About (Who?)

Rob-TheFinalStretch

Robert Smith (A.K.A. TyCobbsTeeth) hails from Prince Edward Island (off Canada’s east coast).
On this small island, ocean waves drive hard against red cliffs. So, with fears that the sandstone island might soon melt into the Atlantic, Robert finished his studies in Information Technology and moved to Canada’s capital.

Robert has worked in network design, administration and security. He also flipped burgers, waited tables, and blended drinks for an orange guy named Julius (not that any of that matters). Now, he manages a digital forensics team, supporting investigations (during the day), and writes.

This author writes thrillers (psychological, suspense, crime and horror). Pick one up if you like that sort of thing.

And visit www.RobertSmithThrillers.ca for the latest news.

 

Stay Hungry,
Robert Smith


What’s with that pen name?

Robert came up with the pseudonym, ‘TyCobbsTeeth’ after reading a story back in 1999. A woman named Karen Shemonsky bought the dentures of Ty Cobb, a former Major League Baseball center-fielder, at a Sotheby’s auction for $7,475. The bizarre purchase inspired him to read up on Cobb–who he learned was arguably the greatest baseball player of all time. Because his goal was to write stories with real bite, he felt that the moniker fit.
Since he published Society for Supper in 2015, he met the sports expert from Sotheby’s auction house–the guy who sold Ty Cobb’s dentures to Karen Shemonsky! David Goodwillie reached out to him through GoodReads after reading his author profile; how awesome is that?

191 thoughts on “About (Who?)

  1. Great title! Always, always the hardest part for me. I didn’t have children because I couldn’t figure out what to name them! You get the idea…Next time, I’ll come to you for advice. Again, one killer title for a book. Thanks for following me, by the way…Judy

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  2. Thanks for inspiring others to read. It’s a shame that most of this young generation is growing up with quick blips which pass Into the mists of their mind within seconds. (That’s fine for a short story but I’m talking about a generation reading People magazine and consider it literature, ๐Ÿ™‚ .) Give me a something to savor like a James Michener novel. You have a very interesting blog and I’ll enjoy reading more of them as soon as we settle into our new home. Oh, and thank you so much for following my blog – it’s an honor! Blessings,

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  4. You might have an argument about Cobb being the best baseball player of all time. He was infamous for sliding into bases with his spikes up. Nevertheless, he is definitely one of the top ball players of his time.
    Thanks for dropping by my online writing studio, and for opting to follow my work. I hope you found a good read or two.
    — SM

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  5. You went and done it. You went and followed Uncle Bardie’s Stories & Such. You are now one of Uncle Bardie’s Band of Merry Followers. Just so you know, Uncle Bardie’s a hoot, and he’s got quite a few whoppers in his bag of stories. Some funny, some not so funny. But all told for your entertainment. Thank you for following his blog.

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  6. I like the story of how you took on the nom de plume; “TyCobbsTeeth”. It reminds me how the most unexpected and seemingly trivial confluence of events can have such profound effects on our lives. Some of us miss the significance of these otherwise superficial minutia until they exert their subtle power over time and reshape the entire profile of our identity and experience.

    Thanks for writing.

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  7. My Dad, who might have been a contender but for WWII loved Ty Cobb. I’m not a baseball fan (ask AFrankAngle) but I really don’t like dentists. So I have no idea why I clicked on here. But I am glad I did. I love whimsy!

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    1. Hi Sandra,
      You’re award winning blog was a gem to find and I appreciate you stopping by mine.
      I liked your book summations and reflections a lot.
      If youโ€™re in the mood for a quick read some time I invite you to pick up a copy of a the short story I recently finished. Itโ€™s available (free) in multiple formats via http://hotpepperpublishing.weebly.com/
      I’ll be popping by to check out your reviews as they post.
      Great site.
      Cheers!
      TyCobbsTeeth

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    1. Thank you very much Tim. That’s a very nice complement considering the finely oiled and polished machine you’re running.
      I will definitely be back to visit–regularly–in order to take advantage of all the excellent resources you’ve made available to writers.
      Thanks,
      TyCobbsTeeth

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  8. Thank you for deciding to follow my blog. I love Canada, have travelled extensively by train, across it and up from Boston as well, stopping off to stay with friends and family. I am spellbound by The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, I love Canadian writing. Last round trip took in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal (Grand Prix week which wasn’t very clever) but had a great weekend anyway.

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    1. My pleasure deborah. Travelling can be great, but it’s always great to get home. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip. Where are you from?
      Thanks for dropping in.
      If you’re thirsting for a quick read you can pick up a copy of a the short story I recently finished. It’s available (free) in multiple formats via http://hotpepperpublishing.weebly.com/
      I read through your blog reviews and really enjoyed your commentary.
      I’ll be checking back in as you post more.
      Thanks,
      TyCobbsTeeth

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  9. If you are thinking about following the story I was talking about in “End of book one…” it might help if you start at the beginning. even though each chapter can stand alone as a separate story, the reader could easily get lost if they start at the end. but, then again, the end is only the beginning of the next story. Anyhoo, thanx for stopping by my blog. will get around to reading your book as soon as I am finished with writing about Cris (that’s my main character In the series I am writing) and a few of her supporting cast. Ciao!

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  10. Thank you for the follow. I noticed your short story on Smashwords has all 5 stars. That’s fantastic! I tried to download to my Kindle Fire but it doesn’t show up. Grr. I’m going to borrow my husband’s computer to read it. It looks really interesting. And I love the name of your blog and the story behind it! The Red Sox could have used someone like Ty this year given that we came in last ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    1. Great. Well, not great that you weren’t able to get a copy, but great that you haven’t given up. I’ll have to look into that problem. Thanks for pointing it out. You’re right about the Sox though. They don’t have the personality or chemistry that got them to, and through the playoffs in recent years. Next year they’ll find that catalyst!
      Until then, thanks for dropping in. I hope you’ll keep coming back my East Coast friend.
      Cheers!
      TyCobbsTeeth

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  11. Talkin’ Baseball! So much fun unearthed here, I must address in list form!
    1.) merci buckets for the follow! I know “Tiaras and Trianon” appears overtly girlie–and it should be, save that I take every opportunity possible to try to work sports into the blog theme. It’s definitely a square hole but I can’t help myself.
    2.) How fortuitous that I stop by your blog, Mr. Teeth, on the day of the AL Wild Card? I’m superstitious like a ballplayer that way. [pisces: it’s our default setting.]
    3.) Even more ominous? Here I am chatting with Ty’s chompers and I’ve just had my wisdom teeth out. There are no accidents! Heh!
    4.) I just got here and I’m envious! You’ve got a great nom d’plume [it better be on the dust jacket!] I simply must come up with one myself! ยฟMas envidia? Your Sox have had some sweet post-seasons in the past decade, no doubt.
    *Here is the part where you promise not to laugh. I didn’t hear you promise, but at least stifle the guffaws.* I’m a Mets fan. So hoping there’s no more bad blood over 86. Boston and the “Good” NYC Team should band together against the true evil: they who shall not be named! *Shudder*
    I’d complain about the ol’ Metropolitans, but then I think about the Cubbies and even the Tigers a little…then again, their owners weren’t involved with Bernie Madoff.

    Yeah, I do apologize Dr. Teeth, this was meant to be a short, sincere “thanks for the follow” and I got all amped up for October. (Or maybe it’s the painkillers for my teeth.) Never fear, since I’ve typed you this short story, I owe you a download on yours, which I’m off to do once I hit “post comment.”

    Hope to see you round my blog as I look forward to reading yours…baseball or not!
    Have a fab Tuesday!

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    1. Ha, yes, that was a short story! Thank you though, and good luck tonight. TyCobbsTeeth hit home on so many levels for me after reading up on the Georgia Peach. The chompers, of course, were the obvious reason however, the fact that he would take bases with cleats high, and had such bite in his personality gave more credence to pseudonym.
      Alas, baseball is over for me this year. Hopefully your team will fare better. Being an all-year sports fan, I can take solace in the fact that two other sports seasons are just amping up for me. TyCobbsTeeth has several nom dโ€™plume –so with the hockey season upon us I change gears to GordiesElbow, and GridIronMaiden for football.
      Have some fun cheering!
      Thanks for stopping by.
      -TyCobbsTeeth

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  12. Ty Cobb was one of the all-time best … and in the first group inducted to the baseball’s hallowed Hall. 24 years as a centerfielder … occasionally played other positions, but I don’t believe he ever played shortstop … Nonetheless, cheers to his teeth serving as your inspiration.

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    1. Thanks Frank — and thank you for stopping by my blog. I’ve been a RedSox fan all my life, which started in the Carl Yastrzemski era.
      Are you a Tyrus Cobb fan? I appreciate the catch btw.
      A few years back, I looked up a ton of his stories, facts, and quotes. Amazing. Maybe I’ll write a blog to pay homage …after some fact checking.
      Cheers Frank!

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      1. Ty was a heck of a player … meaner than a snake … but a great player. Thus like many fans, I marvel at his accomplishment while chuckling at this fierce competitive nature.

        Life-long Reds fan here, thus like you, the pain and agony of 2014.

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    1. Hi Awax, I have a huge queue of books lined up, but would love to give yours a read. I probably won’t get to it until the end of November or December. If you want to point me to it, send me a link or a copy, I will get to it as soon as I can.
      Cheers!

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