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Blooming ‘corpse flower’ in Golden Gate Park augurs well for possible Nick Zollicker novel
A couple of weeks ago I was making notes for a new Nick Zollicker tale. The first two were short stories: An Imperfect Mimic and Smothering the Savage. The new project is more ambitious: it’s novel-length.
My notes concerned a crime scene set in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, specifically the Conservatory of Flowers. It occurs in connection with the botanical garden’s heavily-promoted blooming of an Amorphophallus titanum (a wonderfully vulgar Latin name bowdlerized to “titan arum” by the insufferable Sir David Attenborough).
Lo and behold—on Thursday there was a heavily promoted blooming of an A. titanum in . . . the Conservatory of Flowers.
I’d say that’s a big hint from the Muses that I should get to work on my Nick Zollicker novel. Stay tuned.