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My 100 Favorite Movies (In no particular order)
Encouragement

My 100 Favorite Movies (In no particular order)

Legends of the Fall ShutterIsland Inception The Shawshank Redemption The Hunger Games Fight Club The Departed Gran Torino Silence of the Lambs Good Will Hunting Gone With the Wind Breakfast at Tiffany’s Million Dollar Baby Black Swan Groundhog Day The Princess Bride Slumdog Millionaire A Beautiful Mind District 9 The […]

Reflection
Encouragement

Reflection

I tend to reminisce about the past- about how thin and in shape I was, about the guy I dated who looked like he stepped out of an Abercrombie & Fitch ad, about the college years I spent partying, about my youth… And I often dream about the future-about the […]

The Handmaid’s Tale- Margaret Atwood
Book Reviews

The Handmaid’s Tale- Margaret Atwood

My friends and fellow writers, Diane and Kristi recommended The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It’s a dystopian novel, first published in 1985, and the title was inspired by The Canterbury Tales. The protagonist is a handmaid, a.k.a. a concubine, called “Offred (Of-Fred).” The United States that Offred inhabits is […]

“Dies the Fire” by S.M. Stirling
Book Reviews

“Dies the Fire” by S.M. Stirling

“Dies the Fire” is a post-apocalyptic novel by S.M. Stirling that my friends Kristi and Adam recommended. I’m in the research stage of writing a post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel. (Movies that have helped with my research include: “The Book of Eli,” “The Road,” “Equilibrium,”  “I Am Legend,” “In Time,” “Children of Men,” […]

Writing Group
Encouragement

Writing Group

* A few of the Sarcastic Broads: Leila, Beth, Me, Kristi* On Saturday I met with my fabulous Richmond writing group. We call ourselves “the Sarcastic Broads.” (We started a blog in 2010 but haven’t written a post since June 6, 2006! We’re going to re-launch shortly). First, we ate […]

Time Suck
Encouragement

Time Suck

The Urban Dictionary defines “time suck” as “something that’s engrossing and addictive, but that keeps you from doing things that are actually important.” I have a slew of things that are important to me which of course include writing and reading but then there are the things that time suck: […]

The Words
Encouragement

The Words

The Words “You have to choose between life and fiction. The two are very close but they never actually touch. They are two very, very different things.” The Words is a 2012 film directed and written by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. It stars Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana, […]

Banned/Challenged Books
Encouragement

Banned/Challenged Books

What is your favorite banned/ challenged book? If I had to choose a favorite from the American Library Association challenged list it would be “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. My second pick is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Runner ups are: “The Catcher in the Rye” […]

“The Raft” by S.A. Bodeen
Book Reviews

“The Raft” by S.A. Bodeen

“The Raft” is a young adult novel by S.A. Bodeen. The protagonist is a fifteen-year-old girl named Robey who is marooned at sea after a plane crash. This book was a very quick but satisfying read. The book opens with Robie asking the guy who’s about to pierce her nose […]

Grand Finale
My Writing

Grand Finale

You seized the fireworks from my sky, baby Stole the blues and the reds and the yellows and the greens Turned off my nightlight when you Coveted my stars Crushed them to dust And I’m left here choking on the smoke You vanished baby, like a grand finale Fading into […]

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