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Music

Who doesn’t love music?  I don’t care if you are a Belieber or a country fan.  If the music makes you feel good, takes your mind off your troubles, or even just calms you down, that’s all that matters.

I grew up on Rick Dees on KIIS FM.  When I went to high school I attempted to be cool and listen to KROQ.  It didn’t work.  I still loved bands like Color Me Badd while trying to listen to Siouxie and the Banshees.  And I  probably shouldn’t leave out that I was a New Kids on the Block fan for about four years.  Imagine a high school freshman rocking her NKOTB t shirt with her matching NKOTB buttons attached and her acid washed denim jeans.  You get a pretty good idea of how popular I was. 

These days I thrive on my new Amazon MP3 emails and Alt Nation on Sirius for my music.  And if there is a movie soundtrack out there that I love, you can bet I downloaded it.  My new favs are Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox (to up my cool factor) and the soundtrack to the show Nashville (to take it away). 

What are you listening to?

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MTM: Fruitvale

 So even though it is supposed to be Movie Trailer Monday, I don’t have a movie trailer today.  But with good reason. 

 For the past 10 days, the Sundance film festival has been happening in Park City, Utah.  And the film I have read about over and over is the movie Fruitvale.  It is the story of Oscar and his interactions with a number of different people on 12/31/08. Sounds generic, right?  Sundance didn’t think so.  Fruitvale ended up taking the awards for Grand Jury Prize Dramatic and Audience Award Dramatic.  It has also been reported that The Weinstein Company picked up the movie for approximately $2.5 million.  Not enough? It’s a true story and the cast includes Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer.  Michael B. Jordan used to be on one of my favorite shows, Parenthood.  He was also in one of the best films of last year, Chronicle.  And Octavia Spencer just won an Academy Award last year for her role as Minny in The Help. 

 I searched to no avail for a trailer but still felt the movie needed to be put on your radar.  So here is the link to the movie on www.imdb.com.  I smell Oscar.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334649/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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Peter Pan is an A-hole

     My hubby and I took the kids to see a screening of Peter Pan over the weekend.  My kids (particularly my Curls) are obsessed with Peter Pan and we thought we would surprise them.  They had a great time but I came to a realization.  Peter Pan is kind of an a-hole.  

     I had seen Peter Pan before but it had been a while since I sat through the whole thing.  As I listened to Peter tell Wendy that girls talk too much (he’s right, but STILL) and displays of other such behavior throughout the movie, I came to the conclusion that Peter is mean, immature, and a bit of a chauvinist.  Then I started to think about all the Disney movies that my kids watch, the same ones I had grown up with. 

     Take Snow White, for example.  Sure, she gets her Prince Charming in the end.  But this is after the evil queen orders the huntsman to take Miss White out to the woods and CUT HER HEART OUT with a knife.  Just because she’s a little jealous.  Or what about Pinocchio?  On his adventures he encounters Honest John and Gideon, who convince that him he is sick and he needs to go to a place called Pleasure Island to be get better.  This island consists of little boys that are riding carnival rides and eating all kinds of sugary treats.  After a while they start to turn into donkeys. Hellooooo??  Two men lure a little boy  to an island and give him candy?  Stranger danger, stranger danger!  Mother Gothel is Rapunzel’s mother who keeps her locked away in a tree tower because she says that the outside world is evil.  What she fails to mention is that she stole Rapunzel at birth from her parents, the king and queen.  The horror! 

     Now that I had put these Disney movies in perspective, I wondered if I should not let my kids watch them anymore.  But they didn’t seem to be bothered by the dark material. Hell, they love The Nightmare before Christmas, a movie that still scares the bejeezus out of me (the Oogie Boogie haunts my dreams). They love going to Disneyland.  And when I asked Curls why she loves Peter Pan, her response was, “I don’t know, he’s just special to me.”  So yeah, I will let them continue watching Disney movies. 

     Maybe no more Charlie Brown.  That Lucy is a little snot.

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MTM: The Great Gatsby

     Moulin Rouge is my all time favorite movie.  So when director Baz Luhrmann has a new movie coming out, you bet your ass I will be excited to see it.  For 2013 that means his version of The Great Gatsby.  Why should you see it?  First of all, it is the classic tale by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  It will have amazing costumes, brought to you by Catherine Martin (Luhrmann’s wife and the costume/production designer for most of his films).  The scenery pops in the trailer. And let’s not forget a cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN183rJltNM

And for some additional fun, take this quiz.  It’s Jay-Z lyrics versus lines from The Great Gatsby.  How cool is that (Thanks Jess!)??

http://www.vulture.com/2013/01/jay-z-great-gatsby-quiz.html

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Evolution of Getting My Book Published

My soon to be best selling story was written and double spaced.  The next step in the master plan was finding somebody who would publish it.  Finding a publisher that will accept my unsolicited manuscript was terrifying. It made me nervous.  I wanted to throw up.  And is it just me or does unsolicited make you think of a prostitute trying to pick up somebody at a bar?  Anyways….

After doing a Google search, I found the following link: http://www.everywritersresource.com/childrensbookpublishers.html. Out of all the publishing houses, nine of them accept unsolicited manuscripts.  And it’s always encouraging when they give the number in the thousands of how many manuscripts they receive each month/year.  But I wasn’t going to let that stop me.  I just kept moving forward.  I read through the basic submission guidelines. Most ask for your information, your experience, and the manuscript, or a portion of it.  The majority of them want them snail mailed but there are also rare cases of emails.  Some ask for a self addressed stamped envelope.  And they tell you to expect a wait time of at least three months.  I see this as three months of writing more fabulous stories. I will title my next one Delusions of a Children’s Author……

The cover letter was the next plan of action.  I needed to give the facts but I also had to summarize my story in as few words as possible.  I needed to sell it.  I was born a saleswoman. Once I am done with these publishers they will have me signed up for a 10 book series.  And this is the conclusion of chapter two in Delusions of a Children’s Author.  Stay tuned. 

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Nerd Alert: Movie Trailer Monday

We can all agree that Mondays suck (no room for argument here).  I need something to start my week off right because coffee isn’t going to cut it.  Movies always put me in a good mood.  And movie trailers for upcoming movies are released on a daily basis.  What I would like to do (feel free to throw tomatoes, I don’t mind) is to start Movie Trailer Monday.  Every Monday I will post a new movie trailer.  I love all kinds of movies so please don’t think you are going to get bombarded with romantic comedies.  From blockbusters to indies, I just can’t get enough.  And if there is any movie you are looking forward to and haven’t found a trailer for it, just let me know.

I’m feel dark and twisty this morning so why don’t we try the upcoming movie Trance?  It’s a new movie from director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel.  It’s about an art dealer (McAvoy) who gets involved with a group of criminals when he steals a valuable painting.  When the criminals rough him up, he claims he can’t remember where the painting is.  Dawson plays the hypnotherapist who tries to refresh his memory.  I have high hopes for this movie because I am a fan of Boyle’s work and the cast kicks ass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvTW1JecmZo

Happy Monday!

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Another Obnoxious Best of 2012 List

     During this time of year every publication, every news station, etc. are releasing best of lists.  They can get annoying but I love to read them.  Be it movies, music, television shows, or books, I love seeing what makes everybody’s best of lists so I can see what I missed throughout the year.  My best of list consists of books and movies that still put a smile on my face when I think of them.  I hope they will do the same for you.

Movies

Chronicle-I love superhero movies.  The Avengers was good popcorn fun.  But Chronicle was unlike any superhero movie I have ever seen.  It felt like the most realistic a superhero film could get. It is the tale of three teenage boys who gain super human abilities and how they deal with it.  Dane DeHaan is Andrew Detmer and he puts his heart and all the pain he is feeling out there with such voracity that it is hard not to be touched.  His gaze still haunts me.

End of Watch-Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena play cops patrolling the dangerous Los Angeles streets.  It is funny, it is sad, and it digs deep with these men and what they deal with on a daily basis.

The Loved Ones-An Australian horror movie that will keep you a ball of tension in it’s entirety, The Loved Ones tells the story of a teenage boy who is still mourning the death of his Dad a year after it happened.  When he is approached by classmate Lola Stone and she asks him to Prom, he has no idea the consequences when he turns her down.  It is down right horrifying and not for the faint of heart.  You will never look at a drill the same again.

Paranorman-I try and take my kids to every cartoon that comes out just to have an excuse to go to the movies.  Curls refused Paranorman but my Red was down and I am so glad he was.  It is a zombie movie, a movie about loneliness and being misunderstood, and a movie about the Salem witch trials.  It might sound confusing but it is probably the darkest cartoon for kids I have seen but still maintains it’s innocence.

Safety Not Guaranteed-A small film that you probably have never heard of.  It popped up on about two or three best of lists I found and decided it was worth checking out. It is a story about three news reporters who follow a story about a man who places an ad for a time travel companion.  I won’t say more than that but it will definitely put a smile on your place.

Take Shelter-This movie could stand alone just with the performances from Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon but then it has a story that will continue to surprise you.  I love that in a film.

Books

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

There are so many things that I want to say that by the time I was done, you wouldn’t need to read this life changing book by John Green.  And that would be a shame.  This story is about two teenagers who meet and fall in love.  And they both also happen to be battling cancer. They meet at a support  group for people who are living with cancer. This book has become a part of me in a way that I look at life differently.  It is a book not just for the casual reader but also for those of us who always have to have a book in hand.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This story about a circus set in the early twentieth century is the most beautiful book I have ever read.  I felt like I was in the best dream imaginable from page one.

The World We Live In Series by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This trilogy is a young adult series that covers what would happen if the moon descended upon earth.  There are catastrophic effects and the Evans are a normal family struggling to survive the events.  When I was done with this series I wanted two things: To read more of this tale and to check my cupboard to make sure I had enough canned goods. I have never appreciated having food in my refrigerator more.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I am a huge Hunger Games fan. They are my favorite books of all time and I can still remember walking in a haze for weeks after I was finished with them.  Ever since I have been looking for another series that is similar.  The closest I have come is the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.  It has a female character (Tris) in a dystopian society that divides its’ population by character traits (Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite).   When you are 16 you are expected to pick the faction/character trait that you most identify with.  Most stay with the faction that their parents are.  So when Tris goes against her faction and picks Dauntless, or the brave, her world is forever changed.  Insurgent is the sequel to Divergent and what happens after the government tries to take over the factions through mind control.  It is one of the first sequels that I have read that I loved more than the first book.  If you are a Hunger Games fan, this should do nicely.

Is there anything you saw or read in 2012 that you loved??  I would love to hear about it.