Morning, loves. It's a hard day. It's hard to believe it's been fifteen years since the horrible attacks against our country, our way of life, our people and cities. I think that we continue on, living, loving, and learning, is the very best revenge. We lost so much that day, and I want to take a moment to acknowledge the brave men and women who continue to give their lives to keep us safe. Thank you for your service.
This is a good place for me to mention a book I read last week. Daniel Silva, who is truly the finest thriller writer we have, released his tour de force thriller THE BLACK WIDOW. It is a thrill ride, yes, but it is also an education in what's happened in the world since 9/11, and what's happening (and not happening) to combat the threats we face from those who want to kill us. Read it. Trust me. It's brilliant, probably Silva's best ever.
Now onto the links:
Oh, you brilliant Italians: "The Italian government is giving €500 on every 18-year-old's birthday." This is an initiative I can get behind.
Ann Patchett has a habit of speaking truth, but this article hits really close to home: "if writers are to survive, we must take responsibility for ourselves and our industry." It's very true letting your career happen to you is a recipe for disaster. More about her latest book, COMMONWEALTH, writing about family, and tending an indie bookstore here.
"Dear Colleague, I hope you're well!" Face it—we've all been guilty of writing this. Instead of opening with nondescript pleasantries, let's write better, more sincere greetings in our emails. But let's not give up all the niceties, okay?
Budding writers, artisans, and people of the world: this article on hiring a lawyer for contract negotiations is business gold from Kris Rusch. Read it, bookmark it, live it.
And closer to home:
If you love reading paperbacks, then perk up, buttercup: THE END GAME paperback went on sale this week!!!!
Season 2 (!) of A WORD ON WORDS begins with my lovely co-host, Mary Laura Philpott, and Nashville author Ed Tarkington. Check out their interview (complete with original songs written for the book by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Will Hoge!).
That's it from me, loves. Here's to cooler weather, cinnamon-scented treats, and lots of love. And one last thought:
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one."