Watching, Reading and Listening

Watching

In our household we enjoy watching Survivor twice a year when it rolls around; mandatory viewing and one of the few shows on free-to-air that we watch. So you can imagine how excited we were when Channel 10 announced an Australian Survivor.

Sometimes when we try to copy the US (with a lower budget) the results are a bit cringe-worthy; I was a bit worried…

It has not disappointed; in fact, I think it is better than the US version. The challenges have been harder (in my couch-position) than the US version. I am thrilled how after so many seasons (of US) the Australian version has still been able to come up with new and innovative challenges.

I suspect the food and conditions are softer but I can forgive that (so far). My favourites so far are the embattled-but-gutsy Kylie and the ultimate challenge beast Sam.

One can only hope channel 10 is killing in the ratings, and there will be many more seasons to come.

Reading

At the moment I’m almost finished reading unBlessed by Crystin Goodwin, after seeing it spruiked by storymedic*. It is a YA-novel that mixes the idea of elemental-powers (water, air, fire, nature…) and shape-shifting into animals.

What I particularly want to draw attention to is how the novel takes a fantasy setting but also ties in real world knowledge, the powers being derived from genetics. While it’s not a new idea it adds flavour to the story and let’s the reader say “I understand that.”

(Incidentally, storymedic has an 80%-off editing services for indies at the moment. I can’t personally vouch for him yet, but am considering it).

Listening

(Christian) Also I’ve been listening to Lauren Daigle on loop for the last two weeks. Her soulful cries are heart wrenching music. Totally recommended.

What have you been enjoying with your eyes or ears?

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