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The Falcone Report

January 2022

Welcome to the second year of The Falcone Report! I can’t believe that a whole year has whizzed by since I first started these monthly missives but that seems to be pandemic life: long days and short years.

I hope that you will join me in approaching 2022 with cautious optimism. These last couple of years have been, to put it lightly, rough, but there are reasons to carry a tiny smile heading into this year.

I also want to thank you all for subscribing and for supporting my work. It means a lot and as long as you keep digging what I’m creating then I’ll keep writing it.

One bit of housekeeping: the December newsletter didn’t go out due to a technical issue, but if you want to read my holiday greetings I’ve archived it on the website.
What I’m Writing

If I am being totally honest (and I’m always totally honest with you my dear reader) my 2021 writing plans didn’t exactly work out how I hoped. Pandemic and all, but I’d like to stick the landing on a few projects in 2022 which will include finishing the two books that are currently on the assembly line.

And, as I mentioned in some previous newsletters, I am going to be working on some short essays as some exclusive writing pieces for subscribers. These will mostly be thoughts on writing and pop culture but, every once in a while, some Roman History might creep in.

So early in the month you’ll get this newsletter, but near the end of each month you’ll get a pithy essay full of bon mots.
What I’m Reading
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders.

Author and academic George Saunders takes a deep dive into what works in writing by walking us through how we read and how we interpret the world around us. Using 7 short stories from Russian Literature as starting points for discussion, he guides the reader into thinking more critically, and emotionally, about the stories we read.

A real treat for writers and readers alike, check it out here or at your local bookshop or library.
This month on Storybeater

In our most recent episode, Andrew and I jump back into The Matrix! We travel back to 1999 and see what holds up and what seemed a tad dated from the game-changing sci-fi blockbuster.

Give a listen here.
Monthly Cocktail

How did you ring in the New Year? I tried out a new cocktail this year: the Champagne Sidecar. It was bubbly and refreshing with a bit of bite, so exactly what an NYE cocktail should be.
  • 1 oz Cognac (any type of brandy is fine though)
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • Champagne or other sparkling wine
Mix the Cognac, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice in a cocktail shaker and then pour into a champagne flute. Top with the bubbly stuff and voila! You are now celebrating in style.

Until next time faithful readers!
champagne sidecar
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