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Jun 16
2017

An Open Letter to the University of Chicago

An Open Letter to the University of Chicago Dear Economics Department, You probably don't remember me, even though you send me mail occasionally (and--once a book. Thank you!). I graduated from The College in 2001 with a degree in Economics. I took graduate level classes from Robert Fogel and Gary Becker. I didn't do so well in statistics but well enough in the econometrics that I was encouraged to take the advanced class. I graduated with the old core, took Russian Civ with Richard Hellie...

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Apr 18
2017

Romance Book Club Podcast!

As many of you know, the lovely Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches Trashy Books interviewed me about the romance book club for her podcast. The interview was incredibly fun and the podcast turned out rather well, if I may brag. For my blog readers, I have a story that I didn't think to tell Sarah, but which you may enjoy. A couple years after publishing my first book (and so probably four years after the book club started), I was talking with one of the book club members about what we should...

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Mar 24
2017

Vacation, Lohmann-style

Last week, the Viking and I took our annual ski trip to Utah. I could fill this blog post with pictures like this one, of the majestic slopes of Snowbird where we skied. (Okay, I skied and the Viking snowboarded.) But I post pictures like this every March--and when I release books in my Snowdance series. This year, the Viking and I decided to visit a place we've never been before, Antelope Island. I lived in Utah for five years and have gone back at least once a year for twenty years. I'd...

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Mar 09
2017

Judy’s Books

As part of a conversation at NoveList, I clicked over to a link about Read Across America and eventually landed on a page about Jack Prelutsky, the beginning of his career writing poetry, and Dr. Seuss. Immediately, I was flooded with memories of my childhood happy book place, Judy's Books on Main Street in Twin Falls, Idaho. Most librarians have memories of their local library and their local librarian; I have memories of Judy's Books and Judy, the eponymous owner. My mom owned a small store...

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Mar 05
2017

Luna and the Death Eater

In February, the Viking and I went to a Harry Potter-themed wedding. When we got the invitation, I squealed with delight. Check out this adorable wedding invitation (please ignore my terrible Microsoft Paint marks). [caption id="attachment_1219" align="aligncenter" width="192"] Front of the wedding invitation[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1220" align="aligncenter" width="200"] First unfolding of the invitation[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1221" align="aligncenter" width="201"]...

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Feb 22
2017

Cats, man

Sometimes, it seems like all I do is write about how annoying my pets are. That's probably because pets--while awesome--are pretty dang annoying. Cats are especially annoying. They each have their own little quirks. You might have a cat who is a barfer. Or one who is a revenge pee-er. (I've had one of those. They're terrible). A cat who bops you on the nose in the middle of the night when they want food. What ever annoying thing your cat does is cute, because it's your cat and they're cute. ...

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