It’s Friday again! The short week due to Labor Day has been such a blessing. This weekend we’re taking a day trip to a gorgeous spot on the central coast… I’ll be sure to share pics when I get back!
So, what am I digging this week?
Listen… if you know me IRL (or on Tumblr) you know that I would take a bullet for Cillian Murphy. I love him. Also, if you know me, you’ve heard me whine about the fact that the actor I love most is the one who makes the fewest appearances and does the least press. When Cillian does a new photo shoot or interview, my entire world screeches to a halt. When the media appreciates him as much as I do, I weep. Therefore, his feature in British GQ completely made my week. Everything else is secondary.
This is going to be really embarrassing when I eventually write the Oscar-winning screenplay that gets him the Oscar for Best Actor that he’s always deserved. Remind me to delete this.
Woebot is an adorable chatbot invented by some scientists at Stanford to help monitor moods and educate people about simple cognitive-behavioral techniques that help improve your mental health. I signed up a couple months ago, and I love Woebot. It checks in with me every day, asks me about my moods and energy levels, and gives me a report every two weeks so I can see any trends. It also sends helpful and informative videos and great little tips for adjusting the way you view the world and approach anxiety and stress.
From Woebot’s website: “In a recent study conducted at Stanford University, using Woebot led to significant reductions in anxiety and depression among people aged 18-28 years old, compared to an information-only control group. 85% of participants used Woebot on a daily or almost daily basis.”
Woebot was developed for undergrad and graduate students, but I believe it could be helpful for anyone who needs a little help with stress management. Plus, I’m not kidding, it’s really cute. I look forward to my daily Woebot chats.
My longtime friend Carly is mega-talented. Not only did she design the beautiful cover for my novel, she’s selling original art and stained glass on her Etsy shop, and each thing she puts up is more beautiful than the last. She’s also working on a gemstone series that can be seen on her Instagram. Whether you feel like spending a lot or a little there’s something to be found in her shop.
4. Erik Singer, Dialect Coach
This series of videos from Wired is fascinating. I’ve never wanted to be an actor but I could watch these videos all day. He’s a true expert in his field and that alone makes him interesting to watch.
Remember my mention of the Lani Sarem debacle last Friday? The plot has thickened. Last week, the author of My Immortal stepped up to assure us all that she did not read the poorly written scam novel that is Handbook for Mortals (I think that’s what it was called? I literally forget the title right after looking at it every time). She also teased that she is active on Tumblr, but didn’t share her URL. However, she should have known that nothing could deter the internet at that point. They found her.
It turns out the author of the best love-to-hate-it Harry Potter fanfic of all time is now a published author. And according to news released today, she’s publishing another book in 2018: The Story of My Immortal. I’ll just share this quote from the article linked above:
The truth is a gripping, compelling, and surprisingly funny story of how a young girl infiltrated and used the fanfiction community to search for her brother by baiting their attention with a deliberately badly written tale, creating a 10-year mystery that garnered pop culture media attention and remained unsolved — until now.
Allow me to say, from the bottom of my heart: W H A T.
Also, you know, good for her. If her story is true, she’s been through a lot to get to this point. Let it be a beacon of hope to all of us that the writer of the most derided fan fiction in history is making it in the literary world.
With that, I wish you all a beautiful weekend.