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I dare anyone to listen to Billy Currington sing “Don’t it” and not get in a better mood.

Right now, it’s the mood music I’m listening to while I work on book three in my Love and Chocolate series.

Shhh:  It’s the hero’s theme song.

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(c) Ruud Morjin/dollarphotoclub

(c) Ruud Morjin/dollarphotoclub

Did you ever have a day get derailed?  Or a life, maybe?  There you are, driving along, minding your own business, full of plans, when suddenly someone t-bones you or if not so serious, a huge truck stops and you can’t drive around.

So what do you do – drum your fingers on the steering wheel or lay on the horn?  Maybe mutter or yell a few choice words (I wonder why Southern people say “Pardon my French” right after they swear.)  Not that the swearing changes the reality, but it’s a way of railing against the unfairness of the world.

But is it unfair?

Today I’m stuck in bed with the flu, not daring to venture farther than ten feet from a bathroom.  All my beautiful plans are put on hold, and my brain is so foggy any new plans would probably be embarrassing when I regain normalcy.

So what do I do?  Rather than focus on the disaster on the road in front of me, I’m going to look at the weeds blooming on the side of the road.

 

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Howdy.  I’m moving my blog to my new website beverlyfarr.com

Those of you who have subscribed by email, you should still get emails, and if you followed with wordpress.com, you should still see my stuff in your reader.

Thanks for following me.

And just so you know, there is a lot of fun stuff happening.

Moving Day

(c) Elnur/Dollar Photo Club

My Jane Austen fan fiction (under the penname JANE GRIX)  is going well, and I’m finally going to get back to the Love and Chocolate Series . . .

Thanks for reading,

Beverly

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reposting from Jane Grix, my JAFF writing alter ego:

http://janegrix.com/darcyforever/2015/07/11/inspirational-darcy/

Here’s the youtube:  Ah, Matthew Rhys as Darcy…  mighty fine.

 

 

 

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I just finished reading Pride and All This Prejudice by Alex A. King. It is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in modern-day Greece.

Her Mrs. Bennet (Mrs. Baros in this version) was superb. Funny, outrageous, and embarrassing. She made me laugh out loud several times, and the antagonistic relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Baros was hilarious. Not quite the Mr. and Mrs. Bennet we’re used to, but totally appropriate (and insightful) for this new version.

I loved how Mrs. Baros insisted that Jane take a nightgown rather than pajamas to Netherfield (long story) and her marriage-minded machinations were brilliant.

Link:  Pride and All This Prejudice

I also liked the way the author rewrote some of Darcy and Elizabeth’s conversations, giving them a contemporary slant.

Since this story has a modern setting, some of the characters’ language and viewpoints are modern as well — with a little earthy vulgarity, but overall the novel is sweet — definitely PG, not PG-13. I’ll gladly read this again. Well done.

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I don’t see many movies in the theater, unless Richard Armitage is in the cast. I watch most movies online. However, I’m writing a novel with a hero with a southern accent and I thought a few hours of Matthew McConaughey would be useful, so I went to see Interstellar.

Wow. This was a fun movie and definitely worth watching in IMAX. There were about five minutes in the middle when I was getting bored with Anne Hathaway making faces behind an astronaut mask and the spaceship spinning, but then the plot picked up and I was fine. There were interesting family relationships and interactions and a hint of romance, which nicely balanced the space travel/adventure/fighting scenes. I liked the music, too. Sometimes it is nice to escape into a different, exciting world. And after seeing this movie, I no longer think my house is dusty.

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I thought I loved my Kindle, and I do — there are three in my house right now — but now I love the Kindle app on my phone even more. I can read little snippets of books while I’m waiting just about anywhere.

One of this week’s wonderful reads is a book about Erle Stanley Gardner’s storytelling techniques:

Erle Stanley Gardner

Apparently Erle often wrote 100,000 words a month and in pre-computer days managed to keep five full-time typists busy. Amazing.

But in addition to his output, the man was a genius at distilling the themes that readers like.

So, although I don’t intend to start writing murder mysteries, his methods will improve my sweet quirky romances.

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