Recently I watch Ant Man & The Wasp: Quantumania and didn’t listen to a thing anyone said about it beforehand (I probably just wasn’t paying attention, it’s got nothing to do with being deliberate about it). There’s a new Laurence Fishburne movie in the works called Amateur, a thriller, which looks like it’s gonna be good. And
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
So, I have heard, since I watched it, quite a lot of neutral reviews about the movie. I had heard little about it at all before I watched it. Which seems weird, but I find that I’m seeing a lot less about upcoming movies than I used to. I don’t know whether this is changes in algorithm, less marketing from the movie makers, or a change in my habits but whatever it is, I don’t like it.
Anyway, I enjoyed Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. I like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although, it feels a little like it’s lost some of its umph! Quantumania felt like they weren’t quite giving Ant-Man enough space to be Ant-Man (an odd comment given how easy it is for him to take up as much space or as little as he likes), his character felt a little muted amongst all the others. Even The Wasp seemed like a backseat passenger in this one, and her name is in the title too.
But there were some great new characters, amazing worlds to explore, and one or two attempts to pull at the old heartstrings. And you have to stick around for the after credits scene. The movie definitely left the gates open for more. I just hope, when they bring Ant-Man back, they let him be more of himself.
Have the MCU movies lost some of their wild abandon?
You can’t go wrong with a good Laurence Fishburne (John Wick, Ant-Man and the Wasp) movie, and this one is a thriller. Staring Rami Malek (Mr. Robot, No Time To Die) as a CIA cryptographer, whose wife is killed in a terror attack, when his employers won’t go after the perpetrators, he convinces them to train him to do it. Joining them will be Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, House of Cards), and Caitríona Balfe (Outlander, Belfast).
One to keep an eye out for, for sure.
The Writer’s Side Hustle is a Day Job
Let’s be honest, most writers who don’t have a mega publishing deal or are just starting out need a bill paying side hustle. And generally that’s a day job. But man, do they impede writing?
I’m not the organised kind of writer who can get up at 5am and write for a couple of hours before heading out to work. And there isn’t a cat in hell’s chance I am sitting down at the computer to write when I get in.
I’ve tried the whole planning out my time thing, deciding I’ll do a few hours on this night or that day -you know, as well as the website, social media, laundry, gardening, eating, bathing, sleeping. You get the picture. Lives are full things, even when you don’t have a super active social life.
And you don’t always have a clear head when you do finally sit down to write, so you might not get as much written as you’d hoped for.
And that’s okay.
You have to keep the lights on (and the internet for the research stuff). And it’s okay not to write on a schedule. Some weeks I don’t work on my novel at all. And my weeks off from the side hustle are when I do my best work. Sometimes it’s easier to write when there’s nothing else to distract the mind.
Weirdly though, I’m finding that all the things I’ve done over the years for my website and social media and writing, are bleeding into the side hustle. All those skills I’ve used, studied, and learnt in pursuit of my dream are making sense in other ways now. And I’m learning new things too. I have the oddest combination of skills.
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