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We really do have something for everyone on this podcast. Guan brings a very convincing case for why everyone should see Magic Mike XXL, Bec fangirls about Margaret Atwood, and Karen reflects on Shonda Rhimes’ book Year of Yes.
Film Crit Hulk on Magic Mike XXL.
Channing Tatum dancing to “Pony”.
The Joe Manganiello “I Want it That Way” scene at the petrol station.
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 1 and 2.
Film Crit Hulk on Bring It On.
Bring It On: The musical—“It’s all happening” performance at the 2013 Tony Awards.
“Can’t Stop This Feeling” (Justin Timberlake).
Phonogram (Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie/Matt Wilson/Clayton Cowles). (Phonogram is one of Karen’s all-time favourite comics.)
Margaret Atwood’s official website. Atwood on Twitter.
The Handmaid’s Tale—Hulu trailer:
“A freaky prediction about pigs in a popular sci-fi trilogy is starting to come true”.
“Sales of Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale have soared since Trump’s win”.
“In Trump’s America, The Handmaid’s Tale matters more than ever”.
“Haunted by The Handmaid’s Tale”: Atwood reflects on the book’s longevity and her writing process.
Karen got it wrong: it was Lady Oracle, not Surfacing.
Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person (Shonda Rhimes).
TED: “My year of saying yes to everything” (18:44 min). (I really like the idea of giving yourself 15 minutes of play.)
Dartmouth College graduation speech (24:01 min).
You and I are close friends now, reader, so you know how I feel about writing. Writing is the hum. Writing is laying track. Writing is the high. Now imagine that hum—that high—that track to be laid is behind a door, and that door is five miles away. Those five miles are just writing crap and doodling and trying to have an idea and surfing the internet and hoping like hell not to get so distracted that you give up. Worse, those five miles are lined with brownies and cupcakes and episodes of Game of Thrones, and Idris Elba waiting to talk to only you, and really good novels to read. Every time I sit down to write, I have to mentally run those five miles past all of that to get to that door. It’s a long, hard five-mile run. Sometimes, I am almost dead by the time I reach the door. That’s why I have to keep doing it. The more often I run the five miles, the fitter I become, and the fitter I become, the easier the run begins to feel, and the less fresh and exciting all that stuff on the side of the road seems. I mean, how long has it been there? More important, as I get fitter, I can run faster, and the faster I can run, the faster I can get to that door. The faster you can too, writers out there. When you sit down to write every day, it becomes easier and easier to tap into that creative space in your mind. The faster I can get to that door, the quicker I can get to the good stuff. Behind the door is the good stuff. So when I reach the door and open it, that’s when my creativity clicks in and that special spot in my brain starts working, and I go from exertion to exultation, and suddenly I can write forever and ever and ever and ever. And then suddenly someone opens the door and asks if I want coffee or water. And I’m five miles away all over again. I grit my teeth and try to smile and say, “No thank you. See, I have coffee and water both already right here!” And then I start running that five miles all over. (Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes, chapter 14.)
The Book of Ecclesiastes (ESV).
What we’re working on
World Faery Society: The Westbury Faery.
Goulburn Comic Con (Saturday 18 March). I’m running a workshop on comic scriptwriting for beginners. Come!