Mystery Movies Based on Books

Mystery Books Made Into MoviesWhen a movie comes out based on a bestselling mystery book, do you read the book first? Or do you watch the movie first? Or do you not read the book? Do you never watch the movie, thinking it’ll never be as good as the book? I’ve never been one to watch mystery movies based on books.  One instance where I think the TV movie is superior to the book is “Nemesis,” based on Agatha Christie’s book of the same name. The TV movie to which I’m referring was part of BBC’s series of Agatha Christie stories starring Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. They aired in the mid 1980s through the early 1990s.

Has anyone watched the movies based on Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson? Or read the books? How about the movie Presumed Innocent based on the book by Scott Turow?

I’ve neither seen the movies nor read the books I’ve mentioned above, so I might set myself a project for the coming summer of watching movies based on mystery books. Plus, I’ll read the books. This would be a monumental project, since I have tons of reading already scheduled and other books beckoning me.

I’ve seen the old, black-and-white Perry Mason TV series. But I have never read any of the books by Erle Stanley Gardner. Not reading the books, either before or after, did not lessen my enjoyment of watching the series and, later, some of the movies in which Raymond Burr reprised his role as the Los Angeles attorney.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments about whatever books-to-movies you’ve read and/or watched?

Keeping the Kids Entertained

Keeping the Kids Entertained: At-Home Interactive and Educational Activities

keeping the kids entertainedWhen being outdoors is not an option, turning your home into a vibrant playground of knowledge and creativity. This is a wonderful way to engage with your children. The essence of indoor activities is not just to entertain but to imbue your child’s day with moments of learning, creativity, and emotional growth. By choosing activities that promote both fun and educational value, you pave the way for a well-rounded development within the four walls of your home. This article offers a diverse set of activities designed to keep your child’s mind active and their heart joyful, ensuring each moment spent indoors is as enriching as it is entertaining.

Culinary Creations

Cooking together not only introduces children to the basics of nutrition and food preparation but also incorporates lessons in math and science through measurements and reactions. It’s a hands-on experience that stimulates all senses, fostering a deep appreciation for the art of making meals. As you collaborate in the kitchen, you’re not just making food. You’re crafting memories and skills that will nourish their minds and bodies for years to come.


Encouraging your children to start journaling offers them a private canvas to express their thoughts, creativity, and daily experiences. This activity strengthens their writing skills. It also helps in emotional expression and nurtures their capacity for self-reflection. As they chronicle their adventures and feelings, they develop a habit that enhances mindfulness and emotional well-being, laying the groundwork for lifelong introspection and self-expression.

Artistic Adventures

Create artwork with your children and capture the essence of their creativity by digitizing their masterpieces. Embrace the convenience of a mobile scanning app. Use this to scan a document or any piece of art your child creates. This innovative approach lets you swiftly and effortlessly transform any artwork captured by your device’s camera into a PDF, preserving their creative journey in a modern format.

Dramatic Discoveries

Dramatic play is a powerful tool in a child’s emotional and creative development. Exploring various roles and scenarios fosters empathy, problem-solving skills, and a deeper understanding of the world around them. This form of play is a free expression of creativity, enabling them to experiment with narrative and character, which is essential for developing storytelling skills and emotional intelligence.


Role-playing extends the canvas of dramatic play by specifically focusing on the adoption of characters and navigating through created scenarios. In addition, it not only sparks imagination, but also enhances social skills as children learn to communicate and collaborate within their imagined contexts. Through role-playing, they gain insights into different perspectives. That, in turn, boosts their empathy and problem-solving abilities in a fun and engaging way.

Building Blocks of Imagination

Engaging with building toys offers a hands-on experience with principles of design, engineering, and physics. It promotes spatial awareness, problem-solving, and fine-motor skills, laying a foundation for critical thinking and creativity. Whether constructing simple designs or complex structures, children learn the joy of creating something tangible from their imagination, reinforcing the concept that they can build their dreams into reality.

Trivia Triumphs

Organizing trivia games tailored to your child’s interests and knowledge level and is a stimulating way to infuse learning with fun. This activity not only enriches their understanding of various subjects but also promotes a healthy competitive spirit. Trivia games encourage children to retain information, think quickly, and enjoy the thrill of applying their knowledge in a playful setting.

By crafting a home environment that encourages growth, creativity, and learning, you provide your children with invaluable tools for their development. Each activity suggested here is more than just a pastime; it’s a steppingstone toward cultivating a well-rounded individual who finds joy in learning and expresses themselves creatively. These indoor activities unlock the potential within your child. And ensure that they are well-prepared to explore the world with confidence, curiosity, and a deep love for discovery.

Thanks to Leslie Campos of for another interesting and insightful article.
Dive into the world of indie mysteries and fuel your passion for reading with more book reviews from me in the coming weeks.


CreativityFrom Spark to Flame: Building Your Creative Confidence

Creativity is the lifeblood of innovation, driving progress in every field from art to technology. Yet, even the most imaginative minds can encounter periods of stagnation. The key to overcoming these blocks lies in actively pursuing inspiration and cultivating an environment conducive to creative thought.

Refresh Your Space, Refresh Your Mind

The influence of your environment on your ability to think creatively cannot be overstated. A monotonous or cluttered space can stifle imagination, while a refreshing setting can catalyze innovative ideas.

Consider introducing vibrant colors, varied textures, or soothing scents to rejuvenate your workspace. Sometimes, a change of scenery is all it takes to gain a fresh perspective. A day spent working in a bustling café, a serene park, or a different city can provide new stimuli and spark unique ideas.

Crafting a Stellar Resume for Creativity

A meticulously crafted resume is paramount in the journey toward a more creatively fulfilling career. To understand how to write a resume that truly reflects your creative prowess; it’s essential to customize it for each opportunity. Tailor the skills section with keywords matching the employer’s needs, highlighting your most relevant projects and achievements in your professional history and educational background. A resume that resonates with your creative identity can open doors to roles where your imagination can flourish.

Collective Genius: The Power of Collaboration

Creativity thrives in the exchange of ideas. Collaborating with colleagues or friends brings together diverse perspectives, catalyzing innovation. This synergy can arise from structured brainstorming sessions or spontaneous discussions, with each participant contributing unique insights. These collaborative opportunities can lead to unconventional solutions and inspire creative breakthroughs that would be unattainable in isolation.

The Creativity Journal: A Repository of Inspiration

Maintaining a creativity journal is a powerful strategy for nurturing your innovative capabilities. By recording thoughts, observations, and bursts of inspiration, you create a personal repository of ideas that can fuel future projects. This habit captures fleeting inspirations and enables you to discern patterns in your creative thinking, paving the way for deeper insights and more impactful ideas.

Broadening Horizons Through Diverse Interests

Pursuing various hobbies and interests can significantly enhance your creative output. Engaging in activities outside your norm exposes you to new ideas and experiences, enriching your creative palette. From learning a musical instrument to exploring a new sport or academic field, these experiences stimulate your brain, fostering creativity and innovation in your primary pursuits.

The Artistic Influence: Expanding Your Creative Vision

Delving into different art forms profoundly impacts your creativity. Each discipline, whether it’s visual arts, literature, or music, offers unique perspectives and modes of expression, challenging you to explore new ideas. Immersing yourself in the works of diverse cultures and genres broadens your understanding of creativity and can inspire your own innovative thinking.

Playfulness: A Gateway to Creativity

Incorporating elements of play into your routine breaks down mental barriers and opens new pathways for creative thought. Play encourages experimentation and risk-taking, which are essential for creativity. Whether through games, improvisational activities, or imaginative exploration, playful engagement can lead to unconventional problem-solving and groundbreaking ideas.

Mindfulness: Cultivating a Fertile Mind for Creativity

Practicing mindfulness can significantly enhance your creative capacity. Meditation, deep breathing, and mindful observation help reduce stress and clear mental clutter, creating the ideal conditions for creativity to thrive. A regular mindfulness practice sharpens focus and fosters a state of calm, enabling you to access and develop your creative ideas more freely.

Final Thoughts

The path to reinvigorating your creativity is personal and dynamic, requiring a commitment to self-discovery and experimentation. You can unlock the full spectrum of your creative potential by transforming your environment, embracing collaboration, documenting inspirations, expanding your interests, engaging with art, incorporating play, and practicing mindfulness. Remember, creativity is not a static trait but a constantly evolving process. Continue challenging yourself, seeking new experiences, and allowing your creative spirit to grow and thrive.

Thanks again to Leslie Campos of for providing an enlightening guest post.

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Rebuilding My Website

As you may know, my website and blog weren’t functioning correctly in the past week or so. Since I am not that tech savvy, I had to totally take down my site and rebuild it. Consequently, my previous book review posts are a thing of the past. However, over the next few months I may repost some of them as I have good, old-fashioned printed copies of my previous reviews.

In the meantime, stay tuned for new reviews that hopefully will come with more frequency that I’ve been able to accomplish in the past few months.