Friday Fave Five

I’ve got the day off from my regular job today and, as the weather is less-than-summery outside, I plan to do some work on my new book. My housekeeper comes this morning (Oh how blessed I am to have her!) so I’ll be heading out to my office at Starbucks for some concentrated writing time.

Meantime, here are a few things I’ve come across that inspired me this week. I hope you like them as much as I did.

1.  What does retirement look like in your mind? Check out this video over at Thoughts From a Bag Lady in Waiting and prepare to be challenged.

2.  There was good conversation on Shirley Showalter’s blog about inspiration for writers. I’m inspired by the photograph of her office!

3.  Nora Ephron died this week. I believe I first learned about her from her 1986 novel Heartburn. More recently her witty book I Feel Bad About My Neck captivated me I loved this quote from her on NPR: “You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting shorter, and you can’t put things off thinking you’ll get to them someday. If you really want to do them, you better do them. There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will. So I’m very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it.”  Well said, Nora. Well said.

4.  Imagine what it would be like to talk with your father for the very first time when you were forty-five-years-old. That’s what happened to Rebecca Hawkes this week and she writes about the experience at Love Is Not a Pie.

5. Finally, I’m over at Arlee Bird’s blog Tossing it Out today talking about the cost of self-publishing. C’mon over and say “hey”!

Happy Friday! Happy weekend! Leave a comment and let’s chat about what you’re doing over the weekend.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I plan to go to the library and find Heartburn this weekend.
    I loved her movies!
    Enjoy your day off and thank you for the links!

    1. Happy weekend, Terri!

  2. Linda, thank you so much for including me in your Fave Five! (And what a great idea that is.)

    Have fun at Starbucks and happy writing wherever you are!!

    1. You’re very welcome, Shirley! Your office photograph inspired me yesterday…I think I’ll be doing some rearranging in my own office this weekend as a result.

  3. Thanks for the links. And, yes, Nora Ephron will be missed.

  4. Dear Linda, thanks for linking us to those other sites. And thanks also for telling us about your guest post on Arlee’s blog. I’ll go there next.

    As to Nora Ephron’s words you quoted, I find myself agreeing with her so strongly. I’ve decided that I have to get down to serious writing this summer and so I’m considering the letting go of blogging for several weeks.


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