Archive for January 2016

A woman gave the finger to a man with a "Make America Great Again" bumper sticker. What happened next will AMAZE you.

A woman gave the finger to a man with a "Make America Great Again" bumper sticker. What happened next will AMAZE you.
She died. Not really, but I could totally see that happening to me at some point. I am free with the bird. I call it “the middle finger of righteous indignation,” and I let it throw its weight around. I asked a man to read between the lines just this morning. He was stopped at... Read more »

American Idol Recap: Hollywood Week - Decimation

This episode was–mercifully!–only an hour. I love hour-long Idol! It’s not as easy to find a star these days, but it is easy to get rid of all the interesting contestants without letting us hear them sing again. Shenanigans. Here are some of the folks we’ll see again. (RIP preschool teacher Florence Welch) Jordan Sasser.... Read more »

Writing a book is like having a baby

Writing a book is like having a baby
I listened to a podcast a few days ago where one of the ‘casters talked about how it’s been said that writing book is like having a baby. While she couldn’t speak to the second thing, she thought the analogy was off base. Well, I have had a baby (two, in fact) and I have... Read more »
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Quick Writing Tip: Using the Comcast guide as a story machine

I’m working on a cute, little project right now. It’s a YA romance, straight-up. I knew I wanted to try writing a romance with dual points-of-view, but I didn’t know what the story should be. So I turned to my Comcast guide. I started working on this project in December, back when Hallmark was showing... Read more »

9 Quick Takeaways from This Morning's Oscar Nominations

9 Quick Takeaways from This Morning's Oscar Nominations
In one of the most unpredictable Oscar years in recent memory, this morning’s nominations were surprisingly…predictable.  Oh sure, there were the usual snubs (happens every year), but no real out-of-left-field shockers.  What can we takeaway from the nominations now, as we inch toward the actual awards ceremony on Feb. 28?  Let’s discuss: 1. Will Ridley... Read more »

16 Movies You Probably Haven't Seen But Should (2015 Edition)

16 Movies You Probably Haven't Seen But Should (2015 Edition)
Now that we’re in January and you’ve already seen Star Wars a bazillion times, the movie schedule slows down a little.  Oh sure, there’s still all those Oscar hopefuls to catch-up with, but when it comes to new releases in theaters, you’re stuck with dreck like The Forest or Ride Along 2.  What’s a discerning... Read more »
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American Idol Recap: Auditions, San Francisco and Little Rock

Let’s look at whom we might see again, shall we? Cameron Richard, 15, from the bayou: Um, I adore him. His voice is a little high, but it’s so clear and he manages to stay right on pitch. Plus, he seems like a delightful person. Yes, please. Daniel Farmer, 24, Memphis: Soothing voice. Too much... Read more »

American Idol Recap: Auditions, Atlanta and Denver

American Idol Recap: Auditions, Atlanta and Denver
I’m going back to my roots this season. I started blogging because of American Idol. It was back in 2006. I wasn’t working at the time and, in lieu of doing anything productive with my, let’s call it, “sabbatical,” I started translating every last word that fell from Randy Jackson’s mouth. Some would call it... Read more »

I don't have much sympathy for George R.R. Martin

I don't have much sympathy for George R.R. Martin
Today George R.R. Martin announced that The Winds of Winter will not be released in time for the start of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season. For the uninitiated, The Winds of Winter is scheduled to be book number six (of seven) in the A Song of Ice and Fire series upon which Game of Thrones... Read more »
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The 10 Worst Movies of 2015

The 10 Worst Movies of 2015
Nobody sets out to make a bad movie.  I have no doubt that a lot of time and hard work went into making these movies, and that the filmmakers went into production with the best intentions.  Not everything comes together in the end.  And, that is especially true for these – the 10 worst movies... Read more »