Monthly Round-Up: March

March is over, and spring is here! I’ve been hard at work on A Holiday Gift, and plan to work even harder on it through April – I’ve signed up for Camp NaNo in hopes of getting a good chunk written. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this, and I failed miserably every other time, but I feel like I might be in a better place, story-wise, so maybe this time it will actually work. I have a deadline set for myself for a completed rough draft, but I’m afraid if I tell anyone, I’ll miss it. So I’ll just try my hardest to write my 1,500 words a day through April and see what I end up with.

So April’s round-up post might not be terribly interesting, since it seems all of my free time will be taken up with writing, but I did do some things in March. Keep reading!


I know I keep talking about this series, but it’s because I really, honestly love it. Cozy mysteries were not a genre to which I tended to gravitate, but that was before I discovered the Peridale Cafe mysteries by Agatha Frost. And the good thing is that she’s already written 17 of them. Basically, she writes them as fast as I read them, and this past month I plowed through 5 – sometimes two in a day. Each one has likable characters, a fun mystery, and for me, the ability to transport myself to the Cotswolds for an afternoon (which might be the most important part). 


General consensus seems to be that The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann is basically a rehashing of information the general public already knows. I, however, didn’t know a lot of this information prior to watching this Netflix documentary, and the true crime lover in me found the reenactments, insights, and interviews (although not with Madeleine’s parents) interesting. It was devastating to watch the world turn against parents who had lost their child, one of the most horrifying things I can imagine, and the documentary does little to offer new hope for ever finding her. But for someone who simply couldn’t get through Abducted in Plain Sight, this was a good substitute. And hopefully it will renew the search for her, since even law enforcement believes she’s still alive out there somewhere.


I’m not vegan, but a dear friend is, so I’m always looking for new and tasty treats to bring for her when we get together. For our last gathering, I brought these Vanilla Almond biscotti, and while mine didn’t look nearly as pretty as those in the photos, they got rave reviews from vegans and non-vegans alike. I’ve also found a lot of other delicious-looking recipes on the site, including this Applesauce Bread – which has me already counting down the days until October (as if I wasn’t already).

That’s it for March! How did you spend the last month?

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