6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week?

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

Book: Every Secret Thing by Susanna Kearsley

One of my writing buds, Holly Heisey, put me onto Susanna Kearsley last year, and I fell in love with her DuMaurier-esque time travel story The Rose Garden. I’ve been looking forward to giving her a second try and ended up with the only e-book that wasn’t already checked out from my library. Turns out this one is actually more of a mystery (originally published under the pen name Emma Cross), which really isn’t my speed. It’s slow warming up, but still delicious in its use of detail and nuance.

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

Movie: The Kid directed by Jon Turteltaub

The is one of my very favoritest movies–which means it gets to be re-watched once a year. This is Bruce Willis at his comic best–as the neurotic high-powered businessman, whose life comes unglued when he’s visited by his eight-year-old self. I’ve loved this movie from the moment it came out (it’s funny! there’s a bi-plane! best credits song ever!), but I appreciate the depth of its theme more and more with every passing year.

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

Music: “Remember Who We Are” by Krista Branch

Actually, this is the only song I’ve ever heard by Branch. But it’s kinda epic. It’s been working Dreamlander-sequel magic on me on all week.

Gadget: Verve ARC Portable Posture Support

I like to be healthy, right? But I live the inherently unhealthy life of a desk jockey. As a result, I’m always on the lookout for anything that’s going to help with chronic neck and back pain. I bought this gizmo on a whim. The idea is you lie down with it under your neck for ten minutes a day. I’ll admit it feels good, but whether or not it can offer long-term benefits has yet to be seen.

Verve Arc Blue

Food: Panda Gourmet Jelly Beans

I have a sneaking (glaring?) weakness for jelly beans. So I splurged here recently and bought a box. Jelly Belly is the best, of course, but this alternative uses glucose syrup instead of corn syrup (which probably isn’t that much better, but at least it’s not GMO corn–and it’s gluten-free) and natural food coloring. So I didn’t have to feel quite so guilty for sneaking a handful during editing sessions.

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

Cute Animal I Want This Week

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

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  1. I finally gave up on The Three Body Proble. I wanted so much to read it, but after a great start with the cultural revolution, the book goes to where I can’t follow. So I’m reading Speak, and that looks a lot more promising lol

  2. As usual, I have to post a cute animal too:

  3. Since you like jelly beans. Have you tried any of Jelly Belly’s offerings? They have some extremely interesting flavours, things like “butter popcorn” and “strawberries and cream” and whole bunch of others I can’t think of right now.

  4. Michael Ryan says:

    I am reading the “Thin Red Line”, James Jones brilliant fictional account of the American Armies campaign on Guadalcanal Canal.

  5. Catherine H. says:

    Currently rereading The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander (for the millionth time). 🙂

  6. I think Krista Branch has a heavier sound than visuals, good stuff.

    1. Game: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire.
    A pen and paper RPG that focuses on story and action without tedious number crunching.
    The dice have symbols on them instead of numbers. A Blast.

    2. Littering on the beach: Why is this still a thing?

    3. Windsurfing: Fantastic conditions this week on San Pedro.

    4. Music: Hybrid. Harry Gregson Williams ‘Saladin Hybrid Remix’
    Epic riding and battling soundtrack for Marcus Annan.

    5. TV: Mr. Robot

    6. Drink: Coffee with too much sugar. I don’t care, I like my sugar!

  7. Reading: Just finished a beta read of Michael J. Sullivan’s “The Death of Dulgath.” Loved it! But then he’s one of my favorite fantasy authors. 🙂

  8. Lorna G. Poston says:

    I’ve never seen The Kid.

  9. Six things that have my attention this week:

    Book: The Gene Thieves by Maria Quinn – I usually read 3 books at a time, this is my bedtime book. I have a bus or travel book for when I’m on the bus; I have bedtime-book for when I read in bed; I have a special interest book I read at other times. The Gene Thieves I’m reading out of interest in the topic, about a geneticist who wants a child but there’s a catch, he’s single.

    Movie: The Fountain. If we’re talking all-time favorites, this is close. Hugh Jackman plays a cancer researcher and when his wife, played by Rachel Weisz, is diagnosed with a particular kind of cancer, he desperately searches for a cure. He travels back in time, metaphorically, partly through a novel his wife writes, and to the future, to find clues to a cure. His search takes him further than he could have possibly imagined, travelling between three distinct moments in history, as a conquistador in the 16th Century, a cancer researcher in the present, and a physicist in the distant future.

    Music: Ab Ovo. Their trademark sound is dark landscapes and haunting moods.

    Gadgets: I’m not one for gadgets. Although I did watch Inspector Gadget. 😉 Scrabble fridge magnets are fun. My housemates and I try to out-do each other wordsmithing on the fridge when the others aren’t home. The next to see the new word tries to his wordsmith skills to do better. We even score the words! Fudgemental was rated highly for long time. The bonus was that it’s an actual shop that sells the best ever fudge, and the winner got a small block of fudge for his efforts.

    Food: Porridge. Talking of food, in this case, breakfast cereals, I’m still enjoying a bowl of hot porridge, which I’ve done all winter. A month later from now, now that it’s spring, I’m sure I’ll move on to my other favorite cereal. 😉

    Animal: Sloth. What can I say? Cute. 😉

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      The Fountain was great. I didn’t expect to like it so much, but it’s gorgeous and thought-provoking. Great cast too.

  10. I’m picked up The End of Our Exploring based on your recommendation a couple of weeks ago, just started it. Really loving it so far! My upstairs book is The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I really want to love it, so many people I respect and love have loved and recommended it, but I’m almost 25% in and having a lot of trouble staying engaged. Not sure why.

  11. I finished Morgan Rice’s series, The Sorcerer’s Ring. I liked the ending, it was exciting, it showed tons of battle scenes. I guess I can’t complain, they lived happily at the end.

  12. Jan Swanson says:

    Like the above, I too have just finished reading ‘The End of Our Exploring’. My favorite browsing is in the six volumes of D. A. R. E., Dictionary of American Regional English, for words of dialogue, pertaining to time periods, and settings, which I use in writing.

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