All week we've been hearing about STORM WATCH 2015. This winter-like storm was supposed to roll in on Wednesday night and bring three days worth of rain. Not unlike every other STORM WATCH over the last two years, it got cloudy and cooler (70 degrees as opposed to 90 last week), but the rain didn't come last night. The rain didn't come this morning, although the temperature dropped significantly. The storm that we'd all been "watching" didn't seem to be coming...again. As much as I HATE rain when I'm at school due to inclement weather schedule, I was actually hoping for some water to finally fall from sky, even if it was during the school day. And we did finally get a little shower about noon today...it lasted about 15 minutes. Wah wah wah. We continued with our day under the assumption that STORMWATCH 2015 was over. But it actually wasn't. Right after dismissal, the sky opened up and poured down rain on and off for the next several hours. It was the perfect excuse to crawl into bed at 7PM and just read a book for a couple of hours. I never do that...probably because the rain never actually comes. It seems to have stopped as I write this post. It is forecasted at random times during the day tomorrow, but again I think it's another case of STORM WATCH lasting longer than the actual storm.
Rigby is at it again. In the last two weeks two lizard tails have been carried into my house (one which I touched because I thought it was a piece of cording, GAH!), one dead lizard has been found in the grass, and there was a heart stopping moment when I let her out in the back at 5am yesterday morning and a bunny had found its way back there too. Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! Both Rigby and the bunny dashed around the backyard, faster than I could even call her name. Thankfully, she must have still had sleep in her eyes, the rabbit was able to find its way out the fence.
A couple of weeks back, I attended the LA Times Festival of Books at USC. I go most years and have posted about it before. During one of the panels (Crime Fiction), it was discussed that many new book manuscripts are actually written with the intention of a screenplay anymore. A book like "Gone Girl" was used as an example of that. It was not an idea that I had ever thought of before, but it wasn't something that surprised me either. Last week, my book club's June book was chosen. Everyone has been talking about The Girl on the Train over the last few months, so I was glad it was picked. It's been a fast and intriguing read. I'm enjoying it very much, but I can also see it becoming a Hollywood film in the near future. It could cross over to screenplay quite seamlessly, without losing its story. It's the first time that I have recognized that and it makes me wonder if that is what the panel was referring to. While I understand the concern over a possible change in quality of book writing, there's also something to be said for a very entertaining story. I'm both a book and a movie fan. The quality in movies, for the most part, has also changed. It seems to me that when a movie concept has made its 8th sequel, it might be time to look for concepts elsewhere - maybe even at really good book writers.
Monica Lewinsky is making news again as her "activity" in the White House has reached the twenty year mark. She's twenty years older and wiser and now reflecting on her experience. Human nature's apparent need for public shaming is the topic of her new Ted Talk. In the recent focus of cyber bullying, that lack of compassion by people sitting at their keyboards, it's very interesting hearing her story again, that broke at the very start of the internet age, but before social media. Regardless of one's opinion of her, the message is a good one. Having empathy for others is rare in our tech rich society, but essential to derail this internet bullying culture. I thought it was well done.
Happy Friday! With four weeks left in the school year, the days leading up to Fridays are starting to drag.
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