M. M. Domaille is a freelance editor, book blogger at The Elephant on the Roof, and occasional fiction writer; these are her good things.
Good things to read.
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m reading this right now and loving it. Every single character is memorable.
Spin, Robert Charles Wilson. I discovered this one eight years late, so I hope those already in the know will forgive me for raving about it constantly. It’s a perfect blend of human drama and classic science fiction.
American Copia, Javier O. Huerta. The best (and probably only) grocery store-themed poetry collection.
Good things to watch.
Twin Peaks. This show is twenty-three years old, yet far too weird to seem dated.
The Great Queen Seondeok. A historical Korean drama that features one of my favorite villains of all time: a conniving court lady with a lord for a husband, a general for a lover, and a twisted but unbreakable code of honor.
The American pika. If you ever find yourself hiking above 10,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains in the late summer, look for a field of large boulders. Listen for the squeak of a dog’s chew toy. If you hear it, remain very quiet and still, and before long, you should see little balls of fluff leaping from rock to rock as they collect flowers for the winter.
Good things to use.
Travel zoom cameras. Light enough to take on every hiking trip, but capable of photographing a moose without exposing you to the risk of a trampling. Mine happens to be a Canon Powershot SX230 HS.
Steel fishing weights. It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that the lead in fishing weights was also the lead in “lead toxicity.” Be smarter than I was!
White vinegar. Cheap and versatile. I use it as a household cleaner, herbicide, fabric softener, and salad dressing.