Distract Me, Please - What I read, watched, and listened to this week

Sometimes there are just weeks you need to escape. I think this week qualifies. Unfortunately, for the last year, most weeks have qualified.

There are so many entertainment choices out there, and if this week's list of distractions is any indication, I pretty much choose them all. You may wonder when I sleep or how I get anything done. I don't have a project I'm working on right now, so I have more free time. That should change soon, though.

Movies & Television

Black Panther (in theaters)

Five stars. Go see this movie. Seriously. It is amazing.

Polytechnique (Amazon Video)


I put this on my watch list a few weeks ago because Evelyne Brochu (Orphan Black) is in it. When I decided to watch it on Wednesday night I didn't really realize it was about a school shooting in Montreal in 1989. But, it was. It was horrifying. Highly recommended.

Marvel's Runaways (Netflix)

I've been meaning to watch this since last year and just decided to jump in. Then, on Monday night I stayed up until 1 a.m. finishing it. It's part teen drama, part family drama. I didn't read much of the comics but I know they've taken liberties with it. I think the choices they made were good, but YMMV. 


Stuff You Missed in History Class - "Mary Breckenridge and the Frontier Nursing Service" & "Pauline Sabin."

This podcast is exactly what it says it is, and it's amazing. There are years and years worth of archives covering pretty much every historical era.

Uncivil - "The Deed"


Uncivil is a podcast "where we go back to the time our divisions turned into a war, and bring you stories left out of the official history." This is the podcase you need to listen to if you want to hear about American history from the African American perspective. "The Deed" is about the federal program, 40 Acres and a Mule, and how it wasn't the success the history books like to pretend.


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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

I only read portions of this book in high school. I like to stretch my reading muscles from time to time and read outside of my comfort zone. An entire book written in verse is definitely out of my comfort zone.




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The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell

This quote in the forward struck a nerve: "Robbing people of words and narrative is a way of imprisoning them."

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Online Marketing for Busy Authors by Fauzia Burke

Gee, I wonder why I'm reading this.






Miscellaneous Updates:

Lone Star Literary Life voted Badlands the Best Concept & Creative Hook and the Best Western for 2017! Blood Oath was a runner-up for Best Creative Concept & Best Hook! Thank you so much, Lone Star Literary Life!

BiblioSanctum included Laura and Kindle on their Top Ten Sci-Fi and Fantasy Couples list. I know Sawbones isn't sci-fi...well, just see what she said about including them: "Still, I had to include Laura and Kindle on my list, because these two make me melt. Their love story is a fantastic one, featuring a forbidden romance that is at once passionate and convincing. From the moment Laura saves the life of Captain William Kindle, they set off an undeniable chemistry."

You know what? I couldn't agree more!