I thought I’d share the shows I’m currently enjoying on TV, Netflix or Amazon Prime. They’re in no particular order.
- Rosemary & Thyme
- This Farming Life
- Cold Case Files
- Father Brown
- Million Pound Menu
- Nailed It! Holiday
- Murder Maps
- Queer Eye
- First and Last
What about you? What are you binge watching this week/month? Do you binge watch at all?
I thought it would be fun to share five ways By The Fire surprised me.
1. The hilarious family interactions.
2. Ridge’s sense of humor.
3. Food. So much food. All the food.
4. Kaito’s ex, what a wanker.
5. The ending. It wasn’t the ending I anticipated, but I loved it.
For writing cosy mysteries, I have two TV playlists–one for cosy style shows (like Father Brown) and a second for true crime shows.
I watch a lot of true crime shows. A lot. My hubby and I often binge-watch the ID channel on weekends. Here are a few of the ones I tune into when I’m writing a mystery novel.
- Cold Justice
- Homicide Hunter – I LOVE Kenda. Love him.
- Murder for Hire
- Homicide for the Holidays
- See No Evil
- First 48
- Evil Lives Here
- The Devil Speaks
What about you?
Do you enjoy true crime shows?
Post National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I’m often drained and exhausted. And while, I found myself tire and definitely in need of a break in December. It wasn’t the same.
I didn’t feel defeated or emotionally wrung out like I did in 2017 or 2018.
This NaNo, I reveled in writing for the first time in over twelve months.
Between November 2018 and November 2019, only two things changed. I wrote a story I’d wanted to write for over a year and a half. But more importantly, I had more of an outline than I’d ever used before.
I read (well, skimmed) Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. I used a bastardized version of the beat sheet to time my chapters out. And I found it helped a great deal with pacing and not writing too quickly (one of my greatest sins as an author.)
I also outlined the who, what, where, why and when. I didn’t actually have an outline so much as putting down the details for the victim, several suspects, and the killer. It helped keep track of them all, which is important in a cosy mystery.
What I also enjoyed was writing an autistic, asexual main character who happened to have an asexual love interest. I’m going to enjoy exploring their connection more as the series continues.
I had the most enjoyable experience with NaNo ever.
And I definitely believe it showed on the page.
Did you take part in NaNo?
I thought it might be fun to share the best gifts my characters have received–whether within a story or off the page.
- Woody (Pure Dumb Luck) – a signed football from his favourite professional player.
- BC (The Wanderer) – the news that Graham was cancer free.
- Bishan (The Grasmere Trilogy) – a piano, Valor had to do something with his inheritance.
- Ridge (By The Fire) – a 1936 Ford Roadster that needed work.
- Kaito (By The Fire) – a photo album filled with family photos.
- Ivan (Forged in Flood) – his grandfather’s motorcycle.
- Fie (At War With A Broken Heart) – Haggard.
- Gray (The Lion Tamer) – His restaurant.
- Francis (After The Scrum) – a signed first edition of A Study in Scarlet.
- Valor (The Grasmere Trilogy) – a Bishan gnome.
(Image by Yvette Fang from Pixabay)
It’s always fun to share music playlists.
I wrote By The Fire in July. I don’t recommend writing a holiday-themed book in the summer. It’s a real pain.
So, here’s the music I listened to all through the summer.
- Both of Pentatonix’s holiday albums.
- Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong album
- Michael Brech’s holiday album
- Victorian Christmas by Heavenly Angelic Light Orchestra
- An English Christmas Cheer in Song and Carols
By The Fire is set in Aspen, Colorado.
I thought I’d share ten fun things to do in Aspen in December.
1. Ski. Obviously.
2. Take a sleigh ride.
3. Enjoy the festivities of Aspen’s 12 Days of Christmas celebration.
4. Have a burger at The White House Tavern.
5. Check out the John Denver Sanctuary.
6. Enjoy the view from the Silver Queen Gondola ride.
7. Snowshoe through some of the trails.
8. Visit the Wheeler Opera House.
9. See the exhibits at the Aspen Art Museum.
10. Have a drink at the Aspen Brewing Company.
(Image by skeeze from Pixabay)