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Alan Rickman strikes again

My apologies for taking so long to post again. My life has been a bit of a roller coaster lately because, apparently, I’m going through a midlife crisis, though I don’t understand why some people see it that way. But that’s for another post. Now, I want to talk about the movie I saw this weekend, The Butler.untitled

Now, the only reason I even went to see this movie is because of the cast; more specifically, Alan Rickman. This will come as no surprise to those who know me or have read this blog. To say I love him would be an understatement. Although his part was brief in this movie, it was still my favorite part. He was superb and really did justice to the persona of Ronald Reagan. As soon as he appeared, a huge grin adorned my face that didn’t fade until the ending credits rolled.

I was a little iffy on seeing Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan. I’ve never liked her after learning of her actions in Hanoi, and a heavy influence from my Vietnam vet father, judging her as a traitor to her fellow Americans. I don’t pretend to know why she did what she did and at this point, I don’t care. But as I realize that we are all one and that everyone deserves love, I am putting the past behind me. Holding on to that grudge doesn’t prove my loyalty for my father, it merely burdens my heart with unnecessary hate. And hate has no part in my life.

The movie was good, not great. At the end it seemed way too political for my taste. It was more like Obama propaganda than a serious movie about the relationship between a hard-working father and a son who is ashamed of his father’s profession but still yearns for his approval. I found it interesting that each man affected change for the better but in very different ways.  The characters were well played, interesting and earned my empathy. The main message I got from watching the movie was that you are never too old to change the way you see the world around you and to take action to do what you feel is right.

gambitAnd of course, Alan Rickman rocked! Now I can’t wait until October when Gambit finally comes out in America. I don’t know why it took so long but Halleluiah it’s a comin’!

 

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Another Alan Rickman movie watched

A friend of mine likes to recommend movies for me to watch and last night he told me that Valkyrie is a must watch. Well, I logged on to Netflix this morning to see if it was available, and to my non-surprise, it wasn’t. Very few of the movies I want are on instant streaming. But since I was there, I checked to see if any Alan Rickman movies I 0d4548eb86ecf7d6cc23a9c2f3bfce4bhadn’t seen were on and that’s when I saw it: Blow Dry.

Now, this movie was on Netflix some time last year but when I went to watch it, it had disappeared. So I was super excited to see it available again. I instantly hit play, not willing to let it slip through my fingers a second time.

The movie is about family at its core, and putting aside old hurts and grudges to remember what’s really important in this life. Blow Dry is set around the British Hairdressing Championship. I never knew there was such an event but it did look like fun. It wasn’t the funniest movie but it had its moments. I especially liked seeing all the colorful sheep one of the characters used to practice hair coloring on. They looked like they belonged at a Grateful Dead concert. The characters were charming and had me rooting for them till the end. I could even forgive Josh Hartnett’s abysmal British accent. And, of course, Rickman was sexy as hell. Heidi Klum was even in the movie, playing a model, naturally. I just love her. Not only is she hot, but funny too.

What I’ve noticed after watching this film was that Rickman plays very similar characters, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I’d really love to see him do something totally unique and different from the understated, soft spoken, dignified man. I think the Sheriff of Nottingham was probably his most wild role. Will this stop me from seeing every possible movie he’s made? Do I even need to answer that?

So, I definitely recommend Blow Dry to anyone who loves a heartwarming story. And to anyone who loves to drool over Alan Rickman, which I suspect is most of the population.

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An interview with Kody Kline

This year, I decided to give back to all the amazing writers who play a part in helping me improve my craft and get my books published by featuring them here. First up is fellow Stonehenge member, Kody Kline. He is constantly pushing me to broaden my horizons and challenging me to step outside my comfort zone in my writing. In fact, wemade a deal that he would join me in ditching the soda drinking habit (he’s a self-professed Mt. Dew fiend) and I would write a story geared toward adults. We’re both still going strong.

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Not only is Kody a fascinating man, but a talented writer who has already indie-published a short story, The Saraithian Rising, and a book of poetry, Poetic Trash, both available on Amazon. The beauty and passion that spills off the pages of his work has quickly made Kody one of my favorite authors and I’m honored to call him my friend.
So, I sent Kody a bunch of questions to get to know him better and here are his replies:
Q1. What story are you working on right now?A –  I generally work on several stories at one time.  My main project is a fantasy trilogy, the Etherium: Rise of Fire is the first installment.  My other works consist of short stories of the scifi realm and stories that tie into the world of the Etherium.

Q2.  If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be, what would you talk about, and what would you eat? 

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Nick Cave

A –  I can’t limit the answer to just one person: Nick Cave, he’s a true musician, and has influenced my life; Gary Oldman, an amazing actor; Audrey Tautou, she’s just the most adorable person ever; Jean-Pierre Jeunet, my favorite director, who makes beautiful films, and I would love to crawl in his mind; and Andrew J. Robinson, because he played my favorite antihero of all time, Elim Garak.  We would talk about anything, conversations go where they desire, not where you desire, and we would eat food.

Q3. What is your favorite book as a child and as a man and why?

A – My favorite children’s book was There’s a Wocket in my Pocket, by Dr. Seuss.  I couldn’t say why, I just loved it.  As an adult, the Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite book of all time.  The story is impressive in that no part is superfluous.  Every piece is a part of an amazing puzzle, and the way it is written, well, it’s just easy to fall in love with.  The characters and world are vivid and tangible.  And not only is it a revenge tale, but the way Edmond obtains his revenge is stirring.  A masterpiece of literature, to which I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around how Dumas organized the story in his head.

Q4. When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer?

A –  I’ve always had an overactive imagination, and an ability to carry my created worlds and people in my head.  The Etherium is something I’ve held for fifteen years or so.  It is hard for a pesron to look into themselves and see their weaknesses, but I went through a point in my life that was extremely difficult and faith breaking.  When I emerged on the other side, I recognized I lacked the courage to write my stories.  While reading a Philip K. Dick story, I said to myself, I can do this: and I just started– haven’t looked back.

Q5. Who are your greatest influences when it comes to how you write and/or what you write about?

A –  For fantasy, my favorite author is David and Leigh Eddings.  Their work is what I, at first, modelled my style after.  Their worlds and characters are well devised, and every time I read their stories, I still laugh, cry, and enjoy the experience.  This is what I set out to create myself.  But as I continue to evolve as a writer, I let my own voice take over, and honestly, most of my inspiration comes from the aether, dreams, and the blessed spirit.

Q6.  Why do you think Alan Rickman is one of the best actors of all time?

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Alan Rickman

A1 –  I don’t.

Did I mention he can be a smartass? Let’s try that again. A2 – haha! While I do think Rickman is a great actor, he’s not on my personal list of best ever.  Don’t get me wrong, I love his work, and will always look forward to watching one of his films.  But there are just several other actors who I find more enjoyable.  That is personal taste and what makes our world superb.

Q7.  If I challenged you to write a story that was neither science-fiction nor fantasy, what genre would you write and why?

A –  Probably a suspense, murder story.  When it comes to movies, one of my favorite genres is serial killer stories, mind trip movies, and it would be fun to see if I could make my own skin crawl, and write a character who is extremely calculating, methodical, and horrible.

Q8. Are there certain characteristics that you believe all great heros should posses, or all memorable villains?

A – Heroes should be selfless, willing to sacrifice themselves to do what is right, what is necessary.  They are humble, honest, sincere, and virtuous.  Villians, well, they are the fun ones!  No remorse, passion, and intelligence are the factors I look for in a memorable bad guy.  But I move towards Antiheroes, personally.

Q9.  I like to write stories about strong female characters who don’t need a man to rescue them. Is there a common theme or message central to all your stories?

sarcoverA –  I love strong female characters, and I think it’s a shame there are not more of them.  But, we are slowly awakening as a society.  Hopefully, this will become more prevalent.  In my fantasy world, woman are on equal footing as men, and they join the ranks of Raithian Knights.  My main character will actually fight a woman, who is both strong and sensual.  While I appreciate a strong woman, I don’t think this excludes their feminity, their grace, and their beauty, so I still pay attention to this as well.  Overall, woman are amazing…

If you’d like to learn more about Kody, visit his blog.

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Merry Christmas world—and Alan Rickman

This is my favorite time of year because I love to give gifts and do nice things for my friends , family, and perfect strangers. Yes, I’m the person that instead of giving money to the person on the street with their hand out, I invite them to McDonald’s for a hamburger and conversation. Of course, most people just want the money, but I did have a nice chat with a homeless man over coffee at the downtown bus terminal once.

title (2)So this year, I thought I’d do something for the masses: make my short story, The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers, FREE on Amazon on December 25th and 26th. Don’t have a Kindle? They have an app for that. If your sense of humor is a bit on the twisted side, like mine, you’ll love this story. It’s  about a witch who needs to bring her boss’ dead cat back to life but nothing goes right. If you enjoy the story, tell your friends. If you don’t, tell your enemies. Let’s share the joy with as many people in the world as possible.

On another note, Alan Rickman, if you’re reading this, Merry Christmas from your number one fan. And now that I have your attention,when is your movie, Gambit, coming to the US? I’m dying to see it and not just because your naked in some scenes, though that is a big part of it. It’s going on my list.

So, Merry Christmas everyone! Be safe, be joyful, and happy reading!

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Another Alan Rickman movie crossed off the list

I hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving. We stuffed ourselves with turkey and then played a hilarious game of Uno. I won, of course, but learned that my sister’s boyfriend has a bit of a vindictive streak. I won’t sit next to him next time.

Tonight, my teenage daughter and I decided to watch another Alan Rickman film because…well, because he’s Alan Rickman. The movie of choice was Mesmer. Not one of his better movies. Not because of his performance, mind you, but because the plot was a bit confusing and very little was explained. And I don’t know if it was just my computer, but it was hard to hear a lot of the dialogue. Rickman’s voice is naturally low and smooth but when he whispers, you can’t hear a thing. The main reason I kept watching was because Rickman was at his peak of hotness. I was so jealous of the actress during the kiss scene, you have no idea. Then, they end the film without telling you what was to become of him and Maria. They’re just sitting alone in a room while revolutionaries (I think. It wasn’t explained) mob the streets. Overall, the movie was forgetful, but Rickman was not.

And don’t forget to enter my Pucker Up giveaway on Goodreads. It ends this Friday and I hope to have at least 700 entries by the end, but let’s push for 800. Just think of what a wonderful Christmas gift it would make for your teenage reader.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Pucker Up by R.A. Gates

Pucker Up

by R.A. Gates

Giveaway ends November 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Three cheers for friends and Alan Rickman

I’m very thankful for all the friends I’ve acquired over the years. From my writer friends who support me through the first, second, nineteenth draft of my manuscript, to the friends who not only bought my book when it was released but actually read it too, I’m so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people.

On the resolution front, I crossed another Alan Rickman movie off my list: Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Man, was that movie gross! But so tragic and hilarious at the same time. I loved Mrs. Lovett; such a savvy business woman. And Judge Turpin—what a disturbing man. Rickman portrayed him well, but I felt he could have been a little creepier. I’ll blame the director and editing. I wasn’t surprised that Rickman had a nice singing voice considering the man could seduce the most hardened woman simply by reading the phone book. He could make a killing reading audio books.  I know I’d buy all of them. I wonder if he’d consider reading my book.

Also, don’t forget to enter my book giveaway on Goodreads. My goal is to reach 500 entries by Thanksgiving. Happy reading!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Pucker Up by R.A. Gates

Pucker Up

by R.A. Gates

Giveaway ends November 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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I’m grateful for my family and Alan Rickman

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon of saying thanks for the many blessings in my life. First and foremost is my family; my husband Cameron and our children Kennieth, Monica, Paul, and Angela. They make life worth living.

Even after 16 years of marriage, my husband still shows me how much he loves me whenever we see each other.

Unfortunately, that isn’t as often as we’d like because of his job. He’s a truck driver and can only make it home once a month for a few days. But, we make the most of the time we have together. He’s a wonderful and devoted husband and father.

My children remind me to see all the wonders floating around us. I love the sound of their laughter and watching them enjoy the simple joys of life.I’ll never tire of hugging them, especially in front of their friends, and telling them how much they are loved. Between the teenagers, nine-year-old, and kindergartner, life is never boring. Although,  at the moment, Angela would beg to differ as she languishes on my bed and watches me type.

An update on my Alan Rickman Resolution: I watched The January Man today. It was interesting, though Mr. Rickman’s part should’ve been bigger. With all his talent, the character, Ed, was sorely underused. He played a painter, an artist who happened to know all about computers. Hmmm, how convenient. I don’t know why they didn’t just make him a computer tech because being an artist did nothing to further the plot or help solve the mystery. But then, the answers just seem to pop into Kevin Kline’s head with such fortuitous ease you can’t help but roll your eyes. Oh well. Every actor needs to have a flop or two in their resumé and this movie was obviously one of Rickman’s.

Don’t forget to enter to win a free, signed copy of Pucker Up on Goodreads. The last time I checked, I had 395 people entered to win. Let’s see how fast I can reach the 400 mark.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Pucker Up by R.A. Gates

Pucker Up

by R.A. Gates

Giveaway ends November 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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