Friday, March 21, 2014

Indie Author Publishing Conference & #Pitchapalooza

This all day conference offered a completely different point-of-view than what you will hear at any number of publishing conferences due to the single idea of SELF PUBLISHING.  A big no-no in most authors eyes.  But in this day in age of e-books, social media & digital devices running amuck……it's time to talk about this option and know: what, how and why.

The information was well presented and the guest speakers were all very informative and passionate for  blazing your own trail.  With the conundrum of not being able to get a publisher if your not already published or have an agent makes this do-it-yourself option look very appealing for some genre more than others.  As a picture book author I know that the e-book market is very small. This is not to say that traditional publishing on my own is out of the question.  I know that it can and is done with success.  The trade off is spending your own time (lots of time) and money to get this done well.  I've seen self published books that were done well and some done terribly.  Thus, this type of conference is the place for a helping hand and bit of advice.

I enjoyed it very much and am now making the move to get a larger following or audience in the event that I publish or get published!

Monday, October 21, 2013

adaptation
-noun
1. the act of adapting
2. the state of being adapted; adjustment.
3. something produced by adapting: an adaptation of a play for television.

My blog as with everything is evolving to something new and exciting.  Please be patient as I start some serious research for it's new direction.

The premise is to show that there is news out there that we crave to read....it's not all about politics and shocking behavior of our kind. The stories will inspire you and show the goodness in people.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Best movies of 2013....so far.

Safe Haven was a pleasant surprise, not to be confused with Safe House.  I expected some predictable romance with it's share of ups and downs and got much more. There are twists and turns that will have you shaking your head!  I highly recommend this one and send my thanks out to Nicholas Sparks for a great tale.  It is out on DVD now so make sure you set up a date night.
5 out of 5 stars.

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This was a great movie that gave homage to a strong young man Jackie Robinson and the team manager that put him on his team.  It also showed the darkest, ugliest side of our country and it's people.  I hope everyone will go see it and take their teenage boys and girls to show them exactly how we do or don't want to act.  There were great examples of people taking the high road (in most peoples mind back then) and I hope that our young people learn from them.  There will still be bullys among us but we do not have to follow their lead!
I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars for the acting, story telling and history.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New TV season 2012-2013.....
Private Practice, Mob Doctor, The Good Wife, Parenthood, Major Crimes, Revenge just to name a few favs are back and back with vigor.  So far each one has had a great season premiere that keeps us coming back.

The new shows:  Nashville, Mob Doctor, Vegas, Go On, all look intriguing.

I love Mob Doctor!  These TV shows that showcase strong woman as the main character are a great turn from the old school showing men as the main character and a woman just supporting them.
Trouble with the Curve

This baseball movie has more to the story than just a few scouting agents!  There is quite a dynamic to Amy Adams character and her relationships to her bosses, boyfriend and father played by Clint Eastwood.  Sprinkle in a little Justin Timberlake and John Goodman and you have quite the movie.

You have to love the character that Clint Eastwood portrays quite well as a grumpy, lovable and quite comical baseball scout that prefers to work by the "old school" methods.  Computer stats be damned!

The trailer gives away plenty about the romantic spark between Amy & Justin, also lets you know about the troubles Clint has with relationships, but there are a few surprises and the movie is worth seeing!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Savages

What an intense movie about drug dealing, their lifestyle as drug dealers and crooked cops; add a little sex, kidnapping, backstabbing and war veterans...... you've about summed it all up. Oh, not to mention the complex web of turf war that is quite ugly in this industry.
Loved the cast and the acting put forth by everyone.  Kudos to the casting crew. Oliver Stone doesn't disappoint on this one as with most of his movies it had depth of characters and story line which we also have to give credit to the writer Don Winslow.

The movie starts very racy with a sex scene between 2 of the main characters and narration from Blake Lively as her character "O" gives you some background to the story and people involved.  It seems a little hard to believe that a couple of young good looking men could run a "civilized" marijuana  business, but that's what the story is based on.
There is a little background given on everyones past and present which helps you relate to the characters very personally.

I enjoyed the movie very much and would recommend it with the caveat that its racy in some parts and graphic violence in others, but it is about the Mexican cartel and drug dealing....

5 stars for the great acting and writing an in depth story line of each character.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Vow vs. The Lucky One


I have to give the Oscar to..... The Lucky One.  The Vow lacked the depth that The Lucky One had to the story line.  Lucky One was a little more 3 dimensional with the ex-husband, Grandmother, son, combat scene and much more..... I won't give everything away.  The writer of this original novel Nicholas Sparks has had 5 other best selling books that have all been turned into movies and with good reason.  The stories usually have a happy ending and are centered on romance and a tragedy.....much like The Vow written by Stuart Sender.