7 Things I’m Listening To, Eating, and Wanting This Week

What’s got my attention this week?

7 Things I'm Listening to, Eating, and Wanting This Week

Book: The Ghosts of War by Lyn Alexander

Two of my favorite reads from last year were the first two books in the Schellendorf series about a British expatriat who ends up as a conflicted career soldier in the German Army, during both the World Wars. The premise grabbed me immediately, and I’ve enjoyed being in the capable historical hands of Lyn Alexander (who just happens to be a Wordplayer!). Now I’m at the end of that journey! Just starting in on Book #4, about the aftermath of World War II.

7 Things I'm Listening to, Eating, and Wanting This Week

Movie: Ever After directed by Andy Tennant

I like a good chick flick as much as the next chick, but I’m admittedly really hard to please. Most cinematic love stories are way too sappy/stupid/cliched/schmaltzy to make me happy. But I gotta say it: I love this movie. For me, it’s the click flick–in spite of the fact that I’m not a big Barrymore fan. The medieval setting gets insta-points of course. Then there’s the gorgeous on-location settings in France, the lovely costumes, the beautiful score. It’s pretty, it’s earnest, it’s funny. And grand dame Anjelica Huston kills it in every scene as the evil stepmother.

7 Things I'm Listening to, Eating, and Wanting This Week

Music: Quigley Down Under soundtrack by Basil Poledouris

I’ve been hungry for awesome new soundtracks lately. I am in total mourning for the ’90s/’00s era of huge, dramatic themes, versus the more atmospheric stuff we’re getting in movies these days. I decided to go randomly trolling YouTube for old soundtracks, and what should be the very first one I tried? Huge? Yep. Dramatic? Yep. Thematic? Yep. It’s beautiful, epic, and just plain fun.

Quigley Down Under Soundtrack Basil Paledouris

Plant: Pineapple

Not every day you find a real, honest-to-goodness pineapple plant in Walmart. Despite my notorious black thumb, I had to scoop this one up. Is it possible for a plant to be any cuter? Maybe I’ll even get an edible pineapple out of the deal.

7 Things I'm Listening to, Eating, and Wanting This Week


Food: Simply Balanced Dark Chocolate Raspberry

Yeah, I’m still bombing Target’s chocolate aisle. While these little gems can’t exactly qualify as healthy, at least they’re non-GMO and don’t have corn syrup. And they’re so good. They actually taste like there’s a real raspberry in the center. I was shocked to read the ingredients list and discover the only raspberry in the whole thing is a dab of juice concentrate. /facepalm

7 Things I'm Listening to, Eating, and Wanting This Week

Quote That Inspired Me

7 Things I'm Listening to, Eating, and Wanting This Week


Cute Animal I Want This Week

7 Things I'm Listening to, Eating, and Wanting This Week

Photo Credit: Parry

Let’s chat! What’s a quote that grabbed your attention this week? Inspiring? Funny? Informational? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. I love learning more about you, and my opinion of you is always increased when I do. This weekly series is a great idea. And I also love Ever After! While a little campy at times, it’s funny and at the upper scale of intelligence in chick flicks.

    Thanks for everything you do with your blogs, podcast, videos, and books!

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      To me, Ever After is one of those movies that so easily could have gone so very, very bad at so many junctures–and didn’t. Love it.

  2. I love chrysanthemums and my neighbor just brought some home from local store at $3.99 each. Going ASAP.

  3. Dr. Kenneth R. Cooper says:

    Several quotations got my attention this week, Katie. here are two of them:

    “Happiness is not a goal. It is a by-product.” – Abraham Lincoln

    “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you’ve obviously never been in bed with a mosquito.” – Michelle Walker

    Both should make us think, wouldn’t you say?

    …..Dr. Ken

  4. Oh, yes! Yay for 90s/00s themes! Have you ever listened to the soundtrack from Silverado? A lovely “huge, dramatic theme”, too!

    I totally agree, Ever After is a lovely romance. But it’s not often you find one so lovely, for all the reasons you stated. 😉

    “I’ve always had a terrible weakness for beautiful but sad things.” Sylvain Reynard

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      Yes! I rediscovered Silverado in that same soundtrack binge. Hard to believe the ’90s are already the good ol’ days. :p

  5. Those chocolates sound amazing… I might have to stop at Target and nab some! Ah! Quigley is sooo good!

    Now here’s my list of 6 (7) things this week. While I noticed that you’re only asking for a quote, I shall demonstrate my inability to follow directions :-p

    1) Book: “Write Tight” by William Brohaugh. This is that book your recommended me on writing better. I have hardly cracked it open yet, so I shall give you an update as I go along.

    2) Movie: “Notting Hill” directed by Richard Curtis. Since you are talking about romantic comedies (which I will agree “Ever After” is a good one) I thought I’d throw this one in. I am pretty much on board with you regarding romantic comedies. I will only watch one if it is completely different than what I’ve seen before, or it’s really funny (and I don’t just mean ‘sex joke’ funny). I chose Notting Hill because Richard Curtis is one of the few that excels at comedy in his romantic comedies. Here’s a clip from the movie if you haven’t seen it:

    3) Music: Thomas Newman’s “Any Other Name”. This is one of the most beautiful pieces ever orchestrated. In its simplicity it is also complex and overwhelmingly moving. This is Thomas Newman’s magnum opus.

    4) Food: Since the monk thing didn’t work out for me, I upgraded from eating nothing to eating cheeseburgers.

    5) Plant: Palm Tree. There’s one growing in my yard!

    6) Inspirational Quote: “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” ~C.S. Lewis

    7) Cute Anima: SQUIRRELZ!!

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      Maybe you’ll upgrade from cheeseburgers to chocolate next week. 😉

      Glad you’re enjoying Write Tight. In consideration of the fact that my WIP is sprawling out to be twice as long as I wanted it to be, I may have to reread it as well. :p

  6. I want to come hang out at your house. Right now I am listening to, “Stop it! Mama, he’s touching me! Stooooppp!” “No, you stop!” And I’m thinking….hmmm….maybe earplugs are a good investment? LOL

  7. My favorite movie (1984) is American Dreamer. A writer who dreams of going to Paris, wins a contest, and – though an accident – gets caught up in her own mysteries there. Stars JoBeth Williams and Tom Conti.
    My quote for today is from the Bible. “…let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” Ephesians 4;28 What a concept! Work, earn money (not solely for selfish reasons), so you can have something to share with the needy. Wow!
    I’m learning to grow succulents… not enjoying it terribly, but they are “growing” on me. (Not literally, of course – LOL!)

  8. Chandra R says:

    I adore Ever After – and I am usually pretty strongly anti-chick-flick.

    Right now I am deeply in love with the BBC’s The Hollow Crown series – made for TV versions of Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry the IV Parts I and 2, and Henry V. Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston both deserve spots on the long list of great Shakespearean actors. And Ben Whishaw as Richard II is just heartbreaking: flawed, disturbed, sometimes outright pitiful, but so very passionate.

  9. I really love your new, non-writing posts. It’s fun to see your personal interests as well! And those dark chocolate raspberry candies look very yummy. 😉

    Earlier this week I stumbled across a quote on a new blog, and it’s supposed to be by Benedict Cumberbatch: Don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t let the standard of your own self-criticism stop your progress–and you will have breakthroughs you do not expect. ~Benedict Cumberbatch

    • K.M. Weiland says:

      Oh, they are yummy. *sends some through cyberspace*

      I like that quote a lot. I see so many people struggling with perfectionism, and it makes me sad, because it’s a losing battle. We never reach perfect. But imperfection so much more interesting anyway!

  10. I like the cheetah pic. Have you seen this?

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