Chips and Cheese

Good morning, dear people. 

It’s Hugh Hollowell, your post-Easter exhausted correspondent, and this is The Hughsletter, my weekly newsletter full of linky goodness. I have exactly nothing scheduled for this weekend and after three weekends away, it’s exactly what I need. 

As I explained last night on my monthly Zoom call for Patrons, I have some upcoming changes in how I do this work, and how it’s supported by my readers. I’ll be unveiling all that slowly over the next few months, to coincide with my 50th birthday on June 5th. So, no huge spoilers now, but just know it’s coming. 

Here’s what I wrote this week

The Flag: Can you write with integrity about living in the South and not talk about the flag? You know. THAT flag. 

Chips and Cheese: A memory of my Dad.

Oxford: A history of one of my happy places

The Storm: Long drives lead to long thoughts. 

The Man in Gray: When I wear bright colors, my insides don’t match my outsides. 

Other things you might like:

I came across this lovely little guide of seasonal activities, compiled by Melanie Richards. Some of them are Pacific Northwest specific, but many of them are useful elsewhere. I want to do something similar for the Deep South. 

Author and podcaster Peyton Thomas has a Twitter thread where they put forth the idea (with some justification) that the author we knew as Louisa May Alcott was what we would now call a trans man. 

This website hilariously simulates trying to read online in 2022. It’s funny because it’s true. I’m pleased to say that I don’t do any of these except the newsletter popup, and then only when you’re ready to leave. These are all things you have to do if you choose to monetize your writing by means other than patronage/ membership. In other words, the reason I don’t have to do this is because I’m reader-supported.

These days I’m on the road a lot and am listening to this series of books by Peter Robinson. They are police procedural mysteries that take place in the Yorkshire region of Northern England. They are well written, not too grisly, there is a lot of character development, and importantly, there are 27 books in the series, so if you read a lot, it will keep you busy for a while.

I hope you have a great weekend, and I’ll see you next week.

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Take care, 

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