Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things, the news, and the general state of the world these days.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things, the news, and the general state of the world these days.

I’ll admit it—I’ve been pretty down about current events these past few months. I’m not going to write about the events specifically in this post because 1.) we all know what they are and 2.) this isn’t the day to do that. I just didn’t want to not acknowledge that there have been a lot of upsetting things happening in our world today.

I’m distracting myself with more television watching, more Instagram lurking, and more mindless Internet surfing than usual. And I can tell you, none of these experiences nourish my tender soul right now. Maybe that’s ok because the mindless distractions may be what I need right at this very moment.

What do you do to distract yourself? Or, even better, what do you do to feed your soul?

This weekend I’ll take some time to nourish my soul with yoga, some quiet reading time, and a trip to the pumpkin patch—finally!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . The Burning Girl by Claire Messud. I finished The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith.

The Memoir Project is a nonfiction book about how to write a memoir. The subtitle kind of tells you the tone: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life. Smith’s approach is kind of a “no bullshit” approach. She’s anti-writing prompts and anti-any other standard writing exercises, which was fine with me because I don’t need any more writing prompts. I picked this book for three reasons:

  1. The “no bullshit” approach intrigued me
  2. It’s short, 112 pages (more on this)
  3. I needed a book about writing for my reading challenge

Unfortunately, the book was a disappointment. It was about 90 pages too long. Everything the author needed to actually say that was useful could have been done in 22 pages. Seriously. The rest of the book was filled with little stories about her life. I think she wanted to share stories so she used this book to do it. I could’ve done without all that and just gotten the “tips,” which were ok. Out of the tips she gave, I did find one or two things helpful so it wasn’t a total waste.

I’ve been watching . . . several shows: The Mindy Project, The Good Place, Will & Grace, The Voice, and Blackish. (Told you I was watching more than usual.) You’ll notice most of these are comedies. I love a good comedy because who doesn’t need a good laugh every day? Next show I want to check out is Atlanta. I’ve heard good things about the show, it’s available on Hulu now, and I like Donald Glover.

I saw Blade Runner 2049. And I loved it. I’m a big fan of the original Blade Runner—it’s on my top ten list of movies—so I was a little nervous about a “sequel.” Seeing the new one, there was no need to be nervous. They did a great job. The movie pays homage to the original. You feel like you are in that same world as the original—it really does feel like the movie seamlessly picks up from where life is in this dystopian world years later. I thought the story connected well, and the ending, to me, was beautiful.

I’ve been listening to . . . Phoebe Bridgers again. Love her song “Motion Sickness.” My favorite song of hers is “Smoke Signals.” It sounds ethereal yet strong and full. It’s one of those songs that makes you want to weep it’s so strikingly beautiful.

Have a wonderful weekend!


(Cartoon by Nick Seluk found here.)


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