Still wondering if I even still have a job. Guess I’ll find out when the big boss comes back on Friday.
Oh, well, life must go on.
So, here are three things I’d like to share today.
First. I finally saw the movie The Great Gatsby. I resisted seeing this movie when it came out because The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite novels and I’m always a little suspicious when a book I really love is made into a movie. Plus it was directed by Baz Luhrmann. Now, I’ve got nothing against Mr. Luhrmann. I enjoyed Strictly Ballroom, his version of Romeo + Juliet (which also starred DiCaprio) and Moulin Rouge. But sometimes his movies are like a really big box of really rich chocolate which has been left to melt in the sun. A tasty, delicious but sometimes gooey mess.
But I enjoyed The Great Gatsby. I thought Luhrmann did a fantastic job of capturing the giddy, chaotic, insane tenor of the roaring Twenties, and I think DiCaprio brought just the right touch of charm, vulnerability and underlying tension and danger to the role of Gatsby. The other actors, which included Tobey Maguire as the narrator Nick Carraway and friend to Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy, the object of Gatsby’s infatuation, and Joel Edgerton as her bullish husband, Tom, were excellent also. The movie is gorgeous and I was drawn along with it from beginning to end. I’m sorry I missed it at the theater, but at least I still got a chance to see it. I’m giving it four popcorn boxes.
Secondly, I want to share a book on writing fiction that I think is one of the most interesting I’ve read in a long time. It’s called Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron. I’ve read this book twice already and took copious notes. Here’s some quotes from her website about the book.
How – and why – story and the brain developed in tandem.
Why we use story, and not facts, to make sense of the world.
What it is that gives story it’s unparalleled power.
What the brain craves in every story it hears.
How to create stories that hook readers from the very first sentence.
How to create stories capable of moving people to action.
I highly recommend as it’s not only a treatise on why we as a species are so drawn to stories, but also on how you as an author can tell compelling stories.
Thirdly, and last but not least, I had a visit with my doc today and she told me that since I’ve started my low-carb nutrition plan and went back to walking (40 minutes a day, five days a week), in a month I’ve lost seven pounds! I’ve still got a LONG way to go, but it’s start.
Now, I’m doing low-carb because my blood glucose was starting to inch up and I needed to cut back on the carbs. Not everyone would probably like doing low-carb, but I’m not not eating certain foods. If I do eat something that’s a bit high in carbs, I just cut back on it. One slice of bread instead of two. Soy milk instead of regular milk. And light, non-flavored soy milk at that. I love mashed potatoes, but I only eat about a 1/2 cup or less of it.
Counting carbs is a lot easier than I thought it would be and I’ve found that I don’t even miss all those high-carb foods so much. I feel better physically and I’m definitely going to stick with the program.
Now, if only I could finally say goodbye to crap job, which I hope to be doing soon, I’ll definitely be on the right track. 🙂