“I’m Thankful For…” (That Yearly Thanksgiving Post)

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Photo: My collection

So most every year around this time, I like to post about things I’m grateful for. It’s essential to say this isn’t a comprehensive list. It’s just a taste of all the good things in my life.

I’m Thankful For…

My vision. As many of you know, I now see mostly with my left eye. However, the right eye has a tiny tunnel of vision (thanks to my excellent surgeon Dr. David R.). Because the last two surgeries played havoc with my eye muscles, it’s taking awhile for my eyes to become “straight” again–to work in unison. But it’s happening, and every week I can do more on the computer without getting a blinding headache.

My readers. I cannot express how grateful I am to each and every one of you. I was a slow writer before all this health stuff started, and it’s been a little scary to find myself so far behind. Yet virtually every communication I’ve received from you has been positive, supportive, and kindhearted. Thank you so much for sticking with me. There will be a book and a short story from me soon, I promise.

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Cornwall. It was everything I dreamed of, and more. I can’t wait to return, hopefully in 2018. We’ll see how things go.

Game of Thrones. Yes, I know. Aren’t I silly? But my mom and I had so much fun watching the series together, one episode a week, all year long. There’s nothing like bonding over beheadings.

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Photo: HBO

My friends. You know who you are. I am so richly blessed in friendship. Some of you I’ve known since childhood. Some I made as an author, some I met on Facebook, and some are from my own neighborhood. If I need to talk, there’s always someone I can turn to, by phone, email, text, or in person. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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Jackson Galaxy and My Cat from Hell. I should have started watching this years ago. It’s a joy to see my three cats much happier and getting along.

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Photo: HBO

Westworld. Yeah, baby. Anthony Hopkins. Evan Rachel Wood. Ed Harris. Thandie Newton. I can’t think of anything else to say. That should be enough.

James McAvoy. Soon to be appearing in the movie Split. Can’t wait to see it.

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And once again, I‘m thankful for everyone who touches my author-life, from my readers to my editor to my expert readers to my cover artist to my formatter to (deep breath) anyone who plays any role at all!

I wish every one of you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

Red Nose Day!

I said I’d be back with more London pictures, but I forgot today is the first ever US version of Red Nose Day. It’s a very worthy charity dedicated to helping children in poverty, and dear to my heart. Learn about it here.

It's me with the red nose to help children living in poverty.

It’s me with the red nose to help children living in poverty.

Here’s a famous supporter of the campaign:

James McAvoy for red Nose Day.

James McAvoy for red Nose Day.

And one more:

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MACBETH In Just 5 Days!

Here are some pictures:

James McAvoy as Macbeth (photo: Trafalgar Transformed)
James McAvoy as Macbeth (photo: Trafalgar Studios)
Another publicity still from Macbeth (photo: Trafalgar Transformed)
Another publicity still from Macbeth (photo: Trafalgar Studios)
An intimate theater setting.
An intimate theater setting.
Publicity poster for Jamie Bell's MACBETH starring James McAvoy.
Publicity poster for Jamie Lloyd’s MACBETH starring James McAvoy.

Most performances are sold out, but if you’re interested, go here.  Info from the official site:

Starring JAMES MCAVOY
By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by JAMIE LLOYD

MAJORITY OF PERFORMANCES ARE NOW SOLD OUT.

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BAFTA winning and Olivier and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy(The Last King of ScotlandAtonement,X-Men) will star in MacbethJamie Lloyd’s (Donmar’s Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac, the Old Vic’s The Duchess of Malfi, Royal Court’s The Pride) inaugural production in a season of work for Trafalgar Transformed. Running from 9 February until 27 April 2013, Macbeth is the first production in the reconfigured auditorium of Trafalgar Studios.

Design for Jamie Lloyd’s season is by Soutra Gilmour, who has just won the 2012 Evening Standard award for Best Design for Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Lloyd.

Shakespeare’s darkest tale plays out in a dystopian Scotland brutalised by war. Under a toxic fog, Macbeth begins his tormented struggle for power fuelled by ambition and paranoia.

A Trip Across the Pond!

Hello all, I’m sorry to have been away from my blog for so long. I had a minor health issue in January, then some author stuff (with my alter-ego) and before I knew it, a month had passed without any updates. Here’s the latest. Something Blue should arrive in mid-March. To apologize for the delay, I’m going to hold a couple of giveaways, so watch this space!

In the meantime, I hope to reveal the cover soon, and even the complete chapter one! It’s the least I can do after keeping everyone waiting.

In personal news, I’ll be visiting London in a whirlwind trip from March 3rd-March 6th. My dear friend and fellow author Rosemary O’Malley is coming along, and we can’t wait. While I’m there, I hope to meet up with my “man on the inside,” London resident and author Greg James, and ever-wise, ever witty David Gaughran. I’ve known them for so long through the magic of the internet, and I can’t wait to meet them in person!

We’ll be staying in Mayfair, the home of my fictional detective Lord Hetheridge (though we’ll be at the Holiday Inn, not a gracious townhouse.) And we’ll try to do all the touristy stuff, like the Tower of London, the London Eye, and maybe a pub crawl or two. We also have tickets to see James McAvoy play Macbeth at the Trafalgar theater. Consider this fair warning that my blog will be stuffed with pictures, because I bought a new camera for the occasion!

Movie Mention: The Conspirator

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I suppose I should subtitle these posts, “Commentary by the last person on earth to see this film.” What can I say? I’ve been busy. I missed The Conspirator altogether in the theater, though I went right out and bought the DVD the day it was released, 8/16/11. And now, on 4/8/12, I watched it! Pretty good turnaround time for me.

The Conspirator, a film by Robert Redford, was created by the American Film Company, which is dedicated to bringing accurate film portrayals of historical events to life. In other words, this isn’t the Bad Beards Club of Gettyburg or the unflinching false “history” of star vehicles like The Patriot. Every attempt was made to transmit the story of Mary Surratt, the first woman executed in the United States, as accurately as possible. This includes not only a nuanced script and knockout sets but a terrific stable of actors: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson, Colm Meany (the Irish character actor best known for Star Trek: the Next Generation), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and Stephen Root. (Full disclosure: I adore Stephen Root. He’s a genius. I first noticed him as Jimmy James on News Radio and have enjoyed his work ever since.)

Director Robert Redford with James McAvoy (Capt. Frederick Aiken)

The Conspirator is about the trial of Mary Surratt, accused of aiding and abetting John Wilkes Booth in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln. In a time of war, uncertainty and national mourning, the head of the War Department, Edwin Stanton (Kevin Kline) decides that a quick trial, execution and burial of all conspirators is necessary for national healing.

Mary Surratt, the mother of a conspirator, is also a loyal Southerner and a devout Catholic. In 1865 Washington, these sins are enough to send her to the gallows. Trouble is, she might not be guilty. And even if she is, should she be denied due process? When no one else will take her case, Union war hero and attorney Capt. Frederick Aiken (McAvoy) is strong-armed into providing council. Through his eyes we see what it means to disapprove of another American’s philosophy or allegiances, yet still believe tossing aside individual rights in favor of vengeance is always wrong.

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Conspirator – It’s not justice you’re after… by teasertrailer