Jeff Pierce of The Rap Sheet ( has named me, along with six other unfortunates, to participate in the Bald-Faced Liar (aka “Creative Writer”) Blogger Award.  Never being one to sidestep a chance to lie, I gladly accepted. There are a few simple rules, and they are:

• Thank the person who gave this to you. (Thanks, Jeff.)
• Copy the logo and place it on your blog. (OK, done.)
• Link to the person who nominated you. (Check.)
• Tell up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth – or – switch it around and tell six outrageous truths and one outrageous lie. (See below.)
• Nominate seven “Creative Writers” who might have fun coming up with outrageous lies of their own. (Check the end of this post.)
• Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
• Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know that you have nominated them.

After careful thought, I decided that six lies would be too easy, so I have elected to tell six outrageous truths and one outrageous lie.  The truths are all absolutely true, but please don’t ask me to elaborate on any of them. Can you guess which is the lie?

1. During my poker career, I once won a large pot from actor James Woods.

2. Back in my musical career, I once played piano behind Jerry Lee Lewis.

3. Also, back in my musical career, I often played in a bar in Honduras frequented by “death squad” members.

4. When I was in college, I was in several classes with Bill Clinton.

5. I was arrested in Zimbabwe as a “provocateur”.

6. While in Port Of Spain, Trinidad, I once danced with Miss Trinidad (of the Miss Universe contest, where she went on to finish 2nd).

7. I know, without doubt, who was behind the JFK assassination.

Okay, there you have it. Step right up and take your guess. Meanwhile, the other writers I am nominating are (drum roll, please):

Tom Piccirilli (The Last Kind Words), Morgan St James (The Seven Deadly Samovars), James Scott Bell (Plot & Structure), Charlie Stella (Johnny Porno), John McFetridge (Let It Ride), Vegas Linda Lou (Bastard Husband: A Love Story), links posted to the right.

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  1. If college with Bill is true, then details will be expected. But I’m going to say #5 is the lie.

  2. Deborah Sharp

    Gee, Mike … if my life were THAT colorful, I wouldn’t have to make up stuff as a writer. I’m guessing 7 is the lie, that you don’t REALLY know with certainty about the JFK assassination.

  3. Leslie Michaelis

    Well, I’d have to say that 7 is the lie, since, unless you were the one holding the gun, you couldn’t “know without a doubt.” 5 however seems highly improbable, so at some point, you will HAVE to tell me that story over a bottle of wine.

  4. This has become an incestuous conundrum. You nominated McFetridge, who nominated me. I then nominated Charlie Stella, not having seen your post yet. I wonder if I inadvertently harassed anyone else.

    I’m guessing #5 is the lie. Can’t be 1 (James Woods is a lousy poker player), and it can’t be 7 (everyone who has a theory about the Kennedy assassination knows it for a fact.)

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