Diane Sawyer, Newsletter Blog # 27, January-February, 2016

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Hello to all my loyal newsletter readers. Welcome to my new readers, including several I met recently right here in St. Petersburg. I hope all of you enjoy this January-February 2016 edition.


Diane Sawyer

Writing News

Montauk Mystery Montauk Steps Tomoka Mystery Cinderella Murders Montauk Cave

You might like to know: Amazon’s marketing specialists continue to feature the Kindle version of my five novels in their frequent special promotions. Happy reading!

Also: My author page at Amazon can be found at https://www.amazon.com/author/dianesawyer

And: My web site address is http://dianewsawyer.com (Note that the middle initial “w” must be included to avoid confusion with Diane Sawyer, the newscaster.) Please visit my site, set up by my friend and web designer, Roy Baker. Enjoy his gorgeous photo of a sunset at Lake Maggiore, near my home. All the previous blog/newsletters are there and this one will soon join them. The hardcover, paperback and e-book editions of my novels are available on Amazon and other on-line sites. You can get to them directly via my web site by clicking on the photo of the book cover. Thank you, Roy!

I can’t wait a minute longer to share my happy news with you: My recently completed novel, The Tell-Tale Treasure, set in St. Petersburg, FL, has been accepted for publication! There’s still much work to do, so it’s too soon to divulge any details!! Okay, okay, okay. It’s a cold-case missing-person mystery, involving a world-renowned musician, with a heroine who will win you over!!! (Exclamation points are so over-the-top, but I couldn’t resist.)


This and That

Enjoy these puns, guaranteed to make you groan. (Thank you, Peggy.)

She was only a whisky-maker, but he loved her still.

The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. (Math and Dali fans, I know you love that “pi” reference.)

I thought I saw an eye-doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

A rubber-band pistol was confiscated from an algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

A hole has been found in the nudist-camp wall. The police are looking into it.


This is a different kind of travel, more a reminiscence, written in a writing class in a timed writing exercise lasting only about 5 minutes. The prompt was “A Map.” I hope you like it.

In the good old summertime my neighborhood friends and I set out looking for an adventure. No, not just looking. More like imagining an adventure that would spin off from reality and take on a life of its own.

Find a dime on a pathway up the hill and we’d imagine a robbery and a quick getaway in a helicopter with the ill-gotten loot of ten cents.

Or maybe we’d spy a man and woman sitting on the shore near the bay and we’d make up their dialog. He’d say,” Why don’t you kill your husband and run away with me?” She’d say, “Cyanide? Shoot him? I can’t be so cruel.” And he’d say, “Yes, you can. You’re unbearably cruel to me.”

Or a glove. We’d find a glove in the bushes. It was a gardening glove and we’d imagine a body was buried nearby. We were all mystery fans and had a million details we could supply.

So now after many years have passed, I’m planning trip home for a school reunion with my classmates. I would like to buy a map of all the places where we dreamed up stories and tingled with excitement about the adventurous lives we lived vicariously through our invented characters. That map would convince me that a dull and dreary life was the exception. That map would guarantee that even more exciting times were waiting for me down the road.

Yes, I want that map. I would cherish it forever.


Cooking Delights

Penne Supremo

This dinner has the well-known lasagna ingredients and offers the same delicious taste, but, with penne and no layering necessary, it’s so much easier. While baking, the sauce blends and seeps into the penne cavities. Truly, one of life’s mysteries! Serve with a salad and Italian bread. (It serves 6 or more, or serves 2 with at least 2 dinners frozen for future enjoyment.)


1 pound ground sausage, sautéed in fry pan, medium heat, 9 minutes, and drained

1 pound penne pasta, cooked 8 minutes in boiling water, and drained

1 24-oz jar spaghetti sauce, heated

1 tbsp. total of mixed spices, such as basil, oregano, onion flakes; 2-3 tbsp. fresh parsley; salt and pepper to taste

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

15 ounces ricotta cheese

4 tbsp. grated parmesan or parmesan & romano cheese


Place first 4 ingredients in a very large bowl. Stir gently with a wooden spoon so as not to slice the pasta. Add the final 3 ingredients (cheeses) and stir again until thoroughly mixed. Pour into large casserole dish. Bake 30-40 minutes until cheese is melted and entire contents are hot.

Bon appétit!

Fondly, Diane

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