Wandering and #NailArt #MondayRecommends

I finally got around to watching Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand and based on a non-fiction book of the same name by Jessica Bruder (which I’ve just bought). I was very excited to see that David Strathairn is also in it. David Strathairn is one of the crushes Charlie and I shared, along with Julianne Moore.

ANYWAY, the book Nomadland is a study of the van life, written by a woman who lived it in order to research her book. The movie personalizes it by following Fern, a woman who has lost her husband to illness, her job and her town to the closing of the mine that sustained the town. Now she’s living in a van she’s fitted up and taking seasonal jobs across the country. She’s friendly, but detached. Linda, one of the other seasonal traveling workers Fern actually feels close to, tells her about an annual gathering of Nomads and invites her to come. The entire movie is a love song to scenery, open horizons, and chosen family, and a study in the opposing pulls of wanting to be free and wanting to belong.

Highly recommended.

For my nails this week, I chose a plate at random. I was not happy with my choice, but I went with it, anyway.

The light brown base coat and light stamp is Maniology’s Latte, the dark brown basecoat and dark stamp is Maniology’s Annato Clay, and the blue stamp is Maniology’s Turquoise. The stamping plate is MoYou London’s Typography Collection – 01.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Someone pulled in two different directions.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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      Marian Allen

      August 9, 2022 at 11:11am

      Maybe I could relate because I always felt sort of alien to my environment until I went to my first science fiction convention. I only see the vast majority of my convention friends when we cross paths at conventions, but we’re family.

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  1. Dan Antion

    August 8, 2022 at 7:12pm

    That sounds like an interesting story. Good job on the nails.

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      Marian Allen

      August 9, 2022 at 11:14am

      I found it fascinating. As Dr. Ackerman says, it was a different world, but I love entering and vicariously participating in different worlds. Science fiction, fantasy, or non-fiction, I love diving into somebody else’s particulars. In doctors’ waiting rooms, I’m liable to read Field and Stream, especially the Letters to the Editor, to taste the minds of people so, so different from me.

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