Hamilton.

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Since Hamilton came to Disney+, I’ve watched the entire play about ten times. I’ve watched the first half an additional ten or more. The second half tends to make me weepy and I’m not always in the mood to cry.

Each time I watch Hamilton, something new seems to stand out to me.

Here’s a few things I’ve noticed.

1. Christopher Jackson’s face during the final song while Eliza sings about his story and slavery.

2. The brilliantly subtle moments of foreshadowing woven throughout.

3. (or technically, 2a) Burr’s ‘like I said’ comment at the first scene in the bar where Hamilton meets Lafayette, Mulligan, and Laurens.

4. The Bullet. If you know, you know.

5. David Diggs. His pure joy in performance.

6. Brilliant word play and musicality.

7. Leslie Odom, Jr’s masterful performance.

8. The emotion evoked by Renee Elise Goldsberry in Satisfied.

9. Jonathan Goff’s laugh after One Last Time.

10. The interplay between Hamilton and Samuel Seabury during Farmer Refuted.

Book Review: Poisoned Primrose

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“I can tell you that I am absolutely fascinated with how the author chose to build the character of Motts and, to a lesser extent, Teo. Poisoned Primrose is that perfect little novel one could enjoy on a rainy afternoon with a hot cup of tea. It’s a delightful morsel that left me eager to see more of the marvelous cast of characters who inhabit the quaint little town. I look forward to Motts’ next adventure.”

~ Sammy at Joyfully Jay, 4.5 Stars

 

10 Facts about River

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An introduction to River from my upcoming cosy mystery, Poisoned Primrose

1. He can eat his weight in dumplings.

2. He’s 26 going on 67.

3. He’s Motts’s cousin on her dad’s side.

4. His dad’s nickname is Tomato–no one ever explains why.

5. His mum is Chinese.

6. He was named because of his mum’s deep love for River Phoenix.

7. Lives in Looe.

8. He is incredibly protective of his cousin.

9. Treats Motts more like a sister than a cousin.

10. He self-identifies as a Hufflepuff.

Motts Daily Routine.

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In Poisoned Primrose, Motts has a fairly set routine for her day. I thought it would be fun to share with you.  She’s does occasionally deviate from her routines but not frequently.

It’s usually friends or family who force a change.

Morning

  • Splash face with water
  • Walk Cactus (her cat)
  • Feed both her cat and her turtle
  • Breakfast (usually tea + toast)
  • Check email

Noon

  • Make + deliver/ship flowers
  • Lunch: Fish + Chips most days or a sandwich at her friends bakery
  • Another walk in the garden with Cactus

Evening

  • Relax watching YouTube vids (she doesn’t watch TV/movies)
  • Dinner: omelette + cheddar toast
  • Sitting by the fire, snuggled up with Cactus

 

Excerpt: Poisoned Primrose

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Excerpt

Lemon curd on buttered toast soothed a multitude of problems. Motts had made three slices to get her through the morning. She hadn’t quite recovered despite spending an entire day alone in the cottage.

Although needing more time to recover, Motts had several early meetings. Vina had helped her connect with a few shop owners in Polperro. She hoped to convince them to consider commissioning some of her paper flower arrangements.

Motts stared mournfully into her empty mug. “Can I take a sick day?”

Meow.

She ran her fingers gently over Cactus’s head, rubbing behind his ears. “Is that a yes or a no? Or do you not want to be left behind?”

I could have another piece of toast.

Procrastinating won’t erase your need to meet Marnie and Peggie.

It helped Motts that she knew both women. She’d met them several times on the Mottley family holidays to Polperro. They were lovely people who’d make her feel welcome and comfortable.

And yet, her anxiety refused to settle.

She had a lifetime of experience forcing herself to get through dealing with the world. Her autistic diagnosis had come late—in her mid-thirties. She’d felt relief at having answers, yet in some ways, even four years on, she continued to struggle to adjust to the paradigm shift.

Changing out of her comfy pyjamas into jeans and a long-sleeved flannel shirt, Motts stood in front of the full-length mirror on the back of the bedroom door. You can do this. Origami flowers are your bread and butter. Talk about the paper arrangements—you don’t need to make small talk.

Motts redid the buttons on her shirt. “I’m Motts.”

You don’t have to introduce yourself. You’ve met them before. They know your name.

 

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