My mother is a serial shredder.
Frankly, it's something that I think has gone a little too far. I mean, we're not just talking about her shredding credit card offers or pay stubs or bills - stuff you should obviously shred to protect yourself from identity theft - my mother will shred anything, and I do mean ANYTHING that contains even the slightest bit of information about her. Or anyone she's related to.
Which always makes it funny when I visit her and collect mail that still comes to her address.
And it's not even just stuff that goes in the trash. No, it's the Internet too, because God forbid anyone know your name on the Internet.
I know she's not alone in this, but my dear mother is of the firm belief that if you put your name or address or zodiac sign anywhere on the Internet, that your identity can and will be stolen by digital hoodlums. And I know she worries for my own safety, now that I'm an author whose books are on the Internet. But to all the hackers out there, I just want to say this: my information has been readily available for years in that thing called the White Pages, and if you really want my triple digit bank account and modest credit rating, then go nuts. Pay off my mountainous school loans while you're at it, will you? Thanks!
Before we go, we wanted to share a cool countdown promotion that we're running through Amazon all this week for our first collaborative novel, Dead and Moaning in Las Vegas. From today, Monday 24th (at 8 AM Mountain Time) through Sunday the 30th this book will only be 99 cents. To our fellow blogger friends, if any of you want to help us spread the word, simply upload the silly animated gif below to a blog post with a link back to the book (we'd be eternally grateful) any time this week. And to everyone, if you haven't already, check this book out. We don't like to brag, but this was the book that got optioned by Random House, and it's gotten some pretty killer reviews from people that are not my mother.
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Dead and Moaning in Las Vegas: Black Elvis, a drunken janitor, and a stripper embark on an epic quest to not become zombie food when the undead apocalypse rocks Las Vegas.
(And we promise Amazon will not beat you up in a back alley and steal your e-wallet for giving them your name and e-mail address... maybe)
So, anyone else here a shredder? Or afraid to put your name on the Internet? We understand, and there's no shame in wanting to wear that Anonymask.
Cheers and stay classy, folks,
-Bryson D. Pinkerton (and B. Mulligan McDonohugh)
Beer: Sawtooth Nitro
Music: Kishi Bashi