Friday Fare is my “best of” when it comes to Internet links that I’ve read this week. Here are the articles that caught my attention and maybe made me a smarter person this week:
I’ve run up against the 2,000 Twitter “ceiling” and have been researching ways to get around it. Social media can be great, but man … there are limitations to it’s usefulness.
This New Yorker article was a fascinating look at the Salem Witch Trials. This line has stayed with me since I read the piece: “The seventeenth-century sky was crow black, pitch-black, Bible black, so black that it could be difficult at night to keep to the path, so black that a line of trees might freely migrate to another location, or that you might find yourself pursued by a rabid black hog, leaving you to crawl home on all fours, bloody and disoriented.”
I read this article in the Wall Street Journal about the new Lisbeth Salander book that’s coming out this fall and the background question of whether Steig Larsson’s “Millenium” series should go on after his death. The irony is not lost on me that I have no desire to read Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman” because I seriously question if she’s being taken advantage of by her caretakers, but I will probably check out “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.”
Listening to: I was having a rotten day on Wednesday, but after I put on some Neil Diamond (in a sparkly jacket no less!), my frown turned upside down. Thank you Neil!
Reading: “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Bibliography” by Laura Ingalls Wilder had been on my bedside stand for the past couple of weeks making my first-grade self wonder when I became really boring and didn’t have time to read. But I finally finished it. And now I want to read more biographies about Ms. Wilder – beyond the dozens of books I’ve read about her in my lifetime. (First-grade self approves.)
Fiction Update: Eh … I wish I had more to say about this than I did last week. I’m still bitchy and twitchy about the lack of time that I’ve had to write lately. However, I did do some good writerly things this week: On Tuesday, my friend Emily and I went to the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime meeting. It was good to reconnect with members of the writing community and listen to the talk by Kenyon Police Chief Lee Sjolander. (Although Chief Sjolander’s talk also made me a little homesick for the small town that I grew up in.) I started my work as a beta reader for my friend Emily’s novel. Good things are happening. But I need to get ass in chair and some words on paper.
Happy Friday, friends!