Today’s post is where Kenny Rogers and mysteries meet! OK – not really, but that might give you an idea where my mind has been this week.
My writers group (we call ourselves the Rochester Literary Guild or “Guilders”) has been having a HOT debate about this current ad from IBM Watson. It features a conversation between Watson and Bob Dylan. (To say that Bob Dylan is something of a patron saint to the Guilders might be conjecture, but I’m not too far from the truth.) The main question that we’re kicking around? Why would Bob do this? But man … I love to hear The Man speak. I love his facial expressions as Watson poses his questions and opinions to him.
Kenny Rogers! Mr. Rogers’ recent retirement announcement prompted me to “Like” him on Facebook. Considering that my brother and I used to stand on my parents’ fireplace bench and pretend that we were Kenny Rogers and Dottie West (this was at the tender ages of 15 and 17 … no, wait! We were only toddlers. I swear.), I’m surprised that I hadn’t liked Kenny’s FB page before. I’m not sure what I was waiting for – I don’t know if Kenny runs his own social media (I’m sure not), but whoever is posting on this page links to the most RANDOM articles and memes on the Internet. It’s like reading this particular type of blog post. Seemingly every 20 minutes. Love it.
Finally – the other article I read this week recapped Ernest Hemingway’s life as a young man in Michigan. The author’s premise for this piece was the notion that when most people think of Hemingway, the Paris years and his time in Havana automatically spring to mind. The New York Times’ author went back to Hemingway’s Michigan haunts – the places that deeply inspired “The Nick Adams Stories.” It’s a quietly moving piece about a larger than life author.
Listening to: Nothing that is too notable. If anyone has good listening suggestions, hit me up on Twitter @shelleybakes or leave a comment! (Jerry Johnson … I’m looking at you … 🙂 And bird call recordings do not count.)
Reading: I DEVOURED Jenny Milchman’s first book “Cover of Snow.” There were a couple bumpy patches at the beginning of the book, but as soon as I realized that it had more to do with the fact that I was reading on my Kindle versus an author error, I powered through. I’m still thinking of a couple of the herrings that she buried. Thankful that I have a mystery loving mother-in-law who has this book on hold at the library and will email me her thoughts as well. Ms. Milchman has been featured on any number of mystery genre blogs because of how she toured to support her debut novel. In summary, as a debut novelist, her publishing house wasn’t pouring advertising dollars towards her book. So Ms. Milchman and her husband loaded up their kids and drove cross-country to support her book. Her account of the “world’s longest book tour” can be found here.
Fiction Update: Toasted Graham Latte – here I come! (See last week’s post for this random shout out to Starbucks.) I’m on page 112 of 122 for “Dragonfly.” I should be able to knock the rest of these pages out today / this weekend. There will be a post next week that discusses my next steps and some of the … well, I’ll be honest – anxiety that I’m feeling about what needs to happen next. (OK – maybe anxiety is too strong of a word, but I’m the mama of two toddlers. I don’t have a lot of time on my hands and I want to make sure that the time I have is used as efficiently as possible.)
Happy Friday, friends!