October 12, 2012

The Weeklies #232

The Weekly State of Being. Busy.

The Weekly Event. Our 13th anniversary!

The Weekly Read. I heard the name Chris Grabenstein years ago when Amazon recommended a few books based on my love of Marshall Karp's The Rabbit Factory. But I did nothing about it. Until recently. I picked up
, the first in a series of mysteries starring a couple of cops in a seaside Jersey town. Tilt-A-Whirl was a wonderful book. While laced with humor, it was a solid mystery. Not merely a thriller masquerading as a mystery but an honest-to-god mystery with clues and red herrings and a big reveal at the end that puts all the pieces together. I loved it.

The Weekly Read You Need To Buy Now. If you've been living under a rock you might not know that James Patterson and my buddy Marshall Karp have a new book out. It's called NYPD Red. You can find out all about on Marshall's snazzy (if I do say so myself) new site. Then you should buy it. The reasons are threefold:
1- It's a damn good book.
2 - You want to be in on the ground floor of a future bestseller, right?
3 - Marshall's a good guy and it's important to support all the good guys in the world, right?

The Weekly Music. Look, I know it's ridiculous but Oh My Dayum is the most hilarious thing I've heard all week. What's scary is how catchy it is too.

The Weekly Culinary Adventures. I cooked dinner. Twice. Homemade spaghetti and fettucine alfredo if you're curious. I love to cook I just don't do it enough.

The Weekly Awareness. It's Mental Health Awareness Week. It's important to me since it's part of what I focus on both professionally and personally. The other morning a prescription bottle of Paxil plummeted from my medicine cabinet into my full cup of coffee. Instead of reading this as some sort of mental health sign, I interpreted it to be the universe telling me not to drink coffee in the bathroom. Yes, I'm on drugs (legal ones) to make me normal, whatever the hell that is. But I firmly believe that a little bit of crazy is a perfectly acceptable - and necessary - thing. That the number of disorders in the DSM - the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - increases every year doesn't mean we're getting crazier. It merely means that we're realizing there's no such thing as normal.

The Weekly Question. Who won the debate last night?

Posted by Chris at October 12, 2012 7:29 AM

I "watched" the debate (with the mute on) for a little while last night only because a friend of mine texted me and insisted that we text about the debates because no one else was around to do it with her. What I came up with is: Ryan's hair is better, and his lapel pin was bigger. So based on those two things alone, I'm going with Ryan.

Posted by: Kim K at October 12, 2012 9:27 AM

I just bought The Rabbit Factory.

Posted by: Rex at October 12, 2012 12:29 PM

Congrats on your anniversary! We celebrated our 7th anniversary October 10th :-)

Posted by: Nadine at October 12, 2012 4:33 PM

I just checked out NYPD Red from the library. Looking forward to reading it this weekend.

Posted by: Carey at October 12, 2012 5:45 PM

I think Ryan. Only because Biden's behavior was so very bizarre. After all his years in politics, you would think he would be more well spoken.
I also have a Mental Health Disease and I take medication daily and will until the day I die. My family likes me so much better when I am on my drugs! ;o)

Posted by: Maribeth at October 13, 2012 9:21 AM