Years ago, My Better Half co-authored a book with his dad and his dad recently asked him about this year’s royalties statement and he realized that he hadn’t gotten one. In fact, after going back through the files, he discovered he hasn’t gotten one since 2006. So he contacted the publisher, and after looking into it, they noticed a tiny little problem. They thought he was dead.


This was news to us. I figure one of three things happened. 1) The publisher is wrong. 2) Maybe he did die & he & my kids are both half zombies? Or 3) the most disturbing possibility: I see dead people.

Turns out they have an author with an identical name who did die. Where ‘identical’ should be read as: same first & last name, different middle initial. Critical difference.