It’s a warm, rainy December day…

That is the saddest description of a December day. As I write this, my windows are open, and I’m listening to the rain. It isn’t all that bad. I love rainy mornings like this. Especially this time of day when I am the only one awake. But, in December?

I’ve lived in Tennessee all my life. I’ve seen Decembers that were bone-chillingly cold, and Christmas days with the AC on.

I’ve never really enjoyed a warm Christmas. I like snow and lots of it.

If any of you weather gods are reading this, thank you for this warm rain we are currently experiencing here in the middle of nowhere Tennessee. When its’ available, I’d like to place an order for snow. Please and thank you.

Get in Liz Phair’s head, and stay awhile. Let her sing to you, and tell you why she’s singing.

🤷 How I Discovered This Book

I logged into Audible to listen to the rest of the third Sandman Slim book, and there she was. Liz Phair. One of the voices of my teenage years, and she’s talking to me, to us.

How could I not click ‘play’?

🧠 General Thoughts

As I was listening to this, I kept having these “she’s just a regular person” and “she’s me” moments.

I’m almost 40 years old, and I still need to be reminded we’re all just people figuring things out.

🔖Who should read it

If you grew up in the 90s, you’ll enjoy this.

Originally published at https://www.hellothisisbarbara.com on January 8, 2022.

I just did the coolest thing!

I went to this website — https://www.futureme.org/ — and I wrote a letter to myself to be delivered this time and day next year.

I didn’t think I’d have a lot to say, but I was totally wrong. I have no idea how much I wrote, but it was very clarifying and freeing and all-around good stuff!

I highly recommend trying this.

I feel more clear and excited about life in general now.

Now, It’s almost 4 a.m. which in my mind is an acceptable time to make a coffee drink.

I totally drank a cup of coffee and fell asleep on the couch. I’ve been up for about an hour now. It’s 9:40 a.m.

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

Originally published at https://www.hellothisisbarbara.com on January 1, 2022.

Charlotte Holmes has a new client. That client’s name? Moriarty.

Moriarty takes tea in the parlor of Baker Street to ask “Sherlock” to help him find his missing daughter.

As always with Moriarty, Charlotte learns that not all the facts of his daughter’s situation were complete.

🤷 How I Discovered This Book

This is the sixth book in the Charlotte Holmes series.

🧠 General Thoughts

Another fantastic Charlotte Holmes story. The main cast of characters are so vividly written, I feel like I know them.

🔖Who should read it

If you’ve read the previous five books, then you are ready for this one.

Originally published at https://www.hellothisisbarbara.com on December 28, 2021.

I’ve had this blog post in my drafts folder for a week now.

When I’ve explained this book to friends, I’ve said something like, “Do you like Nick Offerman? Have you read his new book? You should read it. It’s the best one he’s written.”

And, my internet friends, that’s all I’m going to say to you. If you like Nick Offerman, you should know he’s an exceptional writer, and you should read his latest book. It’s wonderful.

Originally published at https://www.hellothisisbarbara.com on December 27, 2021.

Christmas vacation was not supposed to start this way…

Charlotte and Roxanne were supposed to be flying to Nashville for the holidays — not deciding who actually owns the Alexa! Less than 24 hours before Roxanne was going to meet Charlotte’s family for the first time, she just left, and she took the F-ing mattress! It’s okay. No worries. Charlotte has a plan and a gorgeous Tag-A-Ride driver.

A Note From The Author

A Christmas Rideshare contains adult language (obviously) and is sexually suggestive, but is not erotica. If this were a movie, I think it would be PG-13, because of potty words.

Originally published at https://www.hellothisisbarbara.com on December 23, 2021.

B.A. Burgess

B.A. Burgess

Writers, writing facilitator, inquisitive generalist. Personal Log: hellothisisbarbara.com; Books: pilgrimfowlpress.com