9.4.16 - Sunday Smatterings

"It's not who you think you are that holds you back,
it's who you think you're not."

I open today with a quote that feels very apropos, considering. I finished my 18th novel this week. TEAR ME APART is my second standalone novel. I started it entirely by accident, sitting in a Parisian café, and went back to Paris to write parts of it. All the while I was writing it, a voice in the back of my head kept telling me I couldn't do it. I second-guessed character decisions, plot devices, threads. It wasn't until I went back and reread some of my heroes that I remembered the golden rule, and I was able to truly settle in:

"There are no rules except those you create, page by page."
~Stuart Woods

I was holding myself back because I'd convinced myself I wasn't a standalone writer. Consider that particular block crushed. : )

Now, on to the links!

The Guardian has this gem of a headline: Antlers Hunter S Thompson stole from Hemingway's home returned to family. It's about time.


Speaking of Hemingway, I bought this book this week. He wrote large parts of it in Venice, at a small table in the corner of Harry's Bar. When I did my Hemingway footsteps trip last year, I spent a lot of time at Harry's.


Ever wonder what a chef reads? Wonder no more!


David Berry has been cast as 'Lord John Grey' in OUTLANDER!!!  To which I reply... A: AWESOME! B: What a polite character description of LJG! I can't wait to meet him on screen.


Lifehacker is doing a great series called "Will it Sous Vide?"


Once again, Facebook shows its algorithms are invasive and frightening.

But to cheer you up from that, I give you, Quilted Northern: Rustic Weave, which made us giggle all week long.

Closer to home:

It's been a relatively quiet week. Randy and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary, we're in a hurricane as I write this. It happened on our first honeymoon, our 11th, and now out 21st. It's an every decade thing for us. 

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Blessed week ahead to you, chickens. May your lives be hurricane free.




J.T. Ellison

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

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