It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve had more obligations to attend to than actual time. In the midst of all of this, I’ve had sick kids, work deadlines, and a wedding anniversary to celebrate. (Ten years. Hooray to us. We like each other as much as we love each other and to be honest … I’ve always thought that there are people you are obligated to love. Hence, I’m grateful for the depth of affection I have for my husband, but I’m also gratified that even after 20+ years of knowing each other we haven’t run out of things to talk about and that I’d rather spend time with him than anyone else. And PS – he’s hot.)
Fiction takes a back burner on weeks like these. That and I have to write notes to myself with “stretch goals”. (And trust me – these are mundane. Things like “remember to take your noon vitamins!” and “finish reading and reviewing [insert book title here].”)
Here’s what’s new in links this week:
I’m still a sucker for productivity articles. This was a decent one.
I think if there was a Venn diagram that showed my life and how it intersected with the sports world … erm. Well – it would be non-existent. But I have a friend who’s a college football coach (I know … my life is wonderful and random) and he’s also kicking leukemia’s ass and was recently featured on a podcast
. I took time out of my folk Spotify feed to listen to it and man … I am so proud to call Coach Mike Dovenberg a friend. I really appreciated his anecdote about his mom sanitizing the coaching box so Mike could attend games (if you know his mom, you’d understand why this image caused me a simultaneous amount of joy and tears … I hold his mom up to a gold standard), but I appreciated the thoughts that went through Mike’s head when he was diagnosed with leukemia. “So what, now what … what are you going to do?” Mike’s no longer a kid, but when I think of him, I think of the eight-year-old I befriended in Malta. The kid I went fishing with along the Mediterranean Sea. I admire his practicality and I think the world of him. So what, now what? It feels like the coaches’ version of Mary Oliver’s “Tell me, what is it you plan to do / With your one wild and precious life?”
Buca de Beppo is one of my favorite restaurants. It was funny to read a history
about it in Bon Appetit
I don’t really have anything new on the Listening and Reading fronts this week. Unless you count this recent acquisition:
Writing Life: Slow, but meaningful progress. I’ve also been knee deep in planning efforts for a couple Mystery Writers of America-Midwest initiatives – the MWA-Midwest Critique Program and the upcoming Wordplay festival!
Happy Friday! Make it a good one.
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.
Published by Michelle Kubitz
I am a 40-something fiction writer living in the Midwest with my husband and two kids. A former journalist, I like to write mysteries - sometimes with a paranormal bent. A 2017 runner up for Killer Nashville's Claymore Award, I'm a member of Sisters in Crime (National and Twin Cities) and Mystery Writers of America (MWA-Midwest).
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