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Friday Fare: Back on the horse

Friday FareFriday 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.

Eeesh – after the last Friday Fare’s whiny lament, I’m glad you’re back.  I promise I’ve been reading good things and that I’m more productive than I was the last time we met.

I don’t know if it’s surprising, per se, that I’m posting this article about Sylvester Stallone, but if you know me, you’d probably not mistake me for a rabid “Rocky” fan.  Because I’m not.  But … one of my all-time favorite movies is “Cop Land” so I’m always happy to see Mr. Stallone get the respect that he’s due.

I’m not going to lie – the idea that The (surviving / non-estranged) Monkees are getting together for a 50th anniversary and are releasing a new album brings me much joy.  I may try to be all cool and relevant with the music that I listen to (ha!), but at heart I’m just an 11-year-old girl listening to my Monkees cassettes in my cluttered farmhouse bedroom, mooning over Davy Jones some 20 years after his heyday.  (I’ve said it before … I’m usually behind on trends.)

This weekend is Valentine’s Day.  I foresee heart-shaped pancakes and heart-shaped pizza in my future.  And maybe this cake.  Because … cake!

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Listening to: I’ve been listening to the YouTube again.  This concert is one of my favorites and always helps me get a lot of work done in my day job.  And I’m not going to lie, Gordon Lightfoot in 1972 makes me wish that time travel was reality so I could have seen Mr. Lightfoot in concert in the 70s.

Reading: Honestly, I haven’t read much lately.  It’s busy in the proposal world right now, which is a good thing, but doesn’t give much time for more than work and family time.  I don’t achieve a lot of balance during these busy seasons.

Fiction Update: I’ve been working on a short story for consideration in an upcoming anthology and although it’s been taking me a long time to get it to coalesce, I’m excited about the direction that it’s going in and I think that I’m going to have a decent story at the end of this process.  Even if it doesn’t find a home in the anthology, I think it’s one I can shop around elsewhere.

I also met with my Twin Cities writers group earlier this week.  I didn’t have anything to share (see comment above, re: achieving balance) but I’m liking the energy that I’m getting from the group and think I’ve found a good group of folks to exchange stories with.

Wherever my readers are, I hope you are well and happy.  Happy Friday!  We made it through another week!

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A sense of belonging

MWAAt the tail end of last week, I submitted my memberships into the following organizations:  Sisters in Crime and the Twin Cities chapter of Sisters in Crime.  Tomorrow, my loving husband will send out my membership application for Mystery Writers of America (MWA).

What do I hope to get out of these memberships?  Does this bring me one step closer to publishing my novel?  I’ve always been hesitant about sharing my work with other people, so why am I clamoring to join associations that will bring me closer to other writers and maybe (GASP!) cause me to share my word-babies with the universe?

I’m not sure what the answers are to these questions.  But in the meantime, this is something that I’ve done for me.  I’m putting my money where my mouth is and I’m taking steps towards the goals I’ve set for myself.