Friendship Album, 1933: Episode 37

Spoiler Alert: If you’re not caught up with the podcast, this post contains recent plot developments. Beware!

Welcome to the missing Florence chapter!

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I’ve gotten a lot of amazing feedback since Friendship Album, 1933‘s beginning–lots of nice compliments and encouragement. However, when listeners learned in Episode 34 that Florence was engaged, I got a lot of complaints, most of which fell into one of two categories (and sometimes both): 1) How could you not show us Florence’s engagement? and 2) Did I miss something? I think I missed something!


I’m not sure this would be such a big problem if the podcast listeners were readers instead. Readers could flip to the next Florence chapter (the one you’ll be listening to Episode 37) and see that I do in fact show the engagement scene. In fact, you get two engagement scenes–the first one and the second one!

I’ll be honest — when I revise this novel (you know that it’s a first draft, right?), I’ll probably bring in Arthur’s proposal earlier, just so no one is confused. But for now, I hope you’re glad that the big day has finally arrived, and you get to witness every second!


  1. Thank you for filling in the blanks. I enjoy listening to the book even if it is a First draft. Your voice is very soothing.
    Have a great day.

  2. For what it’s worth, I enjoy these wrinkles in time. I also first thought, “Wait, what?” But then I thought “How clever!” I thinks it builds anticipation and I’d leave it this way. If I was you, ☺️

  3. I am so glad I am not the only one who thought they missed an episode. I didn’t remember Florence getting engaged again. Thanks for clarifying that. And, I guess I didn’t realize all of these were part of a draft. The episodes are WONDERFUL! I LOVE listening to them (I am a poor reader). As I have commented before, I LOVE your reading voice! It “makes” the story! Thank you for brightening my days !

  4. I am so late to the party!! I binged listened to all the episodes this week while doing hand sewing, I love this concept. Thanks for taking us through the process of writing your new story. I will be eagerly waiting for the next episodes and hopefully the following your writing of the second novel. Thank you for taking me on this adventure.

  5. Thanks for clearing up the mystery of Florence’s engagement. I got behind by two episodes & thought I may have missed 3 episodes instead of 2. Glad I didn’t & that all is cleared up now. 🙂 I’m going to miss reading these when the novel is finished. Hopefully you have already started on the second one.

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