Monday, April 30, 2012

The Art of Transition, Peace and Healing

Who likes change? Most people shy away from change, and for good reason. It can feel nebulous and scary. I've been going through a number of changes. I've felt really off-balance most of the time. I started to pull inward (and to my friends who noticed, sorry it's not personal). Pulling inward has a lot to do with personal healing. Expending energy outside of myself, became difficult. I had to pull in toward my reserves, meditate, ground and find my center. I had some amazing spiritual revelations over the weekend. And when I say amazing, I really mean mind-boggling. I won't say specifically what those were other than they are personal and profound. I did come to this point in the road where the word "unconditional" resonated. In healing myself, I realized that to be connected to the outer world again, I need to learn not to put "conditions" on things, not to place expectations, and certainly not to demand. And when I say this, I mean not just on other people, but on myself. In doing this, it's very, very freeing. It allows you to soar, glide, and catch a draft to rise.

I am sharing this information, because I hope you learn from what I am saying. I'm about sharing to help others reach higher understandings as well. So, while my "mind" might want me to plunge right in and hedonistically roll in the mental mud; my higher being and connection to the divine has served a higher purpose. I have cleared the muck. I have begun to meditate again. And in my meditation found clarity, peace and understanding. I am fortunate that I am able to do these things, and I have the knowledge to plug into. And there is a special someone out there who has supported me throughout this transition whether this person realizes it or not. I am blessed to have this person in my life. I am grateful to this person for hanging in there through the rough edges. And now I am going to give back all of the same support, encouragement, and applause! This person knows who they are. I thank you! With gratitude!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Morning Musings

I actually slept in until 10:00 a.m. here. Are you shocked or what? I slept 12 full hours! Why is this so thrilling? Well, I've spent my forties with horrible insomnia. For me to be able to not only fall asleep but stay asleep is a wonderful relief! If you have insomnia then you know what I'm talking about. Being in Southern California also killed my allergies. I walked around with a perpetual sinus infection in Sacramento -- land of trees and pollen. Now that I am living in what is essentially a concrete jungle, I am no longer struggling. I hate to say it, but that alone might be worth the move.

The only downside is not being able to regularly hit Tre Bella Spa in Auburn and see Cheryl Mullick for raindrop treatments that keep my arthritis and my overall health in check. I am a wee bit concerned about that one. My hand is bothering me a bit, and I haven't had any problems in two years. So, I am going to make it my mission to get back up north soon and see Cheryl. If you want an amazing health miracle, call Cheryl at 916-716-6258. I haven't had a cold or flu in two years! Not kidding! Rain drop treatment consists of a specific practice to apply essential oils so they absorb into your system through your skin -- it's also just a great massage. I adore Cheryl -- and you will, too. And here is a funny, little side note: there are no bugs around here! And, of course, few spiders (no food). I think that's just weird, but true.

Now I'm not down here to enjoy allergy- and bug-free living. I am here to work the business and get my projects developed for the entertainment business. And I'm nearly finished with the first draft of California Girl Chronicles, the pilot. I am just waiting to discuss any out-points with my mentor, who has been helping me develop it.  He had nothing but positive comments on the last draft, so I hope to wrap it up and send it out to interested parties next week. If you are a screenwriter, working with a coach is an excellent way to refine and finish your script. If you're interested in screenwriting coaching services, send me an email to info@3LPublishing.com, and I'll hook you up.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Update California Girl Chronicles

All right, so we've had over 400 views on the California Girl Chronicles trailer. I need to keep promoting it, so please make sure you click here to view it. It's hot! and sexy! 


The following is an excerpt for the second book in the series, Brea's Big Break. Enjoy! Book two is set to release in summer 2012.



Kale soon returned to Arizona for more on-set work. Other staffers from the office went with him so the place was quiet. I didn’t mind. I was able to get a lot of work done, and believe me, the pile of notes for rewrites had only grown. I’d heard, though, that they were actively casting the movie and that Johnny, the hot man I’d met in the hallway, had won the Drew part. As I rewrote Drew’s scenes, I wondered if he would see the movie. It occurred to me as I wrote the female lead that her words might make him feel the least bit repentant, but somehow I doubted it since Drew never expressed remorse. I was staring out my office window thinking about this when I heard a voice come from behind me.

Are you busy?”

I turned around to find Monica standing in the doorway, which surprised me since she had gone with Kale to Arizona and was obviously back early. Monica had a strange energy about her. She was serious and quiet, and Kale didn’t strike me as the type of guy who would go for the quiet, shy type. But I still didn’t quite have a pulse on their relationship. He seemed distant with her in some settings and rarely looked at her with much interest, but occasionally they put off a lovers’ vibe, especially since she always stood so close to him. I had only assumed they were together without confirmation. What did I have to say about it anyway? Kale was no longer my man.

“Sort of,” I replied. “What’s up?”

Monica walked in, set down a revised script and smiled. “Kale wants you to know he feels this is the shooting version.”

“Am I done?” I asked.

A quizzical look passed over Monica’s face as she replied, “Well — yeah, but you will be doing the on-set rewrites and new pages. You know, for when actors adlib.”

I nodded and stared at her. She looked uncomfortable and shifted back toward the door. “Is it true?” she blurted.

I frowned and asked, “What?”

“That you were with Kale?” she asked and looked down toward the ground.

I felt indignant. I didn’t feel comfortable around Kale’s presumed lover, and her question was much too personal. I turned my chair back toward the window and skyline, searching for an answer to shut her down and not pique her curiosity. “I don’t think we should be talking about Kale,” I replied in a flat, unyielding tone.

Just then I heard a rustle and turned my chair back in time to see Monica’s backside hustle out of the room and in her place, I rested my eyes on hot man-candy Johnny. He looked relaxed and had a big, open smile on his face.

“I remember you,” I said brightly. “Heard you got the part of Drew. Good for you!” I chirped, admiring this gorgeous, dark-haired man with perfectly muscular arms.

“Can you grab a bite with me?” he asked. “I want to pick your brain.”

I sat up and looked around my desk. I had nothing pressing, so I stood up and with enthusiasm replied, “Sure! Let’s go.”

Johnny stood in the doorway and waited for me. He allowed me to exit first like a gentleman. We made the requisite small talk as we walked to a Chinese café called Hop Singh up the street from the office. We sat on the back patio to eat noodles and chat. Johnny told me he started acting when he was 22, and he mentioned with a smirk how he got his first manager. The smirk piqued my curiosity.

“What’s that about?” I asked and pointed at his grin.

“What?”

“That!” I countered and motioned again toward his expression.

He leaned in and started to explain. “Well, she pretty much signed me for sex,” he admitted and chuckled with delight over it.

“What?” I frowned.

“Oh yeah, she was like a cougar, too,” he said, “and she got me some great spots. I just had to fuck her twice a week.”

I was taken aback and pulled away from him. “Really?” I asked with a frown.

He took a chopstick and shoved a noodle in his mouth as he said, “Really! But you know it’s fucking Hollywood man. That shit happens all the time. Swing a dick, and there you go.”

“No, I thought, you know, unions,” I whispered.

Johnny waved off the suggestion. “Fuck that man. Chicks are as bad as guys. Look at me now, though.”

I looked at him all right and frowned. “You don’t feel … dirty?”

Johnny waved off the suggestion, “Hell no! It’s the biz and, fuck yeah, I’ve had fun, too!”

I leaned over and shoved another noodle in my mouth, pondering his amoral take on the whole thing. He didn’t seem the least bit bothered by it. In fact, I got the impression he accepted and liked it.

“And you think you’re going to get somewhere with me like that?” I flatly asked.

Johnny quit eating and looked me right in the eyes. “Fuck no!” he retorted. “You’re hot and nice. I like you. And I like that you have real body parts.” He chuckled as he looked down to take another bite.

I looked down at my body parts and nodded. “Yep! Real! No woman would purposefully make her boobs this small,” I said with a laugh.

As Johnny talked about the business and his encounters on various movie sets, I started to like him. He was candid and enthusiastic about acting and his craft. He mentioned his last girlfriend was a major film star, but he wouldn’t divulge her name. He did say he met her when he played a small role in one of her films. He said she was down-to-earth but had this strange obsession with her hair. She wanted to become famous for her hair like Jennifer Aniston. He thought it was a crazy goal, and he said her hair was okay, but that it wasn’t likely going to create a national sensation.

“Why’d you break up?” I asked.

“I cut her hair off,” he said, totally kidding and laughing with a gregarious outburst. “No, she went to film in Italy and met an Italian Antonio-Banderas-like guy. Dumped my white ass,” he admitted with a smile that seemed out of place given his confession.

“And that makes you smile, why?”

“Come on, if she’s so shallow … fuck that shit! No big deal,” he said as he shoved yet another noodle in his mouth and waved off the comment.

We soon finished lunch, and he walked me back to the office, continuing the upbeat chatter about meaningless parts he had played. He did admit that he thought the part of Drew was cool, but then he frowned at me. “The guy’s a fucker, though.”

Now he got it. I started laughing and realized I really liked him. “Yep,” I replied and nodded, looking up into his soulful, light-grey eyes. “Hey, that was fun.”

Johnny nodded and smiled with that same brightness. He then reached out and grabbed me by the arm, pulling me toward him. It occurred to me that getting involved with an actor wasn’t such a good idea, so I pulled back a bit to resist.

He looked down at my arm and stepped forward instead. He leaned over and whispered, “Don’t worry.”

I looked up and met his gaze. He kissed my cheek. “I don’t bite,” he said as he inhaled my body lotion that was a mix of coconut and white ginger. “You smell amazing,” he said as he sucked in air and closed his eyes with a peaceful smile.

I pulled back just a bit and smiled at him. I tentatively moved forward and ever so softly kissed his pink, soft lips. It was light and tender. Johnny opened his eyes and pulled back slightly. He lit up with the biggest smile and said, “I’m going to love this job.”

Then he grinned, bowed as if he was a Japanese businessman and tipped his hand toward me. “You stay well, Miss Harper,” he said in the most old-fashioned way, and he headed off toward the elevator.

I was utterly breathless as I watched his body disappear into the elevator. I stood outside the office door for at least a minute when the door pulled open, and there stood Monica startled by my appearance. She made a strange noise, stared at me, followed my eyes and watched the elevator doors close on Johnny. She gave me the strangest look and didn’t say a word. She just left. I was puzzled – she was odd.


Friday, April 27, 2012

More Friday Morning Musings

It's Friday morning ... I need something new to obsess over with ya-all. Seriously, I haven't been out networking much lately and just hanging with the masses typically gives me plenty of fodder to chew on.  I definitely have an itch to have some serious fun. Maybe it's time to call a girlfriend and go out and paint the town. I mean, I'm living in Marina del Rey after all. I can certainly find something I'm sure to entertain myself with. I hate it, too, when I'm not my cantankerous self. Lately, life has gotten much too serious. I need a big giggle-fest. You can't cage a butterfly for too long! Just saying!! I am also looking into starting a new writer's group down here, but I need to find a consistent venue where they don't charge. The joy of the group is the whole let's just get together and discuss our favorite topics. If you live in Southern California and you have a venue to offer, send me an email at info@3LPublishing.com.

I did finish the first draft of the pilot for California Girl Chronicles, which is pretty exciting. I've completely neglected Brea's Blog, too. I decided to give Brea a short vacation. Tumblr fans are so intense! Seriously, the amount of obsessing that happens on Tumblr is just insane! I like to think of myself as a level-headed fan. I couldn't get that crazed over a celebrity. I mean, you need to realize these folks have to spend half of their days creating these videos. Who has time? And of course, my biggest, raging fandom is for True Blood, and I still have two more months for that one. I have seen the recent trailer. A few of the clips with my favorite Swede shows him looking a little too much like he did in Season 4 -- messed-up hair and no shirt. Are they going to keep Alexander Skarsgard shirtless the whole season again? Let's hope so! YUM! Yes, bring it on ... shirtless and going at it with hopefully Sookie (at some point). Yes, let's make our hormones rage a little more, too. I have feeling in most of his upcoming films, ASkars keeps his shirt on! Darn it! And he looked decidedly unattractive with a gut in the pictures from Disconnect. I'm pretty sure the other films don't offer shirtless, naked butt shots either! Darn it! Okay, I am so kidding! Can you tell I need to have some fun or what? All work and no play makes Michelle a boring, boring author!

Speaking of "author," you know book two of California Girl Chronicles is just sitting waiting for it's official release. I was thinking summer 2012, but with the delay in the bookstore release, I am re-thinking that one. Anyway Friend-Os, I also decided that something really amazing needs to happen today. I need NEW business! Yes, come ye come all and work with 3L Publishing. We're fast, we're furious, and we're fun! How could you ever doubt that I am fun? Oh yeah ... all about enjoying the fast lane for sure. As for my personal life that I avoid discussing too in-depth around here. I want someone to light a match and burn baby burn! Take that any way you like LOL!!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

VEEP vs. Girls ... VEEP Wins the Vote

I don't watch very much television. I love HBO on Sunday nights, but right now the choices outside of the new show VEEP seem like slim pickings. Speaking of VEEP, I have to say the scene where Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character does the best "WTF" contortion and tosses the coffee was classic. Her comedic timing was outrageously perfect and proves her physical comedy is brilliant. I loved it. If you haven't seen VEEP yet, I recommend you take a peek at it. The awful show Girls, on the other hand, is very likely to find its way into my "don't-watch" list. My friend and associated Sonja Fisher was over last night, and she was showing me how to DVR (yes, I am not DVRing), and I told her she had to watch the awful sex scene in the opening of Girls' second episode. I put it on for her to watch, and the look of horror on her face closely mirrored my own the first time I watched it. She said and I quote, "That's not even funny? Why is this thing getting four stars from the critics?" Sonja well said! I agree!! I am happy, though, to see a great show with a wonderful female lead take center stage on HBO, which seems to be recognizing with shows like Enlightened, that there is a strong audience for these shows. And with that ... oh, HBO my TV pilot California Girl Chronicles is almost finished ;).

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sometimes You Just have to Let Your Legs Dangle

I had the most amazing conversation with a children's book author. We are both about the same age, and she was divorced and on the dating scene. We were talking about some pretty personal stuff, but she gave the best advice about being newly divorced and dating again. First and foremost, she advised me to have fun. The cliche "life's too short" applies here. Then she looked at me and told me something really spot on. She said, "Just let your legs dangle. Hang from the air and don't know if you're going to fall or not. Be uncomfortable!" I absolutely loved her advise. She's right! Sometimes we all just need to let our legs dangle, feel afraid of heights, and just go with it. She reminded me that nothing is promised and guaranteed. You never know what comes next. You might try and control everything around you. You might try and find all of those guarantees, but ultimately you can't know. Her advise really means to relish and enjoy the unknown rather than being scared or anxious about it. The truth is, we can do everything "right" and it still turns out "wrong." Or we can do everything right and it turns out great, but either way, sometimes you just have to believe, have faith and ... let your feet dangle!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Girls, Episode 2 - The Unsexiest Sex Scene

I think when you watch a sex scene it's supposed to at least be sexy and not sort of make you grimace. On last night's episode of the new HBO show Girls, it opened with the possibly the unsexiest sex scene I've ever watched. Last week, I let you know that while this show is the critic's darling, I wasn't overwhelmed with its appeal. In my quest to give it a second chance, I watched the second episode. Here is how it opened: boyfriend is pounding (and I mean pounding) Hannah. As usual, she doesn't come across like she's enjoying this. He is saying all sorts of unappealing fantasy stuff to her, and at one point, he takes his hand and smashes her face to the side. I was not the least turned on. I was completely disgusted, and my first thought was, "That was completely unappealing." He disrespects and degrades her. She degrades herself, too. I didn't see the exact point except to show young women what? Don't let your boyfriend behave this way? Is this some form of acceptable courtship for younger women? Hannah even complains that he never texts her back or calls and they just randomly get together for these sex acts that she doesn't even seem to enjoy. This show has been cited as the modern Sex in the City. Well, Sex in the City had beautiful women who had sexual encounters that at least looked sexy! Only one of the girls is even remotely attractive in this series, and Hannah is decidedly not a beauty. She's so ordinary that I suppose that is the appeal for the average girl to connect with an actress who seems like she could be a girlfriend. I get that part. We can't all look like we came off the cover of Maxim. Yet just because she is so ordinary doesn't mean she has to be portrayed as a door mat. I don't know. This show is if nothing else interesting to watch to see what they're trying to do with it.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Screenwriter's Workshop

Why should you sign up for something like a screenwriter's workshop or hire a script coach? I always like to tell new writers that they really only have five pages (it's supposed to be 10 pages ... but the truth is most readers only last through five pages) to capture the reader's attention. If you blow the first 10 pages, you're completely out of the game. And what are those pages supposed to contain? You can mess up so many different elements in your script and be immediately eliminated as a prospect before you've even had a just to shine. Issues with even something as simple as formatting communicate to the reader. If you don't know formatting, what it immediately says is you don't know what you're doing. Again, you're eliminated before you have even had a chance to have the script read. Many writers might argue it seems ridiculous to be shut out of the game with a reader not even reading the story. Well, it doesn't matter what you think about these essential elements. The industry acts and behaves a very specific way. You can either figure out how to work within its rules or you just buck the system and get nowhere fast. If you would like to find out all of the ins and outs of putting your script together with a true expert, sign up to attend our Screenwriter's Workshop being hosted by the incomparable Scott D. Roberts whose screenwriting credits are impressive, and he's spent his entire career working various facets of the business. You can sign up by clicking here.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Morning Musings

I am sleeping regularly again! Imagine that one! I know I have some other insomniacs who have commented on my late-night posts in which I have consistently whined about my inability to sleep. It started about eight years ago, and I recently made some major changes in my life that to my utter delight are producing the ability to sleep. Is it complete exhaustion? It's possible since I've been slightly overwhelmed almost every day. Is it happiness and peace of mind? That's possible, too, since these changes involve a lot of transitions in some very positive directions. Even with my workload being a little over the top, I have started to find a lot of peace. The real lesson here: if you have unresolved issues in your life maybe it's time to resolve them. I do believe that the resolution, actions to change my life, and forward motion are what have brought me a great deal of peace. Unanswered and unresolved questions tend to hang out in our minds like uninvited interlopers. I am definitely one of these people who wakes up at 2:00 a.m. with a lot on her mind. I am still waking up at 2:00 a.m. here and there, but I have really great thoughts ... and then I fall back to sleep. Maybe I have found the cure from insomnia: get your personal life on the right track. Need or want to make a change in your life for the better? Pick up a copy of my book Second Bloom: 10 Steps to Reinvent, Rejuvenate and Realize a New Life available on the 3L website under Books.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Literary Equivalent to a Slut

You can always tell how much sex a writer gets by how much they write about it in their novels. I can honestly say that George R.R. Martin is a complete and utter virgin. ~ Davidson Howarth


I thought this would make a great blog topic and definitely in line with the psychology of the author influencing the page. I took a class on this once in college. The idea is that our psyche influences our work either consciously or unconsciously. I laughed when I read my fellow author Davidson's post, because, of course, what would this make me when I have a book (California Girl Chronicles) loaded with sexual content? I figured at least the literary equivalent to a slut LOL. I think the truth is that writers aren't going to write about something they are not interested in or that they don't think makes a great story. I suppose I wasn't going to write a contemporary romance in a culture where no one has sex or is not interested in sex. Mind you, 70 percent, according to a media expert, of all searches on Google are for porn. My friend Sonja Fisher still marvels over that one. I wouldn't write about a sexually empowered character if I didn't understand or even appreciate sexual empowerment. If I hated the idea of sex, I wouldn't write a contemporary romance at all. So, I do think Davidson's point is well taken. An author who has issues with his or her sexuality or sexuality in general is more likely to avoid the topic in his/her books. Or, and this is interesting, they might go overboard to mentally explore the possibilities of it. Or, and this is also interesting, they just don't want to talk about it anymore and would rather just do it. Hmm ... the last two theories ... As for California Girl Chronicles, I get asked if I am Brea (constantly) and my answer will remain the same, "No, I am not Brea." Brea enjoys her sexuality, but she makes some really huge errors in judgment. I like to think about it like this: the devil and the angel. "What would you in that situation, Michelle?" Me: "I wouldn't BE in that situation." And there friends answers the question.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Alexander Skarsgard: Not a Flash in the Pan

So my favorite Swedish delight Alexander Skarsgard has repeatedly acknowledged that he could be unemployed as quickly as he has been employed (see Wet Paint article). He has said this in dozens of interviews in just different quotes and ways to acknowledge what happens in La La Land with the meteoric rise of stars and the often disappointing and unceremonious crash to "planet reality". Now here is what Skarsgard is doing right that will make it much less likely that he will find his career nothing but a crater pit. He has focused more on quality than quantity, having starred in some terrific indie flicks including Melancholia and the okay Straw Dogs.  Outside of the mega popcorn flick Battleship, he returns to smaller and more artistic fare with the release of What Maisie Knew, The East and Disconnect -- all of which sound immensely interesting. I even saw a picture where he padded up in an ugly "gut" suit for Disconnect, which demonstrates his complete lack of vanity when doing serious projects. I'm not entirely sure the ladies will swoon over a beer gut, but he's keeping it real. The average guy doesn't have six-pack abs. I'm mean come on, they can't all have fabulous Viking blood coursing their veins. At the end of the day, these artistic sensibilities and strategic approach to a fickle audience prone to throw out the "star" with the bathwater will give his career nice longevity. So joke all you want Alex, but I think you'll be employed a good long time. And as a fan, I applaud you.

Finally! Bookstores Start Ordering California Girl Chronicles

You know running a business can often be fraught with mayhem. I think, though, now things are a little more organized and running and smoothly -- especially since my new operations manager, Bo Bradley took over the 3L Publishing functions that I hate to do. Well, my last person who sat in the chair that Bo now occupies did not post the California Girl Chronicles title correctly in the distributor Bakers and Taylor catalog of titles, which equals disaster on sales. The bookstores didn't have the correct information. I was slightly distraught when no orders came in and I couldn't understand why until Bo informed me of the huge  and costly mistake (this among some other egregious and costly mistakes ... ah, the perils of business). Well, now that the problem has been rectified, we finally received our first official bookstore order. It was a higher than average number! Now it makes sense. California Girl Chronicles has always, in my opinion, been the type of book that if you put it out on display in bookstore, it will get picked up. Even better, when I was at the Romance Convention, at least 90 percent (no exaggeration) of people who looked at the book cover commented how much they liked it! It stood out from a sea of competing books that all looked alike. So thank you to Erin Pace Molina, my genius graphic artist, who made my vision a brilliant reality. Now that the bookstores are picking up the book, it will continue to cement the following I am trying to build and the demand for the second book in the series Brea's Big Break, which I hope to publish this summer.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

All Writers Can Relate ... Driven to Distraction

So I need to revise the California Girl Chronicles script ... why haven't I done it yet? Well, let's see how many distractions can I come up with? Oh, yeah, I run 3L Publishing and have five books running in parallel. Okay, that is a serious distraction that has to be attended to. I'm plugging along yesterday and got an enormous amount of work done ... wait! A pile of laundry ... can't leave that be. And now my laundry room is across from my office so that is going to be a constant reminder to just pile it in. Now since I finally relented to the texting revolution every single of one of my friends texts me. Now I am answering emails AND texts. Did I tell you I pride 3L's reputation on quick response times? Yes, we guarantee a response within 24 hours and typically I keep my email open on my desk so I can respond within the hour. Customer service is critical, and my clients feel they have my full attention when I respond to their needs right away. Now what? All right so I need to maintain social media. Facebook has provided non-stop leads, so I log onto Facebook and post and try to respond to others. Whoops ... more distractions. Now it's the end of the day, and yours truly is tired. I had convinced myself to work on the script last night, but I was so spent from the non-stop writing all day that I just couldn't stand the thought. And believe it or not, I don't watch much TV. In fact, when we were in Chicago, the TV never came on for an entire week. I'm starting to wonder what will happen on the finale of one of my favorite shows House that I have neglected to watch in over a month. No time for idle, glazed-over eye time. But let's get real, all of this is merely keeping me from passionately getting my script written anyway. All you writers out there know exactly what I'm talking about. Just saying.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Girls ... a Whole lot of Unhappy Girls!

I watched Girls last night on HBO with high hopes. It was positioned as the new Sex in the City series about four girls living in New York. The reviews were great! I thought, "Finally! A new Sunday night show for my viewing pleasure!" Well, I am sad to say that I found Girls a moping, depressing, self-entitled mess. The jokes weren't funny. The main character Hannah, a slightly overweight moping case of the millennial generation, was just everything I described. She debases herself with her loser boyfriend who doesn't text her or call her for that matter. She just drops in on him, and he then proceeds to eventually demoralize her in a bad sex position that looked terribly unsexy. If she was enjoying anything, it sure didn't come across that way. She talks a lot and spends most of the episode sort of everyone's dumping ground except for her roommate which she has an odd intimacy with down to the two of them in the bathroom together and even sleeping in the same bed like two cuddled-up lovers. I have a lifetime best friend, and we have never just showered together or slept all curled up together (I reserve that intimacy for my lovers thank you). I know it was supposed to be funny. It wasn't funny at all. I didn't crack a single smile. I did feel highly annoyed listening to these sad sacks talk. Sorry HBO Girls is definitely NOT Sex in the City. It could be described more like Unsexy in the City with No Money and Plenty of Self-Entitlement.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Girl Power Rocks Hollywood

Tonight the new series Girls airs on HBO, and I will take time out of my busy work to take a look. This series follows young women (who think it's okay to be called "girls" is this post modern feminist world) as they struggle in New York City (a la Sex in the City with no budget for shoes) to establish their careers. These girls are not sexy, but more your average and perhaps not particularly attractive group. The main lead actress is slightly pudgy and definitely nothing to turn heads. From the trailer, she comes across as sardonic and sarcastic. I will watch the show with an open mind and see if I like it. This continues the season of the great flawed female characters, which my heroine in California Girl Chronicles falls into that category for sure. My young California Girl though is attractive and possibly not real, but she definitely faces real problems we can all relate to. I had a 19-year-old girl at the convention pick up the book and turn to page one and laugh. She showed her mom and continued giggling. She liked the book so much, she planted herself in the hallway and read a 1/3 of the way through. She then turned around and ordered book two right on the spot. So, I think we have a generation of young women looking for a heroine to follow. It will be interesting for the future of the work I'm doing on California Girl Chronicles, the pilot, to see how well Girls fairs in the ratings. We'll see ...

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Pirates and Cowboys and Vampires!

That's one crazy pirate!
Once more reporting from the floor of the last day of the RT Booklovers Convention. The big book fair with the likes of mega author stars like Charlaine Harris, my favorite book series Sookie Stackhouse, and Anne Rice among others are here signing today. Also, among the crowd of interesting characters, we have a pirate running around posing for pictures. Since I could barely look at him without cracking up, I couldn't bring myself to pose, but I did snap off this funny shot (enjoy). Other crazy characters are running around, too, and there are over 600 attendees running around. We are hoping to get at least 20% of these readers to purchase my book California Girl Chronicles so we come home empty handed. I would also go get the new Charlaine Harris book except I would have to stand in line with like 200 people, and I'm just not quite devoted enough. Although it would be great to have her new book to read on the plane ride home. I am also excited that Pen and Muse just ran a positive review of my book, too, and Fresh Fiction is interested. Tomorrow back to home base, and I'm sorry to say, but no more funny observations of outrageous characters.

Friday, April 13, 2012

From Swinging to Multiple Marriages ... All in a Day's Casual Conversation

I am once more reporting from the RT Booklovers Convention floor, and people openly and freely talk all around me. Here are two classic lines overheard in a really loud conversation. "I have always married older men," and "We were out with a bunch of swingers." I am telling you friends, I am so vanilla wafer, and as Bo now says, "VW". Since when is it commonplace to discuss multiple marriages and swinging like I said yesterday it's what you ate for breakfast? And since it is breakfast time here in Chicago, this was their actual breakfast conversation. I don't know whether I'm shocked that they said it all blase or that they discussed it in their booth space ... loudly. Whatever happened to boundaries or just why are we talking about such personal information so out in the open? I am just saying ... totally VW. And here I thought that being a somewhat liberal Californian that I was adventurous and fun. Hmm ... maybe not so much. And these people are from the "Bible Belt" and there you go. Now for some good news, my book California Girl Chronicles got a great review from Pen and Muse. Right now you can find the abbreviated version on Amazon.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Every Writer Needs a Pirate Dictionary

So I am at the RT Booklovers Convention, and I am laughing and listening and taking it all in. I am surrounded by authors and readers, and friends the things I've heard this week ... where do I get started? Okay, here is today's funny, "Every writer needs a pirate dictionary." All right I had no idea that as a writer I needed a pirate dictionary. What have I been missing out on all of these years? Now I must rush an order on Amazon for sure. "One pirate dictionary, please." Then I ran into two guys in the lobby yesterday where one was teasing the other about his "Texan" friend texting him so much. He says, "Yeah, ride 'em cowboy!" I was leaning over getting coffee and glanced at them. The guy says, "Oh no! She heard us. He's straight." Yeah, right! Like my dear friend texted me, "Like a wet noodle!" Speaking of friends, don't you love it when your friends are funny, too! Lots of funny texts going back and forth so I am constantly laughing or smiling. Now follow up this other sexual reference to the author yesterday who declared as if she admitted she ate cornflakes for breakfast, "I like guy-on-guy erotica." Okay, and that is another all right then! I was sitting at my table and I'm quite sure I just stared at her. And if you know me at all, that stare is the famous "Michelle" stare. Her statement among a sea of some pretty risque book covers suddenly made me feel as vanilla as a wafer. And here all this time I thought California Girl Chronicles pushed the edges with its sexy content. Believe me after what I've seen, I am so boring. I'll keep my ears on high alert to keep sharing the entertaining moments with you this week.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Reporting from the RT Booklovers Convention

After getting over the overwhelm of walking into a crowded convention and having no idea where to go, I started to settle down and look around. I had to grin as I realized that it is always smart to reach out to your target audience. This place is teaming with thousands of romance readers hungry for the next big thing. Of course, I am more than happy to supply them a copy of my contemporary romance book California Girl Chronicles. All of you authors or even business people who sell products take heed. Nothing is better or smarter than to go right to your consumer. I am constantly telling people (especially on social media to target, target, target). Find a convention or event that puts you right in front of your target audience and let the sales begin. I am confident we are going to have great success selling the book and meeting prospective authors, too. We are on publisher's row, which means people will be inspecting and considering us as publishers. If you need help marketing or promoting your book, product or service, please feel free to contact me at michelle@3LPublishing.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Do You Really Need to Kiss and Tell?

Today's reaction to once more celebrities and people in general who cannot keep anything at all to themselves is Rihanna's public confessions of "crushing" on both Liam Neeson and Alexander Skarsgard. I don't know about you but when I had a crush on people, I didn't tell everyone in the press (or my every friend). I find that kind of embarrassing. Why in the world do people famous or not need to verbally vomit their innermost thoughts all over the place. Can someone like Rihanna enjoy her crushes and keep it private? Or is it yet another publicity stunt to get press ... or both. I know I keep going on about this on the blog, but I am awed by the fact that so many people just don't keep their private thoughts private anymore. Isn't it kind of fun to have a little "secret" all your own? I mean, Rihanna might as well scream across the high school gymnasium, "Hey! Alexander you're hot!" And isn't that almost akin to a cat call by some random construction worker when a beautiful woman walks by? And P.S., how many guys actually get laid by cat-calling?

Scott D. Roberts to Host a Screenwriters Workshop


Are you an aspiring screenwriter eager to learn from a real professional how to transform your ideas into words that eventually light up the silver screen? Scott D. Roberts, writer, producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary, “Gas Hole,” narrated by Peter Gallagher among his dozens of other screenwriting credits, is coming to Roseville to host a screenwriting workshop titled “How to Write Screenplays that Sell.” The workshop is scheduled for May 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., 3721 Douglas Blvd., Roseville, CA 95661.

Roberts will walk the class through an information-packed workshop designed to help writers adapt books into scripts or write original screenplays. “How many times have you said, ‘I have a great idea for a movie?’ This workshop will allow you to take it from idea to reality,” he said. “There is definitely a blueprint that studio executives follow, and I will help map out your blueprint.”

Roberts’ workshop will cover:
                Writing that perfect log line that says what your script is about in two lines or less
                Developing the correct structure and pacing
                Effectively applying tools and techniques, including storyboarding, index cards, and pacing breakdown
                Tips and tricks to writing a great and most importantly marketable script to Hollywood
                Networking and working the business of Hollywood and properly working the system

“It’s exhilarating to see the light bulb go off on writers who figures out their stories from A to Z and overcome the obstacles that they put in front of themselves,” added Roberts. 

You can learn more details and sign up to attend this workshop by going to Meetup.com and Writers Who Mean Business.

About Scott D. Roberts
Scott D. Roberts is the writer, producer, and co-director of the award-winning documentary, “Gas Hole,” narrated by Peter Gallagher. He is currently in pre-production on “Gas Hole 2: Getting Drilled" with partner Jeremy Wagener. He is also the executive producer, writer, and co-host of the monthly segment, “Gas Hole of the Month” which airs on FSTV. He recently had his sitcom pilot that he co-wrote, “Scotty Moore,” optioned by EUE/Screen Gems with Mike O'Malley ("Yes, Dear," "Glee," "Shameless") executive producing and just finished writing a spec script, “Hero Unleashed,” with Todd Sawyer and Scott Disharoon, for academy-award nominated producer, David Levy (“Gosford Park,” “The Player.”) He wrote, produced, and directed two reality pilots in the last three years, "Giving, Celebrity Style," starring Melinda Clarke ("Nikita," "The O.C.") and  "Ted & Jason: Building an Empire," featuring the hair stylist to the stars, Ted Gibson. Due to his 20 years in the industry, he brings an interesting uniqueness to his workshops by beginning his career as an actor, a literary agent, running a production company, and now as a writer, producer, and director. He has had numerous projects optioned and/or developed by New Line, Warner Brothers, Paramount, MGM, and Columbia. 

For more information, go the Gas Hole Movie website.


Monday, April 9, 2012

When it Comes to Writing Know What You Don't Know and Learn

I am very, very fortunate in that I am working with a tremendously talented individual to get the California Girl Chronicles pilot into shape. I just read the notes on it, and I have to say, it's a completely different take on what I wrote -- and that is a good thing. The one thing I learned a long time ago, know what you don't know and learn! Sometimes as we become more experienced with our writing and hone our skills, we get a little self-satisfied. You think, hey I've published some 35 books and sold two scripts. I should know this stuff already. Well, only a person with a lot of hubris and major ego thinks there is nothing else to learn. I used to play that game "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (the board version) with my family and consistently won. No, not because I knew all of the answers. I knew I didn't know and was willing to admit it, and since I was playing against folks who actually might have had more knowledge, but who didn't know when to just ask for help, I won! You see how that works. So, here is the deal: respect those who know more than you do, listen, learn and win! See how that works when it comes to your projects. Only the fool doesn't know when to ask for help ... I'm just saying!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

On Keeping it Private ... I Agree with Mr. Skarsgard for Sure

I just read in Play magazine some of Alexander Skarsgard's comments on the need for privacy. In this social media saturated world we now live in, our every thought, craving or idiosyncrasy can be revealed to the world. You don't have to be a famous movie star interviewed in major magazines to tell the entire world your inner-most private world. You can blog about it, post it on Twitter or Facebook, or heck just write a newsletter and send it out. It's easy enough to reveal your privacy to the world in this technology era where instant gratification takes on a whole new meaning. Let me caution you, though. Do you really want the entire world to know everything about you, including what you ate for breakfast? Do you really want a prospective employer to see you dancing drunk on tables? Does that leave a good impression? Probably not! Here is the deal, you don't need to tell the world everything! Keep some of it for yourself. Enjoy that you can still have a private life. No one need know who you date, what you wear, and where you go. It's just not necessary! When I do interviews on my book California Girl Chronicles, I get asked about my private life all of the time. I do not share. First, I want the book to stand on its own and tell the story on its own without my interference or inference it has anything to do with my own experiences whether it does or not. I am not Brea. I've said that many, many times. I want people to take away their own experience of the story. Since it is erotic, I especially do not want men to mix up the two things -- reality vs. fantasy. Again, I am not my character. I also believe there is a dividing line between what I want to keep just for me and what I want out in the public forum on display for people to judge, criticize or comment on. It's really hard to stay grounded and knowledgable about who you really are in the world when so many other people are willing to tell you for you. I've read articles about articles I've written where I got called a Communist. A what? Yes, one of the most democratic people I know (me) got called a Communist from some random person who has never had a single conversation with me. I've had many speculations made about my company that were unfounded. So, you see. Once out of the bag all sorts of bizarre things can happen. So, I say, keep it to yourself.

When Opportunity Knocks Always Say "Yes"

I was quoted last year in Success Magazine for having said that very phrase. Opportunities present themselves all of the time to us. We have to decide yes or no. I have noticed most people (based on fear) will say no. The average person is risk-adverse and won't dive in the deep end of the pool. I spent the first 20 years of my career being risk-adverse and saying no about 90 percent of the time. In 2006, my "adverse" nature changed almost overnight. I am one of these people who stews on visions for a long time. What happens is an idea takes root, and I visually start to see it happening in my mind's eye. While on the surface some of my decisions seem sudden, I can assure you nothing ever happens on impulse here. I have been considering it for a good long time, and then what happens is the opportunity to seize the day knocks! In the past, I wouldn't have "answered the door." Now that I have learned to live fearlessly when the chance to go forward with an idea that formed as a seedling in my head comes up, I go for it. I've recently had two such opportunities come my way both personally and professionally. Again, on the outside the act of walking through that door seemed out of nowhere, but I can assure you nothing I do is ever sudden. So, here is how this really works. Form a vision first. Consider the process it would take to make the vision real and then keep your eyes open for the opportunity. In the end, you will achieve your dreams and find success, because if you're following your passion you cannot lose. I forgot to add that passion is the essential ingredient in all successful endeavors. I have a book all about this for those of you who would like more specific guidance. It's called Second Bloom and available on the 3L Publishing website. Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Rhythm of Great Storytelling

Some writers are natural-born storytellers and very good at translating their thoughts onto the page. I recently got to read a true professional's screenplays. I noticed something about the writing that stood out. Now I have read more scripts and manuscripts than I can count. When I read this writer's work, I was impressed and struck by a clear and distinct rhythm or "beat" to his ability to tell the story. It was in musical terms "pitch perfect," and as educated reader it stood out in an organic and unforced way. It is really hard to explain without showing an example, and it's not the sort of thing a simple example will explain anyway. I will try though. Each of the acts of the screenplay had a natural progression like going over a bell curve. As you "drove" up and over the curve, each point was punctuated right where it should be. I would say it's almost like building up to a mini-climax of sorts and then coming back down, but that is not exactly how a script or manuscript works. Yet this writer led the reader perfectly along through the upward and downward flow of the writing. It was so perfect with beautiful and natural dialog that you never notice anything about it that takes you out of the storytelling. You stay right there in the time and place, and you never become distracted by anything that is out of place or seems just, well, distracting. The one thing about dialog is that any veer off into a weird or clunky direction with it, and it jars the reader back into his/her own body. Great dialog makes the reader feel a part of the conversation. This writer's dialog was again pitch-perfect and very real. Can any of these talents be taught? I think some of it is a natural gift, and some of it is a honed skill. Some writers can never quite figure it out, or they do and they do a good job, but they can never pull off the natural genius of this writer. I will say that no matter what it is important to at least hone the skill and see where it goes ...

Friday, April 6, 2012

Let's Go Back to No. #1 - True Blood

A few days without a cable hook-up and I was forced to dig into my DVD collection for entertainment. I decided to go back to season 1 of True Blood and re-watch. Since I really only like the Eric Northman/Sookie Stackhouse romance, it meant having to endure the original Bill/Sookie romance. I have to say the initial heat between the couple was there, but then you know Bill turned into such a controlling ass and got all paternal and "protective" to the point where you really started to dislike his treatment of Sookie as if she were a child. It's also pretty interesting reflecting on the show through the lens of the proceeding seasons that revealed Bill's true intentions from day one, which were not so honorable in that Queen Sophie Anne sent Bill to procure her. Then you have Eric Northman's interest in her and the difference in how he treats her. He lets her speak for herself and make her own decisions. He doesn't try to control her and he respects her. For these reasons among dozens of others, I just don't buy Sookie ending up in control-freak Bill's arms. Our girl is so much better than that. So now I am eagerly awaiting Season 5, which comes out this summer in June. I know where I will be on Sunday nights again!!

The Third Reinvention of Me!

Sorry Friend-Os ... I have been offline moving my office to Marina del Rey, home of beautiful spring weather and cool ocean breezes! I am one block from the marina and ocean -- pretty cool! I have just moved through yet another reinvention. I would say this reinvention is my third major change in six years. Some people resist change and think it's scary. Not me! Once I form a bold, clear vision (see my book Second Bloom on the 3L website under books), I go for it. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of time to formulate how I want to go forward. Both my personal and professional lives have been drastically altered! I am moving forward full steam ahead, and I intend to network and dig in deep in Southern California. One thing I'll share is that the process of change can be unpleasant, but then the net results are often well worth it. Now 3L Publishing can expand its reach even further. We still have our operations manager Bo Bradley running the Sacramento office and doing her thing. She will continue Writers Who Mean Business, and we have a great upcoming workshop on screenwriting coming in May. My dear friend and colleague Scott D. Roberts, whose impressive screenwriting and industry credits will make you want to sign up for certain, will host the workshop. I will be there to support the group and listen in, too ;). I will announce details when I have it locked down. Just know if you want or need a change, life is too short not do just do it!! Want my advice, drop me an email at michelle@3LPublishing.com.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

True Blood, Season 5 First Look Trailer! Yaye!

Ah, HBO is whetting our appetites for more True Blood, and yesterday they released a new trailer with ... egad the actors in it (click here). Yes, of course, I watched it. And I've read the books, too. So I could sort of tell between the spoilers and books what might be going on this fine season. If you hate spoilers, stop here. All right so we have some digging going on! Let's bet on one of two things. Tara is getting turned OR they are burying Debbie Pelt's body OR both. Remember in the books, they bury Debbie's body on Sookie's property. I would imagine we might have a little of that going on. I do thinking turning Tara is the most obvious choice, so I'm sure the writers are more imaginative than to take the most in-your-face road with that storyline ... or I could be wrong. Sometimes the obvious choice is great when you have plenty of exciting storyline to explore from it. Watching the ultra-angry Tara act on her "nature" might be extremely interesting. She's not exactly the most docile character on the show. The other obvious storyline that has been reported about is the issue with The Authority and Bill and Eric. I've already figured out our vampire boys will be on the run and supposedly "bonding". How bonded can two vastly different romantic rivals really get anyway? As for Sookie, the centerpiece of the show, I sort of see her a little lost in the mix here. The show is supposed to be all about her, but this season might shift a bit here at least so it seems from that trailer. It was pretty much an equal shift among potential stories. I do have to say this to the writers: don't lose your focus. It's supposed to be about Sookie! Just saying!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Excerpt: California Girl Chronicles, Book 2

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, California Girl Chronicles: Brea's Big Break. It will be on sale on the 3L website in limited supply in the next several days. 

5

Kale soon returned to Arizona for more on-set work. Other staffers from the office went with him so the place was quiet. I didn’t mind. I was able to get a lot of work done, and believe me, the pile of notes for rewrites had only grown. I’d heard, though, that they were actively casting the movie and that Johnny, the hot man I’d met in the hallway, had won the Drew part. As I rewrote Drew’s scenes, I wondered if he would see the movie. It occurred to me as I wrote the female lead that her words might make him feel the least bit repentant, but somehow I doubted it since Drew never expressed remorse. I was staring out my office window thinking about this when I heard a voice come from behind me.

Are you busy?”

I turned around to find Monica standing in the doorway, which surprised me since she had gone with Kale to Arizona and was obviously back early. Monica had a strange energy about her. She was serious and quiet, and Kale didn’t strike me as the type of guy who would go for the quiet, shy type. But I still didn’t quite have a pulse on their relationship. He seemed distant with her in some settings and rarely looked at her with much interest, but occasionally they put off a lovers’ vibe, especially since she always stood so close to him. I had only assumed they were together without confirmation. What did I have to say about it anyway? Kale was no longer my man.

“Sort of,” I replied. “What’s up?”

Monica walked in, set down a revised script and smiled. “Kale wants you to know he feels this is the shooting version.”

“Am I done?” I asked.

A quizzical look passed over Monica’s face as she replied, “Well — yeah, but you will be doing the on-set rewrites and new pages. You know, for when actors adlib.”

I nodded and stared at her. She looked uncomfortable and shifted back toward the door. “Is it true?” she blurted.

I frowned and asked, “What?”

“That you were with Kale?” she asked and looked down toward the ground.

I felt indignant. I didn’t feel comfortable around Kale’s presumed lover, and her question was much too personal. I turned my chair back toward the window and skyline, searching for an answer to shut her down and not pique her curiosity. “I don’t think we should be talking about Kale,” I replied in a flat, unyielding tone.

Just then I heard a rustle and turned my chair back in time to see Monica’s backside hustle out of the room and in her place, I rested my eyes on hot man-candy Johnny. He looked relaxed and had a big, open smile on his face.

“I remember you,” I said brightly. “Heard you got the part of Drew. Good for you!” I chirped, admiring this gorgeous, dark-haired man with perfectly muscular arms.

“Can you grab a bite with me?” he asked. “I want to pick your brain.”

I sat up and looked around my desk. I had nothing pressing, so I stood up and with enthusiasm replied, “Sure! Let’s go.”

Johnny stood in the doorway and waited for me. He allowed me to exit first like a gentleman. We made the requisite small talk as we walked to a Chinese café called Hop Singh up the street from the office. We sat on the back patio to eat noodles and chat. Johnny told me he started acting when he was 22, and he mentioned with a smirk how he got his first manager. The smirk piqued my curiosity.

“What’s that about?” I asked and pointed at his grin.

“What?”

“That!” I countered and motioned again toward his expression.

He leaned in and started to explain. “Well, she pretty much signed me for sex,” he admitted and chuckled with delight over it.

“What?” I frowned.

“Oh yeah, she was like a cougar, too,” he said, “and she got me some great spots. I just had to fuck her twice a week.”

I was taken aback and pulled away from him. “Really?” I asked with a frown.

He took a chopstick and shoved a noodle in his mouth as he said, “Really! But you know it’s fucking Hollywood man. That shit happens all the time. Swing a dick, and there you go.”

“No, I thought, you know, unions,” I whispered.

Johnny waved off the suggestion. “Fuck that man. Chicks are as bad as guys. Look at me now, though.”

I looked at him all right and frowned. “You don’t feel … dirty?”

Johnny waved off the suggestion, “Hell no! It’s the biz and, fuck yeah, I’ve had fun, too!”

I leaned over and shoved another noodle in my mouth, pondering his amoral take on the whole thing. He didn’t seem the least bit bothered by it. In fact, I got the impression he accepted and liked it.

“And you think you’re going to get somewhere with me like that?” I flatly asked.

Johnny quit eating and looked me right in the eyes. “Fuck no!” he retorted. “You’re hot and nice. I like you. And I like that you have real body parts.” He chuckled as he looked down to take another bite.

I looked down at my body parts and nodded. “Yep! Real! No woman would purposefully make her boobs this small,” I said with a laugh.

As Johnny talked about the business and his encounters on various movie sets, I started to like him. He was candid and enthusiastic about acting and his craft. He mentioned his last girlfriend was a major film star, but he wouldn’t divulge her name. He did say he met her when he played a small role in one of her films. He said she was down-to-earth but had this strange obsession with her hair. She wanted to become famous for her hair like Jennifer Aniston. He thought it was a crazy goal, and he said her hair was okay, but that it wasn’t likely going to create a national sensation.

“Why’d you break up?” I asked.

“I cut her hair off,” he said, totally kidding and laughing with a gregarious outburst. “No, she went to film in Italy and met an Italian Antonio-Banderas-like guy. Dumped my white ass,” he admitted with a smile that seemed out of place given his confession.

“And that makes you smile, why?”

“Come on, if she’s so shallow … fuck that shit! No big deal,” he said as he shoved yet another noodle in his mouth and waved off the comment.

We soon finished lunch, and he walked me back to the office, continuing the upbeat chatter about meaningless parts he had played. He did admit that he thought the part of Drew was cool, but then he frowned at me. “The guy’s a fucker, though.”

Now he got it. I started laughing and realized I really liked him. “Yep,” I replied and nodded, looking up into his soulful, light-grey eyes. “Hey, that was fun.”

Johnny nodded and smiled with that same brightness. He then reached out and grabbed me by the arm, pulling me toward him. It occurred to me that getting involved with an actor wasn’t such a good idea, so I pulled back a bit to resist.

He looked down at my arm and stepped forward instead. He leaned over and whispered, “Don’t worry.”

I looked up and met his gaze. He kissed my cheek. “I don’t bite,” he said as he inhaled my body lotion that was a mix of coconut and white ginger. “You smell amazing,” he said as he sucked in air and closed his eyes with a peaceful smile.

I pulled back just a bit and smiled at him. I tentatively moved forward and ever so softly kissed his pink, soft lips. It was light and tender. Johnny opened his eyes and pulled back slightly. He lit up with the biggest smile and said, “I’m going to love this job.”

Then he grinned, bowed as if he was a Japanese businessman and tipped his hand toward me. “You stay well, Miss Harper,” he said in the most old-fashioned way, and he headed off toward the elevator.

I was utterly breathless as I watched his body disappear into the elevator. I stood outside the office door for at least a minute when the door pulled open, and there stood Monica startled by my appearance. She made a strange noise, stared at me, followed my eyes and watched the elevator doors close on Johnny. She gave me the strangest look and didn’t say a word. She just left. I was puzzled – she was odd.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spoiler Alert: Battleship

I figured right from the beginning of the trailers for Battleship that my favorite actor Alexander Skarsgard would not last the entire film. Now other reviewers are suggesting the same thing (click here). Why did I think this? Because the star of the film is consistently in the trailer and there is a scene where they supposedly blew an air cannon right at Skarsgard's face. Since we didn't get to see much of him in the rest of the clips (well, no appearances at all), I just put two and two together, which equals someone kicks off. Now I'm slightly annoyed at this prospect because I am only going to see the film to watch my famous Swede. I mean, Battleship is not really shaping up from the previews to be a film I'm eager to see. Hey, but here is my major complaint. Skarsgard appears in the enticing film Melancholia, and wham! Half the film he isn't in it. Now he's in another big film, and I suspect he isn't in most of it, too. Hey producers out there, we think this actor is amazing! Don't cast him in supporting roles!! Give him some real scenery chewing, fantastic material in the whole movie!! Since he's going to be appearing in the upcoming film What Maisie Knew, The East and Disconnect, let's hope these filmmakers were smart enough to keep his character consistently in the whole project!