Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Five

I love movies. I always have. I used to spend endless afternoons lying on the faded red carpet of our living room, watching whatever movie they showed on channel 44 out of San Francisco.

But when anyone asks me what my favorite movie is, my answer depends on what mood I'm in, what I've seen recently, and what I want to see next. Sometimes it's tied up in my writing, and what I think my favorite movie is would be a perfect foil to the character am writing at the moment.

So if you asked me what my favorite movies are today, this would be an answer. But if you ask me next week, answers may be different. So be warned.

1.  A Room with a View. Not Oscar worthy material perhaps, and not deeply emotive performances, but such a rich and tender romance.  Not to mention, it's set in Florence, one of my favorite cities in the world.

2.  Gone with the Wind. From first glimpse to closing scene, Vivien Leigh lives and breathes Scarlett O'Hara. And Clark Gable? Yes, please.

3.  Apollo 13. One of the few movies I actually own. And every single time I watch it, I cheer when Ed Harris says “not on my watch.” And I cry when those 3 astronauts touchdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

4.  Silence of the Lambs. Brilliant, masterful, and oh so deeply frightening. Anthony Hopkins outdoes himself. I saw this film when it came out, and I will probably never watch it again. Because now it would scare me too much.

5.  The King’s Speech. I had to put a new movie in this list. Colin Firth is eminently believable, and I honestly believe that Geoffrey Rush can do no wrong.

I know there are hundreds more that I love – Roman Holiday, To Kill a Mockingbird, Doubt, the list goes on and on.  What about you?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Hello, and welcome to my blog! You can already find me on Tuesdays over on the YA Muses, but I wanted a chance to talk about news, books, and anything else that comes to mind. So here I am.

I’ll blogging here Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and possibly other times as the muse strikes. Talking about things that inspire me, writing process, history, and books. Always books.

So please join in, add to the conversation, ask questions, and tell your friends!