Some of you are painfully aware of the humor blog Midget Man of Steel. Its author, Rodney Lacroix (pronounced “luh cracks”), is lewd, crude, and downright spewed. Or something like that. The aka name of his blog, Mental Poo, probably sums it up.
And even though his sense of humor can be borderline toilet and borderline fowl and borderline sick and twisted, the twelve-year-old boy in me finds his that’s-what-she-said stories hysterical.
Also? I don’t mean to brag (yes I do), but my back cover blurb on his new book, Things Go Wrong for Me, joins other blurbs from such luminaries as Jennifer Lawson (The Bloggess), Jenny McCarthy, and Suzy Soro (Hollywood, Where Hot Comes to Die).
I sat down with Rodney recently to ask him about his new book, Things Go Wrong for Me.
Me: Rodney, welcome to Nanny Goats in Panties. And congratulations on the publication of Things Go Wrong With Me. What possessed you to undertake such a project? And could you scoot closer to the microphone before speaking?….Thanks.
Rodney: First, thank you for having me. Secondly, that’s exactly what I say to prostitutes before paying them. Thirdly, I forgot where I was going with this. Let me re-read the question…
Well, my publisher, Ross Cavins, is a friend of mine and who has written his own book (and has several on the way). I read and reviewed his first one on my blog, and used to write for a comedy writing site he had called Scrivel.com.
He messaged me on Facebook about reading an upcoming book proof of his and after I blew him off for a month or two, he asked me again. And again. It was exhausting trying to ignore him at that point. He is nothing if not persistent.
Long story short I said something like, “Man, I’d love to write a book” and – BAM – my neighbor was shot. Just kidding. That was added in for shock effect.
BAM – the idea to write a book was born.
The thing we realized though that – with my blog over the age of 5 and roughly 1,100 blog posts written, most of the stories were already done. Although I have a fairly large audience, a LOT of what I have written has very rarely been looked at.
As a result, most – if not all – of the stories in the book are NEW to a lot of my regular readers and pretty much ALL of them have been rewritten. Since my style relies heavily on visual, we decided to go full color with the book. It’s a little more money, but the book really is beautiful on the page.
Me: Is it true that you were chunky as a child? Have you thought about starting a chunky child charity? I ask because the alliteration begs to be trademarked.
Rodney: Great. I’ve been sitting here for 10 minutes going ‘chunky child charity, chunky child charity.’ You’re so mean to me sometimes.
Yes. I was very fat. VERY fat. BUT, as you can see from my book trailer, I’m quite the specimen now except for my tragic hair loss which is totally evident when I bend my head down in the video. Ugh. Makes me so upset I want to eat a box of Yodels.
Me: Your blog name is Mental Poo. Yet your Twitter handle is moooooog35. Yet further, your domain name is midgetmanofsteel. So, does the medication help your multi-personality disorder?
Rodney: Not enough, apparently.
In the book, I explain the origin of “Moooooog.” Midgetmanofsteel, Mental Poo and the elusive ‘hand with lipstick’ will have to wait for a sequel or something.
Me: And finally, are you ever going to tell us what that song is that you’re humming in your book trailer video?
Rodney: Okay. Here goes, since no one has guessed it.
When I created the video, I was going for kind of the opening sequence to “Dexter” style movie. So I start humming the theme song to Dexter.
However, I’ve realized by the end of the video that it actually sounds like I’m singing “Cherish” by Kool and the Gang which makes as much sense as the Dexter thing because I’m shaving my junk. Which I cherish. See how that all ties in there?
Me: Is there anything else you want to say to NGIP fans before we go?
Rodney: First, YOU? The best. I’m sure as your readers know (me being one of them) that aside from having some odd goat in underwear fetish, that you are an amazing person and I REALLY NEED TO THANK YOU for helping me out. I still remember times when you’ve emailed me directly saying “I love your comment but I CAN’T POST IT because of the language.” There were probably 100 of those. I keep them printed out in a sealed envelope in a safe deposit box. I’ve always loved you, Margaret. Always have. Always will.
I’ve said too much.
Seriously, though? Thank YOU and thank you to your faithful followers for giving me the chance here. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I’ve enjoyed telling the stories. And, YES, the stories ARE all true. Not kidding. It’s so sad.
But you? You’re the best. Thank you so much!!
Also? His last name isn’t really pronounced “luh cracks”. It’s “lack serks”.
Kidding again. It’s “La Croy”.