Here's what I'm currently reading:
I kind of lost my zeal for writing after having a redline-loving boss for many years, but I recently discovered it again after signing up for a writing class at my local community center. It's me, my amazingly eccentric teacher, and a bunch of wiser and older friends who are so much fun and incredibly supportive. I could barely complete a prompt* at the beginning of class, but six weeks later I was excited to write and share. We're in a break between classes, but I'll share a few old class prompts here:
Prompt: on thick stems
She had gained a lot of weight that winter. As she tried on her summer clothes to see what still fit, her legs felt prickly like rose bushes and she struggled to pull shorts up on her thick stems.
Prompt: sweet sugary jewels
As she looked over her photo wall filled with framed pictures of family vacations and cute grand babies, she couldn't help but feel like a queen and those memories are her sweet, sugary jewels.
*According to dailywritingtips.com, "A writing prompt is simply a topic around which you start jotting down ideas. The prompt could be a single word, a short phrase, a complete paragraph or even a picture, with the idea being to give you something to focus upon as you write." My teacher typically gives us a word or phrase and five minutes or less to write. No pressure!
Here's my roundup of what's worth streaming this week:
I have loved all of the episodes from this series that I've watched so far (Jay Z, President Obama, George Clooney, Tina Fey). Because it's not quite the glitz and the glam of Letterman's old late night TV show, it feels a little less staged. I especially enjoyed the interviews with family members and normal, real life people.
Jay Z's story about his daughter really punched me in the feels. As someone who has had to learn as an adult how to talk about and express my feelings, I am amazed and overjoyed when I hear my four-year-old niece tell me what emotion she's feeling. The kid is doing alright. I feel you, Jay.
I laughed 'til I cried. Ali Wong's stand up is so inappropriate yet so hilarious. I'm still giggling just thinking about this show.
I'd say that it's a must watch for men considering having children some day - it's a real eye opener about the birthing process.