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NaNoWriMo 2019: Completing Watching the Detectives

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series My Writing

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.

You can keep up with my progress here, or at nanowrimo.org. If you are participating as well, feel free to add me as a buddy.

On word counts and novel length

Word counts for famous books, organized

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Episode 9: Instagram: October 30, 2019 at 01:12PM


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?

Original post:

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.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_F._Pettigrew
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:
https://www.theremightbecupcakes.com/episode-9-family-trees/

#pettigrew #genealogy #southdakota #southdakotagram #exploresouthdakota #richardpettigrew #rfpettigrew #wwi #worldwar1 #worldwari #history #historyfacts #trypod #historypodcast #beyourownheroine #theremightbecupcakes

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Instagram: October 11, 2019 at 10:17PM


via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B3gEd9PJhB8/

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.

#Books #amreading #bookstagram #beyourownheroine #readersofinstagram #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #bookgram #booklife #bookblogger #bookpodcaster #booksofinstagram #bookphotography #bookdragon #bookaesthetic #bookpodcast #prettybookcovers #theremightbecupcakes

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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Instagram: October 09, 2019 at 07:07PM


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.

Episode 14: Watching the Detectives

Episode 28: Watching the Detectives Part 2

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

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Episode 30: A Zebra with No Spoons

I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, fibromyalgia, and POTS.

Books quoted in this episode:

Rachel Held Evans: Keep the Church Weird: Searching for Sunday

Resources for Living with EDS/HSD

EDS Resource Guides

The Zebra Network: POTS

Standing Up To POTS: Resources

FibroCenter: Fibromyalgia Resources

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Episode 28: Watching the Detectives, Part 2

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series My Writing

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

Missing Maura Murray at Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

 

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

James Renner’s blog

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild documentary

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

“Keep a constant positive attitude and remember to always appreciate your team members.”

A post shared by Missing Maura Murray (@missingmauramurray) on

mauramurraymissing.org

Maura Murray missing poster

Take Back the Night campaign

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Episode 26: Pilgrim at Little Piney Creek

Little Piney Creek
Little Piney Creek, Amherst County, Virginia
photo by Carla

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard: Kindle, Audible (narrated by Tavia Gilbert), paperback formats

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.

my essays shelf:
Carla's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (essays shelf)

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

Little Piney River
Little Piney River, January 8, 2018, taken by Carla’s husband

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

Little Piney River
Little Piney River, January 8, 2018, taken by Carla’s husband

Putting you in the mood to put pen to paper? Good!

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.

All books, of course, added to the podcast’s bookshelf on Goodreads. Please do feel free to add me as a friend there should you like.

Also mentioned in the episode

 

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

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