Book excerpt: Cutie Pies and Deadly Lies, by Addison Moore

Here’s the thing about Cutie Pies and Deadly Lies, by Addison Moore: I love the concept of it. I fell in love with it as soon as I read the summary. I mean, a woman who knows something ominous is going to happen because she sees dead pets? How can you not want to read a book about that?

At the very least, that little bit of a teaser should make you want to read today’s excerpt–which is great, by the way. Funny and intriguing all at once.

Before you take a look, though, stop by Addison’s giveaway, where you have the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of Cutie Pies and Deadly Lies.

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Tomato harvest

Garden tomatoes

Let’s start with a disclaimer: These tomatoes most certainly did not come from my garden. I harvested a grand total of three tomatoes just this past week. The rest grew in with black spots on the bottom, and ended up going to waste.

Instead, my sister-in-law’s family was kind enough to share these with me. A whole bag-full of beautiful, multi-sized garden tomatoes. They’re turning ripe quickly, so I’m going to have to figure out what to do with them.

Not that I’m not looking forward to that. I’m thinking pasta of some sort this week, maybe some sort of soup next week. I’ll make some sort of plan, don’t you worry.

Smooth as glass

A piece of Italian blown glass in the shape of wrapped candy

Every once in a while, I get a little hint that my photography skills have moved forward, even if it’s just a bit. The success of this photo is one of those hints.

You see, I’ve tried photographing this piece of glass candy before, and it’s never worked out. I haven’t been able to capture the light properly, to get the texture of the wrapper ends. Or manually focus well enough that the pattern on the candy appears sharp. Or find an angle that that presents the candy in a way that I’m happy with.

This time, though, everything just seemed to click (no pun intended), and I wound up with a picture I’m really quite happy with. I love the way the light glides smoothly from the piece of candy down to the end of the wrapper.

Sure, it may not be perfect yet–it didn’t fill the frame in quite the way I wanted it to–but it still turned out better than I expected. And that’s really all I could have asked for.

Book recommendation: Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

A copy of Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng, beside a camera

This is another one of those posts that’s coming to you later than I meant it to, but means no less to me because of that. I read Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere earlier in the summer, as part of a book club. I really quite enjoyed it, and knew as soon as I started it that I would be posting a recommendation for it.

It just… took me a while to actually write that recommendation. That’s due to no fault of the book, of course. Trust me. This is definitely one you’re going to want to pick up and start reading for yourself.

Let me tell you a little more about it.

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Monthly update: September 2018

It’s September! I’m actually pretty excited about that, too. September means a new month and a new season. It means autumn, and sweaters, and cozy evenings in, and my birthday.

Though, admittedly, this year it’s a birthday I have mixed feelings about. But that’s irrelevant right now.

What is relevant is what I did or didn’t accomplish in August, and what I’m hoping to accomplish in September. Are you ready to hear about it?

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