Welcome Kim Fielding with thoughts on old sitcoms and five books currently available.
Hi! I’m Kim Fielding! I have five new releases out! One of them is The Festivus Miracle, a holiday short story. Obviously, the idea of Festivus isn’t mine—I shamelessly stole it from Seinfeld.
I am old, so I remember Must See TV. That meant Thursday nights I was tuned in to NBC, watching sitcoms. Depending on the year and the time slot, those shows might be Mad About You, Friends, Cheers, Will & Grace, and, of course, Seinfeld. And it really was must-see TV. I almost never missed a Thursday, not even when I was in law school and grad school and buried under books and papers. Sitcoms were predictable, comforting: a half hour of people doing silly things that made me laugh. Of course the characters’ lives were nothing like mine—were nothing like anybody’s really—but that was fine. It was good to see the conflicts all wrapped up in 30 minutes.
And some of the phrases and concepts from these sitcoms endured. Going commando? Thanks, Joey and Chandler. Will & Grace has been credited with helping Americans become more comfortable with LGBT people. And of course Seinfeld gave us Festivus, the holiday “for the rest of us.” According to Wikipedia, quite a few people have adopted the holiday in real life—as has the family of Eddie Cohen-Fernandez, one of the characters in my story.
Must See TV is gone, though. With DVRs and the Internet, people can easily watch shows whenever they want to. And the traditional sitcom is all but dead. Between the family, the day job, and the writing gig, I have time for almost no TV at all. I watch Game of Thrones, plus an occasional episode of Househunters International or The Daily Show. I sort of miss those Thursday nights, when we’d hunker down on the couch with snacks and an expectation of a few good laughs.
But Festivus lives on, at least! Not only that, but I am donating all my royalties from The Festivus Miracle to Doctors Without Borders. So you can enjoy a romantic holiday story while knowing you’re helping to support a very good cause.
And this is only one of my five new releases. I’m doing a Fieldingpalooza tour, complete with prizes. You can find all the details on my website. Please come join me!
Kim’s new releases:
The Dance—in the Bones anthology (Gothika vol. 2)—releases October 27—
The Festivus Miracle—releases November 1—all proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders—available now for preorder!
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For more details on Kim’s books, as well as some free stories, visit her at http://kfieldingwrites.com/. You can also follow her in Twitter @KFieldingWrites and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KFieldingWrites.