Daily Musings: A Lovely Sunday BBQ
This turned out to be a quiet weekend. Sunday night we ended up having a wonderful BBQ at a friends house. I tried out a new recipe berry bread pudding (seen above) and it turned out fantastic. Between the wonderful conversation, delicious food and wine I found myself leaving thoroughly relaxed and rejuvenated for the week ahead. I can't help but be grateful for moments like these - I was even inspired to do some late night writing!
Luck doesn't determine everything in your life but I do believe it helps out every now and again. So it's wonderful when I have a bit of extra luck and things fall nicely into place.
Daily Musings: Finding Gems
I was waiting to see this movie for nearly a year and I am happy to report that it did not disappoint.
I truly enjoyed the wit, the characters and the plot. I only wish that the movie was longer as it only has a run time of just 1.5 hrs. Even my husband who usually falls asleep during period dramas managed to stay awake and the movie even got a few laughs out of him. This is glowing praise.
I'm happy to add this movie to my small collection of movies and shows that I re-watch over and over again. Currently, I have the White Queen, Pride and Prejudice BBC mini series and a few others. I don't usually buy copies of movies or books anymore. Subscription services like Netflix and Scribd have eliminated the need for it but for those few favorites I am happy to splurge so I can have them on hand whenever the mood strikes me (which seems to be often enough to justify the purchases).
So if you love period dramas make sure to check this one out!
It’s hard to even write this.
Today was one of those days where I piled on so much work and expectations for myself that I was practically asking for trouble. First, a pipe burst and the water had to be shut off for a few hours then my internet crashed. I realized I was behind schedule on a project and to top it off I was reminded of a dentist appointment the next day. My over-dramatic self was sure the world was crumbling down and I was feeling anxious about every little thing.
As I was deciding between screaming and climbing into bed for a nap, I started laughing.
Then I went into the kitchen got out some flour, sugar and eggs, etc. and began baking a cake.
By the time this was done I had to run to the closest store for a bathroom break and proceeded to buy myself an ice cream. I know I tend to be a negative person but today I just dropped my expectations and took on the day, letting the negativity roll off my shoulders with a shrug.
In the evening, we tempted friends over with cake and ended up playing board games (the water was also back on!). A day that had started out causing me so much anxiety ended in laughter.
Lesson Learned: Roll with the punches.
I've always written in third person but as I set out to begin my new book I had the overwhelming desire to write it in first person. Through my research I got to know the main character so well that I felt myself imagining what she might have been thinking and why she behaved in certain ways. Writing in third person just felt wrong.
So after debating with myself for a few days I decided to take on this challenge. My goal is to build the world around my character while also providing a very personal view point. As I said I generally prefer third person but I know that first person novels can be just as powerful and engaging.
Perhaps, this will be a flop but I’m happy to try something new and trust my instincts.
In other news, I was craving Indian food today and was so happy when I found out my local restaurant delivered that I nearly cried.
C'est la vie.