Words and pictures from the author of the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries
Monday, December 4, 2017
A Busy Mind
I didn't want it to be busy. But I'd made the mistake of drinking coffee after dinner -- that after several months of very little caffeine -- and I was wide awake at two in the morning. So I lay there and thought of stuff. I thought of what I needed to do the next day -- and the next week. All that Christmas prep. I've made a start but . . . I thought of cambric tea -- I'd heard the term years ago from a friend whose grandmother used to give it to her when she was little. I assumed it was weak tea with milk and sugar but I'd never wondered about the name. So I lay and wondered and made a mental note to ask Mr. Google when I got up. (Mr. Google told me that cambric tea -- a popular drink for children, invalids, and the elderly in the 19th Century -- is hot water, milk, and sugar -- a dash of tea is optional. And it's called cambric because it's thin and white like the fabric. Now I know.) I thought of what has happened to the characters in the Goodweather books in the past seven years. No murders, I decided, and I went on to map out scenarios for the characters. (Harice Tyler's wife died of snake bite and he is courting a teenager in the congregation.) I think I'll save the rest of them for another post. I thought of what I would do if I had the power to wave my hand and alter certain aspects of our political situation. Electoral College -- poof, gone! No big donations to campaigns. A set number of appearances on television, a limited number of position statements, interviews, debates, and NO commercials or phone calls. Clean bills only -- no tacking on odds and ends. Certain classes mandatory for graduation -- Civics, American History, Critical thinking and an approach to detecting Fake News. A new appreciation for facts and scientific proof. Tax churches that engage in political rhetoric. And my old favorite -- full citizenship and voting rights only for those who have completed two years of some sort of federal service -- military or otherwise. This is just a beginning but I finally fell asleep. What would you add?
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I'm the author of The Elizabeth Goodweather Full Circle Farm Appalachian Mysteries from Bantam Dell. The series includes SIGNS IN THE BLOOD (LA MONTAGNE DES SECRETS in France), ART'S BLOOD, (LE SECRET DES APPALACHES in France,) OLD WOUNDS,IN A DARK SEASON (Anthony Nominee, Best PBO), and UNDER THE SKIN. There's also THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS (a spinoff/standalone)chronicling the unexpected life story of Miss Birdie, one of Elizabeth's neighbors.
Currently I have just completed a historical novel, dealing with a massacre in my county during the Civil War.
I came to this weird business late (my first novel was published in 2005) and am still trying to figure it out.
As my novels are set in a place much like my real life home, I thought I'd use this blog to share pictures of our farm and county. I've been blogging for nearly nine years now, on an almost daily basis, and the topics have ranged from writing, chickens, food, books, quilts, flora and fauna of all sorts, to the occasional tiny rant. There's no plan, but there are lots of pictures.
There's more information about me and my books on my web site: http://vickilanemysteries.com/