Sunday Smatterings

Sunday Smatterings 10.29.17

Hello, dear readers, welcome to Sunday. How was your week? We turned on our heater for the first time a few days ago. The season is starting to show its colors here, on the trees and in the weather. Lots of clouds and cooler temperatures—it makes for great porch weather. I don't mind one bit.

I am this close to finishing the first draft of Nicholas #5. True to the writer cliché, I had a middle-of-the-night epiphany a few nights ago, which was great because I hadn't figured out how to tie a few threads together quite yet. But boom, I have a problem, and my Muse delivers! Such are the pitfalls of being a pantser, but I wouldn't have it any other way. It's fun getting surprised by the ending... even if I get a few gray hairs along the way. And the cats sit begging for play time. And the laundry isn't folded. And I have to have DH bring home food. Am I whining yet? OK, maybe a little. Deadlines are hard!

Without further ado, here are your links:


Here's what happened on the Internets this week:

Only an avid reader can name all 22 books with just 3 clues. How many did you get? I happened to get all 22. BECAUSE I AM A NERD.
 

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia. Very interesting read. Watch how much time you spend with technology. (I'm preaching to the choir on this.)
 

Ernest Hemingway's first work of fiction which he wrote aged 10 found in freezer bag. Crazy!! Included for all other Hemingway buffs. Can you imagine if the lost manuscript were to appear as well? You know someone has to have it, stashed away in an attic.
 

Maison Bergdorf. Um, can you say writer's retreat? This place is gorgeous! Sign me up... 😍
 

What I learned about minimalism in Poland. A very good lesson here. I found the concepts quite profound and powerful. When you have had nothing for so long, it's easy to overdue.
 

11 literary-inspired accessories to gift your loved ones. Because 'tis almost the season. 🎄🕎
 

15 Fantastic J. R. R. Tolkien-isms to Live By. We all need a little Tolkien now and then.


And closer to home:

 
 

LIE TO ME is new at Target! I'm thrilled my book baby is at one of the greatest stores in all the land. Stop by and get a copy for yourself. (and a friend!) This book is great for bookclubs, too. I assure many glasses of wine and disagreements -- especially about that ending! 

You can also find LIE TO ME at airports across the country. Because what's better than sinking into a story as you jet into the air? Thanks, Hudson! 


That's it from me! Enjoy the trick-or-treaters, eat some Halloween candy for me, watch out for ghosts and goblins, and we'll talk again soon.

xo,
J.T.