Sunday Smatterings

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Sunday! Who’s ready for March Madness? Who’s happy Daylight Savings time is over? I am, on both accounts. I understand there are several bills in both my state legislature and Congress to abolish the time shift, for which I would be grateful. It takes me weeks to adjust. Throws me for a major loop.

It was a very good week. I turned in GOOD GIRLS LIE then promptly collapsed for two days. When I crawled off the couch, after watching 6 movies and reading two books, I tackled my closet, which has been a wreck for months.

I’ve been struggling with my style for a few years now, so, on the advice of a friend, I brought in help from Effortless Style in Nashville, and we did an official closet audit. Katey was ruthless. She was honest. She helped me find the uniform/style I was looking for. And my closet is 150 items, 10 purses, and 20 pairs of shoes lighter. One large bag is heading ThredUp, but the rest was dropped at Goodwill yesterday. There will be more to go—I still have a try on pile, and I need to tackle my drawers—but it’s so much better.

It is always hard for me to let go of things. This experience taught me a valuable lesson: I hold on too tightly in many areas of my life, not just my closet. I’m hoping that by allowing some of my most loved items bless others, this is a symbolic step forward, as well as OMG my closet is sooooo clean and easy!!!!!


Only 9 days to go before THE LAST SECOND is here! There are two giveaways you’ll want to enter: Goodreads is giving away 50 copies (US only) and Gallery has a sweepstakes too (US and Canada only.) And pre-orders are always appreciated…. 👽

Now, onward to the (oddly enough) library and space themed links...


Here's what happened on the Internets this week:

A Shot-By-Shot Breakdown Of The Ridiculously Packed ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Trailer. It’ll be here April 14! And let me tell you, if you can get through this without massive goosebumps, I fear the White Walkers have already gotten to your house.

How the NY Public Library Fills Its Shelves (and Why Some Books Don’t Make the Cut.) “The New York Public Library has one of the largest public collections in the world. But, unlike Amazon, it does not have seemingly infinite storage. Every book must earn its place on crowded shelves. Nothing gets there by accident.”

And in that same vein…Did you know the Bodleian in Oxford has a copy of every book ever printed in England? Plus a few others, 13 million of them. Incredible!

The True Crime That Inspired 'A Double Life' Is More Shocking Than Any Thriller Novel. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. And all the thriller authors in the land say hallelujah.

NASA Announces World’s First All-Female Spacewalk. It’s about time! Cathrine and I jumped on this ages ago when plotting THE LAST SECOND.

Brontë shrine for sale with a home and a thriving business. It has a B&B! I suddenly feel a deep need to visit. Why do you think we’re all so obsessed with the Brontës?

How did reading and writing evolve? Neuroscience gives a clue.  This is utterly fascinating. Also, for another view, check out Hamlet’s Blackberry by William Powers.

Inside the Belgian Library That Tore Itself Apart. Such a sad history.

NASA ISS SHOCK: How strange ‘illuminating' object left Mission Control BAFFLED. Is Dr. Nevaeh Patel right? Are they out there, trying to talk to us? Of course they are! #thelastsecond

Cal Newport - Digital Minimalism. Featuring two of my biggest influencers in one interview, Cal Newport sits down with Ryder Carrol of Bullet Journal method fame.


What I’m Reading:

LAST SUMMER by Kerry Lonsdale

You guys… you NEED this book. LAST SUMMER is utterly captivating and impossible to put down, so strap yourself in for a ride. In addition to being a superb writer, Kerry Lonsdale has a talent for creating complex characters who wrestle with very real situations. This is her best yet, a sly suspense coupled with sizzling romance and unending twists. Lonsdale should be on every reader’s radar so get your preorder in! What are you reading?


That’s it for now. Donate a few items from your closet, meditate on our many blessings, watch a super movie, and I’ll see you next Sunday!

peace and hugs,
J.T.

PS: Stop by tomorrow, we have a nice little surprise!