(I started this blog post 2 weeks ago and then we got the flu. We did all have flu shots so we didn't feel like death, but it's been a lengthy recovery for me. So, trying this again.)
1. I have pretty much given up on television beyond the live tennis and futbol (Liverpool FC) that I watch. We still watch Doctor Who, of course, and Star Trek Discovery was interesting, if only for the excellent casting. But I don't like sitcoms and I've lost my patience with network series. We also don't do any streaming beyond Amazon prime. But I love movies. I've been trying to see Aquaman for six weeks. We did manage to see Into the Spider-Verse on Boxing day (it's excellent and beautiful) and I still want to see Mary Poppins, Bumblebee and Ralph Breaks the Internet. Maybe A Star is Born. Like my books, I need my movies to have happy endings. Life is hard enough before adding sad fiction on top of the regular depression.
******Saw Aquaman last Saturday with my mother. Very fun; very pretty.******
Upcoming films to look forward to?
- What Men Want looks very interesting even though I despised What Women Want.
- Isn't It Romantic could work.
- Captain Marvel
- Shazam! looks very funny.
- Hellboy might be fun.
- Avengers: Endgame
- Pokemon Detective Pikachu could work.
- Aladdin. Maybe. I love the 1992 film.
- Godzilla: King of Monsters
- MIB: International could be fun.
- Toy Story 4
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
- Lion King might be pretty.
- Hobbs & Shaw absolutely.
- Jumanji sequel; the first one was so funny.
- Episode 9. Of course.
In 2018, my favorite new writers included
- Ilona Andrews
- Talia Hibbert
- Jeaniene Frost
- Kerrelyn Sparks
- Ruby Dixon (famous for preposterous premises, but she makes them work)
- Penny Reid
- Elisa Braden
- Joanna Shupe
- Jasmine Guillory
- Helen Hoang
- Christi Caldwell
- Grace Burrowes
- Catherine Bybee
- Kristan Higgins (her latest is amazing!)
- Sherry Thomas
- John Scalzi
- Jill Shalvis
- Eloisa James
- Tessa Dare
- Suzanne Enoch
- Ngaio Marsh (finished all of the Inspector Alleyn books)
- Nalini Singh
- Jayne Fresina
- Lucy Parker
- Made progress on the Vorkosiverse by Lois McMaster Bujold, which is my husband's favorite series. Ever.
- Lisa Kleypas
- Ben Aaronovitch
- (Queen) Sarah MacLean
Many of the writers I follow on Twitter encouraged those of who identify as WASP's to read books by authors who aren't. I've read at least a dozen excellent books and am trying to keep diversifying my author choices. I also managed to start reading romances with characters who are on the autism spectrum. Since I live with autism daily, I avoided it for years, but I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing by Talia Hibbert especially.
3. I have never read the Bible all the way through before and am still working on that project. I'm using The Message edition at present and am currently in the midst of the Psalms. Of course, alongside is Anne Kennedy's Nailed It devotional as my companion. I expected to be able to speed through the Psalms but am finding them more challenging than expected. Somehow I quail at the thought of calling down God's power on my enemies, but I have no difficulty complaining to God about my problems. I expect reading through the prophets during the current political climate will be very interesting.
4. I am continuing to learn how to adapt my life with my new limitations due to my chronic Epstein Barr. I do still have grumpy moments when I can't do anything but lie down on my bed, but audio books help. We have a wonderful library with access to books in paper, audio and ebook formats and I take advantage of it often. And our church helpfully posts Sunday morning messages on its website
5. In March, I will take the children to San Diego to attend a final memorial for my grandmother. We have not been to CA since 2015 and so I have a niece, a nephew and a second cousin I've never met. Bring on the babies! Well, toddlers. The youngest is currently 15 months old.
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Really, I just need to finish this blog post.
6. I am looking forward to a time when every encounter with my twelve year old daughter isn't a fight or a negotiation to get her to do homework. We've had a couple of ugly weeks here. I know she's trying to find out who she is in the midst of her disabilities, but this is painful. Any prayers for her well being welcome.
7. I'm actually feeling better this week, which probably means my naturopathic MD has found the right dose of LDI for me. It feels weird not to be exhausted every single moment of the day. But I'm sure I will adjust. Of course, I'm taking my daughter to see him this week. That will be interesting.
And here's Kelly.