Happy Thursday kids! Or as my spin-instructor used to say, “Happy tiny Friday!”*
I actually wrote a blog post a few days ago, but by the time I got around to posting it, the moment had passed, and I scrapped the whole thing. It was just a lot of hemming and hawing about whether or not I should take a job that someone offered me out of the blue, and spoiler alert, in the end I decided not to take it. Mostly because it didn't seem like a great fit for my interests and because I didn’t want to abandon my editing business after spending so much time and energy to get it off the ground.
But I guess this was the week of job offers, because then a former employer of mine reached out and asked if I was interested in a part-time appointment to edit papers and proposals for his group. Now that was something I was definitely interested in, since it relieves a lot of the pressure from me that it takes to attract and develop relationships with new clients. We debated salary, I emailed him a number, and then he doubled it.** Not bad! We’re not talking Trump dollars here, but I’m pleased. A small, but steady-income to supplement my freelance work will make a big difference.
In non-work related news, I saw an awesome new movie in theaters this past weekend. Seriously, check out your nearest independent movie house and see if they’re playing Hunt for the Wilderpeople (100% on Rotten Tomatoes!). It was light-hearted, funny, likable, etc. It’s the first movie I’ve seen in a long time where I really enjoyed myself and didn't feel scammed out of the price of a ticket.*** Really nice chemistry between the two main characters, including Sam Neill (Dr. Grant!), as a crotchety New Zealand bushman, and his foster son, a Maori city kid played by Julian Dennison. Loved the director’s cameo as a local priest, too (see above). And you can’t beat that New Zealand landscape. My only critique of the movie was that it was maybe 20 minutes too long, and very occasionally got a little too close to saccharine for comfort, but overall it wasn’t a problem. I so enjoyed the movie that I checked out the book that it’s based on, Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. It’s a cute little story, with a great narrative voice. It’s funny, I’ve often found that short, simple books like this one make good movies. Winter’s Bone comes to mine as another great novella that adapted well to cinema.****
The other big news in our house is that we broke down and bought one of those Roomba style robot vacuum cleaners (not a Roomba though, the cheaper knock-off model). I was against it, I hate wasting money on gadgets (I’ve got a juice-maker, a Mia Clairsonic, and Wii gathering dust in my closet), but my husband couldn’t take the animal hair and grit anymore and didn’t like my suggestion to just wear slippers.***** Anyway, it arrived yesterday, and so far I’m pleasantly surprised. It actually seems to work, and does so with a kind of cheerful efficiency. It was humming away all morning and each time I thought about docking it to give it a little rest, it just looked like it was having so much fun that I didn’t have the heart.
Aren't its whiskers cute? (That's the first video I've ever uploaded to YouTube. It's a brave new world!******)
And since this post turned into something of a jumble of updates and recommendations, I’m also going to suggest you check out two articles published in the New Yorker this week. They’re both pretty amazing:
Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tell’s All by Jane Mayer.
Illuminating and frightening to say the least. Best quote: “If he were writing “The Art of the Deal” today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book with a very different title. Asked what he would call it, he answered, ‘The Sociopath.’”
The Libertarian’s Secret Weapon by Ryan Lizza
A great profile and explanation of the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, whose name you may have heard tossed around as a kind of alternate to Trump for Republican voters. I’m firmly a Democrat, but this Johnson guy sounds far more reasonable and sane than Trump. I have no problem with people who have a different ideology from me (the appropriate role of the federal government for instance). I do have a problem when a narcissistic lunatic is making a serious bid for running the country, who lacks any kind of belief other than his own superiority.
In other news, I’ve been writing a lot more these past two weeks. If I haven’t yet gotten back into the habit of a daily writing routine, I’ve at least been powering out three to four thousand words at a time. I’m cool with that.
Almost the weekend! Hope you have something fun planned.*******
*Let’s make “tiny Friday” a thing.
**This makes me wonder why I continue to undervalue my own work. I seriously thought the salary I had quoted him was too much. I asked my husband why he thinks that women like myself tend to do this. His answer? “Because you’re afraid of confrontation.” Sounds about right.
***Unlike The Revenant…I don’t care how difficult it was to make. If I don’t give a shit about the characters, your movie was no good.
****Featuring Jennifer Lawrence, no less, before she was famous.
*****Pro-tip: If you wear slippers in the house, you can’t feel how dirty the floor is.
******And now I know to rotate the phone sideways if I want to share a video…
*******Can I suggest you go see Hunt for the Wilderpeople?
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My Books on Amazon:
Waking Lions by Avelet Gundar-Goshen
Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro