Links: Podcasts, Raccoons, & More

Hello, everyone! It’s time for Wednesday links! This is where we share cool stuff from around the internet.

We’re almost done with June and that means entering into the warmer months in New England (my least favorite). It’s mainly because a lot of old New England apartments don’t have any sort of central A/C and we have to rely on fans or window units, which just aren’t the same. I am not a person who likes to sweat.

On the bright side, I have a nice little weekend away planned mid-July with my partner and that is powering me through!

Any summer plans for you all?

Katee Robert is part of another romance kickstarter! It was announced in her newsletter and will launch July 12th. It will feature a collection of 6 books by different authors and have tiers for ebooks, paperbacks, and hardcovers. I’m very excited for this one!

Sarah was a guest this week on the She Wore Black podcast! She discussed spooky romances – my favorite.

Author and artist Jonny Sun was in the New Yorker recently for a hot dog themed illustration series.

 

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Emma Thompson was over at NPR talking about her upcoming film, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. My only complaint is that I wish the interview were longer. Eight minutes isn’t enough for me!

And for a palate cleanser this week, why not fill your Instagram feed with adorable raccoons.

Don’t forget to share what cool or interesting things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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  1. Jill Q. says:

    I feel like I’m constantly pushing Choir!Choir!Choir! here, but in honor of Pride, I relistened to their cover of Karma Chameleon. A goofy 80s pop song should not make me cry with joy, but it does.

  2. Escapeologist says:

    Adorable raccoons are adorable

  3. Lauren says:

    Speaking of Katee Robert projects, does anyone know why the multi-author short story collection to benefit Ukraine was canceled? I pre-ordered it but then got an email from Amazon a couple of weeks ago that it was canceled and my money refunded. Just curious, if anyone has more information!

  4. DiscoDollyDeb says:

    @Lauren: I’m not sure about the anthology you’re referring to, but NIGHTINGALE (spearheaded by Skye Warren, featuring short stories from many of our Romancelandia faves, and will all proceeds going to organizations that help the people of Ukraine) is still available:

    https://www.amazon.com/Nightingale-Anthology-Ukraine-Skye-Warren-ebook/dp/B09VF4DZYK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=XMECO6ZXQXXO&keywords=skye+warren+nightingale&qid=1655940213&sprefix=skye+warren+nightingale%2Caps%2C194&sr=8-1

    It does include a contribution from Katee Robert titled A LITTLE SURPRISE.

  5. Emma says:

    Love raccoons, but my god, some people just cannot appreciate backyard wildlife. I posted a short video on Nextdoor of a raccoon taking a dip in my water basin, and next thing I know, the comments are mostly two people going on about leptospirosis and rabies.

  6. AtasB says:

    @Emma Well, idk, but when you’ve lived in a neighborhood where rabies actually happens it is concerning when a common vector hangs out in your yard. (Why I hate seeing cats.) The poop issue is also real, what with the risk of brain damage and coma, and the suggestion that the best way to dispose of it is *fire*. Who even has flamethrowers handy these days? Raccoons are, much as I love wildlife of all kinds, total horror animals, tbh. Anyone with outdoor chickens or whatever can tell you how hard it is to defend against them and how horrible it is when those defenses fail.
    (And my local nextdoor has now gotten to the point where if anyone expresses being remotely unsure about having, say, foxes in their yard, they get *blasted*. Unfortunately, the pro-wildlife side can get rather unreasonable, too. (I just wanted to tell them to use Scoot where the foxes are marking and they’ll stop coming round, no harm done either way, but why would they continue to read the comments after ten+ ppl have already told them they’re a horrible person?))

  7. AtasB says:

    And oh man I just looked at the actual racoon link. The garbage food they’re feeding those poor demons. Racoons get SO fat if you feed them too much, I can’t even imagine when it’s junk like that, but I’ve seen absolute butterballs people keep as pets, you know, feeding them endlessly because they’re “always hungry”. *facedesk* And all that “cuteness” absolutely makes people want to buy them as pets, for which they are being bred in the US because of the demand created by things like these instagrams. It’s nice that the person who wrote that page says it’s a “bad idea” to keep them but I have become less and less convinced (down from almost nothing) that people can have their cake and eat it when it comes to creating and promoting staged images that make having unsuitable exotics look like the coolest, cutest thing ever–just by adding a disclaimer every now and then.
    I also have my doubts that every “rescued” pet raccoon was truly unsuitable to go back in the wild, knowing of multiple people who have brought them up from wee babies but let them retain and regain their wildness and freedom.

    I’m glad people don’t just want to poison and kill them, but so much of this is utterly sad and horrifying.

  8. Lauren says:

    @DiscoDollyDeb – thank you! I went and checked deep in my kindle and I had received Nightingale already. It turns out there was also an anthology of historical stories, called Sunflower Season that was also being released to support Ukraine, and this was the anthology that was canceled inexplicably. I know I would have heard of both of these on this site. Sorry for my confusion!

  9. denise says:

    @Lauren,

    The authors were able to get Sunflower Season, to benefit Ukraine, up after Amazon lost all the preorders.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B3FBN1Z5

    https://books2read.com/Sunflower-Season-For-Ukraine

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