If you follow any authors, book bloggers, or publishers on social media, you've likely seen a lot of posts lately about what's to come in 2019 and what needs to be added to your to-be-read pile. While I've given up hope of ever completely making through my TBR list (it's basically Hydra—I finish one book … Continue reading 2019: A Reading Preview
After getting out of routine with the Thanksgiving holiday, this past week has been about struggling to remember what day of the week it actually is. Writing, therefore, has been a little more difficult, so most of my free time has been spent reading to give my mind a chance to settle and stop going … Continue reading Odds & Ends 11/26-12/2
I heard a sermon on thankfulness last week and, with Thanksgiving approaching, I've been trying to keep it in mind as I go through each day. What struck me from this particular sermon was the idea that thankfulness is not merely the reaction of feeling glad or grateful for something, but a more intentional decision … Continue reading Thankfulness
A lot of people tend to think Shakespeare isn't for them; it's too old, too intellectual, or too boring. But after reading Still Star-Crossed a few weeks ago and thinking about how a Shakespeare play spawned a sequel novel that spawned a Shondaland produced T.V. series (albeit a short-lived one), I cannot accept that. After all, Shakespeare … Continue reading 10 Shakespeare Adaptations For Those Not Sure About Shakespeare
What book did PBS viewers select as the Best-Loved Novel I America?
I've had some ups and downs the past couple of weeks. The big downer has been my car, which I have to take in to have the transmission repaired tomorrow. The car is still drivable fortunately, because they couldn't get me in at the repair shop immediately, but knowing it does need fixing has made … Continue reading Odds & Ends 10/8-10/14
I have been in the kitchen this week, and I think I stumbled onto something I'd like to try again. I call it "Sweet Pineapple Pepper Shrimp." I was inspired by a recipe I'd originally seen on Pinterest (of course), involving lemons, shrimp, and a packet of Italian seasoning. I had no lemons in the … Continue reading Sweet Pineapple Pepper Shrimp
Review of Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub
September 30th marks the start of Season 4 of Poldark on PBS, which means you have one week to catch up if, for some crazy reason, you have not been watching it. For those of you unfamiliar, Poldark is a fantastic costume drama based on Winston Graham's book series of the same name. Set in the late eighteenth … Continue reading Poldark Returns!
I've been making preparations for my next round of queries the past couple of weeks, including writing up another draft of the dreaded query letter. It is still my least favorite thing. Maybe by this time part of the problem is that I've built it up in my head, but I'm still willing to bet … Continue reading Odds & Ends 9/10-9/16