Friday Fare: 2/12/21

Do I get some sort of prize for blogging three weeks in a row? What, no? Sigh.

I don’t have that much to say, but I’ve read a few good things lately that need to be shared. This piece about Shelley Duvall in particular. I know she is Wendy Torrance from Kubrick’s “The Shining” for so many people, but she’ll always be Olive Oyl from Robert Altman’s “Popeye” to me.

Forgive me if I’ve shared this before, but this is still my favorite soup recipe. I’m one of those people who will eat soup whenever, but since the temperatures have been below zero here in Minnesota, comfort food like this is a must right now.


Minutia/Writing/Etc.: I don’t think that I’m the only creative type who has had one hell of a time putting pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, etc., during the past year. March will mark a full year that my family have been together with our new work-from-home/distance learning lives and ohmigosh – I am one of the luckiest people that I know and it was our choice to distance learn with our children, but wow – all this togetherness! What we saved this summer in daycare, I am certain will go towards future therapy bills for our shiznits. There are several days (weeks?) that creativity is the last plate that I juggle in my household.

Courtesy of Giphy

While my mind probably resembles a dried out husk, the children run amok, and while the piles on my kitchen counter are truly epic, I’ve been trying to foster my creativity in a passive way.  If I see a webinar that looks interesting and is a “reasonable” cost (free-$35), I’ve attended it. These past couple of weeks, I’ve attended a webinar on publishing hosted by the Off Campus Writers’ Workshop that featured an acquiring editor I admire and an agent who is on my list to query. I also attended a thriller-writing workshop hosted by Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Jane Friedman has also had some amazing workshops recently and there are authors I admire who have been giving master classes on character development, editing tips, etc.

The pandemic has been a CF and it’s been frustrating to try and get deep work done whether it’s creatively or in my day job (which is the one that pays the mortgage, so that one gets top billing). But attending webinars is my attempt to turn lemons into lemon drops.

However, *whispers* I’m going to get some writing/editing/alone time in this weekend. My fingers are crossed for all sorts of productivity! Or if I’m not productive, some time hanging out in my underwear drinking cheap beer with olives at the bottom of the glass.

Sorry for that image, folks, but it is what it is. Happy Friday!

– 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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