Friday’s Fun Find: You Know Her As Scout

20150326140533!US_cover_of_Go_Set_a_WatchmanI am of two minds about Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman, even after reading the first chapter here.

It’s narrated by Jean Louise Finch, (you know her as Scout, I imagine) and I started thinking of the movie, To Kill a Mockingbird (and oh my gosh, you can watch the whole movie online here, if you don’t mind subtitles). And that got me to thinking about Mary Badham, who played Scout.

I loved Scout. Or I guess, more accurately, I loved how Mary Badham played Scout. And I began to wonder about her, if she were still alive or if she’d played any other role. (She is, and she has.) So when I saw that she was also famous for a Twilight Zone episode (the last Twilight Zone episode!) called “The Bewitchin’ Pool”…well, I had to watch it, and you can, too, right here.

It was a good one, for sure. And she was very good in it. Anyway, before I knew it, my Friday afternoon was gone.

Not too long ago, one of the Junior Halls (who had looked at the blog) asked why I said that I fished on Fridays. “You don’t fish,” she said. (She’s always been a rather literal child.)

How about you? Did the first chapter of Go Set a Watchman grab you? Or do you think there was good reason that Harper Lee kept it locked away for all these years? And didn’t you wish, maybe for just a minute, that Atticus Finch were your daddy? (I kinda loved that Mary Badham kept in touch with Gregory Peck till his death in 2003–and that she always called him Atticus.)

The Number One Writing Habit You Need

ImageI checked my Libra horoscope this morning and read, “There will be an opportunity to incorporate a good habit into your daily life, and there are rich rewards for doing so.”

Now, I’m not saying I believe in horoscopes, but I definitely had a Twilight Zone moment when I saw that little sentence today. Because over at The Muffin, in “I’m Just Saying: Finish Your Writing,” I talked about the habit that’s absolutely necessary if you want to be a successful writer.

To be honest, it’s a basic habit, ingrained into my personality, thanks to my mom and the many sayings she pounded into my child psyche. Seriously, she had a saying for everything. Like “I don’t care what your horoscope says, get up from there and do something constructive.”

So, um, yeah. I’m fixing to go reap some rich rewards from incorporating that writing habit into today’s schedule. (And I’d love to hear what you finished writing today!)