So I’ve started this new thing where in the evening – that perfect part of the day when the air seems to glow – I’m writing a word-processed diary. I’ve never done this before. In the past I’ve “journaled” and written down the things that had happened during the day, all in long-hand in some pretty journal that I more or less consciously think of surviving for posterity. This diary thing – for that is what I have labeled is on my computer – isn’t that – it’s really a dairy, where I’m writing down my feelings about life at any given moment. The writing is just snippets of emotion, and I’m not really thinking about it being a conscious piece of writing; yet, there’s something about typing things for me, a woman who learned to write in the age of computers, that makes my thinking more fluid than it is when I write with pen and paper. So we’ll see where this takes me. It does mean that I have three “journal-ish” things going at the same time – one journal with thoughts on the day, one writing journal with quotes and writing exercises and research, and now this computerized diary. That seems like a lot, but it also seems good.

So I’ve discovered a few more fun things online that I wanted to share. First, thanks to Sci-Fi Technophobiac for pointing me to a literary award that I didn’t know existed – The James Tiptree, Jr. Award for sci-fi or fantasy that “expands or explores our understanding of gender.” This year’s winner is Sarah Hall’s Daughters of the North. I don’t know anything about the book or the writer, but from the Technophobiac review (see link above) it looks like it might be a good one for the Once Upon a Time Challenge (by the way, all you bloggers will understand when I say this – I should just permanently copy the link for the challenge into some permanent spot so I don’t have to find it over and over again). So all you fantasy and sci-fi lovers and all your feminists, check out the Tiptree awards.

Yesterday, I had the surprising pleasure of watching the movie Dan in Real Life. Now, I find Steve Carell funny on The Office in those rare times when I see it in my cable-less house, but I don’t really find silly humor funny all that often – the intellect in The Office is what I enjoy. But this film, where Carell plays the lead, is really well-done with a great cast, a wonderful family atmosphere, a beautiful portrait of complex emotion. Don’t misread me here – this isn’t the next Eternal Sunshine, but it a good film.
One of the things that makes it so strong is it’s soundtrack, scored largely by a Norwegian singer/songwriter named Sondre Lerche. He has a great voice – good pitch but not quite clear in tone – like hearing one of your good friends sing in a cabin on a chilly evening with a fire roaring. His music is pared down and simple – really quite lovely. I recommend that you check it out.

Finally, because I don’t have enough books to read already, I checked out The New York Times Book Blog to see this great recommendation for X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but can Still Keep Everything from Sinking. I have to read this book for two reasons: 1. I am clearly a Generation X-er, and I have been told for years that I’m lazy and directionless (not to my face, mind you, but in countless critical articles). 2. I’m seeing friends of mine – see Peter Greer at Hope International, Dominic Volonnino at the United States Institute for Peace or Casey and Brian Wigg, who spend a year in the Congo with an infant doing HIV/AIDS work. These are the people who are supposedly slackers. I don’t think so. I’m proud to say I know them. If only I can do so much good.