Hello from snowy Minnesota! My Friday Fare picture was taken on Sunday after my town got it’s first major snow. Mister Owl is now currently in the garage, having been thawed and denuded of it’s snow cover. He’ll go back out again in warmer weather. It’s not unheard of for the upper Midwest to get snow as early as October, but if we get snow that early, it usually thaws or is washed away by fall rains. A snowfall like the one we got this weekend is different – at that point, winter is not meddling around. It is here in all of its cold and snowy glory. So yeah … winter is here.
Once Upon A Crime is one of my favorite indie bookstores. It’s a gem for a mystery aficionado and it cannot be understated what they do for mystery / thriller writers. They’re struggling financially right now and could use an assist.
This year marks a century since the conclusion of World War I. My first exposure to World War I was through L.M. Montgomery and “Rilla of Ingleside,” the conclusion of her “Anne” series. The Los Angeles Review of Books analyzed “Rilla” and other works from the time. Reading this article makes me appreciate how progressive Montgomery’s works were. (Incidentally, if you want to read a great WWI book, my dear friend P.S. Duffy wrote a stunner called “The Cartographer of No Man’s Land” – it is an incredible book.)
Tilda Swinton’s Christmas list.
Finally, one of the coolest things about being a writer is celebrating the news and successes of your fellow writers and friends. I am so excited to see the cover reveal for “Murder-A-Go-Gos” a mystery anthology that’s inspired by the music of The Go-Gos. Some of the authors included in this include my dear friend Jessica Laine, Lori Rader-Day, Bryon Quertemous, and Diane Vallere. This anthology was organized and edited by Holly West.
Listening: I told my mentor the other day that I think this is the world’s most perfect song. I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am:
Watching: I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I’ve made an exception for “Riverdale” which is a take on the classic Archie Comics as told through a Twin Peaks-esque filter. It is seriously one of my guilty pleasures. I also have watched a couple more episodes of Netflix’s “The Crown.” Because I love Queen Elizabeth. Oh yes, I do:
Writing Life: I hit my December 3rd deadline. Now it’s time to reassess my writing goals and how I can kick some ass heading into 2019! Woo.
That’s it for this week – I hope that this finds you well and warm!
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.