How I managed to get to my advanced age without reading Colin Watson’s Flaxborough mysteries is beyond me; I even did my first master’s thesis on mysteries (“‘A Spirit More Capable of Looking Up To Him’: Women’s Roles in Mystery Fiction from 1845 to 1920,” don’t look it up, it’s terrible). Then the first one showed up as a Book Bub special and I was hooked. Just finished the seventh one, lovely real old-fashioned British murder mystery, not at all stodgy, in fact pretty wry while still being comfortably cozy. It’s been a drizzly week today, perfect for reading about quirky death in quirky small villages. Then I went to download the seventh and found out it’s not in e-book form until the 31st, and the publication of the rest is being strung out even longer, into July. You know, these are old books. Why not put them all out at once? Annoying, but Watson is worth the wait.
So what are you reading?
I’m still slowly digging out the side yard. The front yard is a meadow which I like but which gives my very nice neighbor across the street pain (he has miles of carpet-like grass), so I ordered a mounding daisy and some lithodora for there. And then there’s the house and the breakfast scene (ARGH).
So what have you been doing?
I just got my four-week report from Grammarly. It said I wrote 344,940 words this month. A novel (according to my contracts) is 100,000 words. I wrote three and a half novels this month, evidently mostly in rewrites of the first part of Nita’s Act One (the only doc I’d uploaded), e-mails, texts, blog posts, and comments. What’s really weird is that I deleted the Grammarly app, so it’s become an invasive app, like butterfly bush, sneaking in everywhere. Continue reading
I love this Douglas Adams quote:
It’s so easy to look at my life and think, “This is not what I planned, this is not what I wanted,” and forget that in so many ways this is exactly what I wanted, more than I dreamed I could have, I just didn’t get it the way I thought I wanted it. It’s not just “count your blessings,” it’s “don’t define your blessings by what you wanted last year” or, god knows, twenty years ago.
Right now, in this moment, I am happy. That’s a blessing right there.
Where did happiness need you to be this week?
It’s National Hamburger Month (Cheeseburger Day is September 18th) so find yourself a diner and indulge. Get the fries, too (French Fry Day is July 13). And don’t forget the ketchup (June 5th) and pickles (November 14th) and lettuce (June 9th) and onion (June 22nd).
You’d think they’d coordinate or at least throw a party together.
I’ve been reading mostly news and crochet patterns lately. I really have to stop reading the news.
What have you been reading?
We had another SBP. I won’t have power until Friday.
Good news: Good Book Thursday, Cherry Saturday, and Happiness Sunday will post automatically.
I have been slowly putting in planting beds. I figure if I get them all set up this year, next year I can just order plants and put them in without all this sweating and moaning. I did get three kinds of daisies planted, none of them Shasta (those are going in somewhere else). I have Big Plans and a Black Thumb, so we’ll see.
What have you been up to?
Well, her new book is Heartless, the final book in the House of Rohan series, and it’s on sale today at Amazon. She says there’s even a Crusie Easter Egg inside if you look hard enough.
We’re going to do a Slack chat later this week (next week? we’ll get to it) talking about the book and writing and probably cats and dogs and food because we have difficulty with focus, but in the meantime, that cover is great and the story inside is probably even better. Off to buy my copy now.
Anne Stuart’s Heartless: Continue reading
From Psychology Today:
“Researchers estimate that much of happiness is under personal control. Regularly indulging in small pleasures (such as warm baths!), getting absorbed in challenging activities, setting and meeting goals, maintaining close social ties, and finding purpose beyond oneself are all actions that increase life satisfaction.”
What small (or large) happinesses did you find this week?
(Also, happy Mother’s Day!)