Fear in Writing: Loose Ends

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Today in Literary History...December 14, 1907: Rudyard Kipling receives the Nobel prize for literature, the first English-language writer to do so.ud

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Loose Ends

A psychopath is stalking co-eds in Washingtong, DC...

So screams the back cover of my chosen book for the Thriller&Suspense Reading Challenge2010.  I chose Charles Toftoy's It's In The Eyes for several reasons.  One, I have it!  I won it at CC Chronicles and thought this the perfect time to dive between its slightly eery covers.  Two, it's a little out of my comfort zone.  I prefer literary fiction over straight thrillers, so this will be a change for me.  And three, I was told I always have to have three reasons in English class so I am writing this sentence.

Any suggestions for February?  I am currently reading Tana French's In The Woods.  It is fabulous.  I highly recommend it and will probably tell you all more about it when I am finished with it.  (Remember: I am not a reviewer.)

Along the not-a-reviewer strain, I have agreed to host an author blog tour in February.  On the 26th of that month Vincent Zandri willl be here to tout his book, Moonlight Falls.  He is a fellow journalist, though much more widely traveled than I, and this is his fourth novel.  I will remind you all closer to the date.

Also in February, I will be guest blogging at an amazing site: Thoughts In Progress.  Mason Canyon has more links on that page than one can click in a visit, so plan to go back several times.  I found Zandri's link through her, as well as the aforementioned reading challenge.  So check Mason out and check me out next month (I also turn 30 in February!  Woohoo!).  I'll let you know exactly when (when I guest blog, not when I turn 30. I know when I turn 30...ach, nevermind).


  1. LOL....I'm sneaking up on 30 pretty quickly myself *disgruntled humph* I'm looking forward to Moonlight Falls my self. I'll be hosting it on February 22nd. I'll be sure to stop by over here. I'll have to go check out your guest blog too!

  2. Michelle you are so funny!

    Looking forward to your guest blog! I love Mason's blog as well - how perfect is that!

    (People turning 30 - people who aren't even 30 yet...) Oh that could have ruined my day if I didn't know that life begins...um...later than that. LOL!

  3. "A psychopath is stalking co-eds in Washington, DC"

    Yeah, so?

    I live in DC, and that's not so terrifying. Remember, we have POLITICIANS living here. Hide your children!

  4. Scary! I don't think I'd sleep very well if I read that book right before bedtime.

    I'm inching up on 39 (April.) Bleh.

    Mystery Writing is Murder
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  5. Kris- You officially made me feel old! Here I was thinking I was among the 'youngins.' I figured someone else was hosting the book, glad it's a blog I read, so I can steal your ideas (jk).

    Crystal- Thanks! And I am constanly reminding myself the best is yet to come. There is a reason most bestselling novelists are older than 40!

    Alan- I know what you mean! It just struck me as a good way to start the post. Honestly, I'm not sure I'm going to like the book. But we'll see.

    Elizabeth- See "bestselling novelists are older than 40" comment. It only gets better! (spoken by someone with absolutely no experience in this case)

  6. Thanks for the links and good luck with the guest blogging next month.

  7. Good luck with guest blogging. I'll visit that day and lend my support. And thirty isn't so bad. Wish I could go back and stay there.

    Stephen Tremp

  8. You're going to be busy, aren't you? As for turning 30, don't sweat the small stuff. It's fine. When I turned 30 I had three little kids rushing about so the year is somewhat of a blur.


  9. February is going to be a busy month for you! Fun!

    And I agree with the previous commenter - no worries about turning 30! I've found I enjoy being in my 30's much more than I did my 20's...so far anyway! :-)

  10. Alex- You're welcome and stop by Mason's blog. You'll be glad you did!

    Stephen- I'll let you know in a year if 30 was worth pausing for!

    Elspeth- I have two little ones and I expect blurry vision to reign for a while!

    Kristi- Good to see you on here again. I am feeling the same way looking toward 30 and beyond. The 20s involved so many changes that I feel much more in control of myself now.

    Just kidding. I'm still a big mess!