Friday Fare is where I post links to the random articles that have resonated with me during the week. Sometimes they make me smarter, sometimes they make me hungry … sometimes they have to do with writing and sometimes they are just plain random.
OK – so the weather in Minnesota has been delightful – 60 degree days where I can send my hooligans outside to run off the energy they’ve been conserving over the winter. But in terms of work? My lord … as I told one of my co-workers, I can see a light at the end of the tunnel – just hoping it isn’t a train. But there were still good things to read this week:
I’m a huge fan of articles that are part of a larger series. Sunday Routine from The New York Times comes to mind, as does the Grub Street Diet from GrubStreet.com. (I mean – everyone should know that Judy Greer and I are now soul sisters because of our shared love of Panera Bread’s chocolate chipper cookies.) The latest series I’m into and have subscribed to is called My Morning Routine. I have no clue why I like to read about what people do during their days (probably envy – I think they all are getting more sleep than I am); but it’s something I enjoy a lot.
A website / blog that I’m a fan on is Scary Mommy. Their recent post “19 Ways Work-At-Home Moms Lie to Themselves” was a character study in my … erm, routine.
And falling under the category “GET IN MAH MOUTH,” here’s a recipe from Sweatpants & Coffee. I like brown butter. I like rice krispies. And I love bourbon – this recipe just screams “win” to me. (Might need to bring this to my next writer’s meeting …)
Listening to: This killed me … what an amazing concept – remaking songs using instruments that were only available in the 1930s. Oh BBC – I love you.
Reading: Anne Frasier’s “Pretty Dead” is on my counter. The same spot it was when I hauled it home from the library, but I’m looking forward to reading it.
Fiction Update: I met with my South Metro Writer’s Group this week and it was invigorating. We have a new member that brings great energy to our already vibrant group and I appreciate all of the insights they’ve given me on my work. This week, I workshopped a short story that I had sent in for consideration in a different anthology. It was rejected and while I knew that it had been passed up for good reasons, I wasn’t sure what those reasons were. Getting their outside perspective was extremely helpful.
And – now that I’m exiting my season in (proposal) hell, I’m looking forward to cracking open some “After Life (AL)” and starting a new round of edits. Deep breath. I got this.
Happy weekend, dear friends!