A couple of weeks ago a pair of wealthy, well-known Rochester, New York socialites of high social status, dentist Nicholas Nicosia and his real estate agent wife, Mary,
...threw a pool party at their fabulous manse.
The theme of their summer bash was a mockery of Juneteenth. The yard was decorated with jokey Juneteenth signs and flags, Kentucky Fried Chicken buckets and Party City cutouts like the one below of Donald Trump.
The Nicosias served their guests fried chicken and expensive Hennessy Cognac.
Among the invited guests was Rochester Fire Captain Jeffrey Krywy .
Now, Captain Krywy happened to be on duty the night of the party, but he really wanted to go, so to cover his elbows he ordered several of his subordinates who were on duty that night to go to the party with him in the firetruck. (I expect that taking the truck made it official business).
Among the firefighters who were pressured into going to the party was Jerrod Jones, a 14-year veteran of the Rochester Fire Department.
Jones was appalled by the party's blatantly racist theme and angry that he'd been made to attend while on duty. He found especially offensive the presence of an entertainer impersonating Democratic Monroe County legislator Rachel Barnhart who was gyrating in a sexual way while the laughing crowd yelled sexually explicit comments.
Jerrod Jones is now suing the city of Rochester and Captain Jeff Krywy resigned before being fired. As for Nicholas and Mary Nicosia, they called a press conference with their lawyer,
...to let the world know that they were being wrongly persecuted by the woke, politically correct cancel culture, that that they didn't have a racist bone in either of their bodies, and that they did nothing wrong.
Well, all right, Mary Nicosia did admit - because by then it had gone viral several times 'round the world and back - that she did have a couple of blatantly racist twitter accounts that she published under the pseudonyms "Colonel Nathanial Sanders" and "Ho-Ho-HomeboyROC":
But the couple cried bitter public tears that they're being victimized, that their world has come crashing down, and that their lives and professions are ruined.
As for me, I have zero sympathy for either of them. In fact I have less than zero sympathy for these people.
I know it's said that to understand all is to forgive all, and I guess that's my problem: I don't at all understand Nicholas and Mary Nicosia. I don't understand how someone could be so consumed by hatred that they would feel compelled go out of their way to have two twitter accounts just to spew their venom; to go to the labor and expense of throwing a nasty, ugly party just to spout their poison. I don't understand how anyone could even have gone to that party. If I walked into such a party I'd turn around and walk out. I don't understand anyone who wouldn't.
And I especially don't understand why two such wealthy people, rich in money, social status, family, professional satisfaction, possessed of every good gift that heaven could bestow, would need to look down on and demean others, especially others who might not be as fortunate as they are.
Still, there's no doubt that for all their wealth and status, Nicholas and Mary Nicosia are now two pretty sad, miserable people. No doubt their world has, as they proclaimed at their press conference, come crashing down.
As Matthew so thoughtfully pondered in chapter 16, verse 26: What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?
A couple weeks ago I signed a contract with my publisher Black Rose Writing,
...for my third book.
This book, a novel called "Tropical Depression," is the final installment of a three-volume comedy cultured in the petri dish of contemporary human relationships that starts with "Equal and Opposite Reactions,"
...continues with "Hail Mary"
...and will wrap up with "Tropical Depression," in which the setting moves from Northeast Philadelphia to the jungle and volcanoes along the border of León, Nicaragua.
The projected launch date of "Tropical Depression" is April 27, 2023.
Getting ready for the launch of one's book is kind of like planning a wedding in that a good nine months out from the Big Day – aka the book’s release day – one must get to work on a list of to-do’s, all of which must be checked off by a specific date about seven months from the launch date in order for one’s book to snag its spot in the production queue.
Okay, maybe the wedding metaphor doesn’t work quite as well on the page as it seemed to when it was rolling around in my brain, which is nonetheless quite preoccupied at this time – my brain, that is – with the pre-production to-do’s:
There’s figuring out which genre my book falls under: (Comedy? Relationship comedy? Relationship conflict comedy? Family relationship conflict comedy? Central American family relationship conflict comedy? None of the above?)
There’s coming up with some spot-on keywords or phrases to use for marketing my book, (Jungles? Volcanoes? Psychological jungles? Emotional volcanoes?)
There’s submitting a marketing sales pitch, a back cover and metadata synopsis, an updated author bio, social media links, a description of my book’s target audience and my favorite line from the book.
I need to give my dedication and list my special thanks and acknowledgements.
I need to send in a photo of myself for the back cover.
None of the above? Or just keep the old one from the first two books?
I also need to give the cover artist some ideas for what the book is about.
I need to gather some blurbs from other authors who might consent to giving my book a recommendation.
I need to seek out some advance copy readers to help me proof my manuscript. And I need to seek out some advance copy reviewers and hope that they might find something worthwhile to say about my writing.
But most of all I need to read, re-read, and re-read again my manuscript, read it chapter by chapter, then read it mixing up the chapters, over and over again, hunting out every typo, every rogue punctuation mark, every misspelling, every linguistic blunder, clunky construction and syntactic faux pas that mars the telling of my story.
And yet for all my hours of proofing and line editing, there’s bound to be some cagey little grammatical gremlin that slips by.
My deadline for turning in my pre-production requirements is October 1. If anybody is looking for me between now and then, just follow the glow of my laptop screen.
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