fun… and let us know when to look for you in your next chapter (same but different) of ‘You’ve been Hooked’… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Congratulations on all this great news!!!

  14. Jeannie says:

    Awesome news! I’m thrilled for you Hook…you are about to walk through “The Door”! I’ll be here waiting to hear news from you when you can and I will follow your new and exciting journey with all the joy and good vibes I can send your way! Congratulations my friend!!

  15. zannyro says:

    Best of luck and all good wishes!

  16. iamnotshe says:

    Dang … i think you’ve sold your first 20 copies Hook! Where IS that publisher when you need him/her?

  17. Congratulations .. this is out standing, wonderful news…you deserve to be published, and I know all of your readers there will be as blessed as I, and many others across the web have been here at WordPress. I’ll be checking in at bullet news for sure…I do hope you will drop in at least once more before you are elevated to complete literary stardom and cease to know any of us anymore…lol… But, seriously, Great Job Brother…

  18. That’s awesome! Congrats and good luck!

  19. Michael says:

    Congrats! You can put me on the “Will definitely buy your book when it comes out” list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Wow congrats hook…Your book is definitely going to be a best sellar
    will wait for your book to come out am gonna buy ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. The Hobbler says:

    Congratulations Hook! Publishers will be fighting over it.

  22. ristinw says:

    That’s good news! Your book will be reach to top 10! I can’t wait for it. I will order it when it’s available on amazon! ๐Ÿ˜€ Congrats!

  23. I think my heart just skipped a few beats… when I read your first two lines I knew this post was going to be a “doozy”.. real, true to life stuff. I have to say, first off, congratulations on finishing your book.. of course it will be published!! All of us at WordPress love your stories and we are the most discriminating of audiences. Secondly.. I’m going to die unless I find out what that other secret is that you’re keeping from us. Third and last, I shall keep coming by here faithfully and you can just picture this sad face looking at the same post … over and over.. hoping to see something new. Good luck!!! Adieu for now!

    • The Hook says:

      Thanks – for everything!
      My “secret” concerns a work-related issue so you can understand my reluctance to share! Someday…
      We’ll talk soon – I promise!

  24. wherethedaytakesme says:


  25. Congratulations on everything. I will truly miss your comments on my posts. Wishing you all the best and next time Im in Canada a beer is in order.

  26. Ibrahim Asghar says:

    Good news indeed Hook, best of luck for the publication!

    • The Hook says:

      Thanks! I hope all these good wishes pay off! Either way, it’s cool to know how many people actually care about my literary fate!

  27. Jen says:

    Wahoo!!! Congrats Hook, I’d love to buy your book if I ever get to see it out here! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Val says:

    Congratulations Hook!
    “I don’t believe in the no-win scenario.”
    Jame T. Kirk

  29. Jo Bryant says:

    Well that is thrilling news…the first part at least. I will miss your sassy comments terribly…don’t stay away too long or I will go in to withdrawal…
    Karma huh…now of course I am completely intrigued. Very glad to read the masculine tense there friend.
    Just remember to take some time out for yourself and that lady of yours…can’t have VL being neglected now !!!
    Keep us up to date…you should look at self-publishing…keep more profits in your pocket. Check out Amanda Hocking’s blog…she did the self publishing thing and did it so well she now has publishers chasing her. She has a few posts on what she did and how she did it…
    So happy for you that the editing is done !!!!

  30. giselzitrone says:

    Lieber Hook von mir auch meinen Herzlichen Glรผckwunsch.Grรผsse lieb und wรผnsche eine gute Woche lieber Gruss Gislinse.

  31. Little Miss says:

    Wow check you out! Congratulations! Hope all goes well xx

  32. Tammy says:

    That is fantastic news. I am one of those rare souls that actually loves editing.

  33. mairedubhtx says:

    Congratulations! That’s all great, positive stuff! We’re proud of you, Hook!

  34. Awesome! Congrat’s on finishing your work, and here’s to hoping it gets picked up quickly and we will all see you on the best seller list.

  35. twindaddy says:

    Good luck with both of your endeavors!

  36. aFrankAngle says:

    Congratulations and best wishes. CHEERS!

  37. kewsmith says:

    Congratulations. I can’t wait to buy your book. Good luck in all you do.

  38. Cheers and applause! There will be mass withdrawal symptoms across WordPress, but know you’ll be with us in spirit…or is that drinking spirits….any way wander back when you can.

  39. Smaktakula says:

    Congrats on the coming literary Hookism!

  40. Congratulations! Right on!

  41. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    HUGE congrats, Hook! OMG, I’m so glad I dropped in today – I’d hate to have missed this point in your blog. Your life is changing, you won’t be able to visit so much, & karma’s comin’ to smile at you! IT SOUNDS BRILLIANT ๐Ÿ™‚

    I thank you for when you’ve dropped by, felt & thought about what I’ve said. I really wish you well. Ugh, feels like goodbye. Mercy, all the best Hook – you deserve it (for keeping your sense of humour through it all) ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. mizqui says:

    You’re FANTASTIC! Happy NEW Voyage o’ Literary Buddy. And I wasn’t kidding about the reality show. We must remain in touch. I’d love to shoot in Canada! )))HUGS(((, Peace & Blessings. I’ll read you however I can get ya. BEST OF LUCK and be in touch!!! [QuiFilms@gmail.com]

  43. Caroline says:

    That’s absolutely fantastic, Mr. Hook!!!! wow, congrats! Can’t wait to hear more news about the book.

    • The Hook says:

      I’ve been hearing back from publishers – no luck yet – and the road to completing a self-published book is a looong one, Caroline, but I’m on the right path.

  44. Congratulations and Good Luck!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Sounds like quite an accomplishment. Good work!

  46. Fiona says:

    Awesome news and very much deserved – congratulations xxx

  47. ridafatima says:

    wow… i want treat. i want treat. i want treat. and i am not….. kidding ๐Ÿ˜‰ congrats Hooki! may you have many more in life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. TBM says:

    Great news Hook! I wish you all the luck in the world. I know you will conquer the publishing world.

  49. The Guat says:

    Very awesome, my friend. Glad to hear that the masses will be introduced to your comedy. I totally agree with you on the books out there … with some of them I don’t understand how they are sitting at Barnes&Nobles or how they are books at all. But you and your stories definitely deserve a shelf. Congrats!

    And no worries…everyone is busy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  50. susielindau says:

    I was going through old email and found this post. I can’t believe I almost missed it. You would have been getting distress tweets from me wondering where you were…
    Congrats on the new site. I believe in Karma too….

  51. Kathy says:

    Congratulations on your book! What a fun March for you! Thanks for visiting my blog; just getting around to returning the favor.

  52. mj monaghan says:

    Don’t stress too much, my friend. It will all wrap up nicely in the end. You’re The Hook, after-all!!

  53. Blink says:

    hey mate grab your liebster award here ..
    congrats for this ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. ravenofleyla says:

    Oh this is great news Hook!!! So happy for you! I understand being busy and all that I will be around. I shall check out the Niagara publication…how cool is that? You are a great read, love the adventures of a Bellman in Canada.
    LOts of Luck with all of it ๐Ÿ˜€

  55. mLr says:

    Good luck mate!!! Hope it all comes together for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Oh Hook, you have been so faithful and will be missed so much. I truly hope it all works out the way you want it – you really deserve it! I look forward to reading more of you in any which way or form ; )

  57. raisingdaisy says:

    BIG congratulations to you, Hook! You SO deserve this!! I’m thrilled for you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  58. Millie Ho says:

    Congratulations! May you roll in a sea of change (literally and figuratively)!

  59. El Guapo says:

    Congratulations and rock on, Hook.
    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    Look forward to seeing you on the Daily Show and saying to my girl, “Yeah, I knew him when…”

    take care of yourself.

  60. granny1947 says:

    Good Morning Hook…what great news about your book.
    You need to network a bit…there are a whole heap of published authors on WP…I am sure someone will be able to guide you in the right direction.
    As for that cliffhanger….that is just plain cruel.

  61. giselzitrone says:

    Wรผnsche dir ein wundeschรถnes weekend Herzlicher Gruss Gislinde

  62. Androgoth says:

    Well as you can see I am very late to comment on this one
    so I do understand the ridiculousness of trying to keep up, in
    other words it’s Impossible…

    Congratulations on your new adventure Hook
    Fame At Last… As they say in Hollywooooood ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great evening now ๐Ÿ˜‰


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