Friday Fare: 4/14/17

Clockwise from upper left: A note from my husband regarding our cat; Someone’s car wrapped in plastic wrap at HyVee; Some inspo from my local gym (also the saying my grandparents kept on their fridge); and Vivian – the wonder dog at the Edina Art Center.

Spring is here in Minnesota with a rainy vengeance.  But the trees are budding, there are earthworms everywhere, and the Interwebs are random … shall we?

I’m a fan of Lorde, even if I’m pushing 40 and I wasn’t half as cool as she was in her teenage years.  This was an interesting piece (with awesome photos) of her return to the spotlight.

I made two cakes this week (we celebrated a couple birthdays in my writer’s group).  The first one – Nigella Lawson’s Guinness-infused cake – was damn tasty.  (I’ll tell you – for once, read the comments section.  Good tips/swaps/suggestions in here by people who made the cake.  One of them – make it a day ahead, the flavor will only get better.  My changes – nixed the frosting [powdered sugar on top with the choice between salted caramel or a berry coulis to top it], used Toppling Goliath’s Rover Truck oatmeal stout instead of Guinness, and added a pinch of kosher salt to the batter.)  The second one was Smitten Kitchen’s Vanilla Bean Pound Cake.  And that fricking thing was true to name – it weighed a ton.  And while it was tasty, make this one instead.  (Even with the sifting needed.)

This gave me a larf.  (Hint:  Stephen King vs. James Patterson.)

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Writing Life:  I spent an enjoyable Saturday with some amazing writer friends at the Edina Art Center.  (See pic of Vivian the Art Center Pug in the collage up above – she was moving on to someone who didn’t smell of cats and dubiously-behaved children.)  I moderated a panel about humor and mysteries featuring Midge Bubany, Jessie Chandler, Barbara Deese, Pat Dennis, and Christine Husom. We had a nice crowd, some hilarious readings, and a great atmosphere at the Edina Art Center.

I have a looming deadline to get a short story ready for consideration in an upcoming anthology through the Twin Cities Sisters in Crime.  I’m almost there … I have some amazing feedback from my writer’s group and another one of my writing friends.  Just gotta get AIC (ass in chair) and finish it up!

Because I was in Edina on Saturday with some time on my hands, because my children were spending the weekend at Grandma and Grandpa’s (HOORAY FOR GRANDPARENTS), and because it has spent enough time “marinating”, I started digging in on “Dragonfly” over the weekend. There’s some good stuff there.  There’s some really terrible stuff that’s been written, but it’s the writer’s life for me. 🙂

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