Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween!! My poor brother was dressed as a girl until he was old enough to complain!
But the little girl next to him, Meryl if I remember right, got dressed as a boy. 

Here we are in Philly circa 1954 and now I am in Philly 60 years later. 
Probably won't get to the old neighborhood (Mt. Airy) but Noircon should be fun.
Have a good holiday. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How About a Protest Song: THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND

What recent read really surprised you?

I rarely put much value on being surprised because I don't read whodunits. But THE GOOD GIRL offered a very late twist that caught me up. Didn't see it coming by a country mile. THE GOOD GIRL is a story of a kidnapping that careens out of control. I liked it all the way through but the ending sealed the deal for me.

What recent read surprised you?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How About a Protest Song: I AM WOMAN

Forgotten Movies: Clean and Sober

Now that Michael Keaton has finally landed what looks like a successful movie (BIRDMAN) I took a look at his earlier films and CLEAN AND SOBER from 1988 was an early success for him. Directed by Glenn Gordon Caron (MOONLIGHTING) this film details the story of a man who tries to hide in a drug rehab center to escape his problems with various entities only to find that he indeed belongs there himself. Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman and Tate Donvan fill out the cast. This was a solid acting job for Keaton. Taking the role of BATMAN probably did not help his career.

Keaton should have had a better career. So many actors seem unlucky or unwise in their choices. Hoping BIRDMAN will send him on a more successful path.

My Halloween story THE ANGEL DEEB, which first appeared in DEADLY TREATS, a print anthology edited by Theresa Weir, now appears on BEAT TO A PULP. Thanks, David Cranmer.

Monday, October 27, 2014

How About a Protest Song: STRANGE FRUIT

My Halloween story THE ANGEL DEEB, which first appeared in DEADLY TREATS, an anthology edited by Theresa Weir, now appears on BEAT TO A PULP. Thanks, David Cranmer.

How Do You Relax?

I am sure most of you will say by reading, but reading is not that relaxing to me. It makes certain intellectual demands if the book is a good one.

One thing that always seems to help me is going to a classical music concert. We did this on Friday and heard an amazing program, ending with Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto. I just can feel an increase in serotonin as I sit and listen. If I listen to music at home, I tend to read or do something at the same time. At a concert hall, I am a prisoner of the music and that is a good thing for me.

How do you relax on days when you feel stress?

Orchestra Hall, Detroit