By the time you read this … I will be hanging out with my good friend Kathleen Donnelly at Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) Annual Conference. At some time in the near future, I’ll tell you why someone who considers herself a mystery writer is hanging around with a bunch of romance authors, but suffice it to say, I’m excited to be out in the mountains (well, a hotel conference room), learning new nuances of the craft, and just soaking in the creativity.
This was a fun piece on “the rise and fall of family road trips.” Right now, I’m in the season of life where I cannot imagine dragging my almost 5 and almost 6 year olds on an airplane. So … road trips we take and we typically have a great time doing them. (And my coveted Williams Sonoma mixing bowl – the apple green one that’s the largest in the set of four – is a permanent fixture in my car. We’ve learned the hard way that my eldest is a puker.)
I’m not going to lie. I miss President Obama. I especially miss Vice President Biden and I miss their bromance. So bless Andrew Shaffer (who’s a Mystery Writers of America-Midwest member, natch!), for writing the ultimate mystery that features Obama and Biden as a pair of crime fighters. Hope never dies, does it?
So … for some reason, I’ve been hanging out in my kitchen lately:
- Puget Sound Artichoke Salad
- Grain Free Granola
- Sour Cherry Jam
- Cream Tea Scones* (with added sour cherries … incidentally … I’m done buying cherries. What a PITA to pit those bastards!)
*Footnote on these scones. A) Holy heck … I love scones. And these are ridiculously simple to pull together. B) I’d cut back the salt in this recipe … I used the 1 tsp. of kosher salt in mine, but I think you could almost dial that back to a 1/2 tsp.
Listening: I’m not going to lie, this song catches me in the feels almost every time I listen to it, but you’re not going to find anything better on the Internet. (OK – that’s a broad and general statement, but give this song a listen.)
Reading: I have a few things going on right now … one of the most exciting is being in a place where you get an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) from a favorite writer:
This definitely came with me on the plane ride to Denver.
Writing Life: DID I MAKE IT? July 18th was the goal. My personal goal of having the latest round of edits done on my WIP. See this post for more details.
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.