Author: Lauren Miller

2018 Newsletter #5

Here’s seven updates as to what’s been going on in my life over the past week. Estimated reading time: < 7 minutes. I’ve been… Watching: Million Dollar Menu, a show on Netflix about investing in the restaurant business. It has more of a discussion on the financials than Kitchen Nightmares, a bit like if that show had a crossover with Shark Tank. Not much time for TV this week but what I’ve seen of the show so far, I like. Reading: I’m working my way this month through several entries from a literary agent I’m working with. While I can’t give specifics, I am really enjoying the process and drawing on my background as a writer and as a book reviewer to help me try to make educated, helpful critiques. Eating: Vegetarian! Trying out new things on the menu this week, including a really good creamy spinach soup with roasted carrots, onions, bowtie pasta, and of course, spinach. And on my “must-try-at-home” list, a grilled cheese from one of my favorite local restaurants (whole wheat …

2018 Newsletter #4

Here’s seven updates as to what’s been going on in my life over the past week. Estimated reading time: < 7 minutes. I’ve been… Watching: Agatha Christie’s Crooked House. Wow. My husband predicted the killer in the first 15 minutes maybe? I was still guessing right up until the very end. I guess that means I need to brush up my perception skills. This has made me really want to sit down and actually read her mysteries when I’ve got the time. One of these days… Listening to: Lauren Daigle again (what can I say? I get into moods…) If you know of any Christian artists similar to her, hook a girl up please! Eating: homemade candies, a surprise from my mum on a recent visit, and scotchies. I love a great oatmeal-butterscotch cookie. Visiting: the family farm. It’s mid-August and the grasses are dry from drought but there’s nothing like watching hummingbirds feed, or a groundhog rooting about in the brush, or a young fawn, ears alert, crossing a road. InstaBrowsing: Catholic posts. Especially …

Entries Close on 1764 Debut Issue

Hey guys and gals, as you may recall, I launched a literary journal (announcement) with the St. Louis Writers Guild and July 31st was the deadline for entries. Over the past week, I’ve organized all of the qualifying entries by category and submitted them to the selection committee for consideration. Now begins the process of reading the entries and finding the best fits for our debut publication. As a reader, what I’ll be looking for is quality writing, original voices, writing that struck an emotional chord in me (because hopefully it’ll do the same for our readers). And if it has a chunkier word count, so much the better. We have a literary journal to fill! Thank you in advance to everyone who submitted for our debut issue (if you’re reading this post). Keep an eye on this space for more updates. For more information on 1764, see our website at http://www.stlwritersguild.org.

2018 Newsletter #3

Here’s seven updates as to what’s been going on in my life over the past week. Estimated reading time: < 7 minutes. I’ve been… Watching: Luke Cage SS02. I liked it better than its first season, and better than The Defenders or Iron Fist. I still think that Jessica Jones and Daredevil have stronger antagonists. Listening to: Lauren Daigle’s new hit single, “You Say”. I love how real Daigle gets with her lyrics. She just launched the lyric video this week too so if you’re a mega-fan, you can begin memorizing the lines (lyric video here). Eating: the most amazing British confection I’ve never heard of before — a Victoria sandwich (for the uninitiated like me, it’s buttercream frosting and strawberry preserves sandwiched between layers of sponge cake). Next time, I’ll take photos to share. Visiting: a British-themed tea house that serves you generous portions (see above comment about food) and tea by the pot. I want to go back next time on a rainy day, snag a seat by a window early, and bring …

2018 Newsletter #2

Here’s seven updates as to what’s been going on in my life over the past week. Estimated reading time: < 7 minutes. I’ve been… Watching: Probably more Netflix than I ought. I need to spend more time reading. Listening to: I’ve started listening to Podcasts on my phone. I’ve found several great lectures online by Fr. Timothy Gallagher (I’ve blogged about him here before), and it’s nice to see what else he’s been working on. Eating: the most amazing confection I’ve never heard of before, a Victoria sandwich; and scones the size of a hamburger!!! Both available from a little tea shop (British-themed) in our part of the city. The tea was quite good too. I’m looking forward to going back. Visiting: A new (to me) park down by the riverfront. We went for an evening event but I’d love to go back and stroll along the riverside paths. The haze around the river valley is lovely to behold. InstaBrowsing: Feminine Reverence, and similar. I also have been looking at Pinterest for ideas on making …

Announcing Issue #85

I’m delighted to announce that the August 2018 reviews for The Historical Novel Society are now available online. Check out the full reviews (and great articles) at: The Historical Novel Society. You can find the print views in Issue #85 of the Historical Novel Review (HNR). For this issue of HNR, I have one review appearing in print and online, In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson.  This is my first time reading Ms. Peterson’s work and I really liked this new series she’s releasing. I hope you enjoy my review of her work and the many other fine reviews available. May you find plenty of new favorites! Remember to please support authors by buying authorized print and digital versions of their books.

2018 Newsletter #1

Thanks for checking out my blog today. It’s often easier to write than it is to phone or email friends, family and followers individually, so… here’s my attempt at keeping in touch despite the vagaries of life. To that end, here’s seven updates as to what’s been going on in my life over the past week. Estimated reading time: < 7 minutes. I’ve been… Watching: Good Morning Call SS01 and SS02; Nailed It; Sugar Rush; Real Genius (for the nostalgia); Ready Player One. Japanese soaps are one of my favorite things to watch on Netflix because I like the formality of the culture and some of the relationship values which feel lost in Western culture (I.e. it’s clean because good girls don’t fornicate, to put it bluntly). With this manga-based soap in particular, the romance was sweet and clean, both of which I appreciate. I also enjoy cooking competitions. Neither of these two really captured the human element in the way that MasterChef or The Great British Baking Show does. Listening to: Lauren Daigle’s new …