My Favorite Gumshoe, Jim Guthrie, is Back!
Drēma Drudge
by dremadrudge
2w ago
Rick Neumayer is no stranger to this blog. He’s a good friend of ours, and his books are delightful. From his heartfelt debut novel, Journeyman (which I was privileged to help workshop) to his first Jim Guthrie mystery, Hotwalker, I am always thrilled to hear that Rick has something new on tap. (And he and my hubby are great musical friends, having made music into the wee hours in Ireland, long after I had returned to our room to pack the night before we left Galway.) But I digress. Below I tell you more in depth why you should read (and review on Amazon!) dear Rick’s book. First, here’s his b ..read more
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Remembering Tammy
Drēma Drudge
by dremadrudge
2M ago
We’re deep into spring, and I, for one, am grateful. I need the sun, need the flowers. Need to be able to write outdoors again because my heart needs sun. Our family suffered a blow in late February. Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, my eldest sister, Tammy, passed from this world. My sister had faced health challenges for years, and we knew these past seven years in particular were bonus ones. Still, we hoped we’d have her a lot longer. Her family meant everything to her. She was generous and outgoing. She was friendly and loyal. She was loving and loved. The last meaningful intera ..read more
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In The Shadow of Rainbows: A Collection of Songs of Presence by Selma Martin
Drēma Drudge
by dremadrudge
9M ago
Dear Readers, Today I am so honored to share an interview with a great friend of this blog and a woman whose poetry I admire very much. Her collection, In the Shadow of Rainbows, has been out for a few months now, and I’m sorry to have waited so long to tell you about it. It’s just lovely, as is she. She is unfailingly positive and supportive, and I truly appreciate this internet friendship we’ve developed. By time you’ve finished reading this interview, you’ll want to read her book of poetry, so do yourself a favor and just go ahead and buy it now. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble ..read more
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Once Upon a Fall Day
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by dremadrudge
9M ago
We’re in the thick of fall, and I’m resigned to it, nay, am even enjoying it. Barry and I have jumped on the “spookify a thrift shop painting” bandwagon and had a marvelous time doing it. (Can you guess which painting additions is whose?) Barry brought home not one, not two, not three, but FOUR huge pumpkins for us. Barry is a “go big or go home” kinda guy. I’m not mad about it. Oh, and I also bought a cute little toy castle and turned it into a haunted one with spray paint and lights. I can’t say why we have been so smitten with fall; I suppose it has something to do with the whole redec ..read more
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My Turn for an MFA Payday Interview
Drēma Drudge
by dremadrudge
10M ago
It was my turn at the mic on this episode of MFA Payday. We ended up recording the episode three different times due to technical difficulties. This last effort is not perfect, but it is what it is. And I hope you’ll enjoy hearing Barry ask me questions and listening to me do a bit of reading from my book. (I really, really like the Woolf Conference scene, so I read a portion of it on the show.) You don’t need me to add my bio information here, do you? Or where to buy my book? You probably already know me or you wouldn’t be over here. (But if you haven’t bought my book, feel free to now!) List ..read more
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Adventures in Chaotic Home Improvement
Drēma Drudge
by dremadrudge
11M ago
This is the story of how my accidental writing hiatus turned into an accidental home improvement extravaganza. But first, a couple of pieces of great news. One, Southern-Fried Woolf is a Semi-Finalist (to date) in Literary Fiction, The Best of Indie, 12th Annual Kindle Book Awards. Huzzah! The second is something I’ve been waiting for the right time to share. Publisher’s Weekly offers a contest for self-published books through BookLife. The contest is called BookList. (Those who have made it through to the next round will be announced in October, I think. Fingers crossed.) Here is an excerpt f ..read more
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Helen Zuman, Harvard Graduate and Award-Winning Memoirist, Talks about her Half-FA
Drēma Drudge
by dremadrudge
11M ago
Recently, Barry and I had a fascinating conversation with Helen Zuman. You can hear about her writing, her decision to not complete her MFA, and Common App, her WIP that I am just wild to get my hands on. She also shares about her memoir, Mating in Captivity. Psst…she was also my mindset coach for a bit, and a very good one! I am hard at work (play?) over here on novel number three, but more blog posts coming in the next week or so…at least I hope so. Holiday weekends are fun but not great for producing things, am I right? I am very sincere on the episode when I say I MUST read Helen’s novel w ..read more
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Chella Courington returns to read from her “Hearts Forged in Resistance” on MFA Payday
Drēma Drudge
by dremadrudge
1y ago
Hi friends, I’ve missed you so much. But with fall comes (I hope) an increase in writing and podcasting activity. Much to tell you — been a VERY busy few months. Until then, I want to share the latest episode of my and Barry’s podcast, MFA Payday, with you. Chella Courington returns to our podcast to share her latest release, a dynamic volume of poetry called “Hearts Forged in Resistance,” pre-order price guaranteed until September 8, 2023. The book will be released by Finishing Line Press on November 10, 2023. Listen to us speak with Chella about her hauntingly vivid poems and hear her read o ..read more
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Radical Woman by Maggie Humm: A Review
Drēma Drudge
by dremadrudge
1y ago
I’ve already mentioned this book a couple of times, so you know I enjoyed it. Here’s my official take. Radical Woman, a Künstlerroman about artist Gwen John, also sculptor Rodin’s long-time lover and model, captivates. This book by Maggie Humm, Woolf scholar and author of Talland House, is told in the heat of first person, present tense. Humm dives right into the passion of the artist for art and love. John’s yearning and desire for Rodin throughout speaks to the hunger to create art and to be near one who creates art worthy of emulation. Once Rodin appears in the novel, his shadow looms, whe ..read more
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Cake and Guitars: “Signs” of the Times
Drēma Drudge
by dremadrudge
1y ago
Feeling hungry? There’s an interview with me over at A Slice of Cake. Many thanks to Claire for interviewing me. (And why do I now find myself craving cake?? Eh, who am I kidding – I’m always craving cake.) Let me tell you a cute Nashville story that Barry said I can share. I mention Gruhn Guitars in my novel. That’s a destination for guitar lovers who visit Nashville, obviously. Barry’s childhood bestie and his children visited us while we lived in Nashville, and of course we all went to Gruhn. As we entered the store, I began counting the signs that said not to pick up the guitars without pe ..read more
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