First things first — Happy Birthday, Dianna! I hope your gift got to you in time. 🙂
For such a terribly hot month, my August was surprisingly pleasant. A week at the beach definitely helped. So did the Olympics. And two BBCE meetings! 🙂 And, as always, this stuff:
Aside from reaching the halfway point in “The Artist’s Way,” my only other reading this month was Austin Kleon’s “Steal Like an Artist.” Kleon is the guy who wrote “Newspaper Blackout,” which inspired the Blackout Night activity I participated in last month and had some of my family members do while we were on vacation. Kleon includes drawings and photos, which are perfect in a book about creativity. “Steal Like an Artist” is about finding inspiration all around you, and tips to get you started. It’s like “The Artist’s Way” Cliffs Notes. If you can’t commit to 12 weeks with Julia Cameron, try Kleon’s book. You’ll finish it in an hour. It might be the best hour you spend in a long time.
I finally saw “The Dark Knight Rises.” It was really good, as I expected it to be, but it was no “The Dark Knight.” Anne Hathaway was enjoyable, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a fine (and I mean that in every sense of the word 😉 ) addition to the canon and the regular players delivered as usual. It was really long, and unfortunately felt so in some places. I think with all the new information introduced and the incorporation of new villains and their back stories, it had no choice but to be long, but some streamlined writing and smoother editing would have helped it out a lot.
Switching to a flick that needs no decent plot, dialogue, editing or, you know, ACTING, I give you “The Expendables 2.” You guys, I freaking love these movies. As a child of ’80s and ’90s action films, you could put Stallone, Willis, Schwarzenegger, Lundgren, Van Damme, Statham and Li together to film them compiling a grocery list and I’d buy a ticket to see that movie. There is no point in reviewing this — it’s not about the movie; it’s about who is in the movie. All I can do is issue a public plea to Steven Seagal: Steven, please, please, PLEASE agree to be in “The Expendables 3.” Until then, I’ll continue to watch “Under Siege” whenever it’s on TV.
Speaking of movies, check out the favorites of 10 famous actors via Flavorwire. Also, there’s a dreamy photo of Gael Garcia Bernal. 🙂
A GIF-filled review of Fifty Shades? I am DYING. (Warning: NSFW.)
I’m down for a reading flash mob. This article is a little heavy, but the idea is cool.
I want a book clock! But the question is, which book?
Are writers and readers being too nice to each other on social media sites? This Slate article says yes.
ANOTHER series that started as “Twilight” fan fiction. Author has a seven-figure (!!) deal. Seriously, when is Stephenie Meyer going to get pissed?
The worst nightmare of every parent of a writer. (It’s funny because it’s true.)
Fashion meets literature in Huffington Post’s 10 dresses inspired by high school required reading.
’80s video games meet literature in Slacktory’s 10 classic novel covers in 8-bit form.
Marilyn Monroe wrote poetry. Who knew?
Women might still be fighting for their health and wellness, but at least they dominate the YA genre. (Truth and sarcasm, all rolled into one.)
Six authors who didn’t quit their day jobs. I love my day job, but I hope I’m not on this list if/when my book is published. 🙂
Top 12 movies based on books that are coming out this fall. I’m for sure going to see at least 4 of them.
Awards for bad writing! After seeing the brilliantly awful winning submissions, I am thrilled to say that nothing I’ve written has ever been that bad. Not even on accident.
A collection of original advertisements for classic books. “Just published, Scott Fitzgerald’s new novel The Great Gatsby.” They forgot the F! 😉
I’m surprised this is only just happening: Chicken Soup series publishers are launching a line of comfort food.
Coming up in September
Editing, editing, editing. Researching agents, researching agents, researching agents. Oh yeah, and I’m going to Rome. ROME, ROME, ROME! 🙂