Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My New Favorite (Semi-Writing-Related) Things


I've discovered two great sources of info-pumped entertainment recently. 

The first is the Documentary section on Netflix. 

Netflix has an astounding amount of documentaries, everything from food to porn to hobbies to National Geographic. I watched eight of them two weekends ago while nursing a cold. I watched one on Mosesaur, and underwater dino-thinger that was like a crocodile on steroids. I watched one on childbirth that was very eye-opening. I watched five on pre-dinosaur evolution. I watched one on the spinosaur. Since then I've started a documentary on Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as one on pirate ships. THEY ARE AMAZING. And a very entertaining way to either conduct research for books or get new ideas. Or just to sound smart at dinner parties. 

Fake readership: Ha ha. Oh Charlie. We all know you don't go to dinner parties! 

The second is a podcast called The Moth. 

The only podcast I really listen to is Writing Excuses, and so many hours at work has run the Writing Excuses Archives dry. I related this to a coworker*, who recommended The Moth. 

Best podcast ever. 

What The Moth is is people telling a story about themselves for 10-15 minutes in front of a live audience. Funny stories, exciting stories, sad stories. Stories of growth, of discovery, of change. Young people, old people, white people, black people. All people. Telling stories. Not only are they fascinating (like the guy who single-handedly tracked down the girl who stole his credit card), but they also spur ideas. And give me something to talk about at dinner parties. And yes, by "dinner parties" I mean "when I eat dinner with Husband and we're NOT watching Star Trek: Deep Space 9." 

So check them out. Go get Netflix. The Moth is both on iTunes and at

*Said coworker is also this gal's doppelganger. 


  1. I really like the Stuff You Should Know and Stuff You Missed In History Class podcasts.

    1. Ohhhhh.... I haven't heard of that second one. Will check it out!

  2. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to check them out.

  3. Netflix does have an interesting mix. I enjoy The Deadliest Warrior.

  4. The Taylor Swift special is good. & you and Jord might like "Trekkies".

  5. I'm glad my doppelganger is useful.

  6. George Lucas vs The People (or something to that effect) is also a good documentary. And Mark and I tried DS9 and just couldn't make it very far past the first season. We found it... laborious. Haha :)

    Also, I wish I could attend some Holmberg dinner parties!


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