Newsletter 04

As July is winding to a close, the chaos of the summer is dying down (and thankfully so). We are relatively quiet people and enjoy the comforts of home. It’s nice to get back to a rhythm of work-rest-sleep. Looking ahead to August, I hope to fill the remainder of my summer with time spent in prayer and discerning God’s will, and less time spent frittering away on library books I won’t actually read, Netflix shows I don’t need to watch, and the endless vacuum of the Internet.

1) On that note, I’ve just finished watching a 84-episode series on Netflix called Inborn Pair, a Taiwanese sitcom that is absolutely adorable (but looooong). I’m not going to do a full post on it right now but if you’ve been following some of my other posts, then you might enjoy this one as well. The short, short description of what it’s about: a legal assistant and a resort manager misunderstand/dislike each other on first sight, and discover they were betrothed to each other while still in the womb. Can love overcome all? Yes, of course it can, like you doubted that for one minute!

2) Getting back to the subject of books, I’ve got a fun little announcement. I am very pleased to be resuming my reviews for the Historical Novel Society. I’ve just requested a couple of titles to read over this fall for a future issue of their publication. I’ll absolutely let you know where to find those when it’s available in print/online.

As crazy-busy as my life feels these days, I adore seeing what the latest trends are in one of my favorite fiction genres and it’s a great way as a writer to score free reads and to give back to the literary community. Now that I am also a junior literary agent, it’s also helpful to learn about different houses and what kind of historical fiction they publish (market research!) as well as keep on top of publishing trends.

3) Moving on to food, we had a lovely night out with a friend this week, exploring a local Indian restaurant. Sadly, no photos. The walls were brightly painted with large framed photographs of exotic locations. The food tasted authentic. There were a lot of diners that looked Indian, which gives me hope that maybe this food is more traditional fare than an American interpretation. Everything I ordered was delicious, but special marks for a spiced Masala chai that I enjoyed quite a lot. Chai is on my must-try list at any restaurant that offers it. I’d love to go back and try their vegetarian fare next time.

4) Some of you have been asking about whether I am becoming a vegetarian and if it’s an environmental/animal-friendly thing. It isn’t, and I’m not, although I do love the environment and animals. I am just a Catholic who doesn’t eat meat on Fridays, or Wednesdays, so I am always looking for great dishes when dining out that are meatless. I don’t eat any kind of seafood either (personal choice) so that wipes most proteins off the menu for me.

So what else is there? Plenty. Mac & Cheese and other pastas, soups, curries with rice and vegetables, breakfast for dinner, sandwiches, salads, cheese pizza, etc. You can find alternatives if you’re open to the idea. If you’re interested in learning more about Catholics who go meatless on Friday, check out this great video on Friday Abstinence and spiritual warfare.

Finally, I purchased a lovely blog post signature from MAKINAdesign. If you’re looking to spice up your blog with a signature, head over to Etsy and see what else MAKINAdesign has in stock. You might find something perfect for your blog. 🙂

Picture of the week:

This past week my husband and I had the opportunity to browse a local store that stocks supplies for Catholic living. It was a veritable trove of books, sacramentals, gifts, etc. There was even a section for the clergy only! These were a couple of books I picked up on the Rosary.

Prayer of the week:

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of another week. We are so grateful for each of the blessings You placed in our lives, and the challenges You allowed to aid in our growth to become closer to You. Help us to love You more and more each day, and to love one another, and in so doing, fulfill the greatest commandments. As we reflect on the past week, and the mistakes made, forgive us Lord and help us please to be faithful and fruitful servants, to bring You greater glory. In Jesus’ precious and holy name we pray, amen.

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