When did they start? 2002? 2003? I am fairly certain that it was after I left The Sun, but that’s about as precise as I can be. Hives, little red bumps, barely noticeable to anyone else.
At first, I blamed the sticky Baltimore summers for the mild rashes I would get on my arms and, sometimes, legs. Then they started appearing in late spring. Now, it’s January, and I have a few red spots near my elbow. Time to restock the Benadryl.
How to solve the case of the (time) traveling hives? It’s more a case for Alex Delaware than Encylopedia Brown. Sad to say, the hives appear about two months before pub date. And in the past four years, my pub date has migrated from fall to early summer to, this year, mid-March. Yet the hives always know when I have a new book coming.
Which is why, as I’m scratching my elbow and checking my e-mail, it’s nice to find out that WHAT THE DEAD KNOW got a starred Kirkus.
Yes, I’ve just used my blog for BSP. Sorry. Now I feel itchy AND dirty.
Anyone else here have psychosomatic reactions to anything?