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Captured Saturday afternoon, on the F train platform at Delancey Street.   To view larger, click here.

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Writing the Cozy Mystery, Nancy J Cohen

Books, j'adore

Tomorrow, I’m flying to San Diego to host a bridal shower for my sister-in-law. Consequently, this week has been spilt between keeping up my word count for Camp NaNo, editing November’s NaNo novel, and double-checking that all the details for the party are in order. I’m not the best party planner, and it turns out, it’s much harder to organize an event I have to fly to. I’ve been leaning heavily on the advice of the friend who planned my shower years ago; she seems to do such things effortlessly, and with her help, I’m only minimally freaked out about playing host to twenty women I don’t know (and one who I very much want to feel pampered for a day).

Between word sprints and remembering to pack ribbon for decorating favors, I really haven’t had much time for reading. Fortunately, Cohen’s guide, which I’ve had in my queue since February, is a…

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Teen Thursday


It’s YA lucky day! It’s Teen Thursday!

Where we bring you highlights from the
BookPeople Teen Press Corp!



BZRK by Michael Grant

“This is one of the best science fiction books I’ve read in a while. I fell in love with the whole cast, especially Wilkes and Ophelia. The biots versus the nanobot’s and the technology feel is amazing. I personally prefer the biots! This book is a riot!”

Hear about the rest of the titles over on the Teen Press Corps blog.



Dear Killer byKatherine Ewell

Dear Killer was by far my favorite book this year. Who doesn’t love a teenage girl serial killer?…”

Read the full review on the TPC blog.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins


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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Dresden Bound

A Big Life

I am Dresden bound my pretties, off to absorb the sights and scents and, of course, take a few snaps of this eastern jewel. The fruits of this whirlwind road trip shall be on the blog later this week. Should you have any suggestions of things to do and see, feel free to leave them in the comments or tweet me. Otherwise, bis später!


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Dresden in Pictures, Part II

It’s Good to be Back

A Big Life

It’s good to be back.

It’s quieter this year, Greece’s situation stretching to include the country’s tourism cash cows, the beautiful islands. It’s too early to tell for sure, but it looks like a slow season.

That’s fine. Fewer people means fewer loud, brash, Australian backpackers. It means the noisy quad bikes don’t crash through the peace as they zoom along the beach front, ferrying bronzed tourists. It’s just the locals riding at the moment, their little old motorbikes weighed down, as usual, with children and shopping and anything else you can fit on a little old motorbike.

There are fewer dogs this year, the dwindling number of island strays perhaps a result of the neutering program put into action by the rescue group. That’s what I like to think anyway. There are fewer cats as well, or not as many kittens. But the kittens always seem to find homes…

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