Happy 2015!

Well, 2015 is upon us, and I decided my first piece of writerly business was to update my site. I decided to stick with black and purples, but I’ve been wanting to add hearts for sometime now. I think it looks a little more romantic. Hope you like it.

So what are my thoughts on 2015? I’m not one to make resolutions. I’ve mentioned it before, I have NO willpower, and as such resolutions only lead to disappointment. However, some of the things I’m hoping to accomplish in 2015 include…

1) I won’t say diet, but instead: Eat healthier…Less Coke. Less chocolate. More veggies. (If you have shares in Coca Cola, you might as well sell them now.)

2) More exercise. Fortunately anything more than “none” is more than I’m doing now.

3) Spend more time on my writing. Including, a) submit AT LEAST TWO novellas to Wild Rose Press, and b) look into self-publishing two YA novellas. (WRP does not publish YA)

4) More reading. With over 300 unread books on my kindle and another 60+ on my shelf, I’ve got a lot of reading to do. However, I’m not going to waste time on books I’m not enjoying. Hook me fast, or be deleted.

5) No more wool/craft purchases until I make my a BIG dent in the current stash. And no more scarves!

Realistically, since “sleep less” is not on my list, I’m not sure where I’m going to find the time for these. I’m thinking that a few of these may be neglected until The Daughter leaves for university in September, at which time I’ll be looking for ways to spend all that extra time. But, hey, 2015 includes all twelve months…not just January.

How about you? What are you resolutions, goals or hopes for the new year?

Under the Dome versus Under the Dome

Have you read Stephen King’s UNDER THE DOME? Are you watching the series on television? Are you doing both at the same time?

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I often read a book and then watch the movie. (Can you say Harry Potter or Hunger Games?) Seldom will I watch a movie and then look for the book. But right now, silly me, I’m reading AND watching UNDER THE DOME.

Usually, because some time has passed between the book & the movie/series, I’m okay with the deviations. (True Blood has not followed the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries since like half way through season one.) But both at the same time means they are both very vivid and real in my mind. Wait! Big Jim Rennie doesn’t look like that! What about the relationship between Barbie and you know who? Etc, Etc, Etc.

I think every author would love their books to be so popular (or at least sooo loved by the guys who have the $$ to make the films) but seriously, what if they put hair on my hero Oz? (They wouldn’t, would they?) I’m not sure I could handle it.

One of my favourite authors, Kelley Armstrong, writes the Women of the Otherworld series which is currently being made into a t.v. series. She has been blogging lately that she has NOTHING to do with the show. To quote her “Zip, zero, zilch….and I’m fine with it…they have their reasons for making changes”

I wonder…does Ms Armstrong plan on watching it? Or is it better to keep her distance?

And Mr. King, in case you’re surfing the web and come across my little blog, how do you feel about the differences between your books and the films/shows that they have turned in to?

p.s. should there be anyone out there with the $$ that really does want to turn my novella into a movie, please do not let this blog stop you from asking.

I love summer because of…

I have friends that love summer for all that the outdoors has to offer….golf, soccer, sailing, gardening, cycling, beach volleyball. Me? I love it for the movies.

I’ve got friends that say going to the movies is too expensive, and really when a 3D movie costs about $15 per person, plus another $15 for a pop & popcorn, they are right. But I would rather pay to see a summer action movie then pay to watch the grass grow and lose my balls on a golf course.

I usually see about 20-30 movies a year, with many of them opening in the summer, and I tend to avoid the “talking head” type of movies…romance, drama…those are the kind that can be seen on your t.v. without losing their impact. Actions movies are what top my list.

I start making my list of movies as soon as the preview magazines come out (yes, I have an actual list), and then I add to it as I go. My 2013 movie list is currently at 36, and I have seen 7 of them already. I won’t go to see all 36, some of them will get bad ratings and I’ll mark them as rental. Of course, there will be a few movies that I haven’t seen previews for or read about yet that will get added.

I judge most of my movie watching thru a site called rottentomatoes.com. I love this site!! I’ve been using it for years, and I know that 90% for a talking heads movie really means nothing to me, but that 50% on certain thriller types movies might still mean it’s a good movie. I’ve even gone to see movies that are at 25% because at least a quarter of the people liked it, and if it is my kind of movie then it is MY KIND OF MOVIE. (Admittedly I draw the line at spending that kind of money on anything less than about 20%.)

May is the kick-off for my summer movie obsession and I saw Star Trek Into Darkness last night. It is sitting at 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I LOVED IT!! (And not just because Chris Pine has gorgeous blue eyes.)
What are some of the other wallet-breaking movies I have on my list for the summer?
Fast & Furious opens next weekend, and Now You See Me the weekend after.
June offers up the Bling Ring (not usually my kind of movie, but I love Hermoine), After Earth, World War Z and Whitehouse Down.
For July, it starts with Dispicable Me 2 (really!), as well as RIPD, RED2 and Wolverine.
And right now the only one on my August list is Mortel Instruments.

So there are a dozen MUST SEE summer movies, and the list doesn’t even include my “maybe” movies.

Yes, I’ll still make it to the beach every other weekend for The Daughter’s volleyball, and I’ll get the flowers in and the garden cleaned at some point. More importantly though, I think I better start rolling the jar of coins I have sitting on my dresser so that I can have my movie and my popcorn, too.