What I overthought…

….in Ghost Light Killer.

First? The killer and their motive. I can’t giveaway too much because spoilers. But…I definitely had to rethink aspects of the mystery a few times.

Second? The ghost. Again. Spoilers. You’ll see when you read the book.

Third? Myron.

Fourth? Ian’s musical.

Fifth? The ending, which I erased and rewrote at least once to get it perfect.

4 Things I Love about the Apartment…

…in Ghost Light Killer.

Osian and Dannel have an epic setup. They live in a building owned by Danny’s family–so no rent. They do have to keep an eye on their neighbour’s and help clean up. All things considered, they’ve got the best of everything.

So what do I love about it?

The Neighbours

There is an eclectic group of people who live in the apartment building. Ian is probably my favourite secondary character. He’s a riot.

The View

They live in Covent Garden and have a colourful and eclectic view out the window.

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The Building

The apartment building was built in the 40s…and looks like it. It’s lovely. Check out my Pinterest for the visual reference I used.

The Kitchen

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Daily Routine

In my post on executive dysfunction a few months ago, I believe I mentioned having a cleaning routine. I might’ve also talked about my daily routine that helps me cope on hard days. If I didn’t, I meant to.

I have both a morning and evening routine. Truthfully, I follow the former more frequently than the later. Evenings just don’t always go to plan.

The key thing to me following a routine at all?

Simple.

Keep it simple.

Complexity doesn’t work for me when I’m stumbling around in the morning without coffee.

  • I wake up, a key part of any morning routine.
  • Splash my face with water, brush my teeth (and hair…separate process lol), and stretch.
  • Make the bed.
  • Walk Bacon.
  • Breakfast.

And that’s it.

That is literally my early morning routine.

Everything else that comes next is part of my to-do list for the day and may or may not get done.

Do you have a routine?

10 Books on my TBR

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I have an incredibly long TBR on my kindle. Books I’ve bought that have languished unread for months (or years in a couple cases.) So here’s a least of ten, in no particular order, that I’ve bumped up in the hopes I’ll read them this month (or next, if I’m honest.)

  1. The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
  2. Get It Right by Skye Kilean
  3. The Plot is Murder by V.M. Burns
  4. Deep Fried Trouble by Tyora Moody
  5. Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon
  6. Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
  7. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  8. Furiously Happy by Jenny Trout
  9. I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán
  10. The Psychopath by Mary Turner Thomson

Motts’s Fave Try Channel Videos

Motts generally prefers YouTube to movies or tv shows. The Try Channel is one of her favourites. I thought it would be fun to make a list of her favourite videos of theirs.

In no particular order…

All of the videos featuring durian.

Strongest Alcohol

The Toe of Satan Video

Easter Eggs

Absinthe

Drunk Lego

Fiery 5 Challenge

Drunk Battleship

One Chip Channel

Death Nut Challenge (honestly, all of the heat challenges are hilarious)

Music I loved in the 90s.

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After a conversation on Twitter with Sasha Devlin about music, I started thinking about the first albums I purchased in my late teens and early twenties.  I had my Discman and a handful of CDs. I used to listen to them as I walked to work.

These are the ones I remember. I’m sure there were others.

  • Matchbox 20
  • Hanson
  • Shakira
  • Roxette
  • Jarabe De Palo
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Tracy Chapman

So, Shakira, Tracy  Chapman, and Jarabe de Palo came from when I moved to Santo Doming at 19 and lived there for two years.  The rest I got when I was 18.

I think I listened to the first Matchbox 20 album at least three times a day. It soothed my angst-ridden soul.

How about you?

What were the first albums you remembered listening to?

Books I re-read in the past year.

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Both last year and this year thus far, I’ve honestly found it hard to read ‘new’ books at times. I wanted/needed the comfort of stories where I already knew the conclusion.

Granted, I’m autistic and often find comfort in re-reading stories.

Here are the books I’ve re-read at least once in the past year and a half.

  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series by Kerry Greenwood
  • The first four books in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

There are a few other ones that I’ve re-read. And actually, I think I re-read the Miss Fisher series at least twice. I’ve even watched the TV adaptation and the movie a few times.

Last year was a cosy mystery sort of year.

Didn’t we all need something cosy? It can’t just be me.