6 Things I’m Reading, Watching, Eating This Week

6 Things I'm Reading, Watching, Eating This Week

What has my attention this week?

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Reading: The Golden Bowl by Henry James

This will be the last book in my exploration of James. I admit I’ve kind of been putting it off since it’s soooo stinking long. There are a lot of things I appreciate about James (namely, the complexity of his prose and themes), but I gotta be honest here: the man is as windy as they come. Five hours of reading and a quarter of the way into this book, and we’ve seen three scenes. Count ’em. It’s probably good I’m reading this right now: it’s good incentive to get my beast of a 200k first draft for Wayfarer whittled down considerably.

6 Things I'm Reading, Watching, Eating This Week

Watching: Storm Over Everest directed by David Brashears

After seeing the theatrical movie Everest late last summer, I’ve been wanting to revisit this Frontline documentary about the tragic storm that killed eight climbers on Mt. Everest in the ’90s. This is an excellent piece, taut and haunting. It’s much better than the IMAX film (also called Everest), which Brashears was on the mountain making at the time of the tragedy.


Listening to: More Than Just a Dream by Fitz and the Tantrums

This is one of those random albums someone passed on to me and that I fully expected to listen to once and then delete. But it’s very funky and a lot of fun. Nothing hugely epic or even memorable, but they’ve got a great sound to go with their very great name.


Eating: Rudis Organic Spelt Bread

I’m not wheat intolerant, but I do believe the wheat we get these days is significantly less than healthy, so I try to avoid it when possible. Luckily, spelt is a delicious alternative. It’s very dense (and takes forever to toast), but it’s hearty and ever so slightly sweet. A slice of this — slathered with Justin’s Almond Butter or occasionally goat cheese — has been my cold-weather months’ breakfast for the last few years.


Using: Young Living Thieves Essential Oil

It’s flu season–which means I’ve cracked out my yearly supply of Thieves essential oil. I haven’t had enough obvious results with other types of oils to pursue their generally insane cost of maintenance. But Thieves has worked wonders for me in fending off incumbent cold and flu bugs. Whenever I feel something coming on, I’ll take a three drops in a swallow of water every hour or so.

6 Things I'm Reading, Watching, Eating This Week

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Hang Out With Me Live!

In other news, I’m going to be appearing on BookTrib’s popular Live Chat” Spreecast tomorrow, Friday, December 18th, at 3PM EST. This will be a live video interview, in which you can interact, via chat! Have a question for me? About my books? About my writing process? About your writing? Stop by and let’s hang out. See you there!


Let’s chat! Watched any interesting documentaries lately? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. Not much of a suggestion from our book club this week then? :/
    I guess I will have to keep with the Sanderson fandom I have recently found. 😉

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      Nah, I’d skip this one unless you’re committed to the classics. It’s probably my least favorite of James’s books.

      • I am still just trying to get my head around those. I think I can safely bet the only classic I have read in my life is “Gone with the Wind” 😉
        Planning to change that (only a little bit) next year. 😀

        • K.M. Weiland says:

          I haven’t read that one yet. But I just might get to it this year too. I’m up to the “L” authors in the classics.

          • Your structured life makes me envy you. I thrive in mess, sometimes finding myself in one point or another in ten distinct novels not finished any.
            Goodreads is making me a slight bit more organized in reading though. 😀

          • K.M. Weiland says:

            If you thrive in the mess, then that’s probably exactly the space you should be in. It’s all about finding what works for each of us.

          • Yeah, that’s true. And that’s how I am tackling my life now. It’s just, I envy the structured humans, *occasionally*. 😀

  2. Love this post. I hope you don’t mind, I included links in my response.

    I love essential oils! I use Rocky Mountain Oils and they have a blend similar to Thieves.

    I eat Simple Mills mixes instead of bread, as I’m gluten intolerant and do the Paleo diet.

    I’ve been listening to Sara Niemietz lately. She’s a talented woman.

    I recently watched two documentaries: (2nd time around on this one)

    I’m reading this on my kindle: Fight: A Christian Case For Nonviolence.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  3. I did a ton of research into oils as I have friends who sell the top 2 oils. After researching, I decided on Native American Nutritionals, which merged with Rocky Mountain Oils. I’m very pleased with everything I’ve purchased thus far. The prices are affordable, and the quality is excellent.

    Here’s a link to a LONG research article that helped me in my decision.

    Hope this helps answer your question.

  4. Oops it’s a 6 part series, here’s the conclusion. You could always go back and read all 6 parts if you like:

  5. I’ve had so many people recommend Thieves, and have so many friends who sell Young Living, I really need to get to using it since I’m prone to illness. Darn weak immune system. 😉

    Documentaries…I love them, usually, as long as they’re not dry. Much to the chagrin of my husband, we watched a documentary a couple weeks ago, hosted by William Shatner on Netflix, about the first few seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and some of the difficulties they had getting it going because of those involved in it. It wasn’t very long–around an hour maybe?–but it was very interesting. Quite a few of the original cast members were interviewed, as well as some of the writers.

  6. K.M. Weiland says:

    Check out the Rocky Mountain oils Suzan mentioned above. They’re considerably cheaper than Young Living. I’m going to try their Immune Boost next time, instead of Thieves.

  7. Just finished @HollyJacobs1 These Three Words, now the table is clear for Storming. Eating red and white frosted Christmas cookies. Started mild tai chi warmup. Finished wrapping gifts. Working on an outline… thanks to your great suggestions on BookTRib’s live spot. Number 6, taking a nap tomorrow afternoon. @LatelaMary

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      Sounds like a great collection! 🙂 And thanks for attending the BookTrib interview. It was great to see you there!

  8. Lol, been using Thieves for a few years now and haven’t been sick for a while. It’s awesome stuff! 🙂

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      Definitely! I do think I’m going to give the Rocky Mountain Oils version (that Suzan mentioned above) a try next time. It’s significantly cheaper, and if it works just as well, that would be awesome.

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