Wednesday, April 23, 2008


I’m leaving for Malice Domestic and the Mystery Lovers Festival soon. Unfortunately, Malice conflicts this year with the Los Angeles Time Festival of Books, which I also love. I had to make a choice between them, and for a variety of reasons, including the ability to schmooze with my agent and her new baby, and to see some of the folks at my publisher, I chose Malice. But I’ll miss the L.A. Times Festival!

Another choice facing me: I had to get a new cell phone since my old one wasn’t compatible with the technology for hands-free in my car, and the law goes into effect here soon that you can’t use a regular cell in your car. I’m still learning how to use the new phone--but I lost my former ringtone. It was the same as the one I gave to my mystery protagonist, Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter: “It’s My Life.” She was getting a little tired of it and so was I, but now I’m trying to figure out a new tone for us both, if possible--something other than the standard stuff that comes on the phone, but not some voice singing. The possibilities offered by my carrier haven’t appealed to me yet, so I’m still searching. I don’t want to subscribe to some ringtone company, just buy one tone that’s “polyphonic” which apparently means it’s instrumental rather than the actual song with the original artist singing.

Anyone have any ideas?



Anonymous said...

Anonymous Kate here,
Okay, this is corny, but when it immediately jumped into and then out of my head, I laughed, and hope you will too.
Find an instrumental of "Who Let the Dogs Out?"
'Sorry, I just had to say it!

Monica Ferris said...

Or, "How Much is That Doggie in the Window?" Except that you'd be sick of it by the third time your phone rang.

I just love Malice, and wish I were going this year. If anyone is interested, say Monica Ferris says hello, and that I am definitely going next year.

Linda O. Johnston said...

Love that idea, Anonymous Kate! I've gotten a few other ideas but one problem is finding the songs. I did find "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window," Monica, but I'm afraid that would imply I like buying pups these days from pet shops, and their inventory too often comes from puppy mills. But I'll try to convey your message!


Kathryn Lilley said...

How 'bout "You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog," except I guess that wouldn't work for an animal lover, lol! The theme from "Cats"? See you at Malice, Linda!