Without further ado – these are the articles that caught my attention and maybe made me a smarter person this week:
Forbes ran an article about what is considered to be “on time,” “late,” etc. I hate to admit this, but I’ve become terrible about making appointments on time. I could blame my children because readying for an outing, loading two toddlers in a car, and refraining from drinking is probably the closest thing I’ll come to competing in a triathlon in my life, but this is something I need to be better about.
Lee Lofland, the mastermind/force behind the Writers’ Police Academy, published these “6 Police Apps for Writers.” I’m upgrading to a better phone in October, I think some of these are going to find their way on my phone …
And this has nothing to do with writing, but a lot to do with who I am as a person … one of my all-time favorite movies is “Real Genius.” And it turns 30 this year. Kids and writing have cut back on my movie watching bandwidth, but “Real Genius” is a movie that I could watch over and over again. It’s eminently quotable and it has Val Kilmer in it.
Speaking of movies, I’m making time to take one in this weekend – Ricki and the Flash. I’m not one of those people who fawn over every film that Meryl Streep makes (and honestly, I have never seen the older films that put her on the map), but some of my favorite movies from recent years feature her: “Julie and Julia” (dragged my hubby to that one, he didn’t complain) and “Mamma Mia!” Plus Kevin Kline is in it … this can’t be a bad thing (“In and Out” is also one of my favorite movies.)
Otherwise, this is what has been inspiring me lately:
Listening to: I’ve been on an Old Crow Medicine Show kick recently. I went to see them in concert in May and it is in one of my top five shows. Here are a couple of YouTube concerts that give a glimpse of how talented these guys are.
Reading: Sheyna Galyan gave me an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of her latest book “Strength to Stand” (will be released on Sept. 1.). And damn … it was a good read. I’ll be posting a review on my Goodreads feed soon. I’m also reading “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah.
Fiction Update: Right now, I’m filling the well back up and reading good books, getting ready to beta read a friend’s novel, and mentally weighing what project I want to start outlining next!
Happy Friday, friends!