Time and Place: 8:33 p.m. (getting this one in late) // our family room
Eating and Drinking: Nothing right now; however, I just had three Glutino chocolate chip cookies as dessert. You can’t even tell they are gluten-free. I love them.
Watching: The Husband has the Dodgers vs. Padres game on TV. After this winter, it’s certainly nice to have baseball back. Late this afternoon, The Husband and I caught up on the past three weeks of “Dallas” on TNT. We are “Dallas” fans from back in the ’80s (my family watched it every week) and we’re loving this new series.
I’m only 29 pages into Mrs. Poe, but I am really enjoying this one. It’s a historical fiction novel set in 1845 when Edgar Allan Poe meets Frances Osgood, a struggling poet and children’s author. There’s an attraction between the two, which is somewhat scandalous – and problematic – because Poe happens to be married and his wife is very ill with tuberculosis. She suspects an affair, and befriends Frances.
I’ve also been reading my way through the Fall 2013/Winter 2014 edition of “Creative Nonfiction,” a publication that has been around for almost 20 years. This also happens to be the literary journal’s 50th issue. Even though “Creative Nonfiction” has been publishing for nearly two decades, I’m a fairly new reader (the library has a subscription) because I’ve been trying to read more creative nonfiction and learning more about the craft. “Creative Nonfiction” gets bonus points with me because home base for the magazine is right here in Pittsburgh and its founder, Lee Gutkind, is a local guy.
This week I finished the audio book of Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, by Brett Martin. Even now, “The Sopranos” remains one of my favorite shows, which is a good thing because Difficult Men talks a lot about the character of Tony Soprano and the making of the HBO show. (If you’ve never watched “The Sopranos” or you’re not a fan, this book probably isn’t for you.) Mr. Martin also spends a lot of time on “The Wire,” a show I’ve never seen; as a result, I skipped over those parts.
(More on “Breaking Bad” in a minute.)
Currently, I’m listening to The Girl Factory, a memoir by Karen Dietrich about growing up in Connellsville, PA, a working-class factory town located 57 miles south of Pittsburgh. Connellsville is the type of place where nothing bad happens – until the March 1985 mass shooting at the Anchor Glass factory in town and where Ms. Dietrich’s parents both work. Her mother, who seems to have undiagnosed (as of chapter 12) obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety, seems to become even more emotionally fragile as a result (understandably so).
Making: The movie “Fathers and Daughters” is filming in Pittsburgh and last week they were on location near where I work. It was all rather exciting. Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul star in the movie, and I needed my coworkers to tell me who he was (he’s from “Breaking Bad”) … and to point him out to me when he was, y’know, just hanging out.
And here’s one of someone taking a photo of Amanda Seyfried and a fan.
Promoting: One of the reasons I haven’t been reading or blogging as much over the past few weeks is because I’ve been editing a novel! (Not mine.) I was delighted when Melissa Luznicky Garrett asked if I would edit her seventh book, a romance novel titled Year of the Snake. Working with Melissa is always a pleasure and I find her books to be fun reads. This one has an anticipated publication date in mid-late April.
Let me also take this opportunity to remind my readers that freelance editing is something I enjoy and I would welcome the opportunity to work with you on your book. If that’s of interest, you can get in touch with me here.
Hope you had a great weekend!