10.26.2023 | Thursday

tales & 13 podcasts on a thursday

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I’ve decided I want to live in an reno’d vintage Airstream. This isn’t a totally random thought, but one born of character research for the my next novel. I stumbled across a post by a woman who, with her husband, converted a second Airstream, this one a 31′ Airstream Sovereign with the double bed/center bathroom option. They remapped the floorplan of it, changing the double bed to a king and even creating two dedicated workspaces. You can see the plans here and some photos of the finished space here. There’s also a video walkthrough of it below.

Pouring through pages and blogs about vintage RVs got me thinking all about one of my own. Just a daydream, but still fun to consider. I love this one, but I can see places where I’d tweak it. If it was just me, the first thing to go would be the dedicated desk area by the bedroom. I’d turn that into a combination pantry and laundry closet with one of those single-machine washer/dryer combos. The existing wardrobe in their plan would become a place for a bigger fridge. But with the hubby? He’d want the desk, so I guess I’d sacrifice the laundry for the fridge. I’d also change the living room area into one of those wraparound set-ups like this one here. There’s a ton of storage behind the bolsters and under the seat, and the table lowers to different positions, allowing it to also convert into a bigger-than-king sleeping area.

However, it’s all just a pretty dream!

thursday 13: podcasts

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I love podcasts and listen to a lot of them through Amazon Music, Wondery, Apple Podcasts, and Patreon. Here are 13 I recommend… if you’re into true crime!!

  1. RedHanded: Hannah Maguire and Suruthi Bala are award-winning podcasters. I love their humor, their dedication to research. They also do a companion podcast. Another, unrelated podcast, they do is Filthy Ritual, the story of a conwoman in England. So good!
  2. Rabia and Ellyn Solve the Case: Rabia Chaudry is an attorney, Ellyn Marsh is a Broadway actress. An unlikely pair, but their dynamic, with Ellyn’s humor and Rabia’s knowledge, along with a wide range of guests make for an in-depth and interesting look into various cases.
  3. The Opportunist: Hannah Smith explores cases of regular people who take advantage of opportunities to do bad things. It’s a fascinating look at these people.
  4. Letters from Sing Sing: Dan Slepian, an NBC news producer, hosts this one, the story of wrongfully convicted Adrian “JJ” Velazquez. The story is both fascinating and horrible.
  5. Why Can’t We Talk About Amandas Mom?: This one is hosted by Sarah Cailean, a former cop who is criminal behavorist, investigating homicides. The podcast investigates the still unsolved murder of a young woman, killed in 1993.
  6. The Girl in the Blue Mustang: Hosted by the quintessential Keith Morrison, this dives into the twisty case of the murder of Michelle O’Keefe.
  7. Agent of Betrayal: Major Garrett, a CBS news correspondent, hosts the podcast. It tells the story of FBI-agent-turned-Soviet-spy Robert Hanssen. I’m listening to this one now, and it’s so interesting.
  8. Killer Psyche: Former psych nurse and FBI agent Candace DeLong (also of ID: Discovery) hosts this, diving into the minds of the bad guys she discusses. Her take is unique, focusing on the mind aspects of the perps. She also does a daily version, tidbits of interesting true-crime topics.
  9. Severed Affair: This is a case that is very recent, hosted by Paula Barros. It looks into the murder of Shad Thyrion by Taylor Schabusiness. NOT for the faint of heart.
  10. True Crime All the Time: The podcast is hosted by two friends, Mike Ferguson and Mike Gibson. They have a great dynamic as they dive into a wide variety of cases, both recent and older. They also have a companion podcast, True Crime All the Time: Unsolved.
  11. Criminology: This one is hosted by Mike Ferguson (above) and Mike Morford, diving into a lot of different cases. Morford has also written several books.
  12. Internal Affairs: This podcast is hosted by NBC news correspondent Josh Mankiewicz. It is a twisted story of murder and its connection to a police station.
  13. The Seduction: This is another Keith Morrison podcast, the story of a twisted love story gone horribly wrong.

Honorable Mention: any Dateline podcast, any Keith Morrison podcast!


  1. reading
    • The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
    • Storm Breaking by Mercedes Lackey
    • Freaky Reapers by Amanda M. Lee
    • A Pumpkin and a Patch by Jennifer Peel
  2. listening: Episode 5 of the Agent of Betrayal podcast: about Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent-turned-Soviet spy
  3. writing: romantic suspense
  4. loving: my new composition notebook cover, to be my 2024 reading journal. It’s set up like a Traveler’s Notebook.

shop photos from Etsy

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2 responses to “tales & 13 podcasts on a thursday

  1. I don’t listen to podcasts, aside from Ted Talks sometimes. I’m probably missing out on a lot but generally I am listening to an audiobook or music if I’m listening to anything. This is probably something I need to change.


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