After a friend/colleague of mine read my blog "My...Brush...With the Law" (http://thewendywatsonblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/mybrushwith-law.html) she and I held an email correspondence about it, which I repeat here (edited for length):
FRIEND: Wow!!! College professor!! Felon harboring ammunition!! Society of Illustrators!!
ME: The avalanche of good news is really great, isn't it! (Except for the ammo part, of course...)
FRIEND: All really terrific...but I like Ammo Felon best! If they put you into the Witness Protection Program, please let me know first.
FRIEND: Do you think the creep who buried the ammo is going to come back and dig it up?
ME: The odd thing is that especially in the first few months after I had moved in here, various people kept coming by "looking for X"...There were two young men who were especially creepy---they looked very respectable, well dressed, etc, but they came by more than once, ostensibly looking for some woman, and one day they actually parked outside my house and sat there for several hours. I'm at the end of a cul-de-sac---there's no other house they could have been observing. Stupidly I did not call the police---I was still in my small-town, everything-is-safe mode, where a car parked by your house for several hours meant nothing (except that maybe the driver was out hunting deer...or blackberries). Later my daughter scolded me; and when I did finally call the non-emergency police (after the two guys had already left) the lady said: "Don't take any chances. They might be armed. If you see them again, call 911 immediately."
FRIEND: Wendy. Your neighborhood life is surpassing your professional life. Be careful!!! Dig some more in the backyard (but not at night.) Join the NRA if necessary. If you incorporate this into your school presentations, I would think your fees should double!
ME: Ha ha...
FRIEND: Seriously! In addition to being a nationally known author/illustrator, when you throw in the additional drama unfolding in your backyard, you will have those third grade boys eating out of your hand!!!!
So. My new career...True Crime for third-graders?