Monday Musings ~ January 11

Happy Monday! Here’s a snap of a post-El Niño rain day. I love the feeling right after the rain stops … the crisp smell, feeling of the cold air, water on the ground, the calm and quiet.

1. Who watched the Golden Globe Awards last night? As usual, the only award-winning movie I saw last year was “Inside Out.” But at least now I have a list of movies to soon watch on Amazon Video. I do have one burning question: How is it that “The Martian” receives multiple wins in the musical/comedy category? Also, has anyone seen “Joy” — is it good? It looks promising, but I can’t tell if that’s just because of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

2. Let’s talk about Oprah and this Weight Watchers deal. Anyone else feel like she’s being a bit hypocritical saying that our happiness is hiding in a thin body? I’m not knocking Weight Watchers or the desire to lose weight. It just seems like a total 180 from what she’s preached all these years about living your best life and self empowerment.

3. I mentioned last week we finished watching “Making a Murder.” This article on the series — best one yet! It’s like Mean Tweets meets “Making a Murderer.”  You’re welcome!

4. I took the Definitive 25 Question Introvert Type Test. I’m the Champion, which apparently is 3% of the population. What are you?

5. Interesting read about the lack of female characters in children’s books. A few years ago, I wrote a children’s picture book with a young girl as the main character. I queried it to several agents and it was never accepted. And in a writing class I took about children’s book success, the instructor told me I should make the protagonist an animal because animal characters are “gender neutral.” I understand that, but I wasn’t about to rewrite my story in order to market to the masses and commercial success. So I’m glad to see this issue written about in a publication like The Washington Post.

6. Why is everyone obsessed with The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? Is this the sort of book that will never resonate with me because I have no problem throwing away and donating countless items in my house?

What’s going on in your life? Tell me what you’re musing about this week!

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