It's that time again: Update Time! So what's going on in the world of Wendy? Well, first off - I died a few thousand deaths Saturday night while taking a break from Downton Abbey binge watching to check Facebook - only to discover that my hometown had made the national news.
Most blog readers know I'm from Michigan, but may not necessarily know I'm from the Kalamazoo area. My parents still live there. My older sister lives there with her family. Not to mention the friends I still have in the area. Oh, and there's an active shooter driving around randomly shooting people on a Saturday night.
I was a little freaked.
I was more freaked when I found out after the fact that my entire family (Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother-in-Law, the Two Kids) were all out that night taking in a show at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium. On the same side of town where I used to live. On the same side of town as two of the crime scenes. While the active shooter was driving around and randomly shooting people. So....yeah.
My nearest and dearest are all safe and sound, but there's something very disconcerting about having your hometown make the national news. To see people politicizing your hometown on Twitter and Facebook. Kalamazoo is a city, but it's a small city. Almost cozy. Certainly Kalamazoo has crime, it's not perfect, bad things happen there just like anyplace else, but a guy driving around just randomly shooting people?! Prior to this we were known for our funny name, a song (I got a gal in Kalamazoo...) and a tornado that ripped through downtown in 1980.
Now, like so many towns in this country, we're known for a mass shooting. And that's messed up.
I've had two semi-recent reviews post over at The Good, The Bad and The Unread - both Harlequins. Snowy Mountain Nights by Lindsay Evans (Kimani) and Holiday with the Millionaire by Scarlet Wilson (Harlequin Romance).
I've had two First Looks go live over at Heroes & Heartbreakers. Countdown to Zero Hour by Nico Rosso (romantic suspense) and One More Night With You by Lisa Marie Perry (Kimani).
Also at H&H? February's Unusual Historicals column. Go forth!
So guess what? I finally saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Look, it was OK. The cast was good, but the storytelling was a lazy rehash. Take two parts A New Hope, one part The Empire Strikes Back and add a dash of Return of the Jedi. I spent the whole time watching it thinking, "Oh, so there's a cute droid wandering around the desert looking for someone - that's not familiar AT ALL ::cough cough:: and that's the new Luke and that's the new Han and that's the new Yoda..." Then they completely skip the new villain's backstory entirely because OF COURSE! They must have fodder for more movies which means we'll likely have to relive the whole prequel debacle again.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
It's a solid popcorn movie but y'all who thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread? I mean, why not just stay home and watch the original first three movies over again?
Oh yeah, money. Disney wants to make money.
But cranky Wendy is being cranky. I'd probably feel differently if I had kids and took them to see the movie on the big screen - to let them have their very own Star Wars experience like I did back in the day. But yeah, for me?
Meh. It felt like a remake masquerading as a sequel.
And tomorrow I take away candy from babies and rain on more parades. Probably a C+ for me (the casting WAS good and I liked how they utilized Han in the story).