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?