I thought I’d give a little update about the goings-on here at Chez Lunatic since it’s actually been some time since I’ve posted much of anything really. I don’t know why traveling takes something out of you but it does, and last week was spent trying to catch up with things I’d missed here at home. My down-time I spent catching up on some reading and movies that I’d missed. I managed to finish three books: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding. I also watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (actually I watched both of these movies), Once Upon A Time (tv series) through season 1 (I don’t have all of season 2 yet), Her, 21 Jump Street (I cracked up when I saw Holly Robinson, Johnny Depp, and Peter DeLuise-I was a big fan of the tv series back in the day), Dune (the remake), and Children of Dune.
Now I’m watching Sherlock (yes, after the fact that it’s over-I did tell you I don’t watch a lot of tv), and I am really enjoying it. I’ve just begun season 2 and I really love what Steve Moffat and Mark Gatiss have done with the tale. I’m not a huge Benedict Cumberbatch fan (although I think he made an excellent Khan in the last Star Trek movie), but I do like Martin Freeman. I do think Benedict Cumberbatch does a great job of portraying Sherlock Holmes. I think he gives an honest interpretation to the role and plays it the way Sherlock was meant to be played while also keeping it close to the Robert Downey, Jr version in the movies. I like the relationship between this Sherlock and Watson as well. It seems closer to what I remember reading back in school (yes, we had to read Sherlock Holmes in junior high-I loved The Hound of the Baskervilles). The way Moffat and Gatiss modernized the story is wonderful. I’m hooked now, a little late maybe, but still hooked. I’m also going to have to go back and re-read the Sherlock Holmes stories.
As for the books, I loved The Alchemist and The Night Circus. I have to say, the plot twist in The Night Circus was fantastic. I did not see it coming, and I was completely enchanted by this book and the ending. Ms. Morgenstern did a magnificent job in grabbing my attention right from the start. Each chapter is short and gives a different view into the story. The only problem I had with this book was that sometimes it was hard to remember that the events in some chapters happened before others until I got closer to the end of the book when everything finally coalesced. I had to go back to the beginning of some chapters to look at the date of that chapter when things didn’t make sense. But otherwise, the story flowed well. I’d recommend this to anyone, especially those who like gothic type literature. The story reminds me a lot of the movie Something Wicked This Way Comes. I hope this will be made into a movie because it will be fantastic if done properly.
I haven’t done a lot of writing since I’ve been reading more and watching movies, but I have been trying to organize a small collection of my poems so I can at least see what I’d like to publish. I plan on getting something put together soon, and will, hopefully, have some news within the next couple of months about when you can expect an ebook. Keep an eye out for updates. I am also thinking about upgrading the blog but I’m not sure when that will happen, and I will give you Lunatics a warning because the site will probably be down for a bit while I get the kinks worked out.
Anyway, that’s the news for now. I am still catching up with everything and getting my life back into some semblance of balance, but it’s summer and everything seems to get thrown out the window for three months. August is going to be blistering hot and busy to boot with back to school preparations so, really, I only have July but I’m trying to make sure I spend as much time with the kids as I can. You only get this time with them, and while they are REALLY working at fraying what nerves I have left, I do enjoy taking them to the library or the zoo or the museum. Two years ago we’d be at the pool (got to love that aspect of apartment life) but living in a house without one we are being more creative. A garden hose and wacky sprinkler toys have been the solution, and a good one, too!
So, on that note, I hope you are staying cool and having as much summer fun as you can.
Happy Wednesday, Lunatics!