5.1.16 - Sunday Smatterings

Sunday Smatterings


Happy Sunday, lovelies!

Did you have a good week? Yesterday was my birthday—thank you for all the love, by the way!—so I'm still riding high on birthday weekend bliss and brand-new hardwood floors (which came after a leak in the kitchen, so... not planned, but certainly not unwelcome, either). Here's what they look like! I'm over the moon. I think they count as a birthday present, right?

Anywho...


Here's what happened on the Internets this week:
 

Check out some of the oldest libraries in the world. So cool!

 

You know I love a good productivity hack, something that helps you figure out how to do something you do every day even better. This list doesn't disappoint (alert: it's long—a podcast transcript, no less—but it's worth a read!). Especially important are ways to find deep work time, time without interruption that allows you to really focus on your work, and how to delegate. Writers are infamous for trying to do too much with too little time. This is a great guide for how to get the most out of your creative work life. 
 

 

The man who taught me all about crime, David Achord, retired homicide detective, and the reason Taylor and her team come to life on the page, has a new book out, plus it's free on Kindle Unlimited.
 

 

Colts QB Andrew Luck has started a book club—and he has good taste. Wouldn't it be cool if all our heroes started staring what they read?
 

 

Who wants to go visit this new museum with me?


 

And closer to home:

Margaret Atwood - A Word on Words

So I got to meet Margaret Atwood (swoon!). She's just as whimsical and wise as you think she'd be. Check out our chat about her newest book, THE HEART GOES LAST (and when you figure out what that title means, I guarantee you'll shudder...). 
 

 

Don't forget: I'll be doing a Twitter chat with book club extraordinaire She Reads this Thursday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo!) at 7 pm CST. Use the hashtag #srbkchat to follow the fun.
 

 

Joel Gott Zinfandel 2013

Over at The Wine Vixen, Amy talked about a lovely light red that's perfect for your spring dishes.
 

 

Also, I had to share this with you because it's so cool: Deep South Magazine put together a Nashville travel guide based on landmarks in NO ONE KNOWS!! It is comprehensive and does a lovely job showing off our fine city. Thanks, DSM!
 

 

Oh: and the WHEN SHADOWS FALL ebook is on sale for only $0.99! Get yours now—this sale expires in a couple of days.

 

Alright, folks, that's it from me! Y'all stay out of trouble, and we'll talk again soon!

Xoxo,
J.T.

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JT Ellison

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of fifteen critically acclaimed thrillers and is the co-author of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. With over a million books in print, Ellison’s work has been published in twenty-five countries and thirteen languages. She is also the co-host of A Word on Words, Nashville's premier literary TV series, which airs on Nashville Public Television. She lives with her husband and twin kittens in Nashville. Visit JTEllison.com, and follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick or at Facebook.com/JTEllison14.