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What Am I Working On?

Someone asks me this about once a week, so I thought I'd attempt an answer. I just finished the final edit for the 4th Simon & Elizabeth mystery, Her Majesty's Mischief . If you've been paying attention, I had some trouble choosing a title for this one, and readers gave me some great suggestions. I chose this one because it has a double meaning. Simon is sent to Scotland to try to determine if Mary, Queen of Scots is hatching mischief in the form of revolt against Elizabeth, now Queen of England. In his absence, Elizabeth hatches some mischief of her own, secretly sending Simon's old friend Calkin to investigate a murder in Simon's family. Both endeavors lead to trouble, of course. I have no release date yet for that one, but they said I'll get Advance Review Copies in December, which means it should come out about two months later. I will let readers know through my newsletter, so if you aren't signed up, you can text 22828. It will ask for a passwor

"Farm" ing

In honor of my delightful visit to Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club yesterday, songs about farms. 1. "How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm (after they've seen ____)?" 2. "Thank God I'm ___ ___ ___!" 3. "Out Behind the ___" 4. "The farmer said to the ___ ___, 'Why'd you pick my farm?" 5. "She Thinks My ____ ___" Answers 1. Paree https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgqVCJpRqWQ 2. A Country Boy www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRgL92K5zuE 3. Barn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_mUz3RWKHQ  4. Boll Weevil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5H6iwQGWl4 5. Tractor's Sexy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWu4aynBK7E

You Know What They Say about Opinions

Here's the G-rated version: "Opinions are like noses. Everybody has one." America is a country that has long valued the right of each individual to have an opinion, and that's good. The problem comes when opinions are all a person has. Here's my take on the subject. *A person's opinions should be based on evidence, and that evidence must be real. It's difficult--sometimes really difficult--to look at the evidence, read or listen across a range of information, and make a conscious decision as to what you think about a subject. It's often easier to take the word of someone you think is smart or knowledgeable or well-read on the topic. The problem is that his/her opinion might be just as misinformed or slanted as anyone else's. If all it took to be right is brains or education, there wouldn't be so much disagreement in the highest levels of government. As a debater in high school and college, I learned that it's essential to look at both sid

Songs about Songs

Name the artist associated with the titles of songs that mention songs. 1. "Silly Love Songs" 2. "Song Sung Blue" 3. "Never-ending Love for You" 4. "With a Song in My Heart" 5. "I've Got a Name" Answers: 1. Paul McCartney & Wings   www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_9QooYDYtU 2. Neil Diamond www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1t9zOwmWok 3. Various, but this one is George Jones & Tammy Wynette https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Vgsv-T2gg 4. Again, various, but this one's Doris Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPs0H4cydGU 5. Jim Croce https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcqauC49Xmc

Water, Water Everywhere...

Songs that mention water or bodies of same. 1. "____ River" Suicide spot? 2. "How High's the Water, ___?" Family discussion 3. "____Lake" The place to be for summer sun 4. "Moonlight ___" Voices singing about sticking around 5. "A Sleepy ___" Night on a tropical island Answers: 1. Moody www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLMbAq9r8Wk 2. Momma   www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLMbAq9r8Wk 3. Indian www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw7ubMgByYQ 4. Bay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebuS01qjOas 5. Lagoon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmcWaIbLUMk