Random birthday thoughts

Yes, it’s my birthday. And a friend is taking me for coffee, so there will be no earth-shattering prose written this morning. (I can hear what you’re thinking about other mornings, and the rather consistent lack of earth-shattering prose. I would thank you to keep those thoughts to yourself. Did I mention it was my birthday?)

I spent the weekend visiting Grandma in Edmonton. (That would be my 86-year-old Grandma, who was husking, blanching, and freezing five dozen cobs of corn. I hope I have her genes.) Edmonton is flat. Disturbingly flat. Whenever I’m in Alberta, I start to worry that my body’s dissipating into the atmosphere. Perhaps it’s this dissipation which leads to such amazing sunsets, even in the suburban wastelands:

While I was there, my mom and sister pitched in to get me a birthday Kindle cover with a built-in book light (which runs off the Kindle battery). It’s completed my Kindle conversion. I can now hold the machine as if it’s a book, and I can read in bed, in the dark, in a hotel room, with my children asleep nearby, which is what I spend my weekend evenings doing.

First, I read Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott, a spine-tingling quasi-mystery suggested by Deryn Collier. It’s inspired by a true story (I always love that) and written in a truly unique style. I can’t even describe it, but I can highly recommend it.

Then I moved on to Mockingjay, the third (and best, in my opinion) of the Hunger Games trilogy. I’m sure I’m the last in the world to have read this book. It was well worth the wait.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to have a birthday latté and wonder what other surprises are in store for me today…

2 thoughts on “Random birthday thoughts

  1. Happy birthday dear long lost book writing friend. I hope you have a great day and are spoiled and pampered. Miss you much!!

  2. You popped into my head the other day and I was wondering how things are going with you and your family and then I realized you are a famous writer so if I google your name I may find out how you are doing and boom – your website! I can’t stop reading it – you are a great writer. I am, in fact, ignoring my children and letting them watch hours of tv so I can read all your previous posts!! I hope you have an awesome birthday, happy 10 year anniversary, congratulations on your beautiful children and your great books. Ellie’s birthday is coming up and I think a few of your books may end up in her birthday pile!
    I think Jake will love your book about undies – although he did say to me this morning as he got dressed for school, “mom, I love going commando.” Great.
    Hugs to you and everyone!!

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