I did a bit of weeding, and some fence repair today. After I lugged the garbage to the curb, I headed for the writing cabin.
Lisa* had the front office piled with bags, and cardboard tubes.
“What's with all the stuff?” I asked.
“It's about time to go on another book tour. I need my clothes, and makeup. These tubes are all the posters for your hosts. I added a few more book covers, just in case.”
“Great idea. How do you decide which posters to give to someone?”
“They usually decide themselves. They can have one of each, if they like. They both turned out good.”
“I thought you didn't like the one with the dog.”
“It was all a mistake. I expected something else, and when it happened it was a surprise. My circuits like planned out results. Over time it grew on me, and it was kind of funny. I could never stay mad at a dog. He's kind of goofy, but that's just the way he is.”
“So do you still like the other one?”
“The Blunderbuss one? Yeah. It's an important piece from the book, and I like the pile of books I had to stand on. Besides, I got to wear that cute outfit I picked up in Bombshell Squad.”
“I figured you'd like that. Are you going to use the old biplane again?”
“Transportation isn't a problem these days. I still have my Harley, you bought us that old Land Rover that works most of the time. Then there's the biplane, which was handy over longer distances. Still, it took a long time to get overseas. You have a lot of friends in places like Europe, Africa, and Australia.”
“So what do you have in mind? Do you want to use an airline?”
“No. Since we repaired the rocket-pack, I could take it into a shallow orbit and get overseas in record time.”
“Are you sure? It's kind of jury-rigged.”
“Believe me, I understand its circuits and can monitor it for any problems during flight. If I run into an issue I'll just touch down for repairs.”
“You know Earth is mostly water, right. Robot girls don't exactly float. You might be in for a long walk home underwater.”
“I'm not worried about it. You may have to pick up the tab for shipping if I find some cute clothes though.”
“What do you mean if? You've never failed to find something. Shipping isn't exactly in the budget.”
“Look, I don't eat, so it isn't like you have to pick up my meals. I'll get free shipping when I can, but you can pitch in if they charge. Either that, or you can let the dog pull off your trunks and we'll send out your posters.”
“Um, no. Nobody wants to see that. I'll pick up shipping, but try not to bankrupt me.”
“I can't, based upon my paychecks. I might get one cute pair of shoes, or something.”
“Do you need me to do anything while you're away?”
“Not if I use the rocket-pack. I can be back in time to cuddle Bunny and count out his pellets.”
“Whew, saved from cuddling with Bunny duty. Use the rocket-pack by all means.”
* Lisa Burton is my personal assistant, and the spokesmodel for Entertaining Stories. She's also a robot girl, with a couple stories of her own. She is willing to make more visits if you'd like her to come to your blog.
Lisa is promoting my latest book, The Playground. Look at that awesome cover and pre-order it today. Look, there's that dog again. http://a-fwd.com/asin=B01D6EF6RI