I'm curious, what book turned you into a reader? And when? I know many readers who came late to the page, and many who started when they were little. It's always fascinating to me to hear how you got into books.
Happy Monday, my dears! It's going to be a very busy week ahead, so I'm glad I took some time off this weekend. I watched the royal wedding, which was incredibly uplifting and joyous, then played a little golf, read some short stories, organized my pantry. I received THE MINIMALIST KITCHEN for my birthday and I am excited to see how my adventure in kitchen minimalism goes. I don't know about you, but mine ends up being the repository for everything from food to mail to kittens who like to perch on the cool marble. Now if I could just minimize the laundry...
I hope your weekend was lovely. Did you do anything fun? Did you tune in to the wedding?
Hi there, chickens, welcome to Sunday Smatterings. Lots of bookish items this week, so buckle up, buttercups, let's get reading.
Here's what happened on the Internets this week:
The 2018 Summer Reading Guide is here! Some superb titles brought to you by Modern Mrs. Darcy!
Sweetbitter Author Stephanie Danler on Bringing Her Book to TV. "When you’re a novelist, you’re really playing God and you’re in total control of the action and the characters. I quickly realized that with screenwriting all you’re doing, really, is creating a document that’s a map for the director and the actors to hopefully find something sort of magical in the moment. It’s not a finished piece of work. It’s not the final say. It’s so fluid." Fascinating.
The Silenced Woman and the Psychological Thriller - How to Write A Feminist Thriller From a Male Perspective. Superb, thought-provoking piece by Araminta Hall. I’ve long said we need to rethink victimizing our heroines. This dovetails nicely.
Dangers of Not Trusting The Creative Voice. Great advice — though I still think it’s perfectly fine to edit your novel once it’s done.
Today's New Moon In Taurus Is The Perfect Excuse To Treat Yourself. Change is afoot, peeps. Take advantage!
Time Mangement Monday: 3 Reasons You're Procrastinating. Any of these apply to you, chickens?
Pick up a cat like a pro. Practical advice. 🐈
And closer to home:
In case you were under a rock this week, I revealed the cover of my new standalone novel, TEAR ME APART! Confession: This book is unlike any other I have ever written. It’s a very serious family drama, a dark suspense with a Girl, Interrupted vibe, albeit if the girls from the film were grown up. It's about a mother's love, and secrets, and darkness. The tagline, Everyone Has A Dark Side, could not be more perfect. I got chills when I saw it on the cover.
Here's where you can order yours:
That's it from me. Y'all have a wonderful week, snag some strawberries at the farmer's market, sit on a porch for a spell, and we'll talk again soon.
I bet you can imagine spending an afternoon here: feet propped up, book in hand, the perfume of fresh flowers in the breeze. Ahh...