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by Dru Ann Love

I had nothing for this month’s post.  I couldn’t think of anything to write about until I saw it and I thought would make a great post. 


We all do it.  It helps us to organize our daily lives and keep us up-to-date.  However, during this time of year, the most interesting lists frequently pops up on the Internet and that is…”Best of” or “Top 5” list of 2013.  Below are some that I found.  Enjoy.

World’s Best Shopping Cities

  1. New York
  2. Tokyo
  3. London

Top 10 most popular Thanksgiving destinations

  1. New York City, New York
  2. Chicago, Illinois
  3. Las Vegas, Nevada

Top 10 Most Expensive Hobbies In The World 

  1. Dressage
  2. Flying
  3. Drag Racing

Top 10 Holiday Tech Gifts of 2013

  1. Apple iPad Air
  2. Pebble Smartwatch
  3. Sony PlayStation 4

The Best Gifts For Babies And Kids

  1. Paint Your Own Funky Rainboots
  2. Tetris Link
  3. Hello Kitty Airlines Play Set

Ask.com top 10 most-asked questions of 2013

  1. Royal Baby. What is the royal baby’s name?
  2. Boston Marathon. Where was the Boston Marathon bomber found?
  3. Syria. Will the U.S. invade Syria?

Kirkus’ Best Mysteries & Thrillers of 2013 (Listed are the ones I’ve read)

  1. Breaking Point by C.J. Box
  2. Never Go Back by Lee Child
  3. The Shadow Tracer by Meg Gardiner
  4. As She Left It by Catriona McPherson
  5. Silken Prey by John Sandford

Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2013

  1. Sea of Hooks by Lindsay Hill
  2. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
  3. Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill

Library Journal – Best Books 2013: Mystery

  1. Cries of the Lost by Chris Knopf
  2. Nightmare Range by Martin Limón
  3. How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

Best Job in America 2013

  1. Biomedical Engineer
  2. Clinical Nurse Specialist
  3. Software Architect

So, what’s on your 2013 list?
Can you think of any other lists that you’ve seen?
Have you read any of the “best of books”?

10 Things I learned This Week, by Misa

I had an array of experiences this this week, had a slew of emotions to go with them, and learned quite a bit.

Here are ten things I learned this week:

  1. Having a deadline is pressure
  2. Missing a deadline is even more pressure
  3. Especially when you can’t quite figure out how to wrap up a story
  4. Sitting at a computer for hours on end makes your buttocks/bum/derriere really hurt
  5. Knowing you can’t do anything about said aching buttocks because you have to stay at that computer and get the book done makes it hurt even more
  6. Pushing through the pain (pertaining to both deadline pressure and throbbing gluteus maximus) is HARD
  7. But rewarding…after the fact
  8. Your child’s broken heart is your broken heart, too
  9. A broken heart (& the plethora of emotions that come with it) is not a good thing to have when you’re trying to write
  10. But at least you can be surprised by who the killer turns out to be in your own book, incidentally NOT who was planned

I managed to get through the writing of the manuscript, figured out the ending, and am really happy with it, new killer and all.

Regarding #s 8 & 9, I remember having a broken heart. I remember it vividly, in fact. I know nothing I say will take the pain away. But, holy mackerel, I never expected my boy’s emotional reaction to be what it was, and my tired, stretched-thin state-of-mind didn’t help me help him very much, I’m afraid.

So I have only one question. How do you help your child get over a broken heart, which includes not only the loss of love, but the loss of a best friend?

~ Misa