Five Things Friday

Happy Friday, my friends! Here are 5 things I’m into this week:

1. Writer to Writer by Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carson Levine is one of my longest-standing favorite authors. Ella Enchanted and The Two Princesses of Bamarre are two books that I can read any time and any place and always enjoy. When this book was recommended to me on Goodreads, I knew I needed it, and so far I have not been disappointed. Levine has such a familiar way of writing, so much so that it feels like getting writing advice from a favorite aunt over coffee. I’ve been reading it on the bus and just like her novels, this book makes me feel cozy and cared for. Though it was written with a young adult audience in mind, I’m finding many helpful tips for building a well-rounded story in it.


2. Game of Thrones

Like everyone else in the world, I’m totally caught up in GOT fever. I read all the books 5 or 6 years ago, but fell off the wagon of the show around season 4. However, this past couple months my husband Marshall and I decided to catch up, and I’m glad we did. This is a spoiler-free zone, but the Season 7 Finale gave me one of my most longed-for moments and it had nothing to do with romance and everything to do with a certain character getting what they’ve deserved for a very long time. #TeamSansa


3. Psych

Marshall just started a new semester at university, and he doesn’t like to start any new series while he’s in school mode. But, we like having something to watch together to wind down in the evenings and relax with on weekends. So we’ve gone back to the beginning with one of our perennial favorites: Psych! I don’t know how, but I always forget how much I love this show.  It’s entertaining and positive and I love each character so dearly.



4. Rainbow by Kesha

You know what’s really nice? Being a confident adult with nothing to prove who can listen to pop music entirely un-ironically. As disappointed as teenage Claire might have been to know, I have loved “Ke-dollarsign-ha” since she appeared on the scene. Marshall and I share a love for the silliness and irreverence of her early work — some of it has become part of our daily lexicon (see: Dinosaur). When I found out how many hits she’s written for other artists, and how smart she is, I loved her even more. I can 100% appreciate a smart girl having fun and making money without trying to prove anything about how smart and mature she is. She’s been through some hellish ordeals in the past few years, so nothing makes me happier than hearing this victory yell of an album. 2017 has been a good year for music, and this is no exception.


5. The Ongoing Saga of Lani Sarem

If you haven’t read about this, click the above link. TL;DR: author and her team buy thousands of the book she wrote to promote a future movie which the author will star in. The book winds up on the NYT bestseller list even though no one has ever heard of it. Twitter sleuthing and general nonsense ensues. Blues Traveler gets involved. The book is removed from the bestseller list. Then the author of the worst/best fanfic of all time, My Immortal, steps up to let the world know this is not her work in spite of the fact that the quality appears largely the same. The story is a wild ride from start to finish, and a testament to the fact that you should NOT mess with the young adult reader community on Twitter. They can smell weakness.

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That’s all I have to report this week! What’s good in your universe? Send me some recommendations!

Enthusiastically yours,



Published by clairelaminen

I am a Ventura, California native with a compulsion to create. I'm a storyteller, through writing, photography, and occasionally music. Weekends are for camping with my husband, reading, and hunting for vintage treasures, which I sell in my Etsy shop, Peace & Goodwill. My favorite things include lavender lattes, swimming in the ocean, true crime podcasts, The X-Files, and Peaky Blinders. I hope to become a full-time writer, bestselling novelist, and a continually improving reflection of God's grace. Proverbs 16:24

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