Checking out my website + lady scientists and literary forensics
May I recommend
Looking at my website: www.amytector.com
To be truthful, there’s not a ton on there, but one day, when I’m a genuine published author there will be, so you should get in the habit of popping by to check in every now and then. Am I telling you to bookmark it for easy reference? Certainly not! But should you be visiting it more often than Amazon, Netflix or your financial institution combined? 100%
Ha ha. I’m not kidding.
I do have content from my old Belgian expat blog - Beerandwaffles.com up there, so it’s kind of a good time waster if you’re tuned out at work and want to remember the glory days of 2008. You can read my writing about how angry Belgians are. Here’s one about learning Flemish and another one about Norbert, the friend I made in Flemish class. Here’s one about a fun ski trip (mostly describing the food we ate). Here’s one about grocery shopping and here’s one about the time we went to Vimy Ridge for the 90th Anniversary of the Battle.
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The woman who pioneered mRNA vaccines
Live everyone, I know a lot more about viruses, vaccines and the immune system than I did a couple of years ago. Why didn’t I know about this LADY??
But fine, she has started to take a little pleasure in certain aspects of worldwide renown. First there’s the dream turned real—for her, scientific progress is measured in actual impact. With millions inoculated and the path out of the pandemic charted on the foundation of her research, she has lived to see the purpose in her work. And second, there’s the small, modest delight she takes in the fact that a few weeks before our interview, she ran into the man who’d led her out of her beloved lab at Penn eight years earlier. He told her he was preparing to give a lecture about her.
“You will talk about me?” she asked him. What about?
The focus, he said, would be on how he’d missed it—one of the greatest scientific and humanitarian achievements in their lifetimes, and he’d let the woman responsible for it walk out the door.
Agatha Christie and murder science
One of my forthcoming books, SPEAK FOR THE DEAD, features a crime fighting coroner. I am learning more and more about forensics every day…
The mind of a writer is a strange place, and a mystery writer’s mind is the strangest of all. How does one use a myriad of tiny intersecting events to construct a plot that will puzzle, entertain, surprise, and ultimately satisfy the reader? Carla Valentine reveals the processes by which that mistress of misdirection, Agatha Christie, used what we now refer to as forensics to lend both credibility and complexity to her famous stories.
Oprah’s gift guide
Okay, this is just feeding our mass consumerist frenzy that is designed to distract us from the planetary degradation that is exacerbated by our mass consumerist frenzy, BUT it’s also kind of soothing to look through the stuff and boggle at/long for some of the gifts.
The Urban + Mystic's The Love Bowl
"My neighbor gave me this, and I had to spread the love. Rose quartz happens to be the stone that symbolizes unconditional love, so this unique gift will instantly convey you care. The polished gems come in a heart-shaped pink onyx bowl that’s
I am aware that I am deeply basic
But, man alive this looks like fun.
The interviewer’s reaction
Walking the plank
The little school picture made me well up
That’s what shelter is
Daylight Savings angst
This person’s face
Elevator pro tip
Daffodil went to the groomer this week. I realise we missed an opportunity
I love getting off the beaten path
I actually love this self care