Summer solstice news

I hope you all are having a lovely day. So far, so good here. It’s *hot*! Well, heck, it’s been hot since March, hasn’t it? That’s what we get down here in ye ole Florida. That and mosquito bites. Yep. I spent yesterday outside helping hubs fix the car and getting bit up. Grrr….

But, on the good side, there’s the summer Solstice dinner hop below, I had a dinner with some good friends, and my first steampunk apocalyptic story has been published in the latest issue of Eternal Haunted Summer (along with my good friend author Jolene Dawe :)) Do check them out. http://eternalhauntedsummer.com/
I hope you enjoy the stories.

Image And, oh yes. Heart concert? :) Was totally made of AWESOME! I was way back in the end of the venue, but they played four (count ‘em four) of my all-time favorite songs, stuff they’ve added back to the setlist recently,  and two I wasn’t expecting at all. They were just to die for! *happy little fangirl dance* Oh yes, that was me singing my head off. Half the city must of heard…or not.

Ahem. Their final “special Zep” set wasn’t, in my opinion, mixed right (What happened????) but to hear them do “Kashmir”, “The Ocean”, and all the others was totally cool. The Jason Bonham band was neat too. Loved the stories Jason told of his dad and they pulled the songs off wonderfully.

T’was all around awesome. So glad I went. *sigh* I’ve seen Heart, now, we think, seven or eight times. However, I have a friend who’s seen Dylan on every tour, she says, and I’m looking at my hubby going, “What the heck’s wrong with us? How many Heart tours have we missed? ” *lol* Next year! >:) But this, this was so cool. Totally worth the heat and mosquitoes. On my solstice playlist…Kick it Out!

Yeah, I’m a geeky little fangirl, I know. :)

Movie Monday–Crazy Heart

220px-Crazy_heart_posterCrazy Heart

(starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhall and Robert Duvall)

Released by Fox Searchlight

A washed-up country star “Bad” Blake (played by Jeff Bridges) meets a young reporter, Jean, to whom he grants an interview. He doesn’t tell her much at first but promises more after his gig. Later that night, they get together and spend the rest of the night talking. The next day, Bad takes her to lunch and they end up sleeping together. Bad gets a call from his manager offering him a huge opening act spot for another up and coming country star—one Bad’s not too keen about … to say the least. He drives off to Santa Fe, grumbles about everything from the sound check to the fact that he’s ordered to “sell his CDs” after the gig, and goes back to Texas—drunk.

But Bad has a little accident first and rolls his truck. Jean comes and gets him from the hospital, tends to him at home, where he bonds a little more with mother and son. That is, until Bad gets takes the boy to a bar, ends up drunk again and…

Well, the question is, is it ever too late for a second chance?

You’ll have to see it to find out. It reminded me a bit of the story of several different stars (Walk the Line, the biopic about Johnny Cash comes to mine, and the recent movie “Country Strong”). Though it’s not a genre movie as you might’ve come to expect from me, *g* I found it  interesting and the book seems so too. And Bridges’ singing isn’t half bad. So, if you’re in the mood for this kind of thing, check it out.
Here’s the trailer:

Here’s a little about it and where to get it, if you’re interested.

The novel, Crazy Heart by Thomas Cobb

Crazy Heart at Jeff Bridges.com

Crazy Heart Wikipedia

Crazy Heart on IMDb

The DVD is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Netflix.

The novel is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and from Alibris.

Jean Marie Bauhaus » Blog Archive » Other Writer Wednesday Indie Spotlight: Juli D. Revezzo

Whoops! need more coffee. I put this in the wrong blog. *facepalm*

I hope your day’s going well. I’m *gulp* doing some Christmas related stuff today. At least getting it started. Also, I just popped in to say *facepalm* I missed a spotlight yesterday. I was featured at Jean Marie Bauhaus’ blog. (Don’t you just love her name? :)) It’s here if you want to see:

via Jean Marie Bauhaus » Blog Archive » Other Writer Wednesday Indie Spotlight: Juli D. Revezzo.

Also…

hehe. Sorry, Jean. I had to! Have a great, vampirey day all

Next Big Thing–The WIP

Good morning, all.

To the gals that sent me this meme, I’m sorry this is late. The thing is,I’ve gotten at least three of these this week and I’m sure my poor readers don’t want that kind of repetition. So here we go. Next Big Thing post two: The WIP.

This one’s from Celia Breslin
What is your working title of your book?

My title is The Wedding list.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
A call for submissions which I missed, and a Kate Bush song.

What genre does your book fall under?
At the moment, epic fantasy.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Have no idea.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
It’s too early to say: A guy and a girl do some stuff. Or less cheeky answer, a baker and a musician are trying to get a spot in the princess’s wedding entourage.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Don’t know yet. Could go either way depending on a lot of things.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m still working on it. Thus far, I started it in July and put it aside until just two weeks ago. So…maybe four weeks all told?

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I have no idea yet. Baker’s Boy by J.V. Jones jumps to mind but only because of the occupation of the heroine, with maybe a dash of Susan Krinard.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The Kate Bush song The Wedding List.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Heck at this point, I don’t even know if it’s going to keep my interest let alone anyone else’s. ;) But I intend it to be a rip-roaring story of magic and mayhem as usual. Stay tuned. Who knows whether or not it’ll make that coveted manuscript length at this point. Don’t you just hate WsIp sometimes? ;)

As for my tags, let’s see. Laura Yirak (who tagged me for another one), S.G. Rogers, and Calisa Rhose, and Celia Breslin.

Water songs

Sometimes when I get on here there’s one of two things I want to babble about: what I’m watching/reading/listening to (in this case, FLORENCE and the MACHINE. *squee*) and if not that, it’s wanting to scream to high heaven about what bugs me. (Just saying) But I prefer the positive, so for now…something I love:

This song, yep, you guessed it, is about my absolute favorite author, Virginia Woolf… (even though, dang I wish people would focus on her beautiful writing instead of, you know, the unfortunate fact of her insanity and death.) C’est la vie. Enjoy the song!