Too … many jokes… head… bursting into … flames…
I have been asked to be one of the guest speakers at the national convention for Mensa, the high-I.Q. society.
You should feel free to insert your own jokes here.
I will be speaking on the topic, “Political, Plausible and Just Plain Preposterous.” In short, the topic is how one weaves real-world politics into a fictional thriller.
Sometimes, you do it through pure luck. Other times, by being a student of political science and hoping you can read the tea leaves a few years out. I’ll be honest, the third thriller, which I’m working on now, got started before the Arab Spring. A very large chunk of the plot and one of the primary characters revolve around the Mukhabarat, or Syrian Military Intelligence. Obviously, the events of the last month mean that plotline and that character might not make it to the final draft of the novel.
The Mensa organizers turned down my first speech topic: “If you’re so freaking smart, how’d I get invited in?”
The event is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the Portland Hilton, downtown.
You can learn more about Mensa by going to the society’s webpage.