My favorite thing about writing is bringing people together. I love it when people read something and reach out to meet me. But I also love building communities of people who like to interact with each other. It’s work, and I don’t always feel like I do the best job these days, but I made up for it on Saturday night.

MTM and I threw a party for Kate Shrewsday and her family. It was an opportunity for Kate to meet some readers who found her writing through mine. She also got to meet other people with whom she’s interacted on my site.

Twenty people showed up at our place for frogmore stew, pinxtos, and drinks, and they mingled with Kate and her family for several hours. Given that I was playing hostess, I have no photos.

(Okay. Really. I was too busy stuffing my face with frogmore stew and the insane pimiento cheese Marshall Deutsch made.)

I love that reading can create bonds and unite people. Whenever I despair on this path I’ve taken, I try to remember how many friends I’ve made, how many other people have met because I decided to write or to read.

If you’ve never heard of Frogmore Stew, it’s an indigenous South Carolina dish. One pot. Dump on newspaper. Eat with fingers. Swipe everything into the trash at the end. The perfect main course for a party.

MTM made the recipe here: Beaufort Stew Recipe




Yesterday’s Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Trivia Question: WHO WAS THE OFFICIAL COMMANDER OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION?

ANSWER: Meriwether Lewis was. He insisted that William Clark be named co-captain, and he always treated Clark as an equal on the expedition. However, the US government never awarded Clark that title, and they paid him at a lesser rate than they paid Lewis.


To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is just $2.99 on Kindle during August in celebration of Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday Month.

Click here to read an excerpt.

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To check out the entire Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Series, follow the links below:

Lewis and Clark: Screwing Their Way Across a Continent
Lewis and Clark and Sex Bombs
Who Was Meriwether Lewis Godfather?
If Meriwether Lewis Had Lived to be 80
Lewis and Clark and Old Blue Eyes
The Lion Will Lie Down With the Lamb
My Natchez Trace Walk Featured in We Proceeded On
Dead People Follow Me And They Talk To Me
Is Suicide the Final Arbiter of a Life. For Robin Williams. And Meriwether Lewis.
WordPress Is Killing Me
Fate’s Fickle Fingering
Happy Birthday Meriwether Lewis
I Just Can’t Come
Guardians of the Neighborhood
Did the Vikings Walk the Natchez Trace?
I’m an Idiot Who Doesn’t Do Details
Friendship Makes the World Go Around

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