What’s The Hook Been Up To?

As you can see, I haven’t lost my flair for titles.

Self-deprecating humor aside, I find myself in a state of confusion where this site is concerned. I no longer write about hotel adventures – since bellmen no longer exist at the moment – and ironically, I found it too emotionally draining to write about things to live for. I kept returning to days overflowing with pain and self-doubt.

And those days are a drag.

I’ll always miss Ronnie with an ache in my frozen Canadian heart, but there was a time I’d tear up every single day with regrets and grief; mostly when I was walking to work in the early mornings as the world was still and I was shrouded in darkness.

But those days are gone.

Now my grief has become creative energy directed at achieving one goal: conquering the literary world with the first book in my Infinite Crossover Crisis series, Into The Dark. To that end I’ve managed to convince a few respectable journalistic establishments to write pieces on yours truly, as if I was an actual author or something.

(To be clear, I fall squarely in the “or something” category.)

First off, we have John Law of the Niagara Falls Review. John turned the tables on The Hook and put me in the 5×5 spotlight.

Next, I dipped a few toes in the book trailer pond and here’s the newest result.

And finally, friends, my latest media invasion involves the always-amazing Liz Braun of the Toronto Sun. Here is Liz’s take on my newest life path, courtesy of Covid-19.

I have miles to go and no compass to guide me; building a new universe is a challenge it’s true, but selling it to the masses? That’ll make you weary through to your bones, brother. I admire every one of my self-published author allies who have reached levels of success I can only dream of.

But enough of the future. Today is all that matters, and today is yours. So go out and enjoy it, my friends.

See you in the lobby, friends…

(Incidentally, this logo was created by Jorge O’Neill of Twitter (@JorgeONeill8), a ridiculously-cool dad and supreme Flash fan.

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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35 Responses to What’s The Hook Been Up To?

  1. Good to see a post from you Robert. Keep safe

  2. Cool logo. You are getting great press, and that is what sells books—best wishes, Hook.

  3. Good luck and keep at it!

  4. Hey Robert… stranger! I’m glad to see you have come up for air. I haven’t been writing either. I know the last year has hit us all hard. What are you doing at the hotel now that you are no longer a bellhop? How is the family?
    We are well.. had COVID early on last March. Hubby was very sick. I had a mild case. I don’t think we will ever go back to “normal” again.
    I think it’s awesome that you wrote another book!! Congrats!! I actually have another friend who is an author in the same genre. Small world.
    Take care my friend.. it is good to see you! ❤

    • The Hook says:

      Well, I’m glad that you and the hubby are fully recovered; we think my wife had COVID last January, right before it exploded across the globe.

      As for my (hopefully temporary) role at the hotel, I police the number of guests allowed on an elevator at one time. (It’s as horrible as it sounds.)

      I also deliver bills and hand out luggage carts, a task that is soul-crushing for a bellman.
      Who’s your friend that writes in my genre?

  5. C.E.Robinson says:

    Nice to see you back, Robert. Congratulations on writing a book. Keep that energy going. And let us know your progress. Stay safe & healthy. 📚🎶 Christine

  6. Doug in Sugar Pine says:

    Perhaps the only good thing to be said of this awful time of this awful virus is that most of my favorite musicians and writers found that they had so much time on their hands that they made new music or wrote new things for me to read.
    Good luck with the publishing and stay safe at work.

  7. humbirdheart8 says:

    My beloved Hook, Be steadfast! Spring has arrived (I have it on good authority from the squirrel in the park) and Hope blooms everlasting (albeit with a little hay fever). Someday, if you so desire, you’ll be a Bellman again, and your words of Bellman observation and wisdom will be highly anticipated, deeply appreciated. Meanwhile, much love and success to you and your ever-patient family, in all endeavors you pursue. And remember always, we cherish and adore you. You’re The Hook, and we love you!

  8. Hey Robert, Reading your book now. I have to tell you it is fun and exciting and a bit whackadoodle! Carry on because there better be more. Now I shall go read all your publicity.

  9. Really enjoyed your interview with Liz.
    Onward – the Imagine Nation considers you a top citizen

  10. You deserve all the recognition you receive, my friend. I’m glad to see that you’re getting the word out about your book.

  11. Jennie says:

    Great news, Hook!! Good to hear from you.

  12. Ana Trofin says:

    What a way to start my week! With lovely news from The Hook! Book has been purchased and I will share the article everywhere ☺️

    Great to hear that you’re getting the creative juices flowing and hopefully the temporary return to work is not as soul crushing as mentioned below ☺️

    • The Hook says:

      It’s not too bad; I’m delivering a TON of bills in the early morning hours (while overhearing folks in the throes of some pretty freaky passion) and handing out carts to guests that are more hostile than usual, for some reason.

      Thanks for everything, Ana.

      • Ana Trofin says:

        More hostile than usual? I don’t get people sometimes because here in Ireland we have been in a strict lockdown since last October (with a brief pause for Christmas which brought the numbers up so back to lockdown we went). And for people in Dublin, like me, we were only allowed out of the city limits for 6 days in the last 7 months.
        I dream of the day when I can actually go to a hotel and I see no reason to be nasty to anyone especially since human interaction has been low to none for me. Urghhh people!

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