Every time I set up a pre-order for my newest book and have a firm deadline to complete my manuscript, the universe starts screwing with me. Something always goes wrong and I end up stressing myself out trying to hit a deadline while life spins out of control around me. So this time around, I didn’t set a firm release date. I set a date in my mind, but kept it to myself.
I figured I could outsmart the universe.
How’d that work out for me?
So glad you asked.
Followed by a lot of quality time spent with this:
And copious amounts of this:
And just when I finally started feeling like this again —
— I found out about this:
But somehow, despite all of that, guess what happened?
At Christmas I had a few guest blogs by authors I had met online and liked for any number of reasons. One of them is AJ Goode. This morning she sent me a request to read and review her upcoming book. Only two kinds of writers ask me to review their books- those that have never read my reviews and those that are crazy.
AJ is crazy. Crazy is good. Crazy good. Crazy Goode. Hah!
26% into Fat, Fifty, and Menopausal and the almost overwhelming ennui brought on by a stream of not as interesting as they sounded books has dissipated in the warm pleasure of reading the frank and funny outpourings of Everywoman. It’s like having your BFF sit down at your kitchen table, open her mouth and let it all roll out.
Seldom has a book spoken so loudly to me, I’m not reading it so much as hearing it. I want coffee and cookies, these conversations need both.
There are 19 chapters or, as I prefer, conversations. The conversation about Assholes Among Us is priceless, and Praying For Rain, this woman’s brain must have belonged to Lucy Ricardo.
I was looking for updates on Irish Hills Towers and found this photo. No date on the shot. Because they were a popular tourist attraction they always seem to be shown in sunlight. Very Hitchcock-esque, I think.
My BFF and I went out to a couple estate sales on Saturday afternoon. The second one took us to Milan and it was a lovely day for a drive in the country. We found a few small things and among mine were these books, arranged in order of publication.
Ups and Downs and Back to Vertical are signed by the author, H C L Jackson. I scooped up the six without looking at what they were about. Today I started to search for Jackson and discovered that these books are about Detroit. They are small stories from The Detroit News column, Listening In on Detroit. Published by a local publisher, Arnold-Powers, Inc, the stories included go as far back as 1931 and go to 1945.
I can’t really find any information on the author but I think I’ll contact the paper and see if they can help me. I was going to post them up immediately on Ebay but now I think I’ll read them first, then we’ll see.
This will be an interesting look into Detroit’s past.
I took the pictures with my laptop so don’t expect greatness, the first book is The Paper Bag.