That was a Fast Week

That was a fast week. Our first week of Summer vacation at home flew by. Last week doesn’t count. I’ve been busy busy busy. I spent this morning tracking down school books for fall. Thankfully I only have to buy six. The others I have found from an older student. Hopefully I’ll have them ordered by the end of June and I can scratch that off my mental list.

As you may know, I had a deal with Eden to  watch a two part episode of Dr. Who and in return she would watch another James Bond movie, Dr. No. I watched them Eden. My kids loved them and keep walking around the house saying, “Are you my Mummy?” I’ve never been a fan of gas masks and now I downright hate them. That episode was so creepy.  Sorry Eden, I still don’t like Dr. Who. I gave it a shot.

Round 2 Goals:

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights were either constant progress, which I count as a success or completed.

Pink highlights are goals I’m dropping. Really, no surprise there. I hate them.

  • Promotion. I did a little. I had one response from the mountain of emails I sent out. I followed up on that.
  • Read 4 books a month. I started 179 Ways to Save a Novel by Peter Selgin. I finished Ruby Red  by Kerstin Gier. I really enjoyed it. 3/4 books read.
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80.  Just the one.
  • Stay on top of Critique group. I finished with a week to spare!
  • Edit/revise “Stella” for possible submission to a contest. It needs to be tightened. Done. It’s ready for critiques.
  • Edit/revise “Mermaid”– This has been through critique group and I need to address issues. Not yet.
  • Edit/revise “Monster” I finished writing it and want to have 1 critique before I sent it off.

I’m happy with how the week ended. Monster was harder to write than I anticipated. I’ve never written a story for a specific publication or contest. I’ve always looked through what I had to see what would fit. That’s much easier. This week I will concentrate on revising Mermaid. I have a stack of critiques that should help. And we have our first swim meet this week. I can’t wait.

How did your week go?


Bond. James Bond

I love James Bond.

I grew-up with Roger Moore in the starring role. A View to a Kill was a favorite, partly because I was also in love with Duran Duran who sang the theme song. I also love Bond theme songs. There is talk that a new Bond is on the horizon.  I don’t know if it’s true, but Daniel Craig is a fine Bond. Wink Wink. I watched Spectre this weekend, loved it.

I’ve decided that your favorite Bond depends on when you came in on the franchise. I have a soft spot for Roger Moore and Pierce Bronson. My husband not so politely disagrees. Although, no one is as smooth as Sean Connery.

Not long after we married we watched each Bond movie in order and since then have seen the new ones as they are released. Do you remember George Lazenby? No. I understand. He only played Bond for one movie. Timothy Dalton played him for two. Neither went down in movie history. Not for good reasons anyway.

Then there was Daniel Craig. He might be my favorite. He was a different Bond. Big, bulky, and not nearly as refined. He still has his rough edges. Wow can he walk! Sorry. But whoever plays the part next has a lot to live up to. We’ve seen a lot of him (wink wink) thanks to Casino Royale.

Rumors have circulated that Idris Elba was under consideration for the iconic part.  I think they have been proven false now, but not sure. I will admit my first reaction was similar to when I walked into the comic book store and found out that both Wolverine and Thor were now women.

I wasn’t happy. I think it was a shock at first. Passing off the name James Bond as a code name instead of who he really was. I’ve since changed my opinion, on Idris, not female versions of Thor or Wolverine. That still bothers me. Idris is an amazing actor with lots of sex appeal. I’m a huge fan of his BBC show Luther. He would again remake the role, as each actor has in the past.

If they can make Ghostbusters all female why not make Bond a different race? It’s hard to change a legend. It’s fun to rework them and add new things.

Who is James Bond? He’s a secret agent. He’s sexy, smooth, and smart. He drinks his martinis shaken not stirred. If the new actor can fill those requirements and look good doing it, I’m happy. I’m good with giving Idris a shot.

I have my limits. I promise I will not watch a female James Bond. Go ahead write me hate mail.

As I’m writing this another name is linked to Bond, Tom Hiddleston. Hmmm. Let me think about that for a while.

Who’s your favorite Bond?