Dr. John Osterhout, recently retired from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Angelo State University, spoke on “Writing the Schnoz of the Rings” at the March 12 meeting of the San Angelo Writers Club. Osterhout discussed various aspects of writing parody including checking out the competition, length considerations, funny names, and pop cultural references.

Osterhout began by talking about his reasons for writing “The Schnoz of the Rings” which were more personal than related to monetary gain. “Desire for fame and fortune are not good reasons to undertake writing a book.”

Osterhout read several passages from his book to illustrate various aspect of humor in parody. He gave examples of pop cultural references from Start Trek, The Wizard of Oz, and the Beverly Hillbillies.

After his presentation, Osterhout signed copies of his book, which is available in paperback on Amazon and from Barnes and Noble. It is available for the Kindle and through Kindle Unlimited. The Schnoz can also be checked out at the Angelo State University Porter Henderson Library and the Tom Green County Library.

Osterhout is also a photographer. For photographs and more on books visit his website, Photography, Books, and Flipping Chemistry.