Sunday Smatterings

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Hi there, chickens! Welcome to Sunday Smatterings on this glorious Memorial Day weekend. Let's take a look at the latest bookish!

Here's what happened on the Internets this week:

Enormous Smallness: The Sweet Illustrated Story of e. e. cummings and His Creative Bravery. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

Creative Incubation. This hit me hard. It’s so true. Create that space for yourself. Without it, your work will suffer. We all need a room of our own without distraction.

How Things End Ending really is almost harder than beginning. But necessary. You don't want to leave a trail of half-eaten sandwiches around the house... though your mice will love you, your readers won't!

Ready Player Productive: On Virtual Reality and Cognitively Demanding Work. Very interesting to consider. There's nothing from Cal Newport that isn't fascinating. 


In an 8-Hour Day, the Average Worker Is Productive for This Many Hours. I know my mental productivity is limited to a solid three hours, mostly in the afternoon. Makes sense the business world should start cutting back.


The Gorgeous Reality of Having People Not Like You. "Caring too much about what others think of you stifles your ability to take risks and disrupts your social satisfaction." Love yourself. The rest will come. It doesn't matter if you're liked. Be true to you.


Marie Kondo Shows How to Tidy Your Office. When’s the last time you cleaned your office? I need to get on this...


What Makes a “Great American Read,” Anyway? The brilliant mind behind NPT's A WORD ON WORDS, Linda Wei, tells us. Have you voted for your favorite yet??


Tiny Luxuries.  Amazing what we can do when we’re mindful.

And closer to home:


The ebook for ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS (Lt. Taylor Jackson #1) is on sale for $1.99! This a great deal for anyone looking to get lost in a book this holiday weekend.

Revisit Book #1 in J.T. Ellison's heart-racing, fan-favorite Taylor Jackson series!

When a local girl falls prey to a sadistic serial killer, Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her lover, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, find themselves in a joint investigation pursuing a vicious murderer. The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene—the prior victim's severed hand.

Ambitious TV reporter Whitney Connolly is certain the Southern Strangler is her ticket out of Nashville; she's got a scoop that could break the case. She has no idea how close to this story she really is—or what it will cost her.

As the killer spirals out of control, everyone involved must face a horrible truth—that the purest evil is born of private lies.

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That's all for now! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend and that the sun is shining wherever you are. Blessings and deepest thanks to those we've lost. 🇺🇸