Book Dump: 4/25/2017

Have an unmanageable stack of books to eventually read?  So do I!  But that’s OK – we’re in this together.  Here’s some of the books that are on my To Be Read (TBR) pile:

  • Apparently I need some Christina Henry in my life.  The book pictured above Lost Boy, comes out in July 2017.
  • Sandra Block … apparently I need to discover this author as well. Here’s a case where I was drawn in by the strength of cover design alone.
  • Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget. Block’s books may have the cover, but the title of Sarah Hepola’s memoir is witty, poignant, and utterly compelling.
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.  This pick was added due to the millions of good things I’ve heard about Ng and another engaging title.

What’s on your TBR list?

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Friday Fare: 4/21/17

Credits and appreciation to (From upper left): Southern Living Magazine, One Kings Lane, Real Simple, and my personal hero and spirit animal – Ina Garten.

Still raining, but the pictures above have me dreaming about springtime.  Because April showers and yadda, yadda, yadda … Shall we?

Limited time only from Starbucks!!!  The Unicorn Frappucino!!  Reviews can be found here and here.  I’ll let you guess which article was my favorite.

Huzzah to Midwestern indie presses!  The Midwest Book Award finalist list has been announced.  Some good reading to be found here.

Um … birthday wishlist.

Finally, there’s a new book that pays tribute to an object that is now a Pinterest favorite.  The library card catalog.  I think I’ll need to see a copy of this book.


Writing Life:  Hit the deadline for consideration of a short story in an upcoming anthology through the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime.  And that was even with company coming over on Saturday!  Go me.

Work decided to be hectic this week, so not much else other than trying to survive and going to bed at night feeling my eyeballs twitch from too much coffee.  (Apparently, there is such a thing.)  Next week will be better!

Friends, we made it through another week … Happy Friday!

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Friday Fare: 4/14/17

Clockwise from upper left: A note from my husband regarding our cat; Someone’s car wrapped in plastic wrap at HyVee; Some inspo from my local gym (also the saying my grandparents kept on their fridge); and Vivian – the wonder dog at the Edina Art Center.

Spring is here in Minnesota with a rainy vengeance.  But the trees are budding, there are earthworms everywhere, and the Interwebs are random … shall we?

I’m a fan of Lorde, even if I’m pushing 40 and I wasn’t half as cool as she was in her teenage years.  This was an interesting piece (with awesome photos) of her return to the spotlight.

I made two cakes this week (we celebrated a couple birthdays in my writer’s group).  The first one – Nigella Lawson’s Guinness-infused cake – was damn tasty.  (I’ll tell you – for once, read the comments section.  Good tips/swaps/suggestions in here by people who made the cake.  One of them – make it a day ahead, the flavor will only get better.  My changes – nixed the frosting [powdered sugar on top with the choice between salted caramel or a berry coulis to top it], used Toppling Goliath’s Rover Truck oatmeal stout instead of Guinness, and added a pinch of kosher salt to the batter.)  The second one was Smitten Kitchen’s Vanilla Bean Pound Cake.  And that fricking thing was true to name – it weighed a ton.  And while it was tasty, make this one instead.  (Even with the sifting needed.)

This gave me a larf.  (Hint:  Stephen King vs. James Patterson.)


Writing Life:  I spent an enjoyable Saturday with some amazing writer friends at the Edina Art Center.  (See pic of Vivian the Art Center Pug in the collage up above – she was moving on to someone who didn’t smell of cats and dubiously-behaved children.)  I moderated a panel about humor and mysteries featuring Midge Bubany, Jessie Chandler, Barbara Deese, Pat Dennis, and Christine Husom. We had a nice crowd, some hilarious readings, and a great atmosphere at the Edina Art Center.

I have a looming deadline to get a short story ready for consideration in an upcoming anthology through the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime.  I’m almost there … I have some amazing feedback from my writer’s group and another one of my writing friends.  Just gotta get AIC (ass in chair) and finish it up!

Because I was in Edina on Saturday with some time on my hands, because my children were spending the weekend at Grandma and Grandpa’s (HOORAY FOR GRANDPARENTS), and because it has spent enough time “marinating”, I started digging in on “Dragonfly” over the weekend. There’s some good stuff there.  There’s some really terrible stuff that’s been written, but it’s the writer’s life for me. 🙂


Book Dump: 4/11/2017

Have an unmanageable stack of books to eventually read?  So do I!  But that’s OK – we’re in this together.  Here’s some of the books that are on my To Be Read (TBR) pile:

What’s on your TBR list?

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Friday Fare: But not today!

There’s plenty of grist in the Interwebs this week, but I’ve been spending my free moments getting ready for a panel that I’ll be moderating at the Edina Art Center on Saturday.  It’s called “The Author’s Studio: Write Funny or Die.” Here’s the blurb from the website: Writing humorous crime fiction is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, but perhaps there is a key. Learn how some of Minnesota’s best-known crime writers make the mysterious a little more humorous. The panel of local mystery writers will read brief excerpts from their work, take questions from the audience, and provide some laughs along the way. Hope to see you at this special April Fool’s event. This event is free and open to the public.

I’m excited and honored to be moderating this group of veteran authors (Midge Bubany, Jessie Chandler, Barbara Deese, Pat Dennis, and Christine Husom).  Part of my research for the event has been reading up on these authors’ works.  I’m proud to know these women and am looking forward to Saturday’s event!  More information can be found here.


Book Dump: 4/4/2017

I read a lot.  I spend a lot of time (probably too much time) on social media.  And I’m always coming across INCREDIBLE looking books.  Oftentimes, I either snap screenshots or physical photos on my phone so I can eventually add them to my ever expanding To Be Read (TBR) list.  Here’s my book dump for April 4, 2017:

So what’s on your TBR list?