fun stuff, movies, shameless self promotion, waiting for spring

Just a few plugs

Not the kind of plugs that conduct electricity, nor the kind that come after the Rogaine stops working. I’m talking about the obnoxious kind that boil down to, “Hey! Look at me!!!”

1. Jaden at Screenwriting for Hollywood put up a banner link to the online version of Waiting For Spring. Not because I asked her to do so or because I paid her to do so, but because she likes my writing and wants to lead others to it. That’s a cool feeling. It’s also super-nice of her. To show my appreciation I’d like to lead y’all to her website. You may have noticed the banner link to it down yonder under “Because I Like Movies.” It’s been there for quite a few months, but I want to make sure you check it out. Not just because she linked WFS, but because it’s an awesome site. If you’re a movie fan or a writer–and especially if you’re both–you’ll love it. There’s lots of great stuff there. So go there now!

2. I uploaded “Waiting For Spring” to the GoodReads library. If you’re a member there, you can add it to your bookshelf. While you’re at it, you could add my profile to your list of ‘friends.’ I’m new to the site and would love to see what everyone is reading.

3. This is more an invitation than a plug, but I’ve noticed an increase in readership here at Da Blog over the past week. So to any newcomers: Feel free to comment!!! The more the merrier, the louder the better…that’s what I say.

fun stuff, movies, shameless self promotion, waiting for spring

Just a few plugs

Not the kind of plugs that conduct electricity, nor the kind that come after the Rogaine stops working. I’m talking about the obnoxious kind that boil down to, “Hey! Look at me!!!”

1. Jaden at Screenwriting for Hollywood put up a banner link to the online version of Waiting For Spring. Not because I asked her to do so or because I paid her to do so, but because she likes my writing and wants to lead others to it. That’s a cool feeling. It’s also super-nice of her. To show my appreciation I’d like to lead y’all to her website. You may have noticed the banner link to it down yonder under “Because I Like Movies.” It’s been there for quite a few months, but I want to make sure you check it out. Not just because she linked WFS, but because it’s an awesome site. If you’re a movie fan or a writer–and especially if you’re both–you’ll love it. There’s lots of great stuff there. So go there now!

2. I uploaded “Waiting For Spring” to the GoodReads library. If you’re a member there, you can add it to your bookshelf. While you’re at it, you could add my profile to your list of ‘friends.’ I’m new to the site and would love to see what everyone is reading.

3. This is more an invitation than a plug, but I’ve noticed an increase in readership here at Da Blog over the past week. So to any newcomers: Feel free to comment!!! The more the merrier, the louder the better…that’s what I say.

Heath Ledger, movies, The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight


My husband, my son and I went to the midnight showing of The Dark Knight in Augusta. As much as I love to write and as much as I love movies, I suck at writing movie reviews, so I won’t attempt it. I’ll just tell you why you should go see this movie.

1. Heath Ledger’s performance.

Yes, I know I’m biased and, yes, I know it’s what everyone is saying. But everyone is saying it because it’s true. I expected to watch the movie with a tinge of sadness, knowing that it’s the last role he completed; but from the first moment he came onscreen I actually forgot that it was Heath Ledger up there. I forgot that he’s gone. He really was the Joker, in all his creepy, sadistic, hilarious glory. Simply put, he was brilliant.

2. Everyone else’s performances.

The returning cast–Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman–were superb; Aaron Eckhart was amazing, as usual; and Maggie Gyllenhaal was a welcome relief from Katie Holmes’ yawn-inspiring turn as Rachel Dawes. Even the minor roles were cast well.

3. Awesome special effects.

I usually blank out during car chase scenes, and big explosions don’t do much for me (I know I’m in the minority here), but Christopher Nolan knows what he’s doing. Even if you’ve seen the Eighteen Wheeler Flip Over in the trailer, you’re gonna be amazed by it on the big screen. And when buildings blow up…damn it, you feel it.

4. Oh yeah…and it’s a great story with lots of depth. More than the typical good vs. evil. More, even, than the now common blurring-the-lines-between-good-and-evil. And it’s entertaining, too.

As I said, we saw TDK at midnight in Augusta, Maine. Not a big city as cities go, and yet the two theaters showing it were chuckerblock full. (Apparently not an uncommon phenomenon.) When the credits rolled, there was thunderous applause. And when Heath Ledger’s name flashed before us, a group of comic book nerds (I use this term with honest affection) literally stood up and cheered, and the rest of us joined them. I’ll admit it: I cried right then. Partly because there were so many comic book nerds who originally balked (very frequently and very loudly) at Mr. Ledger’s being cast as the Joker, and this was a huge vindication for him. But mostly because that was the moment I remembered–again–that he’s gone.

home, I'm Not There, movies, Readers And Writers Blog, waiting for spring

The Geek Gets A Day To Herself

My family has a tradition. The Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, my hubby takes my kids fishing on a remote lake deep in Maine’s ‘unorganized territory ‘. I can’t be any more specific than that, because he has sworn me to secrecy. The place is tourist-free at the moment, and he’d like to keep it that way for as long as possible. Besides, where they choose to drown a few dozen worms every year isn’t the point of this story. The point is this: I had an entire Saturday all to myself.

What would most women have done with this valuable time? To be perfectly honest, I really don’t care, because that isn’t the point of this story, either. This is what I did:

Having bumped three of Kel’s Must Watch DVDs (aka, movies nobody else in my family cares about watching) to the top of our Netflix queue, I spent all of Saturday watching them.

First up, Todd Haynes’ “I’m Not There.” If you’re a Dylan fan, and you haven’t seen it already, get on it. Next up was Kenneth Branaugh’s Hamlet. All four hours of it. Then I watched it again with the director’s commentary. That’s right…eight hours of Hamlet. Finally, disc 3 of season 2 of “24.” Blame my buddy Elle . She recently got me hooked on Jack Bauer’s frequently questionable exploits.

All total, I spent just over 14 hours sitting on my ass in front of the televsion. I should be ashamed of myself, but I’m not. After all, I did manage to weed my garden and worked a little bit on a new screenplay in between the onscreen action. Maybe someday a woman with some time to kill will spend it watching a movie I’ve written. That would be cool.

In the meantime, something else I’ve written is available online right now. That’s right, Chapter 3 of Waiting for Spring is up at Readers and Writers Blog, along with an amazing poem–Oh Mathilda–by Ian Spitzig, the latest installment of Gerard Jones’ Ginny Good, and the final chapter of The Unearthing. Check ’em out.

independent films, movies, the movie fanatic

The Movie Fanatic

Just a plug for The Movie Fanatic. I’ve been reading articles there all morning, instead of writing like a good girl should. I particularly enjoyed this interview with ANDRÉ TECHINÉ, director of LES TEMOINS (The Witness).

I find it strange, this constant preoccupation with linking a filmmaker to a character. Finding a connection between somebody’s private life and fiction is a vision of the process that is tainted by the current obsession with celebrities.

Check it out.