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Pizza, Salad, and a Movie: The Lego Batman Movie

Last weekend’s Pizza Toppings at Corner Pizza:

  • Arugula
  • Jalapeños
  • Artichoke Hearts

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I had a wedge salad, but since it was the first Friday of Lent, I skipped the bacon. So it was basically iceberg lettuce, tomato, and blue cheese dressing. My husband joked that it reminded him of the salads his mom used to make. (But he doesn’t remember blue cheese dressing…)

Since I haven’t mentioned this in a while, let me say that the pizzas at Corner Pizza are very good. When I achieve my weight loss goal, I may have a slice or two. Until then, I’m happy just to take photos of them.

Movie:

The Lego Batman Movie

Whoever thought of making a movie using Lego pieces/characters? Someone did for the first one (The Lego Movie, I think), and because it did so well, they came along and did another. This one was clever, if a little silly, but it was well done and entertaining. A bit of a change from movies we’ve seen lately, and a welcome one.

Now – it’s old news that La La Land didn’t win the Academy Award for Best Picture (and how it didn’t win). I’m glad it didn’t, but we haven’t seen Moonlight and don’t really want to. I’m kind of over the Oscars, anyway, except maybe for the gowns on the Red Carpet. Staying up past midnight to see the announcers (or whoever it was) mess up the biggest award of the night – well, I’m glad I didn’t.

[I did wake up in the middle of the night though and checked Facebook (!) to see who won that award. I saw a post that said “That was nuts. #Oscars”, but for some reason, I wasn’t curious enough to look further. I went back to sleep and found out what happened the next morning.]

Incidentally, Bonnie and Clyde is one of my all time favorite films. Too bad its actors had the misfortune of being the ones who got the wrong card that night!

 

 

 

List Post, mars (March) 2017

I have 2 events coming up later this month on the same weekend:

  1. I’ll appear at the 2017 Dahlonega Literary Festival on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Come see me between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm at the Dahlonega Baptist Church (234 Hawkins St, Dahlonega GA 30533). I’ll have copies of all four of my books available to sign. Bring your book club members and enjoy this wonderful event!
  2. The following day, Sunday March 26 at 2:30, I’ll appear at Tall Tales Books for a discussion and book signing. This bookstore is conveniently located in Toco Hills at 2105 La Vista Road in Atlanta. You’re invited to attend!

Until then, I’ll be working on my (so far, untitled) next novel (“Book 5” for now). And on Monday evening, March 20, I’ll be the guest of the Atlanta Women’s Book Club at their meeting to discuss DADDY’S GIRL. 

Merci mille fois to my friend Hamid, the owner of Café Vendôome on Roswell Road for hosting me last Saturday, March 4 for the afternoon, to sign copies of my books. Thanks to all who attended – it was wonderful to see you all and to chat about books!

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Wine with Wendy on Wednesday, Feb 2017

Happy Mardi Gras!

Earlier this month, Wendy and I met for lunch, and I’m just now getting around to writing about it. I’ve lost count of the number of posts I’ve done about our déjeuners, so I’m going to start identifying them by date.

This time, we didn’t go to a French restaurant. Instead, we chose Seasons 52 for the lighter fare. We passed on dessert, but we had a glass of wine.

And this time, we didn’t discuss our artistic endeavors (much). Instead, we talked about practical things like our households (not our kids, though) and health (basically, exercise and dieting).

Kind of appropriate, when you’re at Seasons 52.

I hope we can fit in a lunch this month. Spring break is coming, and Wendy’s 5 children have different spring breaks. I have a lot on my calendar in March, too: book signings, book club appearances, travels, and a literary festival. My next appearance is this Saturday afternoon* at a French café called Café Vendôme. They have wonderful bread, patisseries and a great lunch menu. Hope to see you there!

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Above: Seasons 52 flatbread and dessert choices. Below: Café Vendôme macarons, etc.

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* Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:30

Pizza, Salad, 4 Movies and the Oscars

Last weekend’s Pizza Toppings at Corner Pizza:

  • Shallots
  • Jalapeños
  • Portobellos

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For me, a spinach salad.

(Recent) Movies:

Hidden Figures

Gold

Fanny’s Journey

Lion


The OSCARS are coming!

Not surprisingly, La La Land has received lots of nominations. Although I enjoyed it, I don’t think it should be awarded Best Picture (but I expect that it will). There was much about that movie to like, but the story just didn’t do it for me. It was the ending that killed it – not to mention some aspects of the plot. A recent Wall Street Journal article sums up my feelings almost exactly (note: spoilers!)

I saw the four films listed above after seeing La La Land. Each are based on true stories, and I loved all of them except Gold (and I liked that a lot). What I didn’t like about Gold: the way Matthew McConaughey looked (he gained weight for the role), and the fact that I found the film too long.

The other 3 movies were fantastic, in my opinion.

Fanny’s Journey was in French with English subtitles (I saw it during the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival), so you may not know about it. I highly recommend it. Hidden Figures and Lion were very, very good, and I think each should win some awards. My pick for Best Picture? It’s a toss up between the two.

We’ll see what the Academy decides, tomorrow night.

 

 

List Post, février 2017

February is almost over, and I’ve forgotten to do a LIST POST! So here it is:

  • I’ve been on a Radio Show (on Feb 3) and done three author events over the last weekend! Check out the Radio Show broadcast on my MEDIA page. An edited, short version of the best SOUND BITES is on the way…Stay tuned.
  • Look on FACEBOOK for photos of my events (or scroll down), at Humpus Bumpus Books in Cumming, “Lunch Can Be Murder” Sisters in Crime event (and 30th anniversary celebration) in Smyrna, and Sunday Tea and Book Signing at Bookmiser in Roswell. 
  • My last Book Signing this month will be on Friday Feb 24 from 12 Noon to 3:00 at Bernard Dugaud Atelier de Beauté. Park in the back and enter there – you will find me and my books, and lots of French-speaking fun and talented people!
  • MARDI GRAS is coming up… and I’ll appear at a local BOOK CLUB on Ash Wednesday, March 1, to talk about my novel DADDY’S GIRL. Two more Book Clubs have me on their schedules this spring. Let me know if you want me to appear at yours!
  • Finally, the OSCARS are coming up, and I’ve seen 4 great films recently that I have yet to tell you about in “Pizza and a Movie” – but I will, before the 26th. 

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Pizza and a Movie (and a Radio Show)

We went to Corner Pizza once so far this year (in January), before going to see a movie, and here were our Pizza Toppings (I had a chicken salad sandwich):

  • Green Olives
  • Jalapeños
  • Ham

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Movie:

La La Land

I loved almost everything about this film, and really enjoyed it. The story, the singing, the dancing, the piano playing…but I wasn’t fond of the ending. I had something different in mind, an ending that would have been more satisfying and even would have made (more) sense. If you have seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about. I mean – why not?

Now for my upcoming radio show appearance on Friday – and yes, we do plan to go see a movie that night. But between now and 11:00 on Friday, February 3, 2017, I’m more focused on my interview with radio host and author Doug Dahlgren on The Doug Dahlgren Show.

Doug interviews an author on this program every Friday, and he asked me to appear on it a few months ago when we attended an event in Athens, Georgia. I’m looking forward to talking and answering questions about my book ALL THE ABOVE, as well as my novels.

I mentioned it today to a new friend whose mother is a famous published poet. We chatted about fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and languages. My friend offered a few words and expressions commonly used in, of all places, the fashion industry (she got them from a daughter in that business, and her mom the poet has used them in describing poems, too).

They are:

  • underpinnings
  • added value
  • tailor-made
  • exit appeal

I plan to use them on the broadcast on Friday when talking about ALL THE ABOVE. How? Tune into the show, and if you comment below about how I used them to describe the book or the writing of it, you may just win a signed copy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

List Post: janvier 2017

  1. My calendar is filling up! Click News & Events for my upcoming appearances, all in February: Book Signings in Cumming, Roswell, and Buckhead; a Sunday Tea; a Saturday Luncheon; and a Radio Interview! Sign up there to receive my bi-monthly newsletter (the January 2017 edition was just published).
  2. This month, I’m back to and hard at work on my next novel, a domestic suspense.
  3. And on Monday, January 30, I’ll attend the “Simply Buckhead Welcome Party” to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer with two lovely friends (and “Quiet Hero” moms). Hope to see you there!

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Pizza, Salad, and a Movie: Manchester By The Sea

This weekend’s Pizza Toppings at Corner Pizza:

  • Capers
  • Jalapeños
  • Chicken

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I tried a new salad: “The V-8.” It was great!

Movie:

Manchester By The Sea

What can I say about this film, other than that it was sad? My husband said it reminded him of Ordinary People (which I liked better than this). Once I got used to the Boston/northern accents – which took a few minutes – I was involved with the characters. But overall, I didn’t enjoy this movie as much as I had hoped to. I knew it was a drama, and would probably be a tragic story, but I was looking for something else, something that just never happened.

And it left me feeling unhappy.

Let me know if you see it and you have a different reaction. I’d love to know what you thought.

 

 

Pizza, Salad, 4 Movies and a Book Signing

I’ve been busy!

Last weekend’s Pizza Toppings at Corner Pizza:

  • Black Olives
  • Jalapeños
  • Banana Peppers

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(Yes, that’s my house salad on the left.)

I’ve seen 4 movies over the last couple of weeks, and I invite you to guess (in comments below) which one I saw with my husband on our Pizza/Salad night out. Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Loving
  2. Arrival
  3. The Edge of Seventeen
  4. Allied

Here they are in order of how well I liked them:

  1. Loving
  2. Allied & The Edge of Seventeen (tie)
  3. Arrival

It’s movie season right now, and I’m looking forward to the one we have agreed to see this week. (Please guess that, too.)

Now for today’s book signing with my pal, poet and author Gelia Dolcimascolo. We had a super day at Crema Espresso Gourmet, meeting and chatting with readers, signing books, and posing for photos. It was chilly but not cold, and sunny, and after the rain we have had recently it seemed like lots of people were glad to get out. The place was packed!

If you missed it and want signed copies of our books, let me know – we have a few left.

Books make great holiday gifts!

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Above: Two readers with Gelia and me


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Below: Another reader (she bought a copy of each) and me
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