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Sunday Smatterings

By J.T. Ellison

Morning, gentle readers, and happy Sunday. How was your week? We’re still recovering from the World Series at Chez Ellison. We’re a baseball house, and Dodgers in particular—DH has been a lifelong fan. I found it so amusing when people started using the diminutive DH to refer to their “darling husband” online—for a long while, I wondered why people were calling their partner the designated hitter.) But what a thrilling series it was. Congrats to you Astros fans—y’all should be proud, and I am so happy to see Houston back in the hearts and minds of the country.

Nearing the end of the first draft of Brit #5 (it has a new name, which I announced in this month’s newsletter: THE SIXTH DAY!). This is the craziest part of writing: all the threads come together at a clip, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I pound away at the keyboard… and cooking dinner has becomes the best form of procrastination. Plus, with the new chill in the air, the recipes that don’t work for summer (I’m looking at you, chili!) come back into the rotation. This isn’t DH’s first deadline rodeo, so he’s been surprised when I want to make dinner. Such is being married to a writer; we are mercurial beasts!

And without further ado…


Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

This is how a word gets into the dictionary. Admit it, you’ve always wanted to know. Personally, I spent an awful lot of time with my Webster’s growing up…

Anti-frantic. A great message as we head into the busy holiday season. I don’t get twerped out about the holidays. Decorating takes an hour, I know all my recipes by heart, I do my cards early and my shopping mostly online from fun indie retailers. Let’s all take a breath, shall we?

Actors and actresses who write, from Tom Hanks to Molly Ringwald. I think we’re sometimes led down the path that artists are one trick ponies, but if you think about the way actors need to interpret the writer, it’s not surprising many of them take up the pen.

How I read 100 books in a year (and you can too). With all the distractions floating around, it’s hard to get through one book, let alone 100. If you’re eyeing a book challenge in 2018, you may find this article useful. I’m behind on my count right now, but I’m gaining steam going into the winter months!

These Golden Snitch-Topped Butterbeer Donuts Are What Potterhead Dreams Are Made Of. Holy sugar rush, Batman. 😍

The new decluttering trend is called Swedish Death Cleaning and we tried it. Sounds scary, but perhaps a great way to clear the clutter once and for all. It’s a bit morbid, though, so be warned.

Let Me Count The Ways. ATTENTION WRITING DATA GEEKS: Scrivener 3.0 will give you MORE than you can possible handle. (What’s Scrivener, you ask? Only the best writing software ever. And add in some Scapple for brainstorming, too!)


And closer to home:

A WORD ON WORDS Season 3 is here! Click Play to watch the latest episode.

I recently sat down with the author of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (yep, like the Oscar-winning movie), Matthew Quick. His newest book, THE REASON YOU’RE ALIVE, is one of the best I’ve read this year—so nuanced, so poignant. And Mr. Quick himself is delightful: I could have talked to him all day.

I like to ask each author I interview a few of the same questions, just to get different perspectives. One question I ask is if the writer is creatively satisfied. Mr. Quick had one of my favorite answers to that question, which you get to see in this video.


That’s it from me! Y’all be good, rake someone’s leaves, light a cinnamon candle and watch a good movie or two, and we’ll talk again soon. Speaking of movies—what’s your favorite for the season ahead?

xo,
J.T.

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Sunday Smatterings

By J.T. Ellison

Hello, dear readers, welcome to Sunday. How was your week? We turned on our heater for the first time a few days ago. The season is starting to show its colors here, on the trees and in the weather. Lots of clouds and cooler temperatures—it makes for great porch weather. I don’t mind one bit.

I am this close to finishing the first draft of Nicholas #5. True to the writer cliché, I had a middle-of-the-night epiphany a few nights ago, which was great because I hadn’t figured out how to tie a few threads together quite yet. But boom, I have a problem, and my Muse delivers! Such are the pitfalls of being a pantser, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s fun getting surprised by the ending… even if I get a few gray hairs along the way. And the cats sit begging for play time. And the laundry isn’t folded. And I have to have DH bring home food. Am I whining yet? OK, maybe a little. Deadlines are hard!

Without further ado, here are your links:


Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

Only an avid reader can name all 22 books with just 3 clues. How many did you get? I happened to get all 22. BECAUSE I AM A NERD.

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia. Very interesting read. Watch how much time you spend with technology. (I’m preaching to the choir on this.)

Ernest Hemingway’s first work of fiction which he wrote aged 10 found in freezer bag. Crazy!! Included for all other Hemingway buffs. Can you imagine if the lost manuscript were to appear as well? You know someone has to have it, stashed away in an attic.

Maison Bergdorf. Um, can you say writer’s retreat? This place is gorgeous! Sign me up… 😍

What I learned about minimalism in Poland. A very good lesson here. I found the concepts quite profound and powerful. When you have had nothing for so long, it’s easy to overdue.

11 literary-inspired accessories to gift your loved ones. Because ’tis almost the season. 🎄🕎

15 Fantastic J. R. R. Tolkien-isms to Live By. We all need a little Tolkien now and then.


And closer to home:

LIE TO ME is at Target!

LIE TO ME is new at Target! I’m thrilled my book baby is at one of the greatest stores in all the land. Stop by and get a copy for yourself. (and a friend!) This book is great for bookclubs, too. I assure many glasses of wine and disagreements — especially about that ending!

You can also find LIE TO ME at airports across the country. Because what’s better than sinking into a story as you jet into the air? Thanks, Hudson!


That’s it from me! Enjoy the trick-or-treaters, eat some Halloween candy for me, watch out for ghosts and goblins, and we’ll talk again soon.

xo,
J.T.

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Sunday Smatterings

By J.T. Ellison

Hello, chickens, happy Sunday to you. How’s it going? It’s beginning to feel like fall here in Tennessee, though the leaves haven’t quite caught up yet—it’s still fairly green—but I’ll take what I can get. I do love a nip in the air.

I’ve just finished my last event for the year. Bouchercon was so much fun, but this writer has been on the road since August, and I’m looking forward to staying in one place for a while, with my kitties and my laptop and my words. Plus, a new season of hockey is underway (#GoPreds), I’m hubby’s good luck charm. I can’t ditch the boys in their time of need, right?

Right.

And, of course, the Dodgers are going to be in the World Series!!! Guess what we’re doing Tuesday? (love ya, #Blue)

Let’s talk about some links!


Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

Star Wars Halloween costumes for your pet. Because this is super important. If only the girls would let me turn them into mini-Yodas…

7 true crimes books you may have missed (but need to pick up). Because we all need more books on our TBR pile, of course.

15 riveting books with unreliable narrators or ambiguous endings. All of my heroes are on this list!!!

You can buy the Long Island mansion that inspired THE GREAT GATSBY! You know, if you’re willing to shell out some major bucks.

The one thing you should never say to an agent. Listen up, aspiring writers. This is gold.

I got the good word that my favorite winery in Sonoma survived the fires. So many didn’t, and the devastation is heartbreaking. There are a ton of ways to donate, but I went for the Napa Humane Society and the Sonoma Humane Society, and we will be buying wine from the region exclusively for the rest of the year.

The 28 coolest independent bookstores in the US. My hometown store made the list (Parnassus rules!). Did yours make it, too?

I can’t wait to get my copy of BETRAYED: Powerful Stories of Kick-Ass Crime Survivors. What a great lineup and cause. In our current environment, raising awareness is so very important.

And speaking of raising awareness… I found this powerful op-ed by Lupita Nyong’o to be both moving and infuriating. I so desperately hope we have a new normal going forward. And since this seems the right place and moment to say it, I tearfully join you. #metoo.


And closer to home:

Today is the LAST DAY you can get the NO ONE KNOWS ebook for $1.99! This is the first time it’s been on sale, so grab it before the price goes up.

Enter to win a copy of DEAD ENDS! The best way to celebrate Goodreads Horror week? Free books, of course. If you’re a US or Canada resident, enter to win one of three copies of our new Two Tales Press anthology DEAD ENDS: Stories from the Gothic South. It’s the perfect spooky reading for the fall.


That’s it from me! Go tromping through the leaves, say hi to your indie bookseller, watch a fun movie or two, and we’ll talk again soon.

xo,
J.T.

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Sunday Smatterings

By J.T. Ellison Hello, chickens, happy Sunday to you. How’s it going? It’s beginning to feel like fall here in Tennessee, though the leaves haven’t quite caught up yet—it’s still fairly green—but I’ll take what I…

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FIELD OF GRAVES is $1.99 Today on Kindle!

By J.T. Ellison

Heads up, Taylor fans! If you haven’t learned how Taylor and Baldwin met, or how Taylor got her infamous scar, now’s your chance to do it on the mega cheap.

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About the book:

With FIELD OF GRAVES, New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison goes back to where it all began…

All of Nashville is on edge with a serial killer on the loose. A madman is trying to create his own end-of-days apocalypse and the cops trying to catch him are almost as damaged as the killer. Field of Graves reveals the origins of some of J.T. Ellison’s most famous creations: the haunted Lieutenant Taylor Jackson; her blunt, exceptional best friend, medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens; and troubled FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin. Together, they race the clock and their own demons to find the killer before he claims yet another victim.

This dark, thrilling and utterly compelling novel will have readers on the edge of their seats, and Ellison’s fans will be delighted with the revelations about their favorite characters.

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