Hey, Whatcha Reading? 4

Hey, everyone, it's time for November's Hey, Whatcha Reading? This month, I asked my friend (and Friend to the Blog) Emily Edwards of the podcast Fuckbois of Literature what she's been reading.

1. What book(s) are you currently reading?
For the show, I'm knee-deep in a few: Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL (to which the Muppets were *alarmingly* faithful), and two books by Bret Easton Ellis. I do not like them. For fun, I'm reading A BEAUTIFUL POISON (2017, Lake Union Publishing) by Lydia Kang.

2. How far along in the book are you? About 20% through CHRISTMAS CAROL and 50% through A BEAUTIFUL POISON. The first works at a really nice clip, the second is very slow to set up and there are a lot of details the author has chosen to get into before she really delves into the mystery.
3. What is the book about? Since most people have heard of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, I'll go with the poison one. A bisexual, chemistry-obsessed heiress named Allene throws an engagement party…

My "Writing Archives"

My best friend and I have a running joke about my "writing archives" and how I'm leaving it up to her to figure out what to do with them. Don't forget about the Twitter and the blog and the ebooks while you're at it, Bestie.

(Or did we decide that the digital stuff was Jessi's job? I don't remember.)

She once noted: We need to figure out a way to retrieve your text messages, too.
Me: So future folks can see the GIFS I used?

I have a storage box with old writing things in it--which I pretentiously call my archives--so let's examine what I have in said box (and maybe how an archive would actually preserve these things).

So, one. The box I keep my stuff in is clearly not archival. It is not acid-free. It doesn't have a top!  But anyway, as you can see, my 2010 NaNoWriMo Winner's Certificate is on top. I won that NaNo by writing 50,000 words of a Tudors historical story that went nowhere. 
Let's go roughly in chronological order because things…

Writing Advice I Can't Stand Anymore

Writers read and hear a lot of advice. We seek it out in the beginning stages, unsure of what we're doing, hiving headlong into our imaginations--or outlining and being more methodical--and you come across a lot of advice.

Let me tell you, some of this stuff may apply to you. Maybe you still seek out writing advice a lot; I don't. For a while, creative writing advice actively irritated me.

Following are the top ten bits of writing platitudes I don't like:

1. Show, don't tell. 

Or as I put it, "Showy, don't telly." It's fine advice on the surface. Your characters and your scenes come alive more when the writer shows the reader things rather straight out telling them things. But you cannot write an entire book of just showing. The story's got to move and moving the story along is best done with some telling.

2. You must write every day!

Uh, chill, dude. Not everyone has time to write everyday. Or even every single weekend. I don't have a lot of ti…

Ghostly Activity!

Happy Halloween, everyone!
To mark the day, I asked around and gathered up some ghostly tales from various people.
 First, my cousin Liz:

Resurrection Mary is a story that originates in Chicago. The story goes that Mary, real name unknown to this day, went to a dance in a local ballroom in like the 1960s or 70s with her partner. Mary and the date got into a fight at this dance and Mary, upset, fled. It was dark and Mary fled onto Archer Avenue and was struck by an oncoming car.

Since then, people have reported seeing Mary walking on Archer Avenue, looking for a ride home. Some people testify that they've almost hit her while driving. Others say they've picked up a female hitch hiker in the area, but once they pass Resurrection Cemetery, the woman disappears. People think Mary might be buried in Resurrection Cemetery.

Plus, there's another connected story. People report seeing a ghost hearse drive by St. James of Sag, the cemetery down the road from Resurrection. Some folks b…

Peaky Blinders season 5 + World Series

I finished watching the last episode of season five of Peaky Blinders the other day. I've watched all the seasons, but I don't remember much of season four--probably should've rewatched it beforehand--but I didn't. So I started the season kind of confused.

Peaky Blinders is about a 1920s English crime family. Tommy Shelby is the second brother in the Shelby family and their leader. His brothers Arthur and Finn work for him, his cousin Michael works for the family, as well as Aunt Polly. There is also a sister, Ada, who works for the legitimate branch of the family business.

Every season, the action and intrigue has been ratcheted up. There are always new characters, which gets a bit confusing, and new enemies of the Shelbys. In sesaon five, those foils were a Scottish gang who bizarrely had their own theme song (as in, they sing before they kill people; it's odd) and Oswald Mosley, who was a real historical character, the founder of the British Union of Fascists, an…