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Comfort and Joy – Audiobook Available!

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The best laid plans of releasing this holiday audiobook didn’t include an unexpected 10-day delay in the approval and release by Audible. All my fault. I misunderstood that “3-5 days” actually meant “15-20 days.”

There is a silver lining. I know there are people just like me who really like to have the actual, real, digital files of their digital purchases. So until Comfort and Joy is approved and listed (when for contractual reasons I must remove it from my site), I’m listing my own MP3 version, and at a price below what the big site requires because this is my site and I can do that.

If You Want MP3 Fomat Grab It Now!

Like I said, when the big site version goes live, this one is coming down. It could be 14 days or 4 days, who knows? So if you want this format, don’t delay.

Your download is a good old-fashioned zip file with 12 MP3 tracks in it and the “album” art.*

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Gather ‘Round the Fire While I Tell You a Tale

I wanted to record Comfort and Joy myself for various practical reasons, but also because I truly enjoy reading my stories aloud. The real luxury of the project was having all the time in the world to read it. By that I mean, unlike a live reading at an event, there was no timekeeper telling me I had 20 seconds to wrap up the last 2 minutes, putting my tempo and pitch into squirrel-on-helium range.

While my performance may not be the high polish of the professional narrators out there, I hope that my personal attachment to the the characters comes across in the reading, as if we were gathered in a cozy bookstore, safe and together.

Clocking in at just under 90 minutes, I think it’s a great length for commutes. Or when it’s time to go over the hills and through the woods. I hope it’s a story you’ll look forward to every year.

Click here for a sample from the audiobook Comfort and Joy.

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* They will always be albums to me. Yeah, yeah, I still have a unitasker mp3 player I prefer over all other devices when it comes to listening to audiobooks or music. Don’t judge. It’s got an 18-hour play time and is smaller and lighter than car fobs.
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The Difference Between Hacking and Spoofing on Facebook

Karin Kallmaker LIFE + STYLE 11 Comments

This is a Public Service Announcement. There is significant difference between being hacked and being spoofed on Facebook. (Spoofing is also called cloning.) I often see people in a fear spiral when they don’t need to be, and after explaining the difference numerous times it finally occurred to me I could just do a blog post and then share the URL in the future. The spoofers get less of everybody’s time and attention.*

But First, False Warnings via Spam Messenger Text

Are you here because you got this or a similar private Messenger text from a friend?

text of spam message I actually got another friends request from you yesterday which I ignored so you may want to check your account

Resume your daily life, you haven’t been spoofed. The text is pure spam and why anyone would send that message to their entire friends list is beyond me. Maybe ask the person who sent that to you if they really got a fake friend request from you or not. Maybe consider blocking that person from sending you private messages. Unless it’s your Nana. Never block your Nana. Read More

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That One Thanksgiving with the Whipped Cream Thing

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My maternal grandmother, Marie, was a baker. I was very little but I remember going to the county fair one year and instead of going to the rides, we went right to the venue for the baking competition. My grandmother said, “Well, I’ll be,” at the sight of her name written on a huge piece of butcher paper tacked to the wall.

She’d won the prize for All-Around Best, well, Everything. She won two more times in subsequent years. This happened later in her life when baking was a serious hobby. She’d learned to bake through pure necessity in rural Oregon and California. She had no car, the stores were always a long way off, and you made meals out of what you had. She once told me that in WWII during rationing, with only two kids she always had shoe coupons to spare, and she would trade them for sugar coupons. That meant she could put up her fruit crop for winter, and even if the main meal was lean there were treats. Read More

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Books and Boots Gather in Dallas November 10!

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Feeling as if the barbarians are at the gate, and it’s nonstop? Gather with likeminded people, get some hugs, breathe easy. I recommend it with all my heart, and it’s how I’m coping in this very difficult time. If you can get yourself to Dallas on November 10, I will hug you and that’s a promise!

It’ll be a great day with a lot of wonderful authors you can talk to, and plenty of other readers who like what you like: stories about women who love women. Read More

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Crazy Rich Asians – a RomCom that Takes Love Seriously

Karin Kallmaker Chocolate and Inspirations, Craft of Writing 2 Comments

Box office blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, which I saw this week, succeeds so well as a romantic comedy that I was left wondering how it is that so many romcoms don’t. I think this is the core of the problem:

You can poke fun at the couple’s foibles, and you can put them in awkward situations, but you can’t make light of love itself.

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Land o’ Book Love – Upcoming Events in Minneapolis

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Road Trip!

Hello Land of 10,000 Lakes! The North Star State! And home to an astonishing quantity of out and proud queer writers. My wife and I are undertaking an epic trek this fall, and it includes a swing through the Twin Cities where I’ll be reading my work and talking about books at two different official venues.

There will also be unofficial meetups in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Stratford that I’ve announced on Facebook, so visit the link if those locations intrigue you. Read More

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WWW of New Mexico – A Day of Writing and Women in the West

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publicity poster for 2018 Western Women Writers of New Mexico annual event

Treat yourself and join us! These women love books. They love to write. They love Albuquerque*. And every year they put that all together for an annual event featuring a variety of authors across genres and identities. So I’m really pleased this year to be appearing at the WWW Conference with literary luminaries I’ve fangrrled for years. Read More

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Dorothy Allison: Burning Hot Hope

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It was a physics problem from the get-go. How could I condense a universal force of nature like Dorothy Allison into a PowerPoint presentation of ten minutes? The truth is that it can’t be done, though I tried.

When I was asked if I’d present the Golden Crown Literary Society 2018 Trailblazer Award on behalf of the Board of Directors to her, I of course said yes. It was my honor, and a privilege. Secretly I thought it would be easy. Read More

GCLS 2018, Las Vegas, July 4-8

So I Had This Idea 2018 – From Idea to Published Work

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There are many right ways to finish a novel. Over the years I’ve seen over and over that there’s only one wrong way: not to finish. Lucky me, every year I’ve been honored to moderate a panel of authors who tell us how they personally got it done. The light bulb went off and they took that idea and transformed it into a finished story. Read More

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Vegas Baby! GCLS2018 Class – Chase Your Own Success

Karin Kallmaker Events and Appearances 4 Comments

First thing first. Awards Gala attire chosen. Is that a purple velvet jumpsuit? Yes. Are those my beloved gold boots? Yes. Am I serious? Yes. VEGAS BABY!

Now that the all-important attire topic is out of the way, I was super excited to hear that the class I proposed to the Golden Crown Literary Society for GCLS2018 had been accepted. I don’t have date and time yet, but it’ll be somewhere between July 4 and July 8. The session is Thursday, July 5, 2018, at 11:40 a.m.

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Thank You Courtney Milan – Representation is Our Job

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Reading is an Act of Empathy

There’s even science that backs this up: People who read are more readily empathetic about people who don’t live the way they do. As Elizabeth Anderson told me in a recent radio interview, reading allows us to know people.

Because of reading I have strong empathy for little girls who grow up on prairies and all the challenges they fictionally face. However, I didn’t get much empathy for the people who lived on that prairie before the family arrived. For the most part, their authentic story wasn’t told, not by anyone. As a child, I had no way to know that these untold stories even existed. Read More

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Sommelier of Chocolate – Ask the Right Questions

Karin Kallmaker Chocolate and Inspirations, LIFE + STYLE 4 Comments

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More than once I’ve been asked how to find a good chocolate. I don’t know why people think I would know, but I usually ask a question or two, or three, and use their answers to send them the right direction. After all, procurement is a matter requiring analysis of palate, allowances for shipping temperatures, humidity and due consideration of personal tastes.

You might also want to check out It’s All Good, my blog about buying great chocolate on a budget. Read More

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Lacking in Graciousness and Generosity? So Be It.

Karin Kallmaker Business of Books 6 Comments

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Nothing New Under the Sun

1/17/2018 Update: It’s hard to believe I wrote this blog going on nine years ago. Not only do I still get requests like the one below from New Acme, it’s gotten worse. Now it’s a continuous stream of offers to “crowd promote” and “create viral visibility” through a mailing-funnel-follower-stream a.k.a. unicorn dust magic a.k.a. trendy sounding method that has zero proof-of-concept. Read More

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Cheery Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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cherry chocolate oatmeal cookies recipe Karin Kallmaker
I don’t do recipe blogs often, okay, this is only the second one ever. (Here’s the first, Brine for Thanksgiving Turkey.) I usually save a great recipe for use in a book, but oatmeal cookies with cherry and dark chocolate is a winning combination I find irresistible. All the good things in life: Oats, brown sugar and butter, with bright pops of cherry and melting not-quite-bitter dark chocolate. Read More