Tea, Lost Treasures, and Time to Read

By: Marilyn L. Davis

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough

or a book long enough to suit me.” C. S. Lewis

moss-tree-trunkIt’s overcast today; the leaves are starting to accumulate in the back yard, covering the mossy tree trunks. There’s dampness in the air when I walk my dog, Morgan. The butterflies and cardinals are gone, so there’s not much to occupy her attention other than the obvious reason we take our dogs outside. While she is disinterested, I get excited this time of year.
Fall means I need to get ready to be indoors.  And indoors means tea and time to read. This year’s genre is “Treasure/relic/parchment/ancient artifact that if found by the bad guys/secret evil society/fanatics will wreck havoc/destruction/death to humanity.” I know, you won’t find that on some Google search.++

Nom de plume

While it’s generally authors that select their pen names for various reasons, I’ve got a nickname at the library – the List Lady.  Armed with authors I found for my genre, I searched at four local libraries and was disappointed that I couldn’t find the authors.  Apparently, not a lot of readers in Georgia share my taste. The names on my last list came from  What Should I Read Next, and while helpful, it didn’t give me any option but to buy the books from Amazon, which required leaving one site and going to another.

Then I discovered, Thriftbooks.

I not only get better selections at Thriftbooks but can order directly, which saves me time, and most hard backed books are $3.79. Are some of you leaving the article right now to check it out?

Wait, please, I’m going to tell you about wonderful teas in a minute.

For those of us who value and treasure books – the kind you hold in your hand, breathing in the sometimes musty smells of often-read volumes, well we know how exciting it is to find a site that lets us isolate our favorite genres.

I also get coupons from making $50 in purchases. The other added feature of the site is the Wish List. I’ve got several books on there now, and with Christmas just around the corner, I know what to tell my kids to get me.  I’m like all other Nanas; I’ve got enough bathrobes, but never enough books or teas to try. I’ve got all my leisure books neatly arranged for the fall reading on a trunk in my bedroom. That’s why I love Thriftbooks. They get me.
After walking Morgan, I made some tea, and while it was steeping, I checked the mailbox. I’m pleased with free shipping and the typical four-day delivery of my books. So what authors did Thriftbooks find for me?
  • James Becker
  • Sam Cabot
  • Sam Christer
  • Paul Christopher
  • A. M. Dean
  • Thomas Greanis
  • Tom Knox
  • John Lyman
  • Scott Mariani
  • Glen Meade
  • Simon Toyne

Reading and Tea Wittytea-pot

I met Kate Diete like we meet almost all people today – online. She’s a serial entrepreneur challenging herself to create 12 start-ups in 12 months. She’s doing an admirable job; traveling all over the world, so I’ll leave adventuring and starting new businesses to her.
One of her start-ups is Tea Witty, and she graciously sent me some tea samples after I edited a few of her articles. Compensation and perks – got to love ’em.  Now the tea is done, chair is inviting, Morgan is napping and I don’t have to be anywhere for several hours. This means I can read.

Writer’s Books

Before you decide that reading isn’t a productive habit for writers, remember the words of Stephen King,

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
So I’ll check my shelves, look for something that intrigues me, and sit by the window and read. It’s not just pleasure reading that excites me about Thriftbooks. I’ve also ordered some “Reading to Write Better” books.  Again, at $3.79 for the following writers, I think it’s a great deal.
  • Sherry Ellis
  • Martha Kolln and Robert Funk
  • Anne Lamott
  • Richard Lederer
  • Max Morenberg
  • Jeff Sommers
  • William Zinsser
  • Roy Clark
  • Sherry Ellis
  • Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato

Reality, Relic or Writing Day?

While I enjoy the connect the dots, ancient customs, secrets and maps to produce a good read, I’m also a fan of reality and leaving the comfy chair. So, I’m headed to  The DaVinci Machines Exhibition, to see what he created and interact with the displays.
The good news is that I don’t need codes for this DaVinci, but there is a coupon.

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