It's been a down summer for me, and I'm not really sure why. I think it started out with my manuscript taking so long to get reviewed that I just kind of gave up on revising it once I got it back. I guess not really giving up on it, but more or less being mentally exhausted about it. If you ever have to get beta readers make sure they are people that you trust. I had two people promise me they were on it and then disappeared into the wind. I needed it back within a month and a half so I could try and do as many revisions possible before one of the Twitter pitch wars (It's an event on twitter where you can show your book to potential agents). Yeah, that didn't happen. I did have about three people do it for me though, and that was very helpful. Some people came through last minute that I wasn't even expecting (you know who you are ;)), but other than that it was a bust.
I finally left a writing group that was helpful, and I learned a lot from, but ultimately wasn't helping me grow. There were a lot of unprofessional actions from younger writers that frustrated me more than helped me, and I decided it was time to leave. The mediators for the group were very gracious to open it up to all of us, and for that I will be forever grateful. I just had to detach. I still make sure to follow some from the group that were helpful and pretty much great (there were a bunch that provided inspiration and education that helped in more ways than one). They are awesome.
Soooooo I just kind of meandered through summer, unwilling to look at a project I had worked so hard on because of lack of motivation. What did I do? I binged some of the best tv I've seen in a while.
Let me preface this by saying I have really odd taste. These shows are both excellent but usually don't appeal to the same audience- I'm weird.
Ugh. I LOVED THIS SHOW. I know it's a Stephen King/Steven Spielberg mash-up. I don't care. It's filmed, lighted, and dressed like a kid from the mid eighties, and it's awesome. It may bring back some kind of nostalgia, wistfulness for childhood, or fill some deep gap in my tv retro desires, but it couldn't be better. An equal mix of Horror and Goonie-like friendship, it's a trip that you'll finish faster than you want to.
I will never read this book. I'm not very fond of Russian lit, it always ends badly and it's super existential. This mini series was beautiful though. I couldn't stop myself from binging it within two days. The only thing that kind of bothered me were the costumes and the accents. Everyone had a British accent. Paul Dano, I think, had an American accent during the whole event. Other than that, it was gorgeous and fully realized, even though I could kind of guess where everything was going to go because, you know, Russian lit. If you miss Downton Abbey this is for you.
I feel like there should be a third show on here, but there weren't any that just blew my mind this summer. I'm still watching OITNB, Killjoys, and Unreal but the two above helped my summer doldrums :) !