Monthly Archives: August 2011

Wise, Witty, and Wacky Wednesday

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As of last night I didn’t have any idea of what I was going to post, and then Lesann a new friend from the Write Campaign posted a video of a flash mob. I love flash mobs,for a moment people are smiling and happy, people are connected and in person!
I think I read too much into flash mobs- but as a writer I probably read too much into just about everything! I see potential futures, and a hundred reason why something came about in the first place, and frequently this causes trouble- although I have learned to keep most of the crazy in my head or on paper.
Back to flash mobs- to me they are hope. They represent the idea that we can get along, that we can do good things just for the sake of doing them, and that maybe our future isn’t so bleak after all.
When you see how infectious flash mobs are- from the smiling faces in the crowd watching, to the videos going viral, to people from all over the world creating their own- to me it shows that if enough people care and understand what to do we can make amazing changes.

Have you ever been a part of a flash mob? Would you join one? Do you have a great idea for a flash mob?

Music Monday

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Zazie is a french singer with a lot of great songs, but I this is my favorite video. It is not work safe a special treat for all my new followers 🙂 Enjoy and maybe be inspired for a story?
It’s a happy playful song. I always want to skip and twirl in circles when I hear it.
Seeing a man and daydreaming about taking all his clothes off- I’ve never done that before *tried to look innocent*

Third Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign

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I’ve decided to join the Third Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign. There are hundreds of fellow authors joining up and you follow who you want so you can control how much you take on! I’m very excited about being able to expand my platform, meet fellow authors, and make new friends. Come check it out, I hope to see you there.

http://rachaelharrie.blogspot.com/2011/08/third-writers-platform-building.html#.TlpZuQSIR3M.facebook

either my computer or wordpress is acting up- I can’t make links happen today and I can’t get my picture changed grrr. Oh well of to sign up!!

Foreign Film Friday

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Lucky number thirteen is a French movie called Vampire Party. When one thinks of French movies you often get the stereotype of deep artsy angst driven drama. Well this move will blow that stereo type away. Three friends get invited to an exclusive party- they use helicopters to fly the guest to the castle- it looks like fun, and it will be for the vampires waiting for them. But wait- the prize guest at this party- the top ranking dentist in France, because these vampires need a dentist. I’m not kidding it is actually a spoof! At first hubby and I didn’t know it was a spoof. It looked like a standard vampire movie, Gothic clothing, seductive vamps, and then the need for a dentist came to light and we couldn’t stop laughing. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it, I find most spoofs to be crude and boring after a while, but this one kept me entertained. The only trailer I could find is in German- go figure that one out- but here it is anyway.

Wise, Wacky and Witty Wednesday

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Today we have a writing prompt- with the help of GoCheeksGo

http://www.youtube.com/user/GoCheeksGo#p/u/33/7vfGC3ylmRM

So everyone start with “What I learned while tripping on peyote in the desert…”
I’ll start. What I learned while tripping on peyote in the desert is that me and girl in India- our hearts are beating at exactly the same time.

For some unknown reason I can only upload videos half the time on my laptop- I will fix the video when I get to another computer.

Music Monday

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I’ve spent a lot of time with the boys so the next few Monday’s will be dedicated to female singers. The first is Marija Serifovic who won the 2007 Eurovision song contest. She has a rich voice which is full of passion and I love that she sings in her native language. I also love that she is not a magazine beauty. Marija won because she is talented not because she looks like a Barbie doll. One of the things I like about foreign media is I’m more likely to find people who look like regular people- not all of them and not every time- but when I do find talented people being celebrated no matter what their dress size, or definition on their six pack it makes me happy.

Foreign Film Friday

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Were are back to BBC Tele for review twelve. I LOVE Sherlock Holmes stories from the old Basil Rathbone to the new Robert Downey Jr.- I am also ashamed to admit I’ve never read the books but I do plan to. Anyway the BBC show Sherlock is an modern Sherlock Holmes story. Watson was hurt in Afghanistan, and he’s competent not a bumbling fool- which I like. Sherlock is seriously off, his social skill are very lacking and he’s fully aware of this.
I think this Sherlock is more aware of exactly who and what he is then any of the others. As I was preparing this blog it occurred to me that people with social issues have a much harder time now then they would have at the turn of the century. When the original Sherlock Homes was set social behavior was very regulated, you spoke to woman in a certain way, and men of standing in a certain way, and servants in a certain way and those with social difficulties simply had to learn those rules and no one noticed they were faking it.
In our modern world those rules don’t exist. Sure there is the polite way to act- but so few people bother with that. So how does someone with social issues function? They become ‘outcasts’ or ‘the odd ones’ they learn and mimic people and accept they aren’t as flexible going from one group to another- Dexter. They work from home, they jump from job to job because they can’t get along with others. Some are geniuses and excused from having to be socially functional- Big Bang Theory.
I work with kids who have been removed from their homes by CPS and a huge part of my job- other then basic hygiene- is social skills. Giving people space, being aware of voice tone, reading body language, and speaking politely. Some kids are young enough or versatile enough that they will learn and fit in well. Some kids are faking it.
Anyway back to Sherlock. These are all new cases- and his skills have been updated to match modern technology. And the guys are hot- sorry I was trying not to objectify them, but it’s me 🙂 I like hot guys. I want to tell you more- but I don’t want to ruin anything. This really is a unique Sherlock. I enjoyed it so much that I will be watching it over and over again. They are making a second season- but it’s not out yet. So go and watch Sherlock- make sure to tell me how much you loved it and then we will wait anxiously for the next season.

Here’s a clip of Sherlock- it’s short but fun- he has a lot of great lines.

Wise, Witty, and Wacky Wednesday

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My last few Wednesday’s have been pretty deep- so it’s time for some wacky!
We all have out- there dreams- ten of cups hopes that are balanced on nothing. What are yours? Come on most of you reading this are authors- so when your book sells millions, and is made into a movie- what are you going to do? Me- tropical beach, umbrella (cause I’m way white and burn) and a pool boy- I’m not sure if I’ll bother with the pool.
For whatever reason I can’t get the link to work today- I’ll try on another computer later. So here’s a GoCheekGo video.

http://www.youtube.com/user/GoCheeksGo#p/u/30/yncfbhviYK0

Music Monday

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I’m not sure if everyone has already seen this video- it made the Internet circuit a while ago, but on the off chance someone hasn’t seen Playing for Change Stand By Me I wanted to share it. Playing for Change recorded street musicians from around the world and blended their music and voices together into one song- it’s amazingly beautiful.

Foreign Film Friday

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Movie number eleven is another Bollywood! Om Shante Om Yeah dancing, singing, beautiful costumes, and in this one a murder which spans over two lifetimes! Shah Rukh Khan who I have mentioned before because I love him, he’s an amazing actor. Deepika Padukone is the heroine and she is also wonderful. One thing I liked is how different the two life times are portrayed, they come together because of flash backs Shah’s character is having, they live different lives and are different people.

I’m not a big fan of the trailer- it’s rather confusing, unless you understand hindi- so I’ve added a video clip from the movie.

You want to watch it now don’t you 🙂