The Thing

I love coffee. That’s probably no surprise to you. Almost every morning, I approach my coffee maker and scoop in fragrant coffee beans, pour in water, and press the button that makes the magic happen. It takes time, like almost every great process does, but I wait. Patiently. Until I hear those five beautiful beeps that tell me my fresh brew is ready to be sipped. My patience is well worth it.

I’m generally a patient person, especially when I know the outcome will be good. But sometimes that patience turns into procrastination. My ability to wait turns into an ability to delay.

You know what I’m talking about. The Thing. That task that is staring you down. (more…)

Fatal Deduction: a book review

Since I love reading fiction, and can tell within a few pages if a book is worth reading, I decided to dally a while in the world of book reviews. Here we go…

Libby Keatings is an antiques dealer whose biggest problems are connecting with her teen daughter and getting along with her twin sister. Until, of course, mystery and intrigue find her. From page one, this book takes off and sweeps the reader up in the action.

First let’s talk about my biggest concern when it comes to fiction: the characters. As a psychology dork, I’m obsessed with characters. And I can admit it, I misjudged Libby. When I read that she had a daughter, I thought Oh. So, she’s a typical Christian soccer mom. I was wrong. Gayle Roper did a fantastic job of keeping Libby away from stereotype territory. (more…)