Friday Fare: 5/3/19

My local grocery store chain is having a truckload sale for cereal.  Times like this, I feel the world gets me (or at least the culinary habits of my children.)

Willie Nelson is a gatdamn national treasure.  I’m grateful for the times I’ve seen him in concert.  Loved this Rolling Stone article about him.

This article in the New Yorker by Guinevere Turner was equal parts chilling, humorous, and haunting as she recounts her years growing up in a cult.

Reading this profile of comedienne Amy Poehler has moved her memoir up on my TBR list.


Reading:  I finished Alison Goodman’s “Dark Days” trilogy this week with the final installment of “Dark Days Deceit.”  She left a door open for further books and I sincerely hope that she considers writing more about the adventures of Lady Helen Wrexhall and Lord William Carlston.

And … eeek!  I cannot adequately express my joy and excitement for this piece of book mail that came to me earlier this week:

Jeffrey D. Briggs is a friend and I had the pleasure of beta reading “Out of the Cold Dark Sea” a couple years back.  Jeff’s debut novel (or Martha, as I like to call her) comes out on May 15th and is currently available to pre-order.  My mother-in-law (the mystery aficionado) loved this book and I remember reading it via Microsoft Word, scrolling furiously to get to the stunning conclusion.  So.  Effing.  Proud.

Writing Life: Youngest child was sick on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Eldest child out of commission on Thursday (and since this is written on Thursday, hard to say what Friday holds.)  Obviously – it’s not fun when the kiddos are sick.  (Especially when wrenched out of a fitful sleep by the telltale sounds of a kid about to hurl / in mid-hurl.)  I have the flexibility of working from home, but all parts of my productivity suffers.  (Except for laundry … I keep up with laundry during these times … :-/ )  But in the midst of all of this – I am so excited to announce that MWA-Midwest’s Critique Program launched on May 1st.  This is my second year of co-coordinating the program and I’m so proud of how it matches unpublished writers with seasoned authors to provide a critique of their work.  Click on the embedded link for more information.

Happy Friday!  If there’s one thing I learned this week, it’s that you can re-purpose your Easter baskets for puke buckets.

– Shelley


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.

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