I was out walking the other day and saw these pretty flowers.

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Beautiful autumn-themed pictures.

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Beautiful photographs found on Pinterest by:  Jenny Woodward, Nella Pascal, asab974 on Getty Images, unknown (but Credit Acknowledged) and Tammy Hughes – Thank You~

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Some good thoughts about fashion and getting older.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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Today we are going to talk about something a bit different, but maybe this might inspire your fiction, because if the world changes guarantee you a writer was behind it😉 .

As I was perusing Facebook Friday evening, I came across an article that gave me an odd reaction. It made me want to stand and cheer, yet at the same time, rail at the heavens for the unfairness of it all. Tim Gunn from Project Runway leveled his crosshairs on the fashion industry. OMG I so love him for doing it, too.

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A Plus-Sized Problem

According to Washington State University, there are over 100 million plus-sized women. The average woman now wears between a size 16 and a size 18 and yet plus sizes are almost never represented in fashion and if they are, the clothes are…ridiculous.

Most are passive-aggressive jabs at overweight women.

I am…

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I read this book version of the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and it is enjoyable. I love the Harry Potter books and characters, so I am glad for the latest story.

Albus Potter (Harry and Ginny’s son) and Scorpius Malfoy (Draco and Astoria Malfoy’s son) have to prevent time from being altered so that Voldemort doesn’t win and change reality.

The good:  I enjoy time travel stories, and the idea of going back in time to correct things is interesting. I like how the story continues with next generation after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  The interaction between the characters, especially Albus and Scorpius’ friendship, is engaging.  I like how the characters (Harry, Albus, Draco and Scorpius in particular) feeling they have to meet everyone’s expectations, their sense of inadequacy, and how they have grief to deal with is addressed.  The characters having to make the choice to do the right thing is there as it has been through the series.

The problems:  I would like to have seen more of Rose (Ron and Hermione’s daughter) and Lily and James (Harry and Ginny’s kids).  I wasn’t sure what to think about Delphi’s character either.  This didn’t prevent me from liking the story however.  This is a play, so it is better to watch rather than read the story.  I would be interested in seeing this in novel form, and I do want to see the play when I have the opportunity, but I am going to have to wait until it comes to the States.

In the meantime, this is worth reading, and it works as a standalone story.

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Starry Night: A Celestial Adventure by Julian Froment is a collection of poems inspired by the night sky.  The poems are divided into three categories, Constellations, Around the Zodiac and The Planets.  The poems, which are based on Greek and Roman mythology, tell the reader how the various stars, Zodiac signs and planets got their names.

The author captures the vastness of the universe in his poems effectively, and the Greek and Roman mythology point of view is engaging.

I like mythology, especially Greek and Roman mythology, so these poems about the different Greek and Roman gods and heroes, how the planets and constellations got their names is interesting and enjoyable. My favorites are “Andromeda”, “Orion – The Great Hunter”, “Hercules – The Strong Man”, and “Perseus – The Hero”, although all the poems are imaginative and well-done.

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Little House in the Ozarks is a fascinating book.  Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote articles for the Missouri Ruralist before she wrote the Little House books.  These articles were written just before and after the First World War from 1911 until 1924.  Laura’s writing offers excellent first-hand information into what life in general, and on a farm specifically, was like in the early 20th century.  She writes about the state of the economy, why farming is so important, and what is necessary to run a farm successfully, among other subjects.  These articles capture Laura’s optimistic, kind, strong, humorous personality very effectively.  Her descriptions of farming and housework before modern technology are interesting, and her thoughts on trying to get more free time and the differences between city and rural life are insightful and amusing.

Since the Little House books document Laura’s life when she was young, her writings chronicling her experiences later give a more complete picture of Laura as a person.  The only issue I had is that the articles aren’t organized in chronological order.  The book would have been easier to follow if the articles had been in chronological order, but this didn’t prevent me from enjoying these writings tremendously.

King Arthur Stories

I am still reading the stories from The King Arthur Collection, which I last blogged about here. I’m on Idylls of the King by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.  It is long, so I’m taking my time getting through it, and I’m not in a rush.

I was saddened to hear about Gene Wilder’s passing. I liked his movies, but my favorites were Young Frankenstein and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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I liked the movies Gene and Gilder Radner did together too, they were funny.  I especially liked Hanky Panky.

 

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I did a review of Suicide Squad on Blogspot.

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