My theme: something about books, something about poetry, and something about tech – QA in specific. And W is Whimsical: W is for Wonder, Whitney and Workflow Testing
The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
W is Whimsical: W is for Wonder
I had an easy time thinking of movies made from books for this letter but what was hard was picking one of them for this post. In the end, I decided on R.J.Palacio’s Wonder. The book is saccharine-sweet and the movie is a tearjerker. Both the book and the movie inspire, warm your heart, fill you with hope and even helped start a whole new kindness movement!
The kids read this one first. I had it in my NetGalley reading shelf but somehow never got to it; and later regretted not reading it when I saw it’s HUGE popularity. I finally did get around to reading it and am not sure of how I would rate it.
What I loved about the book:
- It’s messages of kindness and friendship, of self-discovery and of self-acceptance, and of learning to look beyond external appearances.
- I loved that reading it can easily promote discussions of tolerance, of bullying, and of what the love and support of family and friends can do.
- It’s short chapters in different narratives and everyday language ensured it was a quick and easy read
- It is a must-include book in reading lists for middle-graders – for all those reasons above
- The portrayal of family and friendships
- I truly loved Via’s narrative (and Jack’s as well)
And the other side of it:
- The book was not an absorbing one(for me)
- I skimmed through a few chapters (Justin’s, for example)
- At times I had to check back to see who the POV was since some of the voices melded into the other with similarities
- Though this is a book intended for middle-school audiences – the language does ensure it is, I would have truly loved to have an adult narrative included in this – the parents, Mr.Browne, Mr.Tushman…..
- It was a little too saccharine-sweet for realistic fiction, all wrapped up neatly in spite of all the issues and difficulties people faced.
The movie is truly a wonder in it’s casting – each and everyone of them acts their part to perfection and the movie’s ability to tear you up is remarkable – but sweetly so. As with any book-t0-movie adaptations, there are changes and deletions; while I think the movie could have certainly included a couple of incidents from the book, it manages to capture the essence of the book VERY well. And as far as favorite characters as played in the movie, here are my favorites – the dad (Owen Wilson), Via(Izabela Vidovic ) and Jack Will(Noah Jupe).
The Question: The Book or the Movie
The age-old question, one almost every literary-minded person (like me) will almost always answer with ‘the book, of course’. In this case, I did enjoy the book but the movie captured the very best of the book for me and did it right; so, in this case, it is the movie for me (surprising, I know, given the popularity of the book and also considering my kids loved it as well, but there it is).
Dear reader, what about you? Do vote your choice below:
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
W is Whimsical: W is for Whitney
What is the Whitney poetic form and how to write it?
I first discovered the Whitney thanks to dVersePoetsPub. This titled syllabic form has exactly seven lines with the syllable pattern -3/4/3/4/3/4/7. It is an invented form created by Betty Ann Whitney.
So the Whitney’s features are:
- it is a seven-line poem
- syllabic – 3/4/3/4/3/4/7
dVerse Poets Pub and PoetryMagnumOpus
My Example Whitney:
I am using one that I wrote in an earlier post, severely back-logged that I am. You can check that post here for more about another fun W poetic form – called the Wheelbarrow!
You Make Me Smile! Do I?
What set those
lines that etch your
face? Not me,
I hope. What may
help you smile
those grooves away?
That is me, I truly hope.
– ©2019 Vidya Tiru/LadyInRead@LadyInReadWrites
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
– Albert Camus
W is Whimsical: W is for Workflow Testing
Workflow testing is testing done by mimicking a real-world environment so that the software can be tested from an end-user’s perspective. This helps ensure that each workflow reflects business processes and provides the right results. This testing requires that the test database includes sufficient and realistic test data so that each workflow can be tested effectively and thoroughly.
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Wrapping up the W Post
Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.
-Henry David Thoreau
Here is to walking more, and getting my exercise and my ideas all at once 🙂
What are your comments or questions about today’s post? I would love to hear from you. Check out previous posts in this challenge using the links below.