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Jemi's Brownie Muffins, the Great Agatha Christie Reread, and Paris Review Interviews

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ame Agatha Christie! I came across the Agatha Christie " Read Christie 2021 " challenge the other day. I was already in the middle of rereading some of the books (I'd decided to reread all the Captain Hastings stories in order), and then when I saw how, er, minimal the 2021 challenge was, I decided to reread every single book. I ordered the 10 books left that I don't own copies of (and forgot one, so I need an excuse to put in another order, possibly with the next birthday gift we need to get!) but I'd already started reading, so I'm kind of reading out of order a bit, which is mildly upsetting. But I've gone too far to restart properly! Last year, I read and/or reread all the Miss Marple novels, all the Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot short stories, and all of the poems: 1. Sleeping Murder (reread) 2. The Moving Finger (possibly a reread?) 3. The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side (reread) 4. What Mrs McGillicuddy Saw (reread) 5. The Murder A

I Read Canadian! and More Snow!

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Canada! Today is I Read Canadian! day, and I'm celebrating by mentioning all the favourite Canadian children's literature authors I've blogged about before! I'm sure I'm even forgetting a few, and I'm not always consistent about noting the illustrators, unfortunately. I did blog about at least one book by province or territory , though -- twice ! The official I Read Canadian Da y site states: "I Read Canadian Day is a new nationwide initiative that celebrates the richness, diversity and breadth of Canadian literature. Taking place for the second year on February 17, 2021, this celebration will empower families, schools, libraries, bookstores and organizations to host activities and events by reading Canadian books for just fifteen minutes. For more information, visit ireadcanadian.ca/day and sign up for free to participate. Help get the word out on social media by following @IReadCanadian and using the hashtag #IReadCanadian." Don't forge

New Release from Catherine Mckenzie, A Walk in Montreal, and Tolkien Fandom Interviews

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ew book coming! Six Weeks to Live by Catherine McKenzie Coming 4 May 2021! Jennifer Barnes never expected the shocking news she received at a routine doctor’s appointment: she has a terminal brain tumor—and only six weeks left to live. While stunned by the diagnosis, the forty-eight-year-old mother decides to spend what little time she has left with her family—her adult triplets and twin grandsons—close by her side. But when she realizes she was possibly poisoned a year earlier, she’s determined to discover who might have tried to get rid of her before she’s gone for good. Separated from her husband and with a contentious divorce in progress, Jennifer focuses her suspicions on her soon-to-be ex. Meanwhile, her daughters are each processing the news differently. Calm medical student Emily is there for whatever Jennifer needs. Moody scientist Aline, who keeps her mother at arm’s length, nonetheless agrees to help with the investigation. Even imprudent Miranda, who has recentl

IWSG Day, Words I've Invented, and Yet More Snow!

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elcome to the blog! It’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group day! Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.    February 3 question - Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere? The awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG are Louise - Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon! I am so happy to have made friends through the blogosphere! I celebrated many of them throughout the A to Z Blogging Challenge in 2017 , one fellow blogger per day! It's awesome to see how many of us have kepy up our blogs for so many years. I haven't quite met my ROW80 goals. I've been submitting short pieces here and there, hoping for a bite! Overall, though, I've been reading and knitting and baking. And we keep getting snow! A Linus blanket, upon re

Year-end Writing Wrap-Up and Some Geneva Photos

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ere we go with the 2020 writing wrap-up! Some new photos below, to reward you after the wall of text! January to April I revised the character faces for every story group I need to add a few, including Alexandre from The Byzantine Time (see NaNoWriMo below): I need an intern , revisited I reposted an old post about classic authors such as Somerset Maugham I participated in a blog tour hosted by Jemi Fraser ! I participated in the February writing exercise on dialogue, the March exercise on scene setting and the April one on real characters, all on thelitforum Christopher Tolkien passed away (I haven’t collated all the other RiP posts from this year) May to August I consolidated all my social network links ! I participated in the May writing exercise, writing a 500-word story I collated all my hodge-podge posts , including when I finally blogged about my favourite word, hiraeth I participated in the June writing exercise, Dancing in the Dark , with two scenes!

Year-End Knitting Round-up and Snow Part 3!

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now! After I posted about a light dusting of snow , and how we had to go up into the mountains to find snow , we had a realy snowfall down in the valley! Photos below! But first, the year-end knitting round-up. I've got to collate my writing round-up too, and I usually do that one first, but this one is coming easier at the moment. The 2019 wrap-up featured baby photos! I also mentioned a pair of leggings I was considering making for a friend. Little did I know that I would soon have a lot more time for that project... My first completed project was a red superhero scarf (in a post that also paid tribute to Christopher Tolkien). Then, in what I did not know at the time was to be my final outing for a good long time, I wrote a knitting in the wild post about the Canada and impressionism exhibit we went to in Lausanne. Then I knit a hackeysack, which has since beenrepurposed as a stress ball, and started baking and knitting in earnest: baby hats ! (In a post that also