A fun thing is happening today for the first time in the five years we’ve been doing the 8LW blog: my birthday is falling on my blog posting day! And just to double the fun, this is also the birthday of another of the Eight Ladies (hint: her first name is Michaeline!). She’s celebrating a super-special birthday year, but I’ll let her tell you about that if she’s so inclined. Let’s just say that number is so last year for me.
To kick off my celebration, I thought I’d share a few of my current favorite multi-media things with you. I’ve been enjoying a long birthday weekend that has included indulging in all of these, some possibly more than once. Spoiler alert: some of them involve story.
Netflix and Awww: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Have you heard about this teen rom-com on Netflix originals? It’s based on a YA book by Jenny Han. I don’t read much YA, so I hadn’t read this book or its two sequels before watching the movie – something that’s almost unheard of for me. But I’d heard good things about the movie and really wanted to settle in with some popcorn on Saturday night and watch a light-hearted romance. This movie gave me all the feels. And I loved the way it toed the line of some of the age-old tropes, but then didn’t go there. That kept it fresh, witty, and really respectful of teenage girls. When’s the last time you saw all that in a movie?
Women’s Fiction Meets The Princess Diaries: Barbara O’Neal’s The Art of Inheriting Secrets
OK, that’s not a great description of the latest release from Barbara O’Neal. But the story does involve an American woman finding out she’s a secret heiress, complete with a title, English castle, and aristocratic dead relatives she never knew existed. It’s a really lovely story about a woman who, while grieving her mother’s death, sets out to learn about her mother’s life, with all her secrets and reasons for hiding the truth from her own daughter. As you might expect, there’s also a romance. And, making it extra fun for me, I was at the Writer Unboxed conference where Barbara came up with the idea for the book (and she mentions the conference in her Acknowledgements).
Paul McCartney and Carpool Karaoke
Have you seen this episode of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke? You must have seen this. If not, put down your coffee (or your Bourbon, if you’re the birthday girl) and follow that link post haste! I watched this for the first time a few months ago, when it was burning up the internet. I’m not gonna lie. I ugly-cried. And the crying might have gone on about twice as long as the actual video. If you’re a Paul McCartney or Beatles fan, you’ll understand. And if you’re not, you might very well be one after watching this.
Another Carpool Karaoke, This One with George
Because it’s my birthday, that’s why! If you’re a fan of Carpool Karaoke, you might already know the whole thing got started during a British TV skit for Comic Relief. There was a lot going on in George Michael’s life when they filmed this, the kind of stuff that gets stars’ names in the gossip pages. But George didn’t mind poking fun at himself and promoting a good cause while he was at it. You can also watch the star-studded full skit, which might even include a Beatle or two. I’m sad we’ll never get new George Michael music in the world, but watching this makes me happy. Almost as happy as having his music in heavy rotation in my birthday playlist.
Happy birthday to Micki, and to any of our readers celebrating a birthday this week! And just as a reminder, now that the sun is transiting through Virgo, it’s the perfect time to pay attention to details, organize your life, and complete all your unfinished projects. You might think I’m an over-planning, detail-driven, goal-oriented weirdo. Turns out, I’m just a Virgo!