This past week, I was telling my spouse, Nick, that I can’t get a hold of a fellow book blogger, and I’m worried that something happened to her (Hannah @ Books & Bakes? Where are you?). Then I said, “Can you imagine if something happened to Bill @ The Australian Legend and I didn’t know? It should be in his will that Milly is required to contact me!!!”
Nick then suggested we go to Australia some day to visit. However, I replied, Bill drives a truck and time is money! He can’t just stop! So Nick decided that we are going to fly to Australia, ride around with Bill in his truck, pick up Bingo the Dingo, and eat gas station food like Midwesterners. But what constitutes gas station food in Australia? We don’t know, so we decided it must be Vegemite. Except neither of us know what Vegemite is; after some Googling, we decided it is clumpy beer you rub on things. So, Nick and I are all set — we’ve got our future fantasy vacation planned! And Bill did spot dear Bingo and Louise a couple of days ago. 😍😍
On a different note, my brother (the one who said “these crumpets taste British” when he ate my lemon tea cookies) sent me an interesting video called “Sleepying Betty.” It’s ten minutes long, but the interpretation of the Sleeping Beauty tale and the way the animators mix humor with anachronistic images made it an interesting, beautiful short. You should watch it!
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Chavisa Woods’s name is cropping up on the blog-o-sphere right now, and I’m glad for that. Her short story collection Things To Do When You’re Goth in the Country is an imaginative, interesting addition to her body of work. It seems that most folks are leaning toward her memoir, which she never intended to write, 100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism).
Apparently, most readers have similar feelings to me about Toni Morrison’s most famous novel, Beloved. I can see why some readers love it and why it won awards, but the strained, vague sentences and unclear key moments weren’t for me.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Everyone is asking why I used the phase “L.M. Montgomery shit the bed.” Find out out Tuesday when I review A Tangled Web.
Coming up on Thursday, an interview with Kathy Barron, a poet whose work appears in three collections released by the Fat Poets’ Society. Yes! I’m hoping to get more Pearlsong Press authors on here ASAP. Barron’s interview is candid, wonderful, sex-positive — all the good stuff.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Thanks to Biscuit for her recommendation!
Also, note on In the Garden of Spite: this novel is based on the true story of a female serial killer in La Porte, Indiana, a place I’ve been to many times, as it’s not far from my abode. Between this murderous widow and The Potato Masher Murder of Mishawaka (the city in which I work), there’s a lot of violent killing going on in my area.