Friday Fare: 5/14/21

Everything is coming up rhubarb in my life. My mom stopped by on Tuesday bearing three rhubarb plants for my garden, with a huge bag of rhubarb from her own garden, and 11 rhubarb muffins.  (My dad helped himself to one before she came to visit …) Since I still have rhubarb in my freezer from last year (and a batch of my favorite rhubarb cherry freezer jam), I feel a baking binge coming on.

Another thing? I am the only person in my family who likes rhubarb. Thank god for friends …

Other articles of note from this week:

  • An op-ed from Carmen Maria Machado on the futility of banning books.
  • I talk about Douglas Preston below in my “Reading” list, he recently published an article in The New Yorker about an old Soviet mystery that seems to be solved.


Listening: Neil Young’s “Harvest” is probably one of my favorite albums. One of my childhood friends was raised by a mom who had the most EXCELLENT taste in music, Neil Young was one of the musicians I got to discover through this friendship. I loved reading this article about the “genius” of Young’s album and its creation.

Reading: I read The Scorpion’s Tail by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. They are the fathers of one of my favorite fictional detectives, A.X.L. Pendergast, and this novel is the latest in a spinoff series from a couple characters in the Pendergast universe.

Writing: I’m still knee deep in the querying trenches for Dragonfly (which I’ve trendily titled “Irreversible”). But since a watched email does not generate replies, I am dreaming up my next novel. I had a meeting up in the Twin Cities over the past weekend and I opted to book a hotel room versus driving back late on Saturday. A) There’s something about a crisp white duvet cover that screams “productivity” to me and B) is there anything better than staying up until 1 AM watching a movie that you’ve seen a million times and quote by heart?


Late night shenanigans aside, I used my alone time to try and sketch out my thoughts, figure out these characters that are shouting at me.

Hiking: Mother’s Day found me at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington. It was a short jaunt, but a beautiful one.


Get vaxxed, wear a mask. Stay safe and well, 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.

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