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It's Fall, Y'all!

I love this time of year in my little corner of the world--spooky season, sweater weather, the crunch of leaves under your feet, the color palette of autumn--I love it all! It's when our local LGBTQ+ film festival, ReelQ, happens (see pic of my wife and I catching a film above), and marching band (yeah, okay, and football) season. The air buzzes with "new project" energy for me.

On that note, I'm thrilled to share I've started a brand new WIP about a family-run Italian restaurant set in my hometown--Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I'm really excited for readers to meet Gabriella and Ainsley and watch them stumble awkwardly through their enemies-to-lovers story. One thing I really wanted to explore in this book was the warm, community feel that's so common in Pittsburgh neighborhoods. I hope readers will get the feeling that they've had a cozy little visit here by the time their done.

I've also been getting a jump on my Christmas crafting. I can't say too much because, you know, Christmas surprises and all, but it's a recycled glass project that involves fairy lights. A little bit of magic in craft form! Pics to follow in December--I promise. If you're thinking about trying a craft using recycled glass bottles or jars, here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Make sure you clean the bottle or jar well--inside and out. There's nothing worse than starting your project only to discover a drop of left-over wine has started to molder in the bottom of the bottle. Fill the bottle about one-third full with hot water and just a tiny drop of dish soap. Plug the top with your thumb and give the whole thing a good shake. When you're done, rinse it out thoroughly and let it dry.

  2. A soak in warm, soapy water should help remove any labels stuck on the glass, but if you still have sticky residue left after soaking, use a little white vinegar and a scrubby sponge. The vinegar is perfect for getting the glass squeaky clean and preparing the surface for crafting.

  3. Sometimes there's something printed or stamped right on the glass--an expiration date or lot number. No sweat! Use some rubbing alcohol to wipe that right off. I keep alcohol prep pads on hand and they work like a charm.

Okay, get to it! Happy crafting!

Have I been watching anything on television, you ask? Of course! She-Hulk: Attorney at Law just wrapped up for the season and I followed along week-by-week. Superhero shows aren't usually my jam, but I gave this one a whirl because of Tatiana Maslany. Those eyes, that voice, the way she breaks the fourth wall! She is so entertaining, I'd watch her do anything. But truly, the show was fun and told a woman's story, and I have to admit I'm hooked and holding my breath waiting to learn if there will be a season two.

That's all for now. Drop me a note and let me know if you've tried any recycled glass crafts, or if you have any suggestions for what I should watch next. Enjoy the autumn weather, and don't forget to take a jacket with you--it's chilly out there!



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