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Sunday Matters: IT and Other Things

Sunday Matters

I love how Stephen King’s IT is getting so much attention now with the new movie and all but I can’t tell you how many people are not aware of the book!! Even the news anchors are like, “What is the deal with the balloon? Can someone tell us what it means?” GOODNESS. Please read the book! I do plan to see the movie but I have to see it with the right people.

IT

Right Now:

Do I even need to say it? Yep. Still no AC. I am getting used to being a sweaty mess though and the threat of Irma, for so many people I know, has been distracting me. I can’t complain about temperature when so many fear for their safety right now. Perspective.

In a little while we will hit church and then later I’ll be back there to hang with the high schoolers.

This Week:

Music Man rehearsals start on Monday. The Girl has been busy with volleyball and all the other stuff she is doing but I can tell she’s ready for rehearsals again. That girl is always singing and kicking her legs around.

The Boy, The Lad, Evan… he is in limbo waiting for stuff to happen. Applications for things are in,  his community arts proposal presentation is coming up, school is in full swing but he did not get into one of the classes he needs so now he has a huge gap in his schedule.

Me? I am feeling a little antsy lately. I feel as if I need to be doing something different. A creative “something” is missing from my life. Or, I haven’t found my true purpose. Or, I want to ditch it all and head for the beach. Yeah, definitely that.

Reading:

I’ve been reading all sorts of stuff in an attempt to catch-up. I finished and reviewed A Stranger in the House. I finished Lincoln in the Bardo and need to write the review. I am almost done with My Absolute Darling and I am about to begin Bird Box and Into the Water.

Plus, I am posting a read-along announcement on Monday for the new King book. Look for it! 

Watching:

For #RIPII I watched The Conjuring. A really good, scary ghost story.

I watched Episode #1 of American Horror Story: Cult and it was very good and also extremely disturbing. Clowns people!! Trump too. It’s so cringy!

I believe Fear the Walking Dead starts up again tonight. There is also a preview for the new season of The Walking Dead which I plan to at least record for later.

Making:

I really need to figure out what I am doing wrong. I don’t have a lot of time to plan meals but when I go shopping it’s always a very expensive trip and I often don’t even have enough to make three meals. I don’t mind the cooking but the shopping really  makes me unhappy. I feel like I need to strip it all down to the basics. Protein, veggie, carb. It’s boring but you should see the stuff that ends up in my cart!! Aged Gouda, which I promptly forget about and then have to throw away. Or fancy bread that the kids don’t eat fast enough before it turns moldy.

Grateful for:

The return of my fall TV shows. With everything going on in the world, there is absolutely nothing wrong with crashing on the couch while watching some good TV.

What’s your one guilty pleasure right now?

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Review: Big Driver (Audio)

Big Driver (audio)Big Driver (audio)
Written by Stephen King
Read by Jessica Hecht
(Simon & Schuster Audio | ISBN 9781442383746 | October 2014 )

The Short of It:

The kind of story you drop everything for. The kids can go hungry, but you’ve got to finish your read. You know the type I am talking about.

The Rest of It:

This little novella was actually part of a collection, originally published in Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King in 2010.  But in case you haven’t noticed, King is on the popularity train right now. Many of his books and short stories have been adapted for film or TV or are in the works to be adapted soon and he has another new novel coming out this November, Revival.  I have some fun scheduled for that one.

Tess Thorne, a thirty-something mystery writer who lives at home with her cat, runs into a little bit of car trouble on her way home from a book signing. What she encounters is horrifying and every woman’s worst nightmare.

The story is riveting and at times, brutal. I listened to it on my way home from work, and every time I pulled into my driveway I walked into the house with my ear buds firmly attached because it was so hard to stop listening! King’s story is not that unique but there are things about it that creep you out. One, the main character creates voices for those around her, her cat, the librarian and the person she is most afraid of.

These imaginary conversations are very disturbing. More so, because Jessica Hecht’s interpretation is downright chilling. I can’t say that I enjoyed her speaking voice all of the time. Sometimes, the main character, who is supposed to be a thirty-something, sounds like an 80 year-old woman and that’s not just because of what the character goes through. Because of that, at times, I didn’t feel that her reading was true to the character.

King includes all the classic “King” stuff that keeps you coming back for more. The weird little sayings, “It likes you, and you like it.” Said, over and over until you feel like you are on the brink of losing it. The strange mannerisms and yes, the zinger cuss words here and there, coming out of the main character’s mouth. Lends the story a crassness that keeps you on the edge of your seat because you don’t know what the main character is capable of. Is Tess losing it? Holding it together? Giving up? Your heart will beat out of your chest until you know for sure.

This also counts as a R.I.P read.

Peril the Second

As I mentioned above, so many King projects being translated for TV or the big screen. This is no exception. Big Driver is airing tonight, October 18th on Lifetime. Here is a little preview and if you miss tonight’s showing, you can catch it on Sunday, 10/19.

Source: Sent to me by the publisher.
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