It's Friday and time to Celebrate the Small Things. This fun weekly hop is hosted by my buddy Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G Keltner at Writing Off the Edge, Tonja Drecker at Kidbits, and Katie at The Cyborg Mom. Visit Lexa's blog here to find out how join in the hop yourself and to see the list of participants.
First up, the author event and my attempt to make lemonade out of the lemons that got tossed at me this week. I received an invitation to an event honoring local authors and I was absolutely THRILLED when I got the invite. For one thing, the event is held downtown and has the potential for media coverage, so that alone could be a great opportunity. Plus, this is the first time I've ever been invited to something that I didn't have to apply for first. All great, right? As it turned out, no, because the event is being held on the same weekend I am going to be out of state for a family wedding! I couldn't believe the luck, or lack thereof. It killed me to have to decline. But I decided to still celebrate this because it was an honor to be invited and I'm happy that I was, so there's my lemonade. I'm trying to focus on that and not go into a corner and sob because I can't go.
Last week I mentioned that I was celebrating the new love of my life - my iPhone. As a direct result, I'm now also celebrating Instagram. I've been trying to expand my social media presence a bit but it's not something that comes naturally to me at all since at heart I am still an introvert to the core. I signed up for Instagram a while ago but never used it because I just didn't feel comfortable with it. But now I decided to give it a try and it's been a pleasant surprise because I really like it! I've only posted a few times but I can understand the appeal and I'm getting a kick out of it. I have tried following all my blogger pals but if you are on there and I'm not following you please connect with me there! https://www.instagram.com/julesflanders/
Finally, I'm squealing like a silly teenager and celebrating the casting for the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. Even though the books have been out for years I'd never read them until the end of last year. I started the first one around Christmas and I haven't been able to stop reading them since. I LOVE the series. I'm on the last one now and can't wait to see how it all ends. I have been reading about the on-again, off-again movie plans, and this week when it was made official that Idris Elba is going to be the Gunslinger and Matthew McConnaughey the Man in Black I nearly did a little happy dance. I've been a huge fan of Elba's since he played Stringer Bell on The Wire, one of my all-time favorite shows. I wasn't a fan of McConnaughey until True Detective but he sure won me over with that and I think he'll be perfect as The Man in Black. Stephen King, Elba, and McConnaughey? That's a dream team as far as I'm concerned. I can't wait for the movie.
I hope you all had lots to celebrate this week. Happy Weekend and Happy March!