Well, I was home for a week and now I’m traveling again. I’m making up for the lost travel time due to brain surgery, then the pandemic and the lost pet year.
This time, I’m in Savannah, Georgia, visiting my father and stepmother with my daughter, Nola. We haven’t seen my dad since he flew out for my aforementioned brain surgery in March of 2019.
I’m lucky. I can work from anywhere. Have laptop, will travel, so to speak. The freedom to do that would have seemed like science fiction when I was growing up. Heck, even when I was in grad school.
It’s weird because it has felt the past few years like we’ve been living in an alternate reality. But it also feels in some ways like we’re reliving history, too.
I grew up in the Cold War, where the threat of nuclear holocaust felt very real. The regular air raid drills I experienced in grade school guaranteed that. As did Chernobyl.
And here we are again, with my daughter asking about Russia and their nuclear arsenal and the threats to the nuclear power plants in Ukraine.
My parents couldn’t keep reality from me then and there’s no way for me to keep it from Nola in today’s interconnected world—one which would seem like sci-fi to my past self.
And there’s the paradox. Same old problems, modern high-tech world.
Of course we need an escape!
And I’ve got two options for you there: one to the past and one to the future. I’ve talked about both of them recently (there’s that history repeating itself again) but they end soon, so here’s a reminder.
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I’m back in the office after two weeks of adventuring. To briefly recap: I flew to Gunnison, Colorado, for a week of teaching at Western Colorado University with Kevin J. Anderson and Mark Leslie Lefebvre, and then my family drove out to Gunnison to meet up with me.
From Gunnison, we drove to New Mexico, where we spent two days exploring Santa Fe. Then, we traveled west, stopping for a night in Sedona, Arizona, on our way to San Luis Obispo, California. From SLO, we took Route 1 up the California coast to Monterey and then headed inland to Sonoma. We took Highway 101 home from there, through the redwood forests of northern California and up the coast all the way home to Lincoln City, Oregon.
It was a lovely trip full of many adventures. We went from rocky coast to the Rocky Mountains to the high desert to the desert Southwest to the Mojave Desert to the fertile valleys of California to the coast again.
We won’t do it again, though. It was quite an ambitious road trip. In the future, we’ll make California its own trip and instead spend more time in Santa Fe and Sedona, two of my favorite places on the planet.
But after everything we’ve been through the past few years—in our case: brain surgery and devastating pet losses in addition to the pandemic that has touched us all—it was wonderful to plan and experience an ambitious adventure.
But ambitious adventures are not for vacations alone. I have a brand-new reading adventure to tell you about, and it’s a big one.
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In fact, for a vast majority of crime fiction (mystery), the crime has already happened in the past and solving what happened, or who did it, or why the crime happened is the fun of it all.
I personally love past crimes of another category: cold cases. When the question of who done it or why in the normal crime stories doesn’t get answered in any satisfying way, the crime becomes a cold case.
And the passing of time makes it harder and harder to solve that dormant case.
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All these fantastic books are perfect for entertaining you during this busy summer of travel.
And they’re waaay more interesting than twenty questions. Trust me on that one <grin>.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.
This is a weird summer. We had a very long, wet, cold winter. It finally ended in July.
Now the sun comes out most days, at least, and the temperatures are our summer normal (low- to mid-60s). But the flora and fauna are, well, weird this year.
I’ve lived on the Oregon Coast for 17 years, but this is the first year I remember dealing with mosquitos. And not just any mosquitos. Huge mosquitos. The size of large houseflies. It’s ridiculous. We even had one make it into our bedroom (thank goodness for my husband the master mosquito hunter, because I was ready to burn the place down and start over).
While the mosquitos are thriving, our roses are not. They’ve been plagued with mold and battered by wind. The poor things.
But there are bright spots. My peony bloomed for the first time in years. And I have Oregon swallowtail butterflies in my garden, which I’ve never seen before. Yellow sulphurs, yes, but these are our first swallowtails.
So, weird can be good.
That’s certainly true when we’re talking about Pulphouse Fiction Magazine. Pulphouse stories are weird, but in the best way!
I’m not sure when Christmas in July became a thing, but this week is definitely feeling very much like Christmas in July.
First of all, I have a brand-new front porch. The contractor and his crew spent last week ripping off the old one, which, thanks to the old decking clearly being installed by someone who did not understand Oregon Coast weather (or basic deck-building requirements…the joists weren’t even pressure-treated lumber), was so deteriorated my contractor was shocked no one had fallen through it. Fun times.
We went with Trex® Composite Decking this time. The color: the ever-so-coastal Foggy Wharf. It’s so pretty!
Plus, my contractor got the job done on time and below the contracted price! That never happens!
Merry Christmas in July to me!
But another big reason this feels like Christmas in July is that on Tuesday, July 12, we have the release of The Holiday Spectacular #3, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, which is the ebook compilation of all 38 stories and introductions from the 2021 edition of the annual holiday celebration that is our WMG Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories.
Here’s the synopsis:
Read a holiday story per day from the American Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day…or binge the entire collection.
This volume contains 38 stories—ranging in genre from mystery to romance and in tone from dark to joyful—that center around traditional holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s but also explore some weird holiday traditions. Featuring works from award-winning and bestselling authors Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Anthea Lawson, David H. Hendrickson and many more, each story comes presented as it first appeared in a newsletter that went to subscribers every single day for 38 days.
The third volume in an annual series, The Holiday Spectacular #3 will add a fun twist to your holiday season—or any other time of the year!
The release of The Holiday Spectacular #3 also means subscriptions are now open for the 2022 WMG Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories! Click here to learn more.
Because of all these holiday vibes, our Every Day’s a Holiday at WMG subscription newsletter this week features National Pecan Pie Day. Click here to subscribe now (if you haven’t already) to see what that’s all about. (I dare you not to crave pecan pie now!)