Top o’ the morn’ to all of you and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you are Irish or not, it’s a good day for spreading a little luck because, as Sir Paul McCartney sings, we can all use a little luck to make this whole damn thing work out, can’t we?
Anyway, I’ve had a bunch of things I’ve been meaning to make mention of here, so I thought I’d do a bit o’ randomness for you.
- This week, I finished The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (my review will be up tomorrow, as part of the TLC Book Tour). You’re going to hear me talk about this book for a long time. It has more than earned a spot on my All-Time Favorite Books List. Yes, it’s that good. As Beth Kephart says in her review of this book, “[n]o one will ever convince me that Talmadge didn’t live, or that the baby Angelene isn’t living, still, or that somewhere in the northwest, a grove of gnarled trees isn’t recalling two ruined sisters.” My thoughts exactly.
- Loved this guest post (“I Read the Book … Or Did I?”) on Book Riot from Andrew Shaffer. I could write a whole post of my own about this very subject, but that’s precisely why I’m participating in the Little Women read-along currently underway (and being hosted by Florinda and Fizzy Thoughts). Had you asked, I would have said unequivocally that Little Women was absolutely a book I’ve read. But now … I’m not so sure. I know I’ve started this (several times, actually) but never finished it. I just started this (again!) last night.
- Have you heard about Hand-Picked Words yet? I am SO IN LOVE with this idea. (Full disclosure: One of my essays has been chosen for one of the boxes, but I would love this anyway.) You know how some farmers offer boxes, where you get an assortment of fresh produce on a weekly basis in exchange for a subscription fee? Well, Hand-Picked Words is the same thing in literary form. It’s a monthly box for book lovers: hand-picked stories, novel excerpts, essays, poems, and the like. At the same time, it’s a new way of self-publishing, which helps authors market their work and and retain the rights to it. It’s the well-thought out brainchild of Danica Stone, who launched a Kickstarter campaign for this project. I’m overjoyed to see this morning that Hand-Picked Words has reached its goal!
- I got a new editing project! This is the second novel I’ve had the privilege to work on, which I’m very excited about.
- If you missed my announcement on Friday, I was asked to do a reading and talk about blogging for Words in Process. They gather monthly (April through October) at Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, Pa. to hear a featured writer read from his or her work, which is followed by a Q and A session and open mic. If you’re anywhere near Ligonier, I’d love to have you join us on June 18 at 7 p.m. (It’s open to the public and free of charge.)
- Finally, since this has been a bit of a self-promotional post, I’ll end with spreading some kindness. Tiffany Harkleroad is a Pittsburgh blogger (and a book blogger, to boot!) and today kicks off what she is calling The 35 Day Project. To celebrate her birthday, Tiffany has launched a 35 day act-of-kindness-a-thon and everyone is invited to the party. All that’s needed is to commit to doing one act of kindness on one day between today (March 17) and April 20 (Tiffany’s 35th birthday). Of course, more acts are encouraged, too.
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