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As you may have noticed, I’ve been slightly more active on the socials this week. Part of that was a three-day family road trip to the Black Hills. Mount Rushmore was incredible, y’all, so inspiring, and I loved Deadwood, and simply driving through what looked like the Colorado of my youth. I had to post some pictures and share it with you.
Also, I’m within a few weeks of finishing a draft of the new book, and I will admit, it’s been nice to poke my nose out of my cave and say hello to folks. I had no phone service during the trip, which sounds like a blessing, but being forced away without choosing to do so annoyed me greatly. Contrarian that I am, I don’t like dictums.
So. As of yesterday afternoon, I’m at 88,000 words, or about 380 pages, and things are popping. There is a book in here somewhere. I’m not seeing light at the end of the tunnel, but there is a sense of momentum, of the train hurtling forward, that gives me great hope. I’d love to finish by the end of the month, at the latest by Bouchercon. Wish me luck.
Now, on to the links!
Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:
Every weekend while I was growing up, without fail, my parents and I watched The McLaughlin Group. I’ve always been a current events/political junkie, and this show truly was the core of my interests. I’m so sorry it’s over, but John did it will style and class to the very end.RIP, John McLaughlin.Bye-bye.
For something a bit more lighthearted, you need these 10 Amelia Bedelia-isms. 😂 How many people do you know like this in real life?
This week, The Wine Vixen discovered The Wine Show. And my, oh my. Come for the wine, stay for the accents—you’ll notice the show stars the incomparable Matthew Rhys of The Americans and Matthew Goode, which will excite Downton Abbey fans. If you have a Hulu account, we highly suggest you go watch it—fun and informative!
That’s it for us. Take some time to appreciate what an amazing country we live in by setting off into the wilderness sometimes soon. See some of our treasures. Admire the ingenuity and dedication and forbearance it took to tame this gorgeous land. And congratulations to all our incredible Olympians! I am so humbled by their dedication and passion. Go USA!
It’s me, JT! How’s your neck of the woods? I’ve been in Colorado this week, visiting my family and enjoying the big, blue sky out here (not to mention winning some golf money off of my dad’s group—mwahaha!). Thanks to everyone who came to Tattered Cover for the signing this week—I always enjoy catching up with familiar faces and meeting new ones. You guys are the best.
Oh, and we’re taking a family road trip this week. Yep, you read that right. Me, parents, and siblings are loading up to visit Mt. Rushmore.
I know y’all like finding new recipes as much as I do. This week Amy discovered (and loved!) this apple cider vinegar coleslaw recipe. Light and refreshing, this is the slaw to serve to your mayo-averse friends and goes great with bbq chicken.
Recently I was interviewed by radio host Bill Knapik about writing books — and making indie horror films. For more info on our upcoming film “Island Zero,” visit the IMDB page. “Island Zero” is now in post-production.
By Allison Brennan I was stunned to read this article in the Washington Post with the headline: The dominance of Michael Phelps has crushed the Olympic dreams of these 27 swimmers I clicked through mostly because I didn’t think the article…
By Allison Brennan I’m so proud of my college girl … Kelly is transferring from Southern Oregon University to Lesley University in Cambridge. That’s a 3,000 mile journey. Why? Because she felt that Lesley would give her the BFA program that she wants. And…
Amy here. How was your week? Mine was a wee bit crazy, but you know what I discovered? There are such things as cookie delivery services.
Let that sink in.
If you’re running short on time or don’t have all the ingredients in your pantry, yet want to show the love to someone you care about, you can order straight-from-the-oven cookies to be delivered to that someone. As someone who was a recipient of said cookies (I’m looking at you, Jake’s Bakes in Nashville), they’re a small little something that made my day.
Just a thought the next time you want to feed your friend’s soul with warm, gooey goodness.
Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:
For something a little different to beat the heat, I’m eying this sweet ginger lemonade. Sounds intriguing, no?