The epitome of the happily-ever-after romance ending — the handsome couple off against the sunset with the calm waters and the palm tree. Photo Credit: Silhouette of a loving couple against a sunset, uploaded 25 April 2017 by 5187396: 5187396/Pixabay/CC0 1.0 “We are writers and we destroy lives and worlds and ideologies. And sometimes, we … Continue reading Not So HAE (Happily Ever After)
Before I went on my Camp NaNoWriMo break in July, I hinted that there would be a new blog coming up that would focus more on historical topics related to America’s Gilded Age and Progressive eras, since this is the direction much of my writing (though not all) has been taking this year. I am … Continue reading Mother Time Musings Blog — New Blog is Up!
Photo Credit: Summer in Connecticut – The Old Barn at Branchville, J. Alden Weir, 1890’s, oil on canvas, Christie’s, New York: Trzesacz/Wikimedia Commons/PD Old 95 1934 Some of you might remember that I took a blogging break in April because of Camp Nano . Well, it's summer and Camp Nano is upon us again and I've decided to … Continue reading It’s Camp Nano Time Again!
***This post is part of The Third Annual Olivia De Havilland Blogathon, hosted by the In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Phyllis Loves Classic Films blogs. *** ***Some spoilers*** “Let me introduce you to the real Charlotte Brontë. She was not a wallflower in mourning. She always wanted to be famous; she pined … Continue reading Not The Angel in the House: De Havilland as Charlotte Bronte in Devotion (1946)
Photo Credit: Photograph of Maurits (M.C.) Escher, around 23 Nov. 1971. Photograph probably made by Hans Peters (ANEFO), Ga het na (Nationall Archief NL): Vysotsky/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY SA 3.0 Many artists talk about the creative process. It’s one of those illusive ideas that fascinates non-artists and weighs heavily on the minds of artists because creativity … Continue reading Adventurous Perception: The Individual Creative Process
Photo Credit: Canadian singer Leonard Cohen in Trouville-sur-Mer (Normandy, France), taken 26 January 1988 by Roland Godefroy: Teddyyy/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0 “If words are the arrow, we ourselves — our interior landscapes, our outward actions, the authenticity of our lives — are the bow.” (Popova, par. 1) As many of my blog readers know, I … Continue reading The Emotional Badlands of Language, or, Language is Not Just Data
***This post is part of The Second Annual Judy Garland Blogathon, hosted by the In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood blog. *** ***Some spoilers*** “Alone. What an awful word that is. And I know what it means.” (Judy Garland, I Could Go On Singing) If you’ve read some of the posts I’ve done for … Continue reading The Lonely Stage: Judy Garland in I Could Go On Singing (1963)
Photo Credit: Multi-colored puzzle pieces, uploaded 17 February 2017: Pixhere/CC0 1.0 Last week, I announced in a live Facebook post on my author page that I’m exploring new directions with my fiction. I also created a Coming Soon page on my website with more details about what I’m doing and why and what readers can expect in … Continue reading Character vs. Plot Puzzles: The Two Sides of My Fictional World
Photo Credit: The Blue Veil by Edmond Tarbell, oil painting, 1898: freeparking/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 “The creative personality never remains fixed on the first world it discovers. It never resigns itself to anything ... “ (Nin, location 3587) I love this quote from Nin because it’s so true of many creative people. The nature of creativity … Continue reading First Worlds: Writing and Blogging in New Directions
***This post is part of the Dynamic Duos in Classic Film Blogathon, hosted by the Classic Movie Hub and Once Upon A Screen blogs. *** ***Some spoilers*** “[Olivia de Havilland] and Bette commerced their long but ‘peculiar’ friendship.” (Considine, location 2662) Bette Davis was notoriously difficult to work with. Back in the days of Hollywood when … Continue reading A Long and Peculiar Friendship: Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland