TV Shows that Inspired Pure Dumb Luck

When I’m writing, I generally have a music playlist (or two), but I’ll also have one for movies and TV shows. Not for every novel, it’s just for certain stories I need a little help getting into the vibe. Pure Dumb Luck was definitely one of those.

I thought I’d share ten of the TV shows that I watched while writing my fun travel rom-com.

And they’re not in any particular order.

  1. Travel Man (So damn funny)
  2. World’s Most Dangerous Roads
  3. Amazing Hotels
  4. Parts Unknown
  5. Kindness Diaries
  6. Departures
  7. Stephen Fry in America
  8. Ugly Delicious
  9. The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan
  10. The Layover

How about you? What are your favourite travel-themed TV shows?

 

 

Movies that Inspired Pure Dumb Luck

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When I’m writing, I generally have a music playlist (or two), but I’ll also have one for movies and TV shows. Not for every novel, it’s just for certain stories I need a little help getting into the vibe. Pure Dumb Luck was definitely one of those.

I thought I’d share a couple of the movies I watched while writing my fun travel rom-com.

And they’re not in any particular order.

Eat, Pray, Love

This one might be a little cliché. And there are definitely parts of this movie I don’t love. But the genuine joy of travel, food, and life was really something I wanted for Pure Dumb Luck. So this movie was a no brainer.

The Way

This might seem a weird choice, particularly as I’m not very religious. But this is one of my all-time favourite Martin Sheen movies. It evokes the spirit of the journey/travel. Not a perfect film, but it did help me get in the mood to write about an adventure.

The Bucket List

If you’ve seen The Bucket List, I don’t have to explain why it’s on the list.

If you haven’t, you probably should. =)

How about you? What are your favourite travel-themed movies?

 

 

 

What am I binge watching this month?

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I thought I’d share the shows I’m currently enjoying on TV, Netflix or Amazon Prime. They’re in no particular order.

  1. Hunted UK
  2. Bake Off
  3. SAS: Who Dares Wins
  4. Blown Away (a fascinating glass blowing competition)
  5. This Farming Life
  6. Alone (on History channel)
  7. Forged in Fire
  8. Deadliest Catch
  9. As Time Goes By
  10. DIY SOS

What about you? What are you binge watching this week/month? Do you binge watch at all?

Funniest Search Term Ever.

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I don’t usually do ‘search term’ blog posts. I’ve read loads of them and find them hilarious. But mostly the search terms that lead people to my website are my name or one of my book titles.

This year…I had what might be one of the funniest ones I have ever read. And I have so many questions. I also want to know what site they actually wanted.

The search term?

“names for boyfriend’s hunky dory

I am still dying laughing.

The less funny, but still confusing other terms?

marathon juggler

an ode to ears

meaning of love hot

Still, my boyfriend’s hunky dory is the funniest one. Ever.

Lalo’s Guide to Introvert Dating

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In Here Comes The Son, Lalo is one of my favourite characters–autistic, creative, a gardener, and definitely an introvert.

I thought it would be fun to write his guide to dating as an autistic and introvert. (And honestly, some of these are dates my hubby, and I do.  So it could be my guide to dating as an autistic and introvert.)

Dates that he would find enjoyable and romantic.

1. Video Game Dates — playing the same game together either as a team or competing against one another.

2. Movie Marathon — Netflix and Chill, anyone?

3. Stargazing. Out in the middle of nowhere in the Colorado mountains, junk food and stars in the night sky.

4. Car Dinner Date — picking up food and parking somewhere to eat.

5. Going to restaurants very early before anyone else.

Bonus Ideas:

6. Library date, hanging out and reading books together.

7. Gardening — mostly Iggy watching Lalo work.

What’s your favourite kind of date?

My Reverse Bucket List

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I don’t remember where I saw this idea. But I thought it was brilliant, the idea of writing a reverse bucket list. Things I’ve already crossed off what would be a bucket list item.

  1. Meeting my birth family.
  2. Publishing a novel.
  3. A dog named Bacon (this was actually on a bucket list I wrote about fifteen years ago.)
  4. See the world.
  5. Learn a new language. In the interest of full disclosure, I learned it—and have now forgotten it. Note to self: practice is important.
  6. Attend a book signing.
  7. Meet a celebrity.
  8. Learn a new instrument.
  9. Make profiteroles (they were fucking amazing). IMG_20181013_154609072_HDR - Copy
  10. Meet my publisher & editor (they live in Australia.)

What’s on your reverse bucket list? What’s something you’ve accomplished?

Simply Irresistible.

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Here are five things Woody and Eddie can’t resist in Pure Dumb Luck.

To be honest, they can’t resist the same things.

1st.

Eddie: Woody

Woody: Eddie

2nd.

Eddie: Twizzlers

Woody: Same

3rd.

Eddie: Beer

Woody: Same

4th.

Eddie: Mama’s cooking.

Woody: His mama’s cooking.

5th.

Eddie: a good burger.

Woody: Meat. Any meat. Eddie’s meat.