Wednesday, January 13, 2021

An Ode to 2020

 

                  2020 IN HINDSIGHT

 

Twas the year 2020, when all through the land,

A global pandemic swept through unplanned.

Lives put on hold per the stay-at-home order,

Trying to stop germs from crossing the border.

Corona no longer just a Mexican beer,

Now it’s a deadly virus the world does fear.

Citizens in lockdown, trapped in quarantine,

Scientists scrambling for an effective vaccine.

Wash your hands, wear a mask, stay six feet apart,

And when you go shopping, disinfect that cart!

A run on supplies, no toilet paper in stock,

What a conundrum, I confess I’m in shock.

Eating in restaurants is a thing of the past,

No social gatherings, how long can this last?

Travel bans, social distance and curbside pickup,

Is this the new norm or just a slight hiccup?

Homemade banana bread is the newest trend,

As we pray for this nightmare to finally end.

Our hair’s growing longer, we’re all gaining weight,

A natural occurrence as we hibernate.

And in-person functions are all doom and gloom,

Now meetings are held on that program called Zoom.

Dressed in pajamas and working remotely,

Switch that mute button on, so the boss doesn’t quote me.

Businesses closing, I hope they don’t fail,

These are desperate times, but the check’s in the mail.

Students being taught by their teachers through Chrome,

Who would’ve predicted e-learning from home?

Sports cancelled, TV filming grinds to a halt,

Who can we blame? It’s all Covid 19’s fault.

Stuck inside on the couch with nowhere to go,

Turn to Hulu or Netflix to binge watch a show.

The stock market rises, oh - what a relief,

But Las Vegas casinos shut down causing grief.

In Chicago, the Census cowboy is mounted,

Urging: “Fill out your form so you can be counted.”

Thirty days in a month? Seems like sixty-four,

Is it Sunday or Monday, I can’t keep score.

The virus runs rampant, the world is hectic,

Make a decision – believer or skeptic?

Switzerland’s weather produces chocolate snow,

While we wait and wonder is it Donald or Joe?

Murder hornets, monkeys stealing blood samples,

These are some of last year’s weirdest examples.

Natural disasters all add to our woe,

Wildfires, earthquakes, a firenado,

Why is this all happening? Too much to ignore,

Knock on wood and don’t ask what else is in store.

Who killed Mr. Peanut? We have to think hard,

I didn’t include that on my bingo card.

2020 is over, past time to depart,

Hello 2021, let’s have a fresh start!

 

Ellie Oberth

January 2021




Sunday, November 15, 2020

Book Release

 


Just released...





Hazel Cartbell is back in her third mystery in the Who Murdered...? series.

It's the Christmas season in Andover, NH. Hazel and Chief Rasmussen must investigate the murder of Santa's helper.

The elf has been killed, the Christmas presents stolen and Sister Marie Catherine is breathing down their necks.

Will Hazel and the chief solve the mystery and save Christmas?


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Friday, November 6, 2020

NANOWRIMO

 



Having a wild ride with Nanowrimo...


50,000 words in 30 days. I've been a participant since 2007 and have 'won' some and not finished some. But it's always a huge motivator to propel my stories forward.


I am determined to have another 'winner' under my belt.  ☺☺☺







Thursday, October 29, 2020

Book Release

 



Just in time for the holidays...


Christmas Caper by Jennifer Oberth





Ella’s pirate father-in-law is hosting the biggest Christmas bash Port Bass has ever seen. But when a guest is murdered, her husband is three sheets to the wind, and her boss is enamored with his new romance, it’s left up to Ella to solve the murder—quietly.

Can she enjoy the holidays while working—without pay?

This is the seventh story in the Ella Westin Mysteries and is 42,118 words.






Friday, August 21, 2020

Z: EVERYTHING AUTHOR FROM A – Z


Francesca Zappia

Zappia doesn’t have a series going, but I did read Now Entering Addamsville.

It stars Zara Novak who is framed for a murder. Since she has a reputation in town for being a firestarter, everyone believes she’s guilty and she must find the real culprit.

The story has supernatural elements—Zara’s actually a firestarter hunter and she’s searching for her missing mother. But now she has to find a killer with the help of her cousin, Artemis.






Saturday, August 15, 2020

Y: EVERYTHING AUTHOR FROM A – Z


Rick Yancey

The Highly Effective Detective series.

Teddy Ruzak is a bumbling idiot. After the death of his mother, Teddy quits his night watchman job and becomes a private detective—his childhood dream.

He hangs up a shingle, hires a Girl Friday and opens the doors. Which brings me back to my earlier statement: he is a bumbling idiot and he cannot pass the private eye exam which means no license.

Teddy’s shy and na├»ve, yet he stumbles onto the solutions. These are funny, loveable novels.





Sunday, August 9, 2020

X: EVERYTHING AUTHOR FROM A – Z


Diana Xarissa Dunn


First off, I haven’t read any of these, but here’s my ‘X’ author and I plan to read two of her series to complete my Everything Author From A-Z. They sound like fun…



The Isle of Man Cozy Mystery series

and

The Isle of Man Ghostly Cozy series



One way I find books and series I don’t know about is by participating in challenges.

For instance—The Alphabet Challenge. You read a book whose title starts with each letter of the alphabet. Scanning bookstore shelves and library shelves to find some of the more obscure letters has caused me to pick books I would never choose simply because I was trying to complete the challenge. 

Reporter’s Challenge on Goodreads also causes me to choose different books in order to fill in the categories. And some of those become new favorites.

Yes, I do have my old favorites, but after all isn’t it fun to discover a new author?