Tami Parker

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Art!

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I neglect my art. I do. I don’t want to focus entirely on it, but it definitely falls by the wayside and I don’t want it to.

Plus, I kind of miss having polls on my blog, don’t you? SURE YOU DO!

So here’s the thing. I want YOU guys to help me decide what to focus on for my art. I’m going to start with two weeks and change the time frame if needed.

So! Without further ado, what should I focus on drawing and learning for the beginning of September? (you may choose up to 2)

 

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If you have suggestions about other things for me to practice drawing, feel free to add them via comment and they may appear on an upcoming poll.

I promise to post sketches (yes, even bad ones!) and hopefully at least one fully finished colored piece.

Book Review: The Little Paris Bookshop

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This is not my normal sort of book.

There is no magic, no talking animals, no airships or battles or explosions.

It is a book about a bookshop owner, and love, and humanity, and finding lost things.

In short, it’s exactly the sort of weepy emotional journey story that I avoid.

I strongly recommend it.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George has been following me around Amazon for a while now and I’ve been ignoring it because it just … isn’t my thing. Sure, it got great reviews, but so do a bunch of other stories. Still, I didn’t forget about it, and when it showed up on a dusty corner shelf in a consignment shop that I’d only entered on a lark … well, I thought maybe the universe was trying to tell me something.

The Amazon Description

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

 

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

 

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.

My Prescription

For broken people, to help them find lost pieces. Take two chapters every evening before bed until the entire book is consumed. When it is finished, gift it to someone in your life who needs it.

A Few Final Words

Younger me would never have understood this book and would have hated it.

Perry, you will love it for the gorgeous prose. It is filled with exactly the sort of plump, juicy snippets you love to share with me. It almost made it into the Perrybox several times, but I found someone who needs it more than you.

Faith, you will love it for France, and the taste of a meal on the open water with the stars overhead. I almost chose to give this book to you, because it loves books and people and understands the importance of getting the right book to the right person, just as you do.

Angie you will love it because you love books, and this book loves its reader back more than any other book I have read.

Barto, you will love it because it is complex and dark and bright all at the same time. You will love it because it is honest, even when it is hopeful.

I hope you — I hope ALL of you reading this — find a book so compelling and moving that you are trying to decide who to gift it to when you are done.

It is not my favorite book. It is a very good, hard book, and it was worth not just the time reading it (and crying in it) but also the time in between, where I spent hours just thinking about what it told me.

Product Review – Seatbelt Adjuster

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Okay, this is a silly thing to give an entire blog post to, but I’m doing it anyway.

The Masterlink Seatbelt Adjuster is a small plastic clip that attaches to the waist portion of a seatbelt and offers a little flap so that you can tuck the shoulder strap into it.

(Please note I linked to an amazon search for it because I only paid $6 for a two-pack of black ones and the prices seem all over the board now.)

As a short lady, I cannot imagine how much this has made my driving life easier. Even having to re-do the shoulder strap every time I sit down is minimal compared to the lack of choking/cutting pressure on the side of my neck from the shoulder strap.

I gave the second one to my mom and she reports similar results — took a week or so to get used to slipping the strap through the latch and now neither of us can imagine driving without it.

Inexpensive and useful. My second favorite combo. (If it was also adorable it would get extra points).

 

 

Finish the Story: Cards

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Join in for a lighthearted, no-pressure writing prompt. Leave your perfectionist at the door and follow a dangling story thread to see where it leads you.

I always post my story doodle in the comments, and I’d absolutely love to see yours as well if you feel comfortable sharing it!

“One more hand,” I agreed. It was a way to pass the time. More importantly, it was a way to avoid talking about …

What are you loving right now?

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Books, TV, movies, Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, board games, Escape Rooms … lay it on me. I want to know the things so good you’re glad to spend your precious free time on them. <3

Books

I recently started the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire. I’m liking them a lot (and it’s one of her earliest series, so it’s a good place to get started, I think.) She’s a marvelous author and I can’t think of anything I’ve read by her that I wouldn’t recommend.

TV

I’m working my way through the last season of the Great British Baking show on PBS. (I won’t bother with a description, I’m sure all of you except Faith are eager for me to stop gushing about this show. /wink )

Party Game

I also picked up a board game called Escape The Room: The Secret of Dr. Gravely’s Retreat. SO much fun, especially for smallish groups of 3-5. Granted, once you’ve played it, you know the secrets … but that just means I get to play hostess for other groups of friends and supply clues. =]

Movies

I really enjoyed Spiderman: Homecoming. I feel like the recent Marvel Universe movies have been spending more and more time in dark and gloomy places. S:H brightens the world up a little with his wit and banter and I could not have enjoyed that more. The overall storyline dovetails neatly into the Marvel Universe without disrupting or being required. I was very pleased, like finding a lovely novella by an author you love in a world you adore.

Your Turn!

Finish the Story: Practical Joke

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Join in for a lighthearted, no-pressure writing prompt. Leave your perfectionist at the door and follow a dangling story thread to see where it leads you.

I always post my story doodle in the comments, and I’d absolutely love to see yours as well if you feel comfortable sharing it!

It began as a practical joke. But by the end of the day, nobody was laughing. It seemed innocent enough at first, because Jerry and I have a history of playing practical jokes on one another. He was the one to start the whole thing, if I’m not mistaken. He …

Email Subscriptions

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Fingers crossed! I have a new email subscription form in the sidebar (or menu if you’re mobile). This one is through MailChimp and should be based on my rss feed — no permissions weirdness and no emails being sent from my host.

I signed up and I got a confirmation message. Hopefully I get a new post notification tomorrow morning!

Improving Tropes and Cliches

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You know that thing? That situation you read over and over again, because it’s just so satisfying that authors can’t help to use it?

We all have those tropes we love no matter what.

But … but what if we inject some reality into that situation, eh?

Take, for instance, the handsome hero watching his beautiful heroine sleep. (after she completely consentually allowed him in her bed, mind you. Some tropes are toxic.)

Typically, it’s all very romantic. He admires the sweep of her hair, the brush of her eyelashes, the softness of her cheekbones. Whatever, you get the gist.

Well, I hate to break it to you? But I am a VERY active sleep-talker.

So the reality I would inject into that scene would probably involve me sitting bolt upright, staring directly at him, and telling him the avocados are safe. Potentially with a charming dash of me shrieking and slapping at the blankets because sleep-me thinks they’re filled with spiders.

(These are based on actual sleep-talking-Tami events, by the way. In no way fabricated, even the bit about the avocados).

I would love (lovelovelove) if anyone in the readership can think of a wonderful, beautiful trope … and slap some hilarious reality into it to give it a new spin.

“Only one bed, I guess we’ll have to share it” is even more exciting when paired with “Snores like a sailor and steals all the covers”.

“Love notes from a secret admirer” improves greatly when “he has such horrible handwriting that she spends her lunch hour with her besties trying to decipher his message.”

Lay it on me, I wanna hear them. <3

Subscribe Via Email

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At Bre’s (excellent) suggestion, I enabled email subscription to the blog!

If you’re not a feed-reader person, I recommend taking a peek at that left sidebar (or behind the hamburger menu if you’re mobile) and signing up. You’ll get an email a minute or so after something posts and you can follow up at your leisure.

The only thing I’d recommend is waiting a few days to check on the writing prompts, because Perry noodles in when he has time and you really don’t want to miss his responses. <3

 

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