Movies Watched in March

1. 12 Years a Slave. All the stars. All the tears. All the glory.

2. Blue is the Warmest Color. Intense and unforgettable. A few really stunning scenes in particular. I need to read the graphic novel ASAP.

3. The Silence of the Lambs. I’ve watched this probably a dozen times since I was 12 or 13. It’s strangely comforting. Also I already had a crush on Jodie Foster by the time I saw this thanks to wearing out my family’s VHS copies of Candleshoe and Freaky Friday years before.

4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. OHMAHGOD THAT LAST SHOT OF KATNISS THOUGH???? Be still my feral heart. I need to get my life together and read the books.

I’m in love with this cover and I’m in love with the fact that Meg Wolitzer wrote a young adult novel.

Guess there’s something to that whole, Movies with female leads don’t do well schtick.

#ITooAmHarvard is a project by Black students at Harvard to speak out about the racism that they experience in their daily lives as students. It will also be a play.

My story Dive is in this anthology!

James says the champagne isn’t a sin because it’s only a type of wine, and Jesus drank wine, so why not them on their wedding night? The guests are gone and the newlyweds are sitting in the barn loft above the debris of their reception, their three sets of legs swinging over the edge, making his girls look like real sisters. After he’s done his convincing, James watches them hold hands over his lap while they decide on a good dessert for their first Family Home Evening.

His wives, second and new, wear white orchids in their hair. They’ve never tasted alcohol before, and when he pops the cork they squeal and clap and he laughs and pours the bubbly into three mason jars while his heart prances and he forgets to feel all the godly things he wanted to feel tonight, before taking his new bride, Brinleigh, to bed.

- from Asking for It, my novel excerpt in Fractured West #5.

Here is my interview with Katie Coyle re: her debut novel Vivian Versus the Apocalypse, one of my favorite dystopian novels; soon to be Vivian Apple Versus the World when it’s released in the US.