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Welcome to the 20’s!

Y’all know that The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite novels (listen to episode 23: Look At This Tangle of Thorns, which is all about it and my other favorite banned books)…

…so now that we are in the 20’s again, I had to post this meme. Don’t throw parties to impress people who don’t care about you, and don’t drive recklessly. And please don’t trust people who seem to be everything to everybody, okay?

Movie versions

website entry for episode 23: Look At This Tangle of Thorns

smart link for listening to the episode

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Instagram: December 28, 2019 at 11:58AM


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My Christmas books: so grateful! I bought Nine Stories with proceeds from my podcast, as well as the ‘Salem’s Lot Blu-Ray (presents for myself!). I also received two lovely blank books as gifts. Fulfilling my goals of owning and reading all works by all three of these authors. Not shown: plethora of Kindle books also earned and gifted. 🥰

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Instagram: December 27, 2019 at 03:42PM


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Listening to Rachel Held Evans read her last, lovely, wonder-full book, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, and I have found my motto for next year. I will try with my whole heart, Rachel. You are missed. Book: https://amzn.to/2ZwuvSp

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Episode 31: Christmas Cupcakes

We took a lot of pictures at Christmas when I was young, for which I am so grateful. This is the dress I wore for my kindergarten school picture, so I am most likely five here—so 1977 is a best guess. From what I can tell, Dad is unwrapping something leathery, either new shoes or Isotoner gloves. The seventies and eighties were all about some Isotoner driving gloves. Squint and you can see our bright orange kitchen.

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Original Barbie Dream House: this image from this wonderful retrospective Good Housekeeping article is the one I am speaking of in this podcast episode. I also had the earlier one with the elevator, but that one was apparently easier to assemble, because putting it together did not require lying to a small child about Santa’s arrival. 😀

Silly Putty at Crayola.com

Original Star Wars figurines from A New Hope, made by Kenner

1970’s McDonald’s coupons commercial!

Above is the photo I referenced of me and Mom, which I received the Barbie carrying case and remember having to be all grown-up and responsible with my new tiny Barbie accessories—look how tiny I was! Our household was full of love and very special but also very stressful. But this picture is also striking for how Mom is looking at me, like I was her entire world.

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Instagram: December 15, 2019 at 03:08AM


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There Might Be Cupcakes Episode 56: Happy Socks and the Flame
In which I tell two stories about finding cupcakes in the darkest of times: one is one of my own, one is one of Leonard Cohen’s. URI: https://link.chtbl.com/theflame and in bio
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Instagram: December 14, 2019 at 12:03PM


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Recording now. Here’s your hint.

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Instagram: November 27, 2019 at 07:14AM


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You must read this spooky novel that my friend #LizHand has written. I was honored to help out out as an early reader, and it’s a fabulous and highly original amalgam of historical fiction and horror. (that background is a Sunbonnet Sue quilt made by my wonderful maternal great-grandmother, who was as fiesty as the main character of Curious Toys, and who was a child at around the same time.) Repost from @carlahaunted using @RepostRegramApp – I haven’t had a chance to share this yet: my early reader’s copy of @scary_neary’s brand-new novel Curious Toys. I mean that literally: I was blessed to be an early reader of the manuscript and help Liz out with the final polishes and tweaks, what an honor to do my little part.
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Instagram: October 12, 2019 at 11:28PM


via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B3ixW7DpZ_v/ Collage happy for episode 55: Finding Fear. Settle back for an all-ages Halloween scare and let me read you an old Turkish folk tale about the boy that didn’t understand fear…and decided to go out and seek it. URI: https://link.chtbl.com/Fear

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Instagram: October 11, 2019 at 10:17PM


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Episode with Mike’s interview: “Everything That Was Hidden Now Surfaces” Congratulations, Mike! If y’all haven’t read #Fantasticland yet, it’s the perfect Halloween read.

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Repost from @mikebockoven using @RepostRegramApp – Three years ago today, my first novel was released.

A quick story behind this photo – it was taken at the Omaha Barnes and Noble the day my book was released. I had a special trip planned for the day including seeing my book in a store and Godzilla movies at the Omaha Draft House with my buddy Chad. We get to the book store and FantasticLand isn’t on the shelves.

Not being a natural extrovert I didn’t want to go up to the staff, push my glasses up onto my nose and say “can you put my book out, please?” So Chad, being a good friend, went and asked for me. They brought it out, I got my photo and he captured the moment.

This is a long winded way of saying I’m not overly comfortable promoting myself. Part of it is imposter syndrome, part of it is my natural inclination to keep my head down. But that day, Chad did the hard work for me and in the three years since, many, many of you have joined in. Since the book has come out, it’s received over 2,300 ratings on Goodreads, sold over 15,000 copies, gotten a paperback run, been optioned for film rights and brought me into the orbit of some truly awesome people.
I can’t say “thank you” enough to every single person who has read the book, recommended it, rated it (even the bad ones, seriously), and reached out to tell me about it. I’ve even gotten fan fiction, fan art and wild speculation about the book on social media. I can honestly say my life, the last three years, has been some of the best of times because of all of you.
I’m still not really great at promotion, so I’ll say “thank you” again and get back to writing. Hopefully there’s more to come.

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