Decades ago, this weird computer came out. No one used it. But I was dating a man at the time who said, “That’s going to be the next big thing.” I told some guys in my office about it. They rolled their eyes and said it had no market share and it never would because it wasn’t compatible with IBM computers. Still, I thought it was fun to play with. Several years went by and still no one liked it. I bought a few shares of stock. Dumb idea, my husband said. Well…not so dumb, as it turned out. If you guessed Apple was the weird computer, you are right. After many years, it turned out that I was an accidental genius. Ha!
The accidental genius in my family is always the result of people not knowing what the hell they are doing. Once, on a car trip with my dad, he stopped in every little po-dunk town and bought scratch-offs. I pointed out how the odds were against him, and he said, “Oh, now, they gotta give you few hits, or people won’t buy.” That flies in the face of statistical logic, but the old man still turned his $30 into $1500 some odd dollars. He was an accidental statistical genius, as it turns out.
My late sister made gorgeous afghans. Beautiful yarn and patterns. She was going to teach herself how to knit but picked up the wrong kind of pattern. Accidental afghan genius.
In The Revenge of Lord Eberlin (out today, hip hip hooray!) Lily Boudine is in over her head. She has inherited a title and estate that is falling apart, and even worse, there is a man–Lord Eberlin–who holds her responsible for the ills of his life and wants revenge. Lily is dumb about how to fight back. She suggests to her estate agent they spy on Lord Eberlin. Oh yeah, there’s an idea. Her agent is aghast, but Lily does it anyway with no thought to how she will have to rely on someone to spy for her, and if she is caught, there will be hell to pay. She just reaches for the first dumb idea that pops into her head, and voila! Genius! It sets into motion a chain of events that allows her to figure him out and keep her one step ahead of him in their game of cat and mouse in a very complicated dance of seduction. I hope you enjoy it.
Have you ever made a purse from a sow’s ear? Have you done some thing that turned out to be accidentally genius that you didn’t know would be genius when you did it? How about going genius to dumb–have you ever thought something was such a spectacular idea and it didn’t turn out to be at all?
I am so excited that at long last, The Revenge of Lord Eberlin is here, that I am giving another signed copy away today to one lucky commenter! And, I am giving away a Kindle Fire and $100 gift certificate to someone who helps me get the word out about my book. Click over to my facebook page to get the details!