The Abandoned Rose of Texas

I found this rose on the hallway floor of my hotel in Austin, Texas, this weekend, clearly the residue of a wedding that had been at the hotel at the same time I was there. Naturally I had to take a picture of it before disposing it. I hope it is not a metaphor for the wedding couple.

In other news, I am back home for the duration of 2023; I have a couple other things on my calendar, but they’re a) drivable, and b) not relating to book touring. What will I do with the rest of the year? Sleep. And maybe write a couple of things. You know, like I do. From time to time. Here and there. Now and then.

— JS

9 Comments on “The Abandoned Rose of Texas”

  1. As a native Texan I am legally required to ask if this was a yellow rose?
    Really enjoyed the panel you were on at the Texas Book Festival.

  2. Send the married couple a note:

    “Three years, six months.”

    I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.

  3. You? Stay out of trouble? Impossible!

    Although you haven’t created any burritos that qualified as crimes against humanity for a while. Or at least not that I’m aware of.

  4. I’m so bummed I wasn’t able to get down to the festival to meet you this weekend. I hope you were able to get some brisket and tacos while you were here.
    Beautiful picture and a beautiful metaphor. I see the positive in it that the rose is no longer needed. It has filled its primary function in life and has moved on to inspiring art.

  5. Isn’t there a novel due? Or overdue, as rumor says is your wont… Maybe you could give your publishers a huge gift, be two days early ;-)

  6. Hope you got to eat at El Rancho when you were in Austin. I dream about the food at that place. OMG heaven.

    Glad you can relax a bit! Also I read ‘Starter Villain’ and LOVED IT. Laughed out loud numerous times.