Nightstanders

Hey, hey, hey! Happy Monday! Did you know Monday is my favorite day of the week? Oh yes, #TGIM I’m sure its a thing.

This past week, I didn’t really spend much time between the pages of my special notebook. I did drop a poem out of nowhere, but otherwise I’ve been surrounding myself with the worlds and words of others. I like to label these book and movie binges as “research”.
At least, that’s what I told my husband when he came home to this:

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Good ole research

But I know he gets it. The other day I took this picture

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To share with you guys that Spiral Season is on its way, yay! (And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my About Page)

And the next day my husband comes home, without provocation,

“Look what was 17 cents.”

He slaps three spirals on the table. College rule.

“I brought three, so the girls won’t have to write in yours.”

Be still my heart.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been bingeing on in the name of research.

On my nightstand:

This Charming Man Marion Keyes
I’ve read most of her books, so I picked this one up. I don’t read as much fiction as I used to, but I try to read at least a handful or two per year. It was okay. The very serious topics and political bend weighed me down more than say, The Other Side of the Story or even Anybody Out There? But it definitely had great tension and the writing style I’m familiar with and enjoy. It’s partly my fault, I dove in without reading the blurb.

Herbs and Spices
This is a field guide I’m studying for my current writing project. I own two copies, so I decided to cut one up (blasphemy!) and add the relevant sections to a book I’m mocking up for one of the characters.

The True History of Chocolate Sophie D. Coe
Just reading through three chapters gave me inspiration for a fun bit of flash fiction I may flesh out this week. I love learning about plants so it will be fun to learn more about chocolate.

Stir Jessica Fechtor
This is good so far, I’m really enjoying her prose and I’m pretty sure I’ll go back and reread some of her more poetic lines and passages. Might share about it when I’m done.

On my TV:

Chocolat
Don’t you hate when a movie isn’t as good as the book? Me too!
That’s why, I try to watch the movie first if I can. That way, if I like the movie, I know I’ll love the book. Ha!
Anyway, I really liked this one, so I requested the book at the library. And it’s a series. Score!

Spare Parts
This movie got mixed reviews but it was really inspirational. I loved the creativity they used to build their robot.

Stardust
In the name of genre research. Will be reading this one next.

The Secret of Kells
Research for my current book. I really liked this offbeat animated film.

That’s it! Oh and now its Tuesday.

How do you like to do research?

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