Friday Fare: 3/16/18 (A magical mystery [conference] tour weekend!)

What is Friday Fare? As a recap, on Fridays I post link love to the various bits of arcane shiz I discover on the Interwebs.  I liken it to a glimpse into my mind, but without the 80s song lyrics or mental cobwebs.

My love for “Jane Eyre” is well documented.  Was happy to see this article from the New York Times about Charlotte Brontë.

Dana Chamblee Carpenter is the reason I knew about Killer Nashville and its Claymore Award.  (Her debut novel “Bohemian Gospel” won a few years back.)  I had the pleasure of meeting her last summer and she is kind to boot.  I liked this post of hers called “The Magic of Maybe.”

It. Is. Almost. TIME!  Meg Hafdahl‘s debut novel “Her Dark Inheritance” is out on Kindle on SATURDAY!  (Paperback is out later this month.)  Meg’s become a friend and she loves coffee about as much as I do, which makes her fairly awesome.  I am really excited to download my copy of Meg’s book.

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Watched: My bestie Anne and I went to “Red Sparrow” last weekend.  And I basically told her that she’s in charge of picking movies from here on out.  (The last movie night we went to was “The Mountain Between Us” which was fine [hel-lo, Idris Elba!], but “Mountain” was more of a renter than a goer.)  I love Jennifer Lawrence.  Joel Edgerton is a hot Australian, but man … too much violence and nudity.  I’m not a prude, but when those elements are gratuitous it ruins what could be a great movie experience. 

Reading: Well, since the movie was a dud (and I’m still trying to figure out why Joel Edgerton’s character willingly slept with Jennifer Lawrence’s spy [trained to seduce and kill, y’all]), I went out and bought a copy of Jason Matthews’ “Red Sparrow.”  Because seriously …

Listening: Well, hey – I do have a “new to me” band to share this week.  Meet First Aid Kit, a folk duo of sisters from Sweden.  You’re welcome.

Writing Life: Oh, this is going to be a good weekend … I’m going to be in Chicago at a couple of mystery events! On Saturday, when the Chi-town Irish are turning the river green, I’ll be rubbing elbows with some of the Midwest’s finest mystery writers (and fans) at Murder and Mayhem in Chicago. Then on Sunday afternoon, I’m taking a class hosted by the Mystery Writers of America – Midwest Chapter.  Our teacher?  The masterful Jeffrey Deaver.  I. Can’t. Wait.  Plus – I’m going to be in a hotel room.  With my laptop.  Dare I say that some writing’s going to happen?  You betcha.

Have a great weekend, friends!  If you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, make good choices – avoid the green beer and make sure you have a sober driver!

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