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Friday Fare: 7/2/21

Travel has left me a lot to say on the “listening, watching, reading, and writing” homefronts below, so I’ll just say that Colorado was everything I wanted it to be (including warm scotch in the parking lot of the Red Rocks Amphitheater). I’m glad to be home and I’m glad that I had some additional alone time last weekend in which I plotted out my additional life and goals as a fiction writer.  I’ll leave you with a compilation photo of my double chins and some purty Colorado images and then we’ll get to it:

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Listening: Lucy. Dacus. She opened for Shakey Graves at Red Rocks and I’m kind of obsessed by her voice and whipsmart lyrics. (Lucy Dacus leads to her collaboration boygenius, which will bring you to Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers. You’re welcome.)

Watching: My husband and kids up and left to visit my in-laws after I returned from Colorado. While I missed them, I used my time strategically to watch ALL THE THINGS that no one else would want to watch while they were gone. First off, I met some dear friends and watched Werewolves Within, which is a horror comedy. (I’m not a huge horror person, but this was a great movie.)

On the home front, I watched The Deer Hunter, which made me go down a rabbit hole to watch this documentary about John Cazale, and then I finished watching Law & Order’s new franchise.

Reading: I finally finished Tim Ferriss’s “Four-Hour Workweek”. I read Gillian Flynn’s “Dark Places” while I was in Colorado (and it was FANTASTIC), I also read “The Dozier School for Boys: Forensics, Survivors, and a Painful Past” by Elizabeth Murray. I’m reading Laura Vanderkam’s “Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done“. And I need to finish Michael Easter’s “The Comfort Crisis.”

Writing: Querying for Dragonfly. I have one full request that’s out for consideration, otherwise I’m still working my list of agents.

I’m reading a lot and I’ve been watching more stuff than I usually do, but I’m still writing. I’m planning to submit a short story for consideration in an anthology. Due date is August 1.  I did take my work travel time and was able to make some good progress in edits. (It actually has a real title, but for the longest time, the working title was Trapeze Singer because that’s the song that really helped me capture the feeling I was trying to harness.)

I’ve been working on a side project with some friends for the past couple of years. We are approaching the finish line and July 15th is the date for completion. (Then querying in the fall.)

My new project is chugging along. I’ve been struggling a little bit with tone, but I’ve been excited by the things that I’ve been discovering as I’ve been writing along. (Character ideas, plot lines, etc. The stuff that has me jumping out of bed to grab a pen and paper.) This is one of the first stories I’ve ever written that has presented an actual, legitimate working title, but before that showed up, the working title was Clay Pigeons. Again, a song that helps me get into a certain mindset.

Have a good, long weekend! Be kind, stay safe and well, friends!

– Shelley

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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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