Friday Fare: 10/18/19

Huge congrats to my friends Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence for the release of their book The Science of Monsters.  I am so freaking proud of both of them.  And seriously, this past week was a deluge of amazing books from authors that I know or am acquainted with:

  • Catch Me When I’m Falling by Cheryl A. Head – I had the extreme pleasure of getting to know Ms. Head earlier this spring when she presented to MWA-U on the topic of “Characters, Not Caricatures” – writing diverse characters in fiction.
  • The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas.  I love Ms. Thomas’s take on the Sherlock Holmes canon, reimagining the character as Charlotte Holmes.
  • Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha.  OK – so I don’t know Ms. Cha at all, but all of my mystery peeps are abuzz on Cha’s novel.

Is it any wonder that I think I’ll never catch up on all of the awesome books that are out there in this world?

This article made me chuckle – a look at a Midwest chain’s take on pizza.  And guess where you can get it?  At a gas station.

Another book that I should read, but haven’t put on any of my hold lists is Ronan Farrow’s in-depth look in the reporting that took down Harvey Weinstein.  One of the producers who worked with Farrow on NBC News’s original investigation wrote this piece for Vanity Fair. 


Listening: Spotify has been really good to me lately. It reminded me of this gem from the late Leonard Cohen:

Reading:  Finished Rob Hart’s The WarehouseAnd I absolutely understand every accolade it has received.  Such a good book and one that feels all to prescient in our Amazon-driven world. Also, upon the recommendation of … well, it seems like nearly everyone on social media, I’m reading Gideon the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir and wow …  So.  Good.  And what a voice.

Writing Life: T-minus only a week+ before I’m heading down to Dallas for Bouchercon 2019. I am so excited, but it’s also hitting me that ~10 days is not a lot of time to get everything done.  Like … you know.  Figure out what clothes to pack.  Research what panels I should attend, figure out who will be in attendance, update my business cards, etc. And since my wonderful in-laws are coming up to help my husband wrangle the hellions, I need to make my mother’s meatloaf and leave it in the fridge as a thank you to my father-in-law. 🙂 The man doesn’t ask for much, but he likes my meatloaf.

– 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.


Friday Fare: 10/4/19

Fall has settled in my corner of the Midwest with a (very rainy) vengeance.  Seriously, the end of September had STICKY HOT weather and as soon as the calendar turned to October, it got cold and it started to rain.  But I love sweater weather, so this kind of weather sings to my soul.

First and foremost – huge congrats to my dear friend and mentor Jerry Johnson.  His latest collection of essays and work is gathered into A View from the North Country and is available for purchase.  I cannot wait to read it and feel blessed that I will get a copy hand-delivered to me (and that said delivery will be accompanied by lunch and beer with the author.)

What was the best children’s book from the year that you were born?

This was a fascinating deep dive into a murder investigation in Texas from the 1980s.  It’s a long read, but a good one.

Sheryl Crow is one of the big voices from my childhood and it was cool to see an article about her and to hear that she has a new album out.

The Washington Post ran an article a few weeks back about a small town in western Minnesota called Worthington.  One of the main characters in the piece was a bus driver named Don Brink and what he had to say about the immigrant children on his bus route was heartbreaking and infuriating.  One woman in the Twin Cities has decided to combat hate with action and has set up a GoFundMe to help unaccompanied children in Worthington.  In a world where there’s a lot of hate, it’s inspiring to see someone combat ignorance with love.


Watching: I re-started watching Vikings this week. And while I was about to write, I’m not entirely sure why, I do know why … there’s a Skarsgard in the series and I do love those Swedes.

Reading:  Still working through King by David S. Faldet.  I’m also reading Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before. Aaannnndd Rob Hart’s smash The Warehouse showed up in my library holds.  So … yeah.  There are a lot of things I’m trying to get through right now.

Writing Life:  Steady as she goes …

One thing that’s happening right now that I’m involved with and super psyched to be part of is that submissions for MWA-Midwest’s Hugh Holton Award is open now through October 15th.  I won the Hugh Holton in 2015 and as part of my “pay it back” as a MWA-Midwest board member is helping coordinate this program.  If you’re an unpublished mystery writer, click on the link and get your submission in!

I don’t know if you all are pumpkin spice kind of people, but drink whatever hot beverage makes your soul happy and remember to be kind to the people that you meet.  Happy October, friends!

– 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.