Thoughts for the 13th

Waiting for Spring - photo by M. Reynolds

Waiting for Spring – photo by M. Reynolds

It’s been too long since I last posted anything here, especially with such good material (Super Bowl, snow fatigue, movies [no, not that one]). Here are some random musings for Friday the 13th:

  • I read the 50 Shades trilogy a couple of years ago. Yeah, I admit it. Poorly written, but I wanted to know what made it such a runaway bestseller. Still not sure. And I have no interest in seeing the movie. Some see this whole thing as harmless fun, some see it as a degradation of women. I just think life is too short to spend time doing something that doesn’t move or inspire you – and this movie would do neither.
  • We’ve got snow – and more on the way this weekend. Those of you who know me are well aware that I love winter. Cold is good! Fleece is fun! I have not complained about this winter, and I won’t, because it won’t change anything!
  • I’m writing a new book, and it’s taking a lot longer than my previous books. Why? Well, I work part-time now. Usually just a day or two per week, but I’m still trying to figure out how to best utilize my time. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t blogged.
  • Speaking of books, I just finished reading one by a well-known author. Traditionally published, meaning she had a team of editors and proofreaders, and still I found typos and obvious misspellings (‘phased’ instead of ‘fazed’). When did mediocre become acceptable?
  • Does Friday the 13th scare you? Do you believe it’s unlucky? My writer pal Kathleen Paterka says it’s lucky, not unlucky (she and I were both born in the 13th, so I have to agree). What other superstitions have a hold on you?
  • I’ve been fascinated by the idea of chicken and waffles. There are basically two versions – the Penn Dutch kind and the ‘soul food’ kind from Baltimore and points south. Not the healthiest choice, but give me a break – we have four feet of snow on the ground, I should be able to eat waffles. If you’re local (Rhode Island) and want to try this dish, head over to Dante’s Kitchen on Main Street in East Greenwich. Love this place!

  • I’m preparing for the annual A to Z Blogging Challenge, which starts in April. My posts will appear right here, every day (Sundays off), and my theme this year is Listen Up! This’ll be my fourth year participating (previous themes included Writers, Poets, Lyricists, Places I’ve Been, and A Whole Lotta Cheese). I hope you’ll follow along in April! And I promise to post a few more blogs before then.


Chicken and waffle sound amazing, Martha. What makes 50 Shades so popular? It panders to many people’s fancy, I suppose. I didn’t even try to read it … like you say, so many well-written books out there, much more deserving of attention. Have fun in the snow.

I managed the first page of 50 shades and had to give up – absolute bollocks! I’m not jealous about your snow but I am exceedingly jealous about the waffles πŸ™‚ xxxx

I got part way through the first 50 Shades book and was almost screaming at the standard of the writing. No, I won’t be seeing the movie. The D+ that Denise reports makes me smile!
And welcome to the not-fun world of being a writer with a day job; I regularly feel like I’m holding it together by the skin of my teeth. Finding a pattern is good, and accepting that some things will just take a loooong (elapsed) time is necessary too.
As for traditionally published books by well-known authors, I’ve read a couple recently where I concluded the book would never have made it through the slush pile if it had been a first-time effort by an unknown name. And I think quality standards are slipping partly due to the cost-cutting squeeze on conventional publishing (overworked, disillusioned staff who know their industry is on the slide) and partly due to the pressure to release books faster these days…?
Happy Friday!

    We’re definitely in sync on these things, Pauline. I think you’re right about the reasons for the decline in quality (of traditionally-published books), but it simply makes me less apt to shell out $12.99 for an ebook when I can read some well-written, edited and proofed self-published works for much less. πŸ™‚

Grandson born on the 13th and moved into my home on a Friday, the 13th 42 years ago. Did not read ’50 shades’ and had no interest in it. Movie got a D+ review in the local paper.

Sounds very exciting! I love the photo very much with the trees in the front. πŸ™‚

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