Happy June everyone! I can't believe we're in the sixth month of 2012 already.
I apologize for my quiet blog this week, some personal stuff getting in the way of my blogging this week. It's just so inconvenient, I'm telling you! I was, however, invited over the Jungle Red Writers blog this past Tuesday. If you are friends with me on Facebook or follow on Twitter, you probably already saw the links. If you're not, you can check that out here. It was a fun post. I really enjoyed putting it together.
And I know you're as excited about this week's Five on Friday as I am, but very quickly I want to tell you about a contest. It's through Facebook for Andrea Camilleri’s new Inspector Montalbano book, THE AGE OF DOUBT. I've been informed the deadline for this contest is the 5th, so you'll need to act quick if you want to enter. You can win a big basket of gourmet Italian foods plus all 14 of the Inspector Montalbano books.
Two other things. Today starts Alafair Burke's 2012 Duffer Awards. I believe she'll have all the info at her website, so check that out. AND, Sunday's the big day for the premiere of "Longmire" on A&E at 10pm. And as long as everything goes according to plan, I should see Craig Monday evening. So, there will be discussion here!
NOW!! For the fun part of today's post. I'm so excited to finally have Julie Hyzy here on the blog. I met Julie the very first year I attended Murder and Mayhem in Muskego and she's fabulous! Julie writers the White House Chef series and the Manor House Mysteries. The second Manor House Mystery, Grace Among Thieves is coming out this Tuesday. But today, I'm thrilled to have her HERE. Let's see what questions SHE chose for her Five on Friday (I, personally love what she chose!)...
THE ALIENIST, by Caleb Carr. One of my daughters recommended it to me and I’m thrilled she did. I love the TV show Criminal Minds and am fascinated by serial killer profiling and victimology. THE ALIENIST, set in 1896 and including Theodore Roosevelt as key character, is a story of the very beginnings of this sort of crime solving. I was pulled in immediately. Loved it. Can’t wait to read ANGEL OF DARKNESS next.
2. Five songs on my iPod/music player right now are:
“You Just May be the One” – the Monkees
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” – Elton John
“Rockstar” – Nickelback
“Drops of Jupiter” – Train
“HMS Pinafore soundtrack” – Gilbert and Sullivan
(can I add a sixth? “Ruby Tuesday” – The Rolling Stones)
3. My biggest pet peeve is:
Abuse of the apostrophe! No question about it. I do my best to handle the disgust that crawls up the back of my neck when signs feature apostrophes after numbers or years, like: 80’s vs 80s, because that level of misuse is so rampant I either tune it out or risk going bonkers. But I absolutely freak when obvious plurals wear apostrophes inappropriately. I can’t tell you how often I see signs that read something like this: “Employee’s only,” or “On Sale Today: Orange’s.” Ack!! Ack! My husband has had to hold me back from accosting the management. I want to take them down.
4. My favorite t-shirt (that I own) is:
I mostly wear ratty, gray t-shirts. They’re my all time favorite for hanging out at home. My daughters constantly beg me to step away from the gray and try stylish tops with a bit more color, but who sees me during the day? I’m comfortable. My current favorite t-shirt isn’t ripped or stained too badly. Yet. It features three black labs in silhouette. The dogs are three different sizes, but all very small. They’re wearing blue, purple, and pink collars. We used to have the most wonderful black lab-mix (K’Ehleyr, the best dog in the world) and I tell my daughters that wearing this shirt always makes me think of how much she meant to all of us.
5. The #1 item on my bucket list right now is:
My #1 bucket list item in my writing life is to have “New York Times Bestselling author” added to my book covers. Although I managed to hit #22 on the extended list, my publisher won’t add the NYT wording until I crack the top 20.
In my non-writing life, my #1 bucket list item is to visit Machu Picchu. I’ve been fascinated by the Incan ruins ever since I followed Nancy Drew there in one of her many adventures. The photos I’ve seen are breathtaking, and I long to experience the site in person.
Yay Julie! This is so fabulous. Thank you for these wonderful responses. And we'll be cheering you on to BOTH of your bucket list items!!
This is exactly what I had hoped for the Five on Friday project. I hope you feel like you know Julie a little bit now. As I mentioned, I think she's a super, spectacular lady. If you ever get the chance to meet her in person, grab it! And if you want to check out her new book Grace Among Thieves, you may also want to check out this contest she has going on her blog.
Have a great weekend everyone. I hope it's filled with wonderful crime fiction! Happy Reading!