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Young House Love book on its way!

I love the Young House Love blog.  Sherry and John Petersik are a fun young couple with a home decorating/DIY blog that is full of personality and great ideas.  (They also host one of the few blogs that affords a living – both John and Sherry are full-time in the blogging biz.)

Totally awesome that a Young House Love book is on the way.  Not a compilation of blog posts, all totally new stuff.  Can you say pre-order?

Wow. Reposted on Sisters in Crime.

Since coming back from Bouchercon, I have been overwhelmed with real life – mostly work, but also laundry, grocery-shopping (almost $300 last night, since we didn’t shop at all last weekend and were out of EVERYTHING, including toilet paper), etc.  Plus I had 5 Chicago Tribunes and New York Times to read.  As I said, overwhelming.

So I haven’t posted (guilt, shame).  But I did have good news – the Sisters in Crime blog asked to repost my post about the pre-Bouchercon SINC writers’ workshop.  This led to 1) my feeling validated about my position in the world (I am reposted, therefore I am), and 2) me joining the Guppies – for writers who haven’t had a book published yet.  I feel a little old to be a guppy but figure I can always learn something more, and the dues are only $12/year.

But I was embarrassed to see that they lifted the photo from my “About” page – not that I don’t look awesome, but I don’t generally run about looking as if I have just triumphed in some bizarre writerly athletic event.  So here are some potential new profile pictures.  Feel free to vote.

Most recent pic. New glasses?

After I got my hair back.

Cam & Me in Central Park

With pal Mark Rubin, pretty recent.

Just Kidding. But super-cute, right?

With my brother. Insanity is genetic.

Comments on comments

Wow.  Letters of Note, a great, interesting, and fun site that posts letters from famous people (both in images of the original and a transcript, since they are often very difficult to read), has turned off the comment feature.

I sent an email to the site proprietor, Shaun Usher, in commiseration.  At the same time, it’s quite a mystery to me – I had Letters of Note pushed to me daily via RSS feed, but not the comments.  So I have no idea what kind of comments Shaun must have received to lead him to post this.

All complaints should be directed towards a section of society to whom the concept of even vaguely civil discussion means nothing. This collective waste of flesh, bone, and dangerously limited brain function have caused me to dread opening each and every “New Comment” notification I’ve received over the past twelve months or so, to the point where I now cannot continue justifying the moderation of these imbecilic, repugnant grunts when it takes up such an inordinate amount of my willpower and, more importantly, time. 

The site is amusing, heart-tugging, interesting and educational in turns and sometimes all at once.  I imagine it attracts an older readership, fairly literate.  So is this just random, stupid-jerk spamming?  I hope so.  I hate to envision the 60-ish New York Times reader, bifocals sliding down his nose, gleefully spewing invective all over the carefully curated and thoughtfully introduced content of Letters of Note.

A sad day indeed.