More brain, more romance!

LucyMy husband and I went to see the movie Lucy yesterday.  It was an interesting movie that really didn’t have a solid ending.  The premises is that we only use 10% of our brains – which is more than all the other animals except dolphins.  They use 12% of their brains.  Anyway, Lucy accidentally takes a drug that allows her to utilize 100% of her brain.  I thought it was interesting that the higher percentage of brain utilization, the more removed and less emotional Lucy became.

This sort-of bothers me.  Does the higher utilization of one’s brain truly mean that one becomes more analytical which is typically considered a male trait, or would they become more emotional which is considered a female trait.  Not that we’ll ever know 😀 , but what would you do if you suddenly could use more of your brain?

I’m hoping you’re going to say that you would read more romance novels because I have some to give away!   😀  I bought these back from San Antonio.  Shout out if you want them!

I have two Sabrina Jeffries bundles.  Each bundle includes two autographed books (Thank you, Sabrina):  How the Scoundrel Seduces and When the Rogue Returns.

I have a Stephanie Evanovich novel (that’s Stephanie, not Janet) …  The Sweet Spot.

And I have Lorraine Heath’s When The Duke was Wicked.

Tell me what you’d like and I’ll pick four comments for some great prizes.

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Donna,
    I’ll probably catch “Lucy” when it’s on DVD. I’ve seen the trailer and it looks like a good action movie. I’ve noticed that some super smart people do seem a little detached, but I have no idea it’s a trait that applies to most geniuses.

    • Jane –

      It’s said the GR uses more of his brain than most, but he hides it so he’ll fit in 🙂

      I wonder if the “detached” trait relates to a difficulty relating to people or iincreased intelligence. It’s something I’ll never know for sure 🙂

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    Hi Donna. I’ve never even heard of this movie. LOL

    I’d love to be in the running for the Sabrina Jeffries books. And since I just missed having a feathered guest visit me I’ll have more time to read! 😉

    • LOL – Ain’t that the truth 🙂

      As Jane mentioned, it’s a trait that can wait till it’s out on DVD. My husband though is a big Scarlett Johannson fan and I’m a big popcorn fan 🙂 so we went to see it.

  • flchen1 says:

    Huh. Interesting–I wonder if that is actually what would happen as people used a greater percentage or if that is just speculation… I heard about the movie on the radio, and the premise did sound intriguing. I wonder if using more of your brain would let you read faster… 😉

    • Hi Fichen!

      Well…Lucy did read something like 6,459 articles on brain formation in 5 minutes 🙂 Com to think of it, she operated two laptops at lightning speed. Hey – I could write faster! 🙂 But, of course, this is all speculation as the amount of brain used in human development hasn’t changed in forever.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I would like to believe if we used 100% of our brain, it would include both the analytical AND emotional. Both parts are parts of the brain, so why should more of one than the other?

    If I can choose, I’d love one of the Sabrina packs

    • Hi Amy –

      You know, I never heard from you with an email address to send the ebook you won a while back…but then you had a lot on your plate at the time. If you’d like an ecopy of The Whisky Laird’s Bed, let me know.

      I’d like to think both aspects of our brain would develop as well. We wouldn’t lose our compassion. But the concept does make for an interesting movie 🙂

      • Amy Conley says:

        Donna, for some reason my e-mails were all returned. I did try through here too. And I also sent a msg to Anna ( when I can’t get through to any Bandit, I always use her ss my go between.)

        My e-mail address is:
        moon_princess at msn dot com

        And I am looking foward to reading this book and then going through Kentucky’s Whiskey Trail. It follows I-64 and is only a couple hours from our house.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Donna

    Sounds like a good idea all round if we were to use all of our brain LOL and I would really use mine to read more books it scares me sometimes the number of books I have on the TBR pile and I have them because I want to read them all LOL
    The only books on that list that I don’t already have waiting for me to read is the Stephanie Evanovich one

    Have Fun

    • Hi Helen –

      I’m not familar with Stephanie Evanovich, but it says she’s a NYT bestseller. I’m afraid I saw the last name and assumed it was Janet. I didn’t notice the difference until I was home. I wonder if I was the only one 🙂

      Yes, my TBR pile seems to be moving in only one direction. I add to it more than I’m able to reduce it. Guess I need Lucy’s brain 🙂

  • Minna says:

    Didn’t Mythbusters bust this myth? We do use more than 10% of our brains. And the idea that dolphins use only 12% of their brains? ROFL!

    • Hi Minna –

      You mean you can’t believe everything Morgan Freeman says while playing a movie role???

      LOL You’re right, of course. While I’m not sure how mythbusters could disprove the myth, it does make for an interesting movie premise. So let’s say we could somehow vastly improve the functioning of our brain so it could accomplish more. What would happen?

  • Mary Preston says:

    I would like to use at least 1 more %. I would love to be quicker to think of responses. I always think of them too late.

    Can you see me waving furiously? I have my hand up for any of the books on offer thank you. ( I must say that a Sabrina Jeffries bundle would just make my day.)

    See what I mean about faster responses? Just 1 more % should do it!!

    • Hi Mary!

      I think the desire for better responses is one of the reasons why I write. My heroes and heroines get considerable time and rewrites before they say what I want them to say. That’s what I need in my life – a life editor! My life editor could rewrite all my life screw-ups. Wouldn’t that be great!

      But I know what you mean. I’d like to be able to make those faster responses as well. A 1% improvement would be wonderful! 🙂

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    Would take any of them. Thanks for the giveaway. As for the brain question, that’s a hard one since I don’t know what that would be like, although I assume I would be smarter and more skillful. Would I already have knowledge of my new skills or would I have to learn them as is the norm? If I learned them, would the process go much faster with my increased brain capacity. I would really like to increase in my cooking skills, piano playing skills, write a novel, and oh, boy, almost embarrassed to say this, but think of what you might be able to do in the bedroom! On the other hand, maybe you would become far too analytical about everything and it would actually detract from your new capabilities. Interesting question.

    • Hi Debbie –

      LOL – now that’s one aspect of increased brain capacity that I hadn’t considered 🙂 ! The Morgan Freeman character in the movie said that man has two directives in life – survival and reproduction. If the survival issue is satisfied, then the brain turns to reproduction so yeah – on that basis they would be increased “function” in the bedroom.

      Now THAT”S an interesting premise!

  • Patty L. says:

    I would make more time for writing. The way I figure it, if I was using more brain power my writing would be amazing. I would love the Sabrina Jefferies book(s) or Lorraine Heath. Love a great historical!

    • Hi Patty!

      I like the way you think. I believe that’s what I’d do as well.

      Yes, nothing quite like a good historical and Sabrina was so nice to sign these for me. I think she would have given me more, but I was flying and only had so much room.

  • Shannon says:

    The brain power thing is interesting. I get the male/female. But my analytical part of my brain wonders whether it would be right brain/left brain where one side is more creative and the other is more analytical.

    And of course since I’m dealing with dementia in my Mom and another close friend and clinical depression with a friend who lost her job and her husband kicked her out in the same week, I wonder what 100% of brain usage would do. Would people remember more? Would short-term memory persist? Or would it make the long-term memory become more prominent? Would depression be worse or better? Would we know more about how medications work? Could we produce drugs with fewer side-effects since we’d be so much smarter?

    And if I had my choice, the When the Lord Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath. I love the trope of a reformed rake, especially one who ends up besotted and realizes there’s a whole new world of emotion.

    • Hi Shannon –

      In the movie, there is one brief scene of emotion when Lucy remembers life when she was first born. She remembers every one of her mother’s kisses and a kitten they had when she was one year old. I would think that IF such a drug as one that would make the brain smarter existed, it would also cure things like dementia and chronic depression. At least I hope so –

  • sandyg265 says:

    I think that if we used all of our brains both traits would still be there. I’d like to be in the running for any of the books.

    • Hi Sandy –

      I think that’s how it would be as well. Perhaps it’s just easier to show the change of a person on a movie screen by making them dispassionate and removed.

  • deb meredith says:

    I could definitely use more brain power. Just finished a week of city clerk training for work and the amount of knowledge they need to absorb is astounding! Since I work closely with our city clerk I was aware of a lot of it, but the amount of knowledge needed is unreal. Increased brain power would be quite handy.

    Sounds like some amazing books you brought back. Would love to be in the running for any of them.

    • Hi Deb –

      Interesting perception on being a city clerk. In my auditing days I can’t say that I ever encountered one – but it seemed a lot of the city clerks of the small burbs were stealing money right and left :). I wonder if that was the result of being poorly trained for a position not given a lot of respect at the time. You’d have to be a “jack-of-all-trades” to handle such a position, I think. You will be great!

  • Caren Crane says:

    Donna, I would love to use more brain power! I’d like to think that we would do something other use our big brains to lure men with sex and kill them (which I think is what Lucy did), but doubtless some people with more criminal intent would use their brain power for evil.

    I’m not sure we could ever use 100% of our brains. Certainly not all at the same time. Can you imagine the mental chaos? If I could use a tiny bit more, though, I would love to read and process information faster so I could devour research on lots of subjects and remember it all. That would be fun! 😀

    • Hi Caren –

      Actually she only used a sexual invitation to escape the bad guys. She was chained to a wall at the time and was only at 15 – 20 percent at the time. After that, it seemed she had no interest in sex at all.

      Next week my daughter and I plan to see Guardians of the Galaxy. That should be fun!

  • Lois M. says:

    The commercial to this movie grates on my nerves every time I see it because the premise is just, well, utter crap. LOL The whole only use 10% of our brain myth started because someone couldn’t read a study of something properly. Sorry, we really do use 100% of our brains.

    Well, okay, you have to wonder about some people, but other than them, yep, no 10% junk. 🙂


    • Hi Lois –

      What! You can’t believe the movies or tv for scientific fact! LOL. Of course it’s crap – but it makes for a fun movie premise. Besides it offers the hope that there’s something out there that can make us smarter – build more synaps or something. Still…it’s fun to wonder 🙂

  • Ok…can I just say I’m jealous? I soooo want to see this movie. And no way am I going to get to for a few weeks. POUT.

    If I could suddenly use more than 10% of my brain…I’d be worried it would explode!!! There are days when I’m writing, doing the promo thing, talking with the Bandits off loop, doing the blog, writing a newsletter article, reading a book and…I CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE, CAPTAIN! (Channeling my inner Scottie from Star Trek here!)

    • Hey Suz –

      I know! Remember the days when we thought publishing a novel was simply a matter of writing a good book? LOL – we were so naive!

      But I wish there was a way that we could be smarter and all these tasks would be easy – a snap of the fingers, done the moment you think of it. Unfortunately, I’m guessing that ability isn’t necessarily something in a drug. Darn.

  • catslady says:

    I’m hoping to see Lucy. And I would definitely read more books lol. Maybe learn some languages and how to play some instruments. Hey, maybe I could even write a book lol.
    I would love When the Duke was Wicked or How the Scoundrel Seduces (I have the other Jeffries).

    • Hi Catslady –

      I have to admit writing a novel takes a different set of skills than reading one – but it’s a great way to start! I bet you know the intrinsic structure of a novel just because you’ve read so many!

  • Tee says:

    I have never heard of such a thing. My hope is I use more of my brain than that!

    • Hi Tee –

      The movie is fiction and, yeah, we use more of our brains than that – but it’s sort of a cool premise, isn’t it? What if a pill could suddenly make you brilliant? Or…at least more brilliant than you aren’t are 🙂

  • Rae Latte says:

    Have not seen the movie but find it fascinating.

    Of course I would read more books! I’ve been reading this afternoon! Feeling lucky to snag a little bit of time with a great story!

    If I had my choice of books I’d love the Sabrina Jeffries bundle 🙂 I only have book 1 of the series!

    Thanks so much for giving back to us 🙂

    • Hi Rae –

      My pleasure! As much as I wish I could find the time to read these – I know that simply won’t happen. Besides Sabrina was so kind as to autograph them just for this purpose. I have that toppling TBR pile to consider 🙂

  • Donna, I heard Lucy wasn’t quite what it might’ve been, but I was pleased to see that it beat Hercules at the box office, mainly because I want Marvel to make a Black Widow movie and they apparently need proof a film with a female lead would draw audiences.

    If I had more brain capacity, I would definitely read more!

    • Hi Nancy –

      Interesting – I hadn’t heard that. The dh has been wanting to see this for some time and we had the opportunity for the first time on Friday. Me – I want to see Guardians of the Galaxy which I think is another Marvel flick. Not exactly high brow fiction but it sounds like a hoot. 🙂

  • Saralee says:

    Hi, Donna!
    I’m pretty sure I don’t use enough of my brain! LOL
    Anyway, I think that if we used more of our brains, it would not affect either our rational or emotional abilities. I think we’d be doing all sorts of new things, like understanding the speech of animals and being more spiritually connected to the world around us. Maybe we’d be psychic, or have lucid dreams, or things like that. It would be cool!

    • Hey Saralee!

      You are the first to put into words what I was thinking. I could see talking to animals which does not require that one withdraw from society in an analytical sense. Actually, it would require one be more empathetic toward animals, I believe. You’re one of the smartest people I know – I think you’re already using more brain than me 🙂

  • Rita Wray says:

    I haven’t seen the movie but I have heard we don’t use our whole brain. Maybe if the world leaders would use more of their brain the world wouldn’t be such a mess. lol
    I would love to enter for the Sabrina Jeffries bundle.

    • Hi Rita!

      Sabrina seems to be in high demand today :).
      I think you’re so right that some of the politicians aren’t hitting on all cylinders :). I wonder sometimes how they ever managed to get elected in the first place. Perhaps they changed once they were in office. Definitely wish they’d use all their brain capacity for the common good and not just to get re-elected.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    What a great topic, Donna. I’d just be fine with restoring some of my already lost brain power.

    But more? I’d definitely read and write more, especially reading which I’m very slow at. As for writing, I’d love to have 10 books going on at the same time for 10x the production, but at 2-3 I now lose track of characters and plot detail!

    • Hi Jo –

      I attended a workshop about being a hybrid author that suggested you should put out four books a year. Four Books! I can barely manage one a year! So if I can increased brain power – or maybe less of a life 🙂 – I’d write more books. I’m right there with you on the brain power leaking out of our ears at night. How can we stop that?

  • Barb Heintz says:

    How do they really know how much brain power we use? I would like to think I used more than 12 percent. Must be why I’m always confused. Like Jo Robertson I would like to read faster and write faster. Ah, if only.

    It was nice seeing you at the conference. If I win the books I’ll put them in a basket for our conference (after a gentle read – of course)

    • Hi Barb –

      It was great seeing you at the conference. Too bad we couldn’t squeeze in more time together but this became a tightly scheduled conference for me.

      Well – the 10% thing is fiction so I’m certain you use more of your brain than that. But it’s never really enough, is it?

  • trina says:

    I been wanting to go see the movie Lucy. My one things is from the preview, even if we used 100% how would it make us able to move things and do stuff like it’s magic?…I woukd probably have to see the movie to understand it more. It looks like it would be really good. I seen a romance western theatrical play the other day. My first ever and it was good. I wish they made more plays like that.

    • Hi Trina –

      Was it an outdoor play? That sounds like fun.

      In the movie, once she hit 100% she was invisible and most likely dead. She said earlier in the movie that she felt like a car that was going so fast that it became invisible to the human eye, but the drugs were speeding up her cell activity so much she knew she could only live 24 hours.

      It was an interesting premise, but not exactly a great movie. But to consider though.

  • Becke says:


    I’m with Saralee. More brain power should equal more understanding of the way of the world. Maybe we could translocate, heal ourselves, understand one another better.

    Sounds like Lucy expanded on the Bones character and Nora’s character in Witness. The woman were very intelligent and had to learn how to relate. Actually, they’re almost like certain types of autism.

    Hmmm. Regardless, you have to wonder what all of that gray matter is for. Our bodies are very efficient so it has to be for something!

    • Hi Becke –

      I agree. I like the translocation and healing attributes – but fiction tends to protray exceptionally smart people as withdrawn – odd ducks, so to speak. I think that doesn’t have to be the case but it does provide a rich inner conflict…or maybe it’s a way to make us normal folks feel somehow superior because we can relate to others in a way they can’t. 🙂

  • bn100 says:

    Interesting post
    any of them

  • Maureen says:

    I would use my super brain to figure out how to fix my house up for the least amount of money. Please enter me in your contest.

    • Hi Maureen –

      Isnt’ that always the way? The dh and I went to the “Parade of Homes” here recently. There were twelve fully-decorated homes each selling for about one million or more. Some of the features were really cool. But for the price, my home was looking better and better 🙂 Still they were things that need to be fixed up and that will require some bucks to do it. If your super brain finds a way to make this work, let me know LOL.

  • I think my Roomie saw this in San Antonio because she had to wait until 5 PM Sunday to catch her plane back to Colorado. I’ll have to ask her about it. I’ll wait for the DVD.

    I think they really missed the boat when they decided the more brain power an animal uses the less compassionate it becomes. Dolphins use more brain power than we do and they are some of the most loving and compassionate creatures on the planet. Then again I happen to think the animal population as a whole is far brighter than we are. My Native American ancestors believed the animals were the superior creatures and sort of looked at us as the dumb little brothers. 🙂

    I am always trying to use more of my brain because I firmly believe Walmart is killing my brain cells at an exponential rate.

    If I had the ability to tap into more of my brain I’d read much, much more and add to the number of languages I speak. Learning another language is a great way to keep your brain in good working condition.

    • Hi Louisa –

      LOL on Walmart zapping your brain cells. Definitely wait for the DVD or for discount days at the theater (we got in for 4.50 each). It’s a cool premise but just an okay movie. I must say I’d a little disappointed, Louisa, that you’re not using your increased brain to write more, but reading more is good. 🙂

  • Anita H. says:

    I’d definitely use it to read more but also to help me make more money! Not in a greedy way but my family could definitely use more inventive ways to increase our standard of living 🙂

    I’d choose the Sabrina Jeffries bundle or the Lorraine Heath book! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    • Hi Anita !

      I hear you on the money issue. My husband was forced to retire this year so there is no longer an assured paycheck coming in. The extra brain would certainly come in handy in that department.

  • SecretNinja says:

    I’m not sure if that movie is something I’d like to see. It’s an interesting premise but I tend to find it so out there that I lose interest. But maybe I’ll check it out. If I used more of my brain, that would be a good thing, it would probably help with managing my time better 😛 Too much reading (is that even possible???) and not enough sleep haha

    My first choice if I won would be Sabrina Jeffries. My second choice would be Lorraine Heath!


    • Hi Ada!

      It’s not a great movie so I’d recommend waiting till it’s in DVD or hitting the movie of the week. Interesting premise, but really – we do use 100% of our brains :). I would need improvement in other body parts to be effective, I think. Would my eyesight improve with increased brain potential? Would I need less sleep? It’s an interesting dilemna though.

  • teresa says:

    Lucy doesn’t seem to do it for me. From the trailers, it looks like the movie is trying too hard.

    Sabrina Jeffries if I happen to be picked 🙂