It's hard to get away from the bad news these days. I've actually cut back on my avid news-watching habit to avoid the negativity. I still hear about the bad economy everywhere--from parents at my children's schools, from strangers at the grocery store, and splashed across the pages of the newspaper (which I absolutely can't cut back on reading. My little 5:00 A.M. ritual of coffee and the paper must be observed.)
There is, however, one great way to escape for those of us who can't just hop on a plane and hightail it to exotic places. Through books.
Mysteries are an especially gratifying escape. Where else can you experience heart-pounding danger from the safety of your living room? Feel terror as you sip your coffee?
Cozy mysteries, in particular, draw me in. An idyllic town. The introduction of a wicked element. The final resolution and peaceful reinstatement of tranquillity in the happy village. Bliss!
What I'm Reading: Pig Island. So far, it's really drawing me in. A cult on an island? Secrets? I'm in!
Best Recent Blogs:
Mysterious Matters blog delves into the wonderful world of mystery sub-genres.
Write to Done blog on getting inspiration from your everyday life (how I accomplish most of my writing)
Blood-Red Pencil blog on big publishers vs. small publishers.
Moonrat on acknowledgment pages.