Friday’s Fun Find: A Goodreads Glimpse at 2014

Goodreads pic close upI opened the inbox today to find my Goodreads Year in Books!

I love Goodreads so ridiculously much! At the start of the year, I sign on to the Reading Challenge and get motivated to pile up the reading points. (My goal this year was 60 and yep, I made it!) At the end of the year, the Goodreads team gives you all kinds of stats about the books you read.

For example, I read 12,143 pages this year. Which sounds pretty impressive, even though I know about a dozen of my books were picture books. But a book is a book, no matter how small. And goodness, I read some wonderful big AND small books this year!

(Thanks to Goodreads, I can even remember them.)

Psst. What was the best book you read this year?

Make Someone Happy

51NuBzmRYhL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The other day, I received a card from Lynn Obermoeller, the Queen of Letter-Writing.

I’m not sure if she calls herself the Queen, exactly, but that’s how I think of her. She sends lovely notes all the time, and she makes her holiday cards. The notes are a work of art, and her words are always heartfelt and cheery–and I feel pretty special when I receive a card from Queen Lynn. And who wouldn’t feel special, knowing that someone took the time to do something special?

Which brings me to Fifty Shades of Santa, an anthology of holiday stories (wherein Lynn has a story, and Donna Volkenannt, too. She often stops by here with a lovely comment. And Marcia Gaye, another Missouri writer friend, is in there as well!). And though I have this Kindle book, and have read both of their stories, I haven’t left a lovely review of the book.

And now I’m fifty shades of red! Writing a review is such a simple thing to do¬†and yet, it’s often forgotten in the rush of writer deadlines and rewrites and challenges.

So. There are several books in my Kindle library that I’ve read and not reviewed yet–and a few that I haven’t quite got ’round to reading. I’m challenging myself–and you–to write a review or two before 2014 comes to a close. Because I know how special a person feels when someone takes the time to do something special.

Who’s That Mysterious Woman?

Final Front Cover ONLYThat Mysterious Womanv16No, not that mysterious woman. Though, honestly, I think she bears a pretty close resemblance to yours truly.

And speaking of yours truly, I have a story in this latest anthology from Mozark Press! “Bob,Old One Eye, and the Pirate Queen” is just oozing with mystery.

Well, maybe not oozing. But there is a mystery, not to mention a mysterious woman.

You know, it’s not so much a mystery as it is a cozy comedy. Where someone dies. And a parrot loses an eye. And an interesting pirate queen shows up, flaunting her…

Um…I think I’ll let you figure out that mystery for yourself. But there’s no mystery about where to find That Mysterious Woman. Check it out here or your favorite bookseller. (And pssst! There’s a Kindle edition, too!)

What To Give A Writer (And This Means YOU)

DSCN5786Yes, yes, I know you’re busy! But you have two minutes–and this is an important two minutes!

Off you go to read The Muffin where I shared “A Wish List For The Nice Writer.”

I know ALL of you are on the Nice Writer List this year, so before you find another perfect present for someone else on your list, please think about what you’d like. And then give yourself a wonderful writer gift. And then, tell me what you’re getting ’cause the Beneficent Mr. Hall is driving me crazy, asking what I want and I can’t think up anything new…

(Be creative! Think HUGE! ‘Cause honestly, I’ve been an awfully good girl this year.)

Friday’s Fun Find: Benedict Cumberbatch! And Stories!

Sometimes, you just get lucky.

Like when I came across Benedict Cumberbatch and Jimmy Fallon telling three word stories. I mean, here’s a super writing connection AND a word game that can be fun for the whole family when next you have a party. And that is straight from Billiardball Capncrunch (which happens to be what came up for yours truly on the Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator.)