In the past few years, several books have been written about an event I'd only heard of in the fantastic BBC documentary series Secrets of World War II. Suddenly, there are plenty of books detailing "Operation Pastorius," a unique one in that German agents were sent to the United States in 1942 to perform sabotage operations and spy on the American war effort.
Month: December 2016
#009–What the hell happened to my Shark Week on Discovery Channel?
Jaws has been my favorite film since I was 4 or 5, and it jump-started my fascination with the oceans and ocean life. So when we got Discovery Channel, and learned about Shark Week, I was practically giddy. Sundays before the start also showed a few episodes from previous years and really got me hyped. It became my Super Bowl, my ultimate geek out to enjoy at home with my shark mug and plushy sharks around me while I put on the t.v. and enjoyed the air conditioning and sharks.
Jaws, by Peter Benchley
My copy: 9780553204650 There's something awful in me about reviewing a book I'd read only after watching the movie over a hundred times. For one thing, I was five years old and could quote every line (though I had the sense not to repeat Quint's dialogue--I would've gotten my rear worn out by mom every day … Continue reading Jaws, by Peter Benchley
#008–“Being an Artist for Dummies,” or how do you make a living from two wildly different creative pursuits at the same time?
I was almost proud of myself when I made my "fool-proof" schedule a couple of weeks ago, with everything nicely color coded. Red was for exercise/health, yellow for story writing, green for work/volunteering, blue for blog, pink for painting, and orange for deadlines and everything else. I had spent a whole two days making it … Continue reading #008–“Being an Artist for Dummies,” or how do you make a living from two wildly different creative pursuits at the same time?
2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
I do my damnedest never to include spoilers, though I will reference some bits of the film to make my point regarding the book. So if you've seen it like half the world has, then you've already spoiled some of it for yourself (ha ha). Seriously, I will minimize the spoiler exposure for the rest of you, but that's the curse of reviewing a pop culture staple--it can't be helped.
Zen in the Martial Arts, by Joe Hyams
I admit to watching too many wushu/kung fu/martial arts flicks over the years, good and bad alike. So when I grew curious about martial arts and bought several books, this one found its way on my shelf...
My temper + depression = I’m the biggest heel on the whole freaking planet.
I wish I could say I was writing my stories with an intense fervor, smiling at my keyboard and my ever-present notebooks, flipping pages and using my funky-colored pens to mark new ideas and just let it flow and flow and flow. I wish I could say I was working plenty of hours the past … Continue reading My temper + depression = I’m the biggest heel on the whole freaking planet.
Living the fulfilling life of an artist…shouldn’t be so dangerous.
With a world going to hell so quickly, we need the arts more than ever. They bring hope...and for that we need artists to keep cultural spirit alive and running...so don't give up, and maybe the arts will get the recognition they deserve.
Hello, I’m Tally and I’m an addict…
I hate to admit that I've gotten just about NOTHING done in the past week, mostly because I was spending hours and hours trying to catch up on my reading goals, updating my reading catalog, picking out books for my wish list, and buying books online I really had no business buying. All this craziness … Continue reading Hello, I’m Tally and I’m an addict…