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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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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 have been rereading Pride and Prejudice lately and that has led me to reread other Jane Austen books. Mansfield Park is not my favorite Austen novel – I still get a little wigged about first cousins marrying, although I know it’s legal in most places, etc., and Fanny Price is not as fun as Elizabeth Bennet.

She’s not as clever or ornery.

She’s small and plain, soft spoken and dare I say it – a bit of a doormat.

And I don’t think that her cousin Edmund appreciates her sufficiently by the end.

So as a romance, it’s not as satisfying as watching the proud Darcy fall in love with Elizabeth Bennet.

But, I will say that Austen’s insight into the way people think and react is amazing. Rereading her books is a joy. I am fascinated by the side characters.
Which makes me think about life and love and characters and my books and why there’s room for all of us.

Fanny Price is good, and although I don’t agree with all her decisions or behaviors, I admire her for keeping her principles. And I will try to give Edmund the benefit of the doubt.

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The movie Dan in Real Life has a flawed hero.  I have watched this movie several times and there are a few scenes that make me cringe every time.  SPOILER.  When he tells his daughter that she can’t drive, I hear myself, worrying about my teenaged drivers.  When he says something rude at the table to embarrass his brother, I think of rude things I’ve said.  When he gets in a fender bender with a police officer and tries to make a joke, I remember my one and only traffic ticket.

This movie works because it shows a basically decent man, who is still grieving the death of his wife, trying to raise three daughters, and suddenly finds himself falling in love with his brother’s new girlfriend.  What a mess.

But there are moments that are very sweet, very romantic, and true to life.  As with most PG 13 films, there is something rude/crude/vulgar that I wish wasn’t there, but overall, I like this film.  One of my favorite parts is a conversation the mother, admirably played by Dianne Wiest has with her son Dan (Steve Carell).  Dan has just said something rude at the dinner table that embarrassed/shamed/humiliated his brother, and his mother makes him wash all the dinner dishes.  She knows and Dan knows that he was a jerk and doing all the dishes by himself is his punishment.  It’s one of those film moments that rings true.  Lovely.   I also like the bit with the teenager telling her dad he’s a love murderer.

It’s one of the movies that I wish I had written.

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Praising Hugh Howey

I’ve been reading articles by Hugh Howey, author of the best selling science fiction series Wool, for several months.  He’s an indie writer who recently sold print rights to some of his books and is doing quite well.  I liked his pleasant personality and his advice on the craft and the business of writing, so eventually I became curious and downloaded the first book in his series.

I liked it.  Not as much as I like a basic romance, which is my favorite genre, but I liked it.  There was one sentence I particularly liked.  The main character is thinking about his wife, who has some sort of IT job in a futuristic world.

Holston still didn’t understand how the retrieval process worked, or why someone smart enough to come up with it was dumb enough to love him, but he accepted both as truth.”

There it was — the hint of romance that rang emotionally true.  At that point, the story became more than just an interesting futuristic world — I started to care about the hero and his wife,  and wanted to know more about them.

Sometimes that’s all it takes — a line of dialogue or an insightful observation.  Suddenly something made-up seems real.  That’s why I read fiction. 

Nice work, Hugh.

Now I’m going to buy the rest of the series.  

 

For those who are  interested, here’s the link to get part one of Wool free on Amazon: http://amzn.com/B005FC52L0 

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Her Ex Next Door has a new cover that seems to match the content:

There’s a new cover for Baby Comes First, too.  Let me know what you think!

Baby Comes First

Her Ex Next Door

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