Monday, December 26, 2011

Geezer-lit Mysteries

This is my first posting as a new member of Murderous Musings, so let me introduce myself. I’m Mike Befeler, and I write the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery series, which includes Retirement Homes Are Murder, Living with Your Kids Is Murder and Senior Moments Are Murder. The fourth book in the series is under contract with my publisher and will appear December, 2012, and is titled, Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder. I’m always interested in what readers think of the word “geezer.” I’ve had debates with some fellow authors who don’t like the word, but I use it in an affectionate not derogatory fashion because I’m a geezer-in-training. My protagonist is in his mid-eighties with short-term memory loss, has a good sense of humor and can laugh at his predicament. He may have this adversity of old age but is still an active and contributing citizen. So my advice to everyone is to embrace your inner geezer. Thanks to Mark Danielson and Chester Campbell for inviting me to join this blog.

7 comments:

Ben Small said...

Welcome Mike! I look forward to your posts. As a geezer-in-training myself, I've traded in my Air Jordans for inserts in high-topped boots.

Mike said...

Ben,
That's why I refer to older people as POWs--persons of wisdom. We have a lot of experience to apply rather than pretending we're younger than we are.
Mike

Mark W. Danielson said...

Welcome aboard, Mike. I see nothing wrong with "geezer" because it's used with humor and affection. You have a great sense of humor and I feel sorry for those who don't. Living with critics is murder . . .

Chester Campbell said...

Glad you're with us, Mike. Since I just turned 86, I suppose I should claim the title of His Geezerness. Look forward to many more posts from you.

Bill Kirton said...

Welcome, Mike. I don't know how au fait you are with cooking on TV but here in the UK probably the most popular TV chef is Jamie Oliver, who's in his thirties (I think) and who uses the word geezer more or less as a synonym for 'decent bloke' (of any age). I look forward to reading your books, whose titles seem to encapsulate that familiar feeling of being a still young, active mind and person inside a progressively less well functioning vehicle.

Jean Henry Mead said...

Welcome, Mike. It's great to have you join us here.

Jaden Terrell said...

Welcome, Mike. I love geezers, but i refuse to be one. Or at least, I refuse to admit to it!