Ryan Gosling Is a Hunk? and ROW80

Welcome to Scarlet Thread Sunday, the day I toss out a thread of something I’ve learned in the labyrinth of life.

Ryan Gosling. Pic from Tom Sorensen, via Wikimedia Commons.

For some time, I’ve heard friends talk about some hunky guy named Ryan Gosling. According to a slew of women, Mr. Gosling was some eye-popping, jaw-dropping eye candy. I tucked that tidbit into the back of my mind, but never having actually seen anything Ryan Gosling was in, I couldn’t attest to it personally.

While sick a week or so ago, I finally pushed play on a movie that had been in my Netflix queue for some time. I had seen a preview for it somewhere, and it had piqued my interest: Lars and the Real Girl (2007). Here’s the premise, according to Netflix: “When a delusional loner buys a life-sized sex doll and starts telling people that she’s his girlfriend, his family decides it’s time to intervene.”

That tidbit hardly does the movie justice. This part-drama, part-comedy film tells the quirky story of a man who is struggling with grief, loneliness, and social fear. Lars (the main character) tries to combat these issues with the presence of a life-sized silicone girlfriend. Somewhat like Elwood P. Dowd with his rabbit friend Harvey, this raises eyebrows, and Lars’s family concludes he needs help. However, the psychologist offers an unusual approach that challenges family and friends to show their care for Lars in unusual ways.

Saying more than that might spoil the film.

Forget Ryan Gosling as a hunk. The guy was a phenomenal actor in Lars and the Real Girl! I enjoyed the film so much that I watched it one day by myself, then again the next day with my husband. My jury is still out on that hotness factor, though, because this is what Ryan looked like in the movie I saw.

Lars introduces his brother and sister-in-law to his new girlfriend.

So excuse me if I don’t quite believe you all about the uber-hotness of Mr. Gosling. But I am in his corner if anyone wants to talk about his brilliant acting. As you can tell, I give this movie an enthusiastic thumbs-up…and wonder why it wasn’t a much bigger deal when it came out.

ROW Update


  • Complete full rewrite of SHARING HUNTER. This week’s goal was to produce a timeline of the scenes. Voila! Check out this pretty timeline (color-coded by characters):


  • Revisit GRACE & FIRE (1st novel) and run through one more round of editsI’m pulling this goal until next round.


  • Write one full short story. I got through the first round of edits. My goal for next week is to read the story aloud to check dialogue, pacing, flow, etc. and edit accordingly. I also realize I need to move this goal up one category to Editing.
  • Write blog posts for Sundays (including ROW80 updates) and Wednesdays. Posted Blog of the Year 2012 on Sunday and What’s the Name of the Game? on Wednesday.
  • Start plotting sequel to GRACE & FIRE (working title: HOPE & ASHES)Also pulling this goal for now.


Non-writing goals

  • Exercise twice a week. After stomach virus last week, I’m happy that I walked twice this week!
  • Take a true Sabbath–no working and time with God and family one day a week. It was a somewhat forced Sabbath through recovering from sickness, but still met this goal.

Last week, I declared that I would get something done on the SHARING HUNTER timeline and exercise no matter what. I did. So I’m happy with that.

How has your week gone? Have any of you seen Lars and the Real Girl? What Ryan Gosling movie do you think I should see next?

28 thoughts on “Ryan Gosling Is a Hunk? and ROW80

  1. Ryan Gosling is lovely. He was one of the men my Ya-Yas and I stuffed into the trunk of our car, to do with whatever our lust imaginations concocted, during a weekend trip last year. 😀 The only feature film I’ve seen him in is The Notebook, and I was also an avid viewer of Avonlea, the TV series in which he had a part. I’ve marked Lars… as to-be-watched. Thanks for the review! 🙂

    1. I keep hearing I need to see The Notebook (and to bring Kleenex). Thanks, Ellen! I’m glad you let Ryan out of the trunk long enough to act in Lars & the Real Girl! 🙂

  2. Hope your’e feeling better now – It has been decades since I read Lolita – I honestly don’t remember how I felt about it back then – or whether i understood all the metaphor and stuff around it – I wouldn’ t really have thought it a book you would enjoy and you obviously didn’t:( onto something fresher and brighter

    Like the colours of your time line – am almost tempted to do for myself as it looked so colourful
    Take care of self and all the best for coming week:)

    1. You know, I enjoyed the beautiful writing of Lolita, and the story was so compelling. But I cringed too because I know stuff like that is really happening. Maybe it’s like watching Schlinder’s List or something: It’s intense and worth it, but so hard to understand how one human being can do that to another.

      Summary: Would I give Lolita a thumbs-up? Yes, I would–with caveats on who should read it and when.

      Thanks, Alberta! And yes, I’m feeling better.

      1. maybe thats the problem – we are so much more aware now of child abuse – I think when I read it and it was soon after it was pub. I was prob too young to appreciate the truth and as a subject discussed – it wasn’t Maybe I ought to revisit it – although as I get older I do feel less inclined to read about the awful:(

  3. The movie looks cute, but I can’t say that Mr. Gosling does much for me. Good job on moving your short story into edits! I’ve had a much-needed restful week, and am going to treat my WIP as you are with Hunter – I just need to do SOMETHING with it, that’s all! Have a great week!

    1. It’s so frustrating when you KNOW the story is there, but the novel isn’t coming together like you imagined. So yeah, do something! Do anything! The timeline has already helped me to see that some scenes are not doing their part to move the story forward, so I’ll be taking a hatchet to those this week. 🙂

      Have a good one, Jennette!

  4. Yes, you must watch “Crazy, Stupid Love”! It’s a great movie and not just for Ryan Gosling. 🙂

    Your timeline looks amazing. When I saw your tweet about it, I had something digital in mind. Now I see what you mean. Impressive! Go, Julie!

  5. I can’t remember when it was that I thought he was hot. I never saw that notebook flick everyone references. I did see Lars, and I thought it was sweet. I think it was the meme that did it for me. go to google and type in ryan gossling “hey girl”. 🙂

    That timeline is INSANE! Seriously, I’m humbled by your work ethic in the face of my utter laziness. I’m sure that with that sucker under your belt, you’ll go far!

    1. I did Google the “Hey Girl” campaign. Clearly, the guy has fans. 🙂

      And yes, the timeline is INSANE. I had just gone so crazy trying to restructure the story that I finally needed to see it in visual form. It’s helping so far. But that level of plotting organization is not my usual.

      Thanks, Kate!

  6. I am so excited for you, love the timeline <–such a writer thing to do, you're the real thing baby 🙂
    Oh, the Notebook, promise me you'll watch it, please. He is a convincing actor, he changes for each part and I love that about him. Have a fabulous week, Julie.

    1. I’m so excited! I now join my favorite drink, Coca-Cola, as being the real thing, baby. 😉

      Okay. Putting The Notebook in my queue. Thanks, S.J.!

  7. I am a huge fan of Ryan’s – yes, he looks great, but as an actor and having seen him interviewed an few times, as a person (in so much as one can know him from a few interviews!). I HAVE to see this movie. Never even heard of it? And as always you stun my with your progress. I’m envious of your organisation – that timeline rocks! X

    1. Hope you enjoy the movie, Shah! I hate to give something such a big thumbs-up because someone can oversell a movie and then you’re disappointed when you see it. But yeah, I liked Lars. Hope you do too.

  8. I’m on the fence about Gosling’s hotness factor, LOL. Though I’ve enjoyed his acting in everything I have seen him in.

    Great work with the goals this week. I have a couple stories I need to work timelines on…I think I need to go shopping for some pretty post-it notes 🙂 Hope you have a fabulous week Julie!

  9. Oh my gosh! I love Lars and the Real Girl! Such an incredible movie. Ryan Gosling acted so well in the movie. I’m not sure if Ryan in my type. It’s not that he’s not cute. He is attractive. Maybe I just need to see a few more movies with him in it. Great job with your goals. 🙂

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