Five Things Friday (#27)

Happy happy Friday!! In case you missed it, Tuesday was my book birthday and Across the Formidable Sea is #42 on the Kindle Historical Fiction best sellers list! Talk about a great week!


It’s still so surreal to think about my book being in so many sets of hands, even a year after publishing it. Writing has been a slog this week but this is making me so excited to keep moving forward with the sequel.

Here are five other things that I liked this week:

1. This piece from The Cut: I Tried to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

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This entire piece had me laughing, but totally lost it at this:

Finally, I wrap my arms around him and ask, “Am I talking too much, Old Meat?” because I think it would bother most men to be called that. He predictably does not like to be called Old Meat but later actually warms to it.

Quality journalism. Give this woman a Pulitzer. That’s all.

2. The Silver Spider on Etsy

It all started when I saw this “Emo Forever” hat.


I need it, for obvious reasons. Then I went to the Etsy shop and was overcome with joy. Sylvia Plath socks! The Great Gatsby pins! Parks and Rec mugs! It’s like this person knows me!

3. Photographer Brendon Burton

My jaw dropped when I saw these. His photos are so cinematic and moody and show an utter mastery of color and light, and I’ve never seen anything like his cinemagraphs. What a gift.


4. Grape Soda Club

These cute Disney inspired pins are absolutely worthy of the happiest place on earth. I’ll take one of each please.

5. The Greatest Showman


Despite the fact that this movie came out at Christmas, I just finally saw it on Monday at the cheap theater in town. Honestly, I didn’t really like it. I walked out of it feeling really underwhelmed; I thought the story was dumb, the character development rushed, the historical inaccuracy too much to swallow, and the music overproduced and cheesy. I don’t know what happened between now and then, but I think brainwashing might be involved because I love it. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack non-stop. I think I’m just accepting that maybe I need some cheesy in my life right now and that’s OK. Really though, there are some great songs and musical moments, and the movie had some cool visuals and ideas. Plus, it has Keala Settle, so does anything else really matter?

Embrace the cheese this weekend, my friends. It feels good.

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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