The Great Paella Experiment of 2015

Alexa had been talking about trying her hand at making paella for a few months now, so I surprised her with a paella pan from Williams-Sonoma for her birthday. Last night, we gave it a shot and made a chicken and chorizo paella for dinner (this being less complicated than the traditional seafood paella, and therefore perfect for beginners like us). We used a slightly modified version of this recipe.

Since Alexa did most of the work, I decided to document the experience from start to finish with photos on my Twitter account. Now, to make it easier for people to see, I have Storified those tweets.

Behold, the Great Paella Experiment of 2015!

Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters

Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman, Godzilla in the Golden Age of Japanese Science Fiction FilmEiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman, Godzilla in the Golden Age of Japanese Science Fiction Film by August Ragone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This comprehensive history of the man behind so many of the classic Toho monster movies is chock full of exceptional behind-the-scenes photos and production stills. A must-read for any fan of classic Godzilla films, Ultraman, and kaiju entertainment in general, it will make you feel ten years old again–in the best way. Now I want to watch all those old Godzilla movies again!

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Caring for Your Authors

I received a nice email today from a reader who loved Die and Stay Dead. She called it “fucking AMAZING” and wrote, “This is not my typical read, but I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it and how much I could not put it down.” She even called it “beautifully written,” which is always nice to hear!

And “nice to hear” is exactly the point I want to make. We authors rarely get feedback from readers, so it’s always a treat to hear from someone who likes our work. Sure, good reviews are great, but critical acclaim doesn’t always translate into sales or reader attention. (Trust me, I know this from experience!) Hearing from readers who have actually taken the time to seek out, purchase, and read your book reminds us why we’re doing this in the first place: to tell stories that we hope others will enjoy.

More than that, though, hearing from readers is a lifeline of sorts. Authors work in solitude most of the time — it’s why you’ll find so many of us hanging out on Twitter; it’s our version of the workplace water cooler — and every nice note we get from readers reminds us we’re not alone. It lets us know that we’re not wasting our time, that there are people out there who appreciate our work. It recharges our creative batteries when they’re low, and reinvigorates us when we’re in our “why bother?” moods, which for writers come remarkably often.

So please, if you love a book, take a moment to let the author know. Online reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are extremely helpful and appreciated — we love those, too — but nothing beats a personal email. Seriously, nothing. Don’t trick yourself into thinking you’re just bothering us or that we don’t want to hear from you. You’re not, and we do. It’ll only take a few minutes out of your day, but I promise you it’ll make the author’s day.

Why not try it right now?

 

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