I became aware of this book through the author’s husband. And it piqued my interest. I’ve read a few true crime books, and I’ve watched some documentaries. I am not as enthralled with true crime as others might be, but this book caught my attention. Sadly, I had not heard of the author before her passing.
I was hooked within a few pages. Michelle McNamara has a strong voice and is a fantastic writer. Her writing is gripping and makes you not want to put down the book. This is different than other true crime books I’ve read. It is more than just stating facts. It’s personal. It’s human. The only other book I can say is similar is Who Killed My Daughter? by Lois Duncan.
Part true crime and part biography, Michelle McNamara was obsessed and passionate. She wanted justice for the victims of the Golden State Killer.
It is a very detailed book and very well-written.
I highly recommend this book and its documentary series on HBO Max. Both are amazing.
On March 26th, 2011, Diana Wynne Jones passed away from her illness. She had lung cancer for nearly two years before it claimed her. She was 76.
I still remember that day. I had joined a Diana Wynne Jones mailing list to meet other fans and discuss her work. And my inbox had so many emails from the mailing list that I thought a new book had been announced. But no, it was not a new book. It was news of her passing, and fans were sharing their grief.
In 2009, when I had found out she had been diagnosed with lung cancer, I had found a colorful blank card that reminded me of a cover you might see on one of her books and wrote her a long letter. Even though I knew she was sick, I was still shocked when she passed. I hoped she would have been able to beat it.
I read all the messages from the mailing list, and I cried. I cried for someone I didn’t know. Someone who I had never met, nor would I get the chance to. I was devastated. She had inspired me so much with my own writing. And now, she was gone.
Today marks ten years since the death of Diana Wynne Jones. The only mention of it I’ve seen is from the Diana Wynne Jones group I belong to on Facebook.
I would say she is fairly well-known. A few of her books have been made into films, but she is not a household name. She’s not a name people will recognize as such authors like J.K. Rowling or Stephen King.
Diana Wynne Jones is a hidden gem. Her fantasy worlds are quirky and charming yet comforting in a way. She was a fantastic writer, and I still miss her. I feel the world has dulled some since her passing.
There will never be another Diana Wynne Jones. But there is still her family And the fans are still here. We are forever changed by the words of this amazing woman. Ten years on, she is still deeply missed and not forgotten.
In the past, I have blogged so much about Diana Wynne Jones, who is one of my favorite authors. Sadly, she passed in 2011.
Two books were released posthumously. Earwig and the Witch was the first one that was released posthumously. I remember pre-ordering it. I was so happy when it finally released and I received my copy in the mail.
I found out recently Earwig and the Witch has been turned into a movie. It will release February 5th on HBO Max.
I think it looks like such a fun movie. I am so excited about it. I can’t wait.
History was made this election. The first openly transgender woman was elected as a Senator, the first Muslim lawmaker in the history of Colorado, and a record-breaking 6 Natives were elected to Congress.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made history when it was announced they won the election. Joe Biden has the most votes for President in the history of the United States.
And of course, Kamala Harris made history. At first, it was mistakenly reported Kamala Harris was the first Vice President of color. She is the first female Vice President of color. Which is amazing, and I absolutely loved her speech.
While it is still Native American Heritage Month and with all the firsts this election, I want to tell you all about a first in 1929.
Born January 25, 1860, Charles Curtis was a Republican politician from Kansas.
His mother was Kaw, Osage, Potawatomi, and French. His father was English, Scots, and Welsh.
Curtis was a member of Kaw Nation. His first words were in French and Kansa, both languages he learned from his mother. His mother passed away when he was only 3 years old, and he was cared for by his maternal grandparents.
He learned to love racing horses and was even a successful jockey.
Curtis was influenced by both sets of grandparents. He had lived on the reservation with his maternal grandparents and later lived in the city of Topeka with his paternal grandparents while attending high school.
Later, he became an attorney.
He was first elected in the House of Representatives in 1893 and was re-elected for 6 terms. Curtis was also a Senator and he had Presidential aspirations. He only won 64 votes Presidential ballot at the Republican National Convention in 1928. The winner was Herbert Hoover. Curtis was not a fan of Herbert Hoover and was even involved in an anti-Hoover movement. However, he was accepting of the Vice President Nomination.
Curtis and Hoover won a landslide victory in 1928. History was made that election day, too. Charles Curtis was the first Vice President of color, the first person with Native American ancestry to be elected Vice President. To this day, Curtis is the highest-ranking enrolled Native American to serve in the federal government.
I hope to one day see a Native President. And with all the firsts this election, I definitely think that is possible.
I submitted a Halloween story to a writing website. It is up on there along with other stories. People are able to vote for the story they liked the best. I’d appreciate your vote for my story. It is called Ghosts of Halloween Past.