“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Fruit Salad Entry: Deodorant and a nice review
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Good day, everyone. Let me start by posting this really nice review from Book Club Classics. Here's a snippet:

"... I'm so thrilled to review this novel. It is wonderful. Funny, thought-provoking, page-turning, well-written, did I mention funny? I had not read Househusband (but immediately requested it once I finished Man of the House), and did not need the background of the first novel at all. In fact, after the first chapter, I had a list of people I couldn't wait to recommend it to ... including all of my readers!"

And here's the link to the full review.

This is the first book I've released that has caught so much attention in the blogosphere. One reason for that is because it's so WONDERFUL, but the other reason is because I hired a big New York See-Tay PR firm to work the online crowd. It appears to be paying off.


In another example of life imitating art, (the character of Linc Menner from my newest novel, MAN OF THE HOUSE), I have switched scents of deodorant.
Now, I have always used either Mennen Speed Stick or Old Spice deodorant, experimenting with various scents. And it is deodorant I have always used, not anti-perspirant. There's a difference, of course; the former stops the stink and the latter stops the stink AND the actual sweat.

Well, I have always thought that God put those sweat glands there for a reason, and stopping them up with chemicals seems unnatural and unhealthy to me. I'm wondering if, 600 years from now, scientists will be saying, "And they actually TRIED to inhibit perspiration under the arms! Can you believe that? What were they thinking? Didn't they realize that it caused mental illness that leads to divorce?"

But back to scent: Usually, the names of the scents are stupid: Cool Ocean, Sport, etc. But I found one that is too cool and I have adopted it as the Official Deodorant of Ad Hudler.
Kind of hard to read. It's called "Swagger."
Is that cool, or what? How can you NOT feel like a dude after swiping that on your underarms?
I'm off to the east coast (of Florida) for two speeches and an appearance at the Vero Beach Book Center. Their newsletter to customers invited them to come see the "househunk."
Must be the new deodorant I'm using.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the link! I'm glad I found your blog!

As a follow up... Househusband arrived this week and when I went to pick it up, my librarian (crabby on the best of days) looked at the cover and said, "Hmph! I knew it HAD to be fiction..." So I quickly defended you, saying "Actually it's largely autobiographical..." :)

Currently the arrival of Househusband is taunting me because I know once I begin it, I will not get anything done until it is finished... so I'm saving it as a reward!

So glad to have found your writing! Thank you :)

October 22, 2008 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Kathy Grey said...

I must agree with Kristen. When I started reading "Househusband" last year, I was glad to be on a road trip so I could nibble on pages and read aloud to my boyfriend as he drove and gorge myself on chapters after he fell asleep. Ad's storytelling is like one s'more after another. You can't stop indulging in the sweet stuff, and every bite is rewarding.

Having said this, I must brag that I know Ad personally. Yes, Kristen, I have frosted Ad's eyebrows with authentic buttercream straight from the KitchenAid to give him that "Mr. Clean" look he so cherishes. Yes, it was me. Admire all you want, Kristen, you'll never know Ad the way I do. Buaaaa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Just kidding, Kristen, I totally agree with you and thank you for your post. The best thing about Ad's writing is that it's so truthful, it quickly becomes a journey with a new best friend.

Power to the honestly funny!

October 22, 2008 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Ahhhh, man.....thanks you guys. Gosh. Shucks. Checks are in the mail.

October 22, 2008 at 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.k., one more quick comment -- my husband and I have decided not to have kids (we met in our late 30's, etc...), so I told him after the first chapter that reading Househusband was like vicariously parenting -- I know that I would have been very similar if I had been a type A stay-at-home mom :) So, I agree with you, Kathy, about the "truthfulness of the writing!"

October 23, 2008 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Myndee said...


You are a very wise man... about the anti-persperant thing. I saw an episode of one of those 20/20 type shows. They were discussing the problem with preventing your body from sweating, like nature intends. Many BRILLIANT scientist think it is linked to the increase in breast cancer (not the sole cause, but part of the increased numbers) and many other health issues. They went on for an hour about all the health problems they are thinking are probably related to it. Where they can't tell people that yet, on the packaging (like with cigarettes) because they haven't proven it conclusively. They believe it, and they are alot smarter than I. I figure better to not use anti-persperant and sweat a bit more and be wrong... than for them to be right and me lose my breast at 30 something. So, I'm on your team. If your wife and daughter don't do it, you should encourage them to give it up too. Better safe than sorry. As long as nobody smells bad... it's all good! :)

October 23, 2008 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Kathy Grey said...

Ad & Myndee are right. The sweat glands need to do their sweating. I've been trying to break myself of antiperpirants since I went to massage school 4 years ago, and learned how bad they can be.

What the professor told us then was this: use deodorant, and if you have a sweaty day, use alcohol pads to clean mid-day and re-apply deodorant.

I've made it this far: On shaving days, I use deodorant only, to keep the bad stuff away from newly exposed, vulnerable tissue.

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