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Friday Fare: 12/09/16

Friday Fare is where I post links to the random articles that have resonated with me during the week.

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared this space with you all. Interesting articles abound out there on the Interwebs, here are some of the good things I’ve read recently …

This is what I wrote on Facebook about the following blog post: “I love Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. I love Dolly Parton in ‘Steel Magnolias.’ The song ‘Hard Candy Christmas’ damn near brings me to tears, so I can’t listen to it in public, but man … I’m grateful for Dolly Parton. Her talent is matched by her generosity. This is a nice ‘open letter’ to Ms. Parton.”

My husband and I recently realized that we need to take Queen’s live version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” off of our road trip mix CD that we have in my mom-mobile.  (Eldest is repeating everything right now.  Including a couple of choice “mommy words.”  So we really don’t want him running around quoting Freddie Mercury’s lyrics, mmm-kay?)  But did you ever wonder what it would look like if “Bohemian Rhapsody” was acted out literally?  I didn’t either, but it’s brilliant.

This “guide” to the 2016 Williams-Sonoma catalog made me laugh.  Then plot my order for personalized peppermint bark.

And although I have way too much crap going on, I think I need to make these for Christmas Eve and present them to my uncles.  Because maple and bourbon.

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Listening to: “Who the f*ck is Sturgill Simpson?” There are any number things that I loved about this piece in the New York Times talking about Simpson’s surprise nomination for “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth”; but the biggest thing is the man’s attitude and humility. I also love the fact that he adored Beyonce’s “Lemonade.”  Seriously … how cool is that?

Reading:  Still reading “Death Along the Spirit Road” by C.M. Wendelboe.  And while that’s pending, I’ve been doing some volunteer work getting this anthology ready for Kindle / eBooks.  There are some damn good short stories in this book.  Can’t wait for it to be available in e-format.

Fiction Update:  Eh … I’ve been over-committing myself lately to other projects and distractions.  HOWEVER, I’m on track to have a first draft of “Dragonfly” done by end of year.  I’ve also been drafting a blog post that outlines some of the lessons learned from this year’s NaNoWriMo.  Good things are happening.

Happy weekend!

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Friday Fare, Internet Articles, Random, Uncategorized

Friday Fare: 9/9/16

Friday Fare is where I post links to the random articles that have resonated with me during the week. Sometimes they make me smarter, sometimes they make me hungry … sometimes they have to do with writing and sometimes they are just plain random.

Like so many of my fellow Minnesotans (and probably most Midwesterners, parental-types in general), I’ve been riveted by the news that after 27 years, Jacob Wetterling has been found.  To say my thoughts are with his family seems awfully twee, but they are.  This week has been an emotional one.

I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention the loss of Anna Dewdney in the children’s book industry.  The “Llama Llama” books are in heavy rotation at bedtime and we’ve learned a lot from her work.

I read lighter things this week.  Was thrilled to see that Freddie Mercury was honored with an asteroid named after him.  And even after all these years, Chekov is still my favorite character from the original Star Trek shows.

I made these cookies.  Then I bagged them up and gave them away.  Because they were waaaaaay too good.

I’ve discovered GIFs and short videos on Instagram that shows people frosting cakes or making Thai ice cream rolls.  I’m telling you, there’s something oddly theraputic about it.  And perfect for my frazzled attention span.

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Listening to: I’ve been working on my story “Dragonfly” lately, so I’ve been listening to the playlist that I built for that particular story.  I’ll build that up on Spotify so you all can take a listen, but in the meantime – this song is a key to a lot of the feeling that I have when I think about Dragonfly Lake.

Reading:  I’ve had a ridiculous amount of books pile up lately and I’m making a clean slate of my library books.  In the meantime, I’m awaiting the arrival of Jess Lourey’s new book “Salem’s Cipher.”

Fiction Update: I have some pretty ambitious plans for September – stay tuned and I’ll share next week! <— Yeah … I have a blog post drafted and I need to finish it.  But trust me … good things happening.

Enjoy the weekend!