Watching the Detectives is the novel I read from in episodes 14 and 28 (embedded below for your listening convenience). I am using this year’s NaNoWriMo to edit and complete it. On day 2, after adding current edits, it stands at 26,520 words. My first goal will be the standard National Novel Writing Month Goal of 50,000 words, and then we shall see. I will be, of course, reading more of it on the podcast as I go along, and I am looking forward to doing so.
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via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B4QBM7RJxdn/ Episode: Family Trees
This came up in my Facebook memories, dated about six months before I started the podcast. It ended up as a story in the episode Family Trees, which I link below, but it is worth copying here for posterity—and because it’s a fine tale out of American history, and a good one about a politician for once. We can all stand that, right?
This still makes me laugh. My family made minor Congressional history for being firm in our beliefs (read: stubborn) and strong in our convictions (read: opinionated). I give you The Pettigrew Indictment. “In 1917, while being interviewed by a journalist from the Argus Leader, Pettigrew offered his opinion that the First World War was a capitalist scheme intended to further enrich the wealthy, and he urged young men to evade the draft.” They tried to charge him with espionage, he countered with his friend Clarence Darrow (yes, that Clarence Darrow, he of the Scopes Trial) and was acquitted.
Best part: he then framed the original indictment for display in his home office…right next to the Declaration of Independence.
It’s still there in the Pettigrew Home Museum.
Congressional record: http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000271
Link, with photo of my great-great-great-grandfather Senator Richard Franklin Pettigrew from South Dakota, an embedded player to listen to the episode, and all the referenced books and sources from the episode:
#pettigrew #genealogy #southdakota #southdakotagram #exploresouthdakota #richardpettigrew #rfpettigrew #wwi #worldwar1 #worldwari #history #historyfacts #trypod #historypodcast #beyourownheroine #theremightbecupcakes
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.
via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B3alGClBc_y/ More Watching the Detectives coming! Note the Peers playlist; the substitute for their campus in the playlist’s picture is Sweet Briar College (the subject of episode 39: Sweet).
@madisenkuhn I am working on my novel! Printed out chunks and am at the coffee shop after physical therapy. Sometimes the words and characters look different in shape on paper. It’s always been that way for me. As I said, I’ll email you with details, so we can talk about it, but I’ve also read from it in episodes past: look for the two episodes called “Watching the Detectives” and listen to them in order.
Going to read from the new parts after I publish the Halloween episodes. Thanks for inspiring me to kick myself back into writing gear. (I have your journal and stickers, love!) #amwriting #watchingthedetectives #books #amreading #bookstagram #bookpodcast #bookpodcaster #bookpodcasts #beyourownheroine #trypod #podcast #podcasts #theremightbecupcakes #horror #podernfamily #ladypodsquad #madisenkuhn #readersofinstagram #carlahufstedler #amediting
Books quoted in this episode:
- Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans
- A Wind in the Door (Time Quintet Book 2) by Madeleine L’Engle
- Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: A True Story of Bad Breaks and Small Miracles by Heather Lende
- Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (discussed in episode 26)
- The Episcopalian Book of Common Prayer
Have you ever considered knitting? There’s no corpses in knitting, BeeGee.
–Carla Hufstedler, Watching the Detectives
As I said in the episode, my novel is inspired by the true crime case of the missing person Maura Murray.
Missing Maura Murray Podcast at Apple Podcasts
the statement of the website of the podcast and soon-to-be documentary
their photos of the accident site
Whisper campaigns are rampant in both Rockingham and Loudon Counties about the possible fate of Beatrice Burchett. Public morale and confidence in the police are threatened at this time, due to silence and perceived lack of investigation.
And still, a twenty-one-year-old is not in class with her peers where she belongs.
–Carla Hufstedler, Watching the Detectives
There are always books
All, of course, have been added to the podcast’s bookshelf on Goodreads.
True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray by James Renner: audiobook format, narrated by the author, and Kindle format
Use my Audible link to receive it for free in audiobook format with a free 30-day trial membership to Audible: audibletrial/mightbecupcakes
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates
Dyatlov Pass Incident
Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar
Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Keith McCloskey
(recommended horror movie: The Devil’s Pass)
“Watching the Detectives”
“Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink, by Elvis Costello
Complicated Shadows: The Life and Music of Elvis Costello by Graham Thomson
Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer
This time, there was also music
Used in this episode: “The Mechanics of Leaving”, Haunted Me
She is watching the detectives
“He’s so cute”
watching the detectives
when they shoot shoot shoot shoot
–“Watching the Detectives”, Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True
A post shared by Missing Maura Murray (@missingmauramurray) on
Halloween, 2017 Contributing podcasts
- Fairy Tales for Unwanted Children
- Murder Road Trip
- Evil Podcast
- The Trail Went Cold
- Encrypted Podcast
- 36 Times
- Moms and Murder
- True Crime Island
- Cold Case Notes
- Bless This Mess
- Mad Scientist Podcast
- Minds of Madness
Music used in episode
Some books entertain you, some books distract you, and some books, if you are very, very lucky and find them, captivate you, and take your breath away from the very first page. You recognize them–and it almost feels as if they recognize you.
–Carla Hufstedler, episode 26, Pilgrim at Little Piney Creek
The Little Piney River is a 7.6-mile-long tributary of the Piney River in Amherst County in the U.S. state of Virginia. Via the Piney and Tye rivers, it is part of the James River watershed. (Wikipedia)
The Piney River is known around here as the “Big Piney”. Naturally. And notice we are so out in the country that the map just says “2” for “District 2”.
Walden (free in ebook format), by Henry David Thoreau — I once spent the afternoon at Walden Pond, and that place truly has an aura about it. I highly recommend putting it on your bucket list. In the spirit of nature writing, here’s the facts:
- Kettle hole formation lake, formed by glaciers retreating 10,000 to 12,000 years ago
- Depth: 108 feet (33 m)
- Surface area: 2,657,157 sq feet (246,858 m²)
- Shore length: 1.70 miles (2.74 km)
Also recommended in the spirit of this book
The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present by Philip Lopate — the personal essay is a window into the private human condition. My best English teachers gave me scores of essays to read, from antiquity to modern American history, and they taught me much about what it is to be human, and to communicate that humanity with emotional power.
It is winter proper; the cold weather, such as it is, has come to stay. I bloom indoors in the winter like a forced forsythia; I come in to come out. At night I read and write, and things I have never understood become clear; I reap the harvest of the rest of the year’s planting…The mountains’ bones poke through, all shoulder and knob and shin. All that summer conceals, winter reveals.
—Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
It has always been a happy thought that the creek runs on all night now every minute, whether I wish it or know it or care, as a closed book on a shelf continues to whisper to itself its own inexhaustible tale.
—-Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Putting you in the mood to put pen to paper? Good!
- The Writing Life by Annie Dillard herself: Kindle, Audible (also narrated by Tavia Gilbert), paperback
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King: Kindle, Audible (narrated by King), paperback
- To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction, also by Philip Lopate: Kindle, Audible (narrated by Arthur Morey), paperback
And you’re going to need a paper companion for your initial forage into your environment. I suggest these guided ones, which I plan upon playing with myself, and may discuss my adventures with in a future episode: The Pocket Scavenger and How to Be an Explorer of the World, both by Keri Smith.
Also mentioned in the episode
- Hollins Collins, Roanoke, Virginia
- Sweet Briar College, Amherst, Virginia
- the Pulitzer Prize of General Nonfiction
- the Modern Library’s Best 100 Books of the Twentieth Century: Fiction, Nonfiction
- Arthur Rimbaud
- Thomas Merton
And we the people are so vulnerable. Our bodies are shot with mortality. Our legs are fear and our arms are time. These chill humors seep through our capillaries, weighting each cell with an icy dab of nonbeing, and that dab grows and swelss and sucks the cell dry. That is why physical courage is so important–it fills, as it were, the holes–and why it is so invigorating. The least brave act, chance taken and passage won, makes you feel loud as a child.
–Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Perhaps it is all balanced as it should be, perhaps everything is happening exactly as it should. And, to reference the minor prophet Ferris Bueller, if you don’t open our eyes, life goes pretty fast, you’ll miss so very much. You can choose to see pain and horror or beauty and mystery in every process, every moment while still being bluntly honest about what’s happening.
–Carla Hufstedler, episode 26, Pilgrim at Little Piney Creek