If I kept track of NCAA Basketball, I would not make any progress writing my new fantasy novel. But I want to make the month of March count, so I am sitting here in my study and filling pages with new storytelling about a character I hope you’ll enjoy.
But once in a while I take a break.
Yesterday, after one of the worst weeks of weather in my 23 years in Seattle, the sun came out for a glorious afternoon today, and Anne said, “Let’s go to the zoo.”
We explored for about 90 minutes before it closed, and we saw a surprising amount of big animal activity. The lions were gorgeous, restless, and vocal. If it hadn’t been for a pane of glass between us, I’d have been nose-to-nose with a massive komodo dragon. A king cobra seemed interested in my yellow umbrella. Penguins dove for their dinner. A kangaroo bounded around in the sun. A waxy monkey frog did a Yoda impression. (Check him out here!) Giant bats stalked around on their cage ceiling. An anteater snuffled for ants.
I came back home inspired to work on my novel… for some reason. The zoo is, after all, a fantasy land.
I’ve also been browsing around, reading about the apparently amazing NCAA upsets, and checking up on what’s happening at the movies.
Here are a few recent links that grabbed my attention…
(Of course, most of these links appeared on my Facebook page earlier this week. Follow me there to get stories like these sooner.)
- An awe-inspiring video that illustrates a human being’s life from conception to birth. Watch this all the way through. See if it brings back any memories… early memories.
- Seattle Pacific’s Talli Hairston on KONY 2012.
- Early reviews of The Hunger Games are trickling in, and Jeffrey Wells is keeping track. Due to embargo restrictions (the studio must be afraid that I might stoke the fires of enthusiasm a little higher, apparently), mine will be up on opening day.
- Slant is celebrating the opening of The Kid With a Bike, one of my top 1o of 2011, with a slideshow of famous kids with bikes. And by the way, here’s a brilliant review of that movie.
- David Cronenberg is getting a television series? About a renegade surgeon? And it’s called Knifeman? Yikes.
- Thoughtful reviews of Another Year and Superman from Ferdy on Films. I’ve only just discovered this film blog, and I’m very impressed. The review for Another Year was particularly moving (but I recommend you see the movie first).
- Another thoughtful review, this time from : Breaking the Waves.
- Slant has an early review of Under African Skies, a documentary on the making of Paul Simon’s Graceland.
- The New Yorker‘s Richard Brody interviews Kenneth Lonergan about Margaret.
- This week at Good Letters, Chad Thomas Johnston celebrated one of my all time favorite albums: The Innocence Mission’s Birds of My Neighborhood.
- And finally, a trailer for your standard-issue Tim Burton comedy: