These are a few of my . . . ~ Outside the Margins with Andrew Q Gordon

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I’m Tired of Selling. (Sorry, were you expecting me to break out into song ala Julie Andrews? Fugetaboutit!)

Ask any author what they hate most about writing and most will answer, Marketing. [Raises hand and waves it frantically.] Having just finished the Purpose marketing blitz, I’m tired of it, I’m tired of blog posts, clipping excerpts, doing interviews. Hell I’m even a bit tired of the book. And I’m whining now, aren’t I? Sorry.

So, today I want to talk about something else, anything really. But toss out politics, (and the US political system is a shit show theses days isn’t it?) religion, (because it seems if I talk about my right to marriage equality, I’m infringing on Kim Davis’ god given right to be a bigot) and sports, (because we all know my New York Mets are the team to beat, not Brandilyn’s Houston Astros) and I’m plum outta topics this week.

So I thought I’d just jot down some random thoughts and see if anyone cares enough to comment.

I have a LOT of sneakers. I prefer black or dark colors, but I have all types.

I hate suits and ties—probably a bad thing since in my day job I’m a prosecutor.

I drink my coffee black—cowboy coffee as my grandmother used to call it. makes the sign of the cross to honor my deceased grandmother

It’s macaroni, not pasta in my house and it’s not pasta sauce it’s Gravy or Madanad, which is Marinara for those non Italian Americans. (See this video for the reference: Funny or Die, Bensonhurst Italian Spelling Bee.)


My car of choice is a Lomborghini, but I only have the budget for a Jeep Wrangler.


It’s quite possible I know more about Frozen, Peppa Pig, and Baby Alive than the Rule Against Perpetuities, the Fourth Amendment or Civil Procedure.

In my house, it takes two grown men to put one four year old to sleep and by then we are both exhausted.

Don’t let anyone tell you three dogs aren’t really much more work than two. It’s a humongous lie.

Even if you follow the directions on the bag, Starbucks Coffee doesn’t taste the same at home as when you buy a cup at the store.

I am not ashamed to say I clip coupons, but I am ashamed to say I usually forget to use them when I go shopping.

No one will call me neat and tidy, but no one will ever complain my house is dirty.

The best part of taking ‘lil q to a playground is if it’s empty and I can use the equipment with her.

I like 80% of all vegetable, but I really hate peas. Guess what is the one vegetable ‘lil q will eat?

I couldn’t color inside the line as a kid and I still can’t.

And last, I feel cheated. I really didn’t learn all I need to know in Kindergarten. Al Gore didn’t invent the Internet until I was in college.

For those at GRL, have a great time. For those at home, have a great rest of the week and bring on the weekend.


~Andrew Q Gordon


Title: Purpose
Author: Andrew Q. Gordon
Publisher: DSP Publications
Publication Date: 10/06/2015
Cover Artist: Angsty G
Genre: Paranormal


Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then, Will has retreated behind Gar, a façade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can’t understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.

Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn’t done in decades: care.


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About Andrew Q Gordon

Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of eighteen years, their young daughter and dog.  In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.

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16 thoughts on “These are a few of my . . . ~ Outside the Margins with Andrew Q Gordon

  1. I knew we were meant to be friends! I too hate peas! 😀

    Your gravy looks delicious. As many Italian kids as I grew up with in Chicago I never heard it referred to as gravy until we moved to Philly (except in the movies.)

  2. Andrew, I thoroughly enjoyed this post as A] I can identify with the distress that accompanies marketing, B] I grew up eating macaroni and gravy, C] for many years (I have four kids, all separated by 20 months) I was an authority on all things Pokémon, and incidentally, I just read on Facebook yesterday that most psychotics tend to drink their coffee black. I’m not insinuating anything, I just happened to read that. GREAT POST!! I loved it. I might do one of these, as I am just starting my marketing efforts for Clean. Random comment: I have enough Frye boots to outfit a small rodeo.

    • Ha, Mia! I’ve always said I was psychotic. 🙂

      Ah Pokemon, yes, the names change, but the fact kids obsess over something never does. 🙂

      Can’t wait to see your random list.

  3. Ohhhhh, do I hear ya about marketing. It’s the most stressful thing we do, I think. At my house it was macaroni and cheese (we’re Irish; don’t know if that’s the difference) and the Little Mermaid, but my Li’l K is 28. I have one pair of sneakers, but I wear them EVERY SINGLE DAY. And I love posts where we get to know even a little bit about the person behind the name!.

    • Hey Diana,

      I did/do so love Ariel and Sebastian. I’ve hooked ‘lil q on that, and Mary Poppins – or I had until pre-school peer pressure convinced her to like Frozen lol.

      mac and cheese is pretty standard, but I married an English/Dutchman and to him macaroni is pasta. Spaghetti is pasta. SMH! Fortunately, I’m winning the battle so far and ‘lil q told grandma we made Madanad one Sunday. That’s my girl!!

  4. Canned peas are the WORST, but I have been known to throw a few fresh or frozen peas in with my pesto and pasta, err, hrmm, macaroni.

    One of my favorite cooking friends from the Bronx, later relocated to Savannah where I grew up, always called her red sauce gravy. Lord, that woman taught me everything good I know about cooking Italian.

    And alas, yes, the marketing of books is a vile and unthankful job I believe authors have no business doing. It steals all my creativity.

    Err, would it be weird if I said I drive a Jeep Wrangler too?

    Kindred souls. Can’t wait to read Purpose, Andrew. And thanks for this refreshing look into your life and times.

    • Paula,

      My Hubs grew up in Savannah, we really MUST be kindred something. And yes, my grans were both from Brooklyn and they were convinced I needed to learn to cook because I wasn’t married at 18. Thank god, because though I love him dearly, Mike can NOT cook. ‘lil q would starve if he had to cook for her. 😀

    • Oh god, Edmond, please tell you’re kidding about the peas? Please?? Cause if you do like them, maybe my friends Paulie and Carmine can take you out back and see if they can change ya mind. (Yeah, Pualie Walnuts was a great spelling bee moderator wasn’t he?)

  5. Great post! It’s always interesting to learn the little things that make up the personalities of my favorite authors. I have to admit I had a large smile on my face while reading your random thoughts. When my daughter was 4 she wanted to grow up to be a mermaid. Isn’t Disney wonderful? And if not a mermaid, then the original pink ranger (she’s now in Flashpoint) was her next choice. Especially once the green power ranger joined the show as a romantic interest. LOL It’s funny how everyone fixates on peas. I had to read that one out loud to my roommate, she hates them as well. Peas are the one vegetable that everyone has strong feelings about in any vegetable conversation I’ve ever been a part of.

    • Ha! I might have been a huge fan of the Little Mermaid, just a bit 😉

      Not to beat a dead veggie, but when we got to my mother’s house, what do you think she made for dinner the first night we were here? I think she did it so she could finally see me eat peas without her prompting me. Parenthood – sigh, it looks so easy when everyone else does it, lol

  6. Omg I love this post, Andrew.

    First, Le Sueur peas are the BEST. :p

    Next, I love these lol:

    In my house, it takes two grown men to put one four year old to sleep and by then we are both exhausted.

    Don’t let anyone tell you three dogs aren’t really much more work than two. It’s a humongous lie.

    • The best part of visiting grandma was leaving ‘lil q with her so we could go out to dinner with Brandilyn and Randi. Mum got to see first hand what a pill ‘lil q can be at bed time. Telling grandma, ‘I hope you have bad dreams’ because Grandma made her go to sleep, might have taken the perfect little angel shine off of the grand baby. Probably not, but I can hope 🙂

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