Coming up in 2024


  • Saturday, 03/02: It’s our annual neighborhood chili party, and for the first time ever, I’m going to enter a chili into the competition. (Bob has always made one.) I don’t like beans, so I’m going to make this recipe from Bacon Chili without Beans. There is a theme each year, and this year’s is “Barbenheimer.” The theme informs the name of your dish, and right now I’m waffling between: 1) You Ken Have a Taste, 2) Ken You Handle This? 3) You Ken’t Taste the Beans, and 4) You Ken Taste the Meat.

  • Saturday, 03/09: I’m attending the 2024 Carolina Writing Workshop, during which I’ll attend workshops/sessions like:
    • How to prepare your query package
    • Writing in flow state: How mindfulness can make you a more productive writer
    • Understanding the publishing industry in 2024—from hybrid publishing to artificial intelligence and everything in between
    • Beginning with power: Tips on how to start your novel
    • How to sell a nonfiction book
    • Editing your novel from an agent’s POV
    • Social media for authors
    • 10 evergreen keys to writing success

    I will also have a 15-minute critique session with a published author to get some feedback on 10 pages of my work that I’ve submitted for review.

  • Tuesday, 03/12: I have tickets to see Neal deGrasse Tyson at the Durham Performing Arts Center with my sister.

  • Monday, 03/18: It’s our March Mostly Social Book Club meeting. We’ll be discussing Jane Eyre, which I read in January and rated 5 stars.


  • Wednesday-Thursday, 04/03 – 04/11: We are super excited about visiting our good friends Wayne & David in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They bought a place there and have graciously invited us for a visit. We know it’s going to be a fun week, because they’re fun, and we’re a little bit familiar with the place (the vibe, at least), as Cabo was a port call during the “Halloweenie Mexican Riviera” cruise that we took in October of 2022.

  • Monday, 04/15: It’s our April Mostly Social Book Club meeting. We’ll be discussing The Sense of an Ending, which I read in January and rated 5 stars.

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