Literary Chitchat

Through a spider’s web


A strange picture of my backyard through a spider’s web. I couldn’t get the camera to focus properly, so special kudos to anyone who can actually see the spider. But the raindrops on the beautiful web are a treat to see.

I’ve been thinking about spiders recently. Thinking about Charlotte, of course, the most famous spider of them all. There she was, in Fern’s family barn, watching everything, caring for everything, teaching her friend Wilbur,  protecting everyone.

Bottom line, I don’t kill spiders. I used to (in spite of my childhood enjoyment of Charlotte’s Web) but this year, I’ve stopped.

But this isn’t about any of that. Mainly, I wanted to pass along an audio chat I did with a wonderfully enthusiastic supporter of authors and their books. Vikki Carter found me, and I was so glad she did. She has a background as a research librarian and as an author, I love the research part of the job. It’s so fun–the anxiety and stress of the blank page is completely absent! It’s always hard for me to stop the research and start writing. You never know when that perfect piece of information might be just on the next page, or hiding in the bibliography or tucked into the next person you interview.

Vikki has a newsletter and a website. Take the time to visit her; you’ll enjoy it.

Here’s the link to the podcast conversation she and I had.  Hope you like it as much as we did.


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