Monthly Archives: August 2011

A Fascinating Time Period

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I love the early 1920s to the kate 1930s It was a time of peace in our country. Other than the stock market crash and Prohibition, people had fun, new dances were created, and the country underwent fantastic changes in many areas of life, such as architecture, art and science. The clothes were the cat’s meow and the shoes, well, the shoes were to die for. Being a shoe hound, I love that!

I wrote one book that’s out now called REDEMPTION FOR THE DEVIL and it’s based in 1920. I have a manuscript out on submission called THE GAMBLER and it’s based in 1937. They were both fun to write and weave in history and culture to the  plots.

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Hall-o-ween Hell-o-ween

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Got an email today with the cover of Hall-o-ween, Hell-o-ween Anthology to be published by Whortleberry Press. It’s an anthology with tours of the underworld. It will be available in September.  This will be my third Halloween story with them. This editor was the first one to say yes to one of my stories. This press will always have a special place in my heart for that.  Anyway, here’s the cover. See my cute little name right at the top on the back? NICE!

My story is called Music Hall, Music Hell and it’s a tour of the musice clubs in Hell, including San Remo Emo,  The Polka Pub, and Sam Fram’s Disco, to name a few.  It was a fun one to write.

What I’d Name My Own Clothing Line

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My clothing line would be called SS&J for white Shirts, Scarves and Jackets.

I like to wear a white shirt, a solid skirt and then accessorize with scarves and jackets. I like classics but I also like quirky and fun. It’s easy to dress with a solid base and then kick it up a notch with interesting colored jackets and patterned scarves. I’m a lawyer and I have to look neat and tidy as well as professional but I do like to be an indiviualist and nonconformist. No dull black or navy suits for moi.

I just recenlty bought a buttery soft olive green leather blazer and can’t wait to wear it this fall. If the 100 degree weather would just go away, I could be stylin’ in my new togs!

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New Story Coming Sept 2011

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I have a new short story coming out September in a Halloween Anthology. The Anthology is called Halloween Hell-o-ween and it’s stories about tours of hell. My story is called Music Hall, Music Hell. It’s a tour of all the music clubs in hell. It’s a fun little story. I don’t  have a picture of the cover yet but as soon as I do, I’ll post it. 

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I miss the days that my kids wanted to dress up and have a ball. We used to have a big party every year but it seemed like our friends lost interest in it and I stopped. It’s a lot of work because I never want anyone to leave my house hungry, so when it seemed like my friends weren’t interested in coming anymore, I decided to stop going to all the trouble. I do miss it but my little stories I write help me get in the fall mood.

One day, I’d love to go to Salem, Massachusetts  for the holiday. It calls to me.  I think it would be an amazing place to celebrate.

The Last Installment of the Harry Potter Films

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I was probably one of the last people to see this one. It wasn’t for lack of trying, but things kept coming up to prevent me from getting to the theatre. I finally saw it on Friday and there were only about eight of us in the room, so I figure that the rest of the population has seen it.

I have to confess that I was a bit disappointed in it. The first thing that annoyed me was the lighting. Yes, I get that it was supposed to be an Armageddon type battle but the cinematography was terrible. There was a lot of this film that I couldn’t see. I had to peer at the screen to determine what action was occurring. In the scene with the horde on the hill, the hill was black, the death eaters wore black, the sky was black…  See where I’m going with this?  It was quite hard to discern what was what. Very annoying and it took me right out of the story.

As to the flash back scene with Snape, I was highly disappointed with that. As anyone who has read this blog knows, Alan Rickman is my absolute favorite actor and I’ve always felt like he was underutilized in this series of films. Again, we have the same issue. This scene was beautifully written in the book and the film version made short shrift of it and didn’t engage my emotions as the written word did.  It could have been done so much better but I think the film maker wanted to focus on flash and action, not emotion. We were saying goodbye to characters we loved and I wanted it to be more poignant.

The film seemed disjointed and more about the special effects than the story.  I mean, really, why did the director spend so much time in Bellatrix’s vault and in the room of requirement? Just to show off the special effects?  That”s how it felt to me.

Don’t get me wrong, there were parts I liked but overall, this one was not the best of the films. I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with me and remember, this is only my opinion so don’t crucify me in the comments. We can agree to disagree if need be.

So, all in all, in my opinion, the final movie fell short of my expectations.  Sad, really, as I hoped the series would go out with a bang, not a whimper.

From Warner Bros Site

Bizarreness

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I’ve been crazy busy since I got back from Italy and realized it’s been a month since I blogged here. In a bizarre twist, my visits are up in the last week by over a 100 a day. What the heck? Is it better for me to be silent? LOL!  Here’s an awesome picture I took in Italy. I just love the textures in this picture.