My Summer Movie Must List

It’s ridiculously hot outside. RIDICULOUSLY hot. As in you have to be sitting in a pool with water up to your eyeballs to stand being out there. Anyway, you get my meaning. So, what happens after you’re sunburned or what if it actually rains? Then, it’s time to go to the movies. Where the snacks are plenty and the air conditioning blows true (fortunately, on someone else’s bill).

To help you decide what to watch while you munch on some snacks and suck up all that cool air read my breakdown below. Please keep in mind this is the adult guide. All kid friendly movies can be found on a future list.

June – It’s not too late – there are plenty of good choices left.

Wonder Woman –On the off chance you haven’t seen this gem yet, go! This is easily DC’s best. Grab your girls and catch the ultimate chick flick.

The Bad Batch – Go for the cast. Jason Momoa people… I repeat it has Jason Momoa.

The Book of Henry – This one might require a tissue or two.

Baby Driver – Another cast bursting with talent oh and it’s about a heist which is always the bad batch

 

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Kill Switch – Could be the first interesting sci-fi flick of summer.

The Beguiled – Based off a book and with a stellar cast, Colin Farrell is going to wish he’d ended up somewhere else.

July

Atomic Blonde – Hands down the July movie that I would consider my must-see. Come on, it’s Charlize Theron kicking ass with a little James McAvoy on the sideatomic blonde.

The Big Sick – You’ll laugh, you might even cry, but it’s original and should definitely be checked out.

Dunkirk – Oscar bait in July? If Christopher Nolan has anything to do with it, then possibly so.

Spider-Man Homecoming – This kid was a lot of fun to watch in Civil War, so why not go see him in his own movie? Not to mention Iron Man himself, Michael Keaton and Marissa Tomei are also part of the cast.

Wish Upon – This is for those of you who need a little horror in your life. You can let me know if it was worth the $$.

August

The Dark Tower – I can’t wait for this one. Like millions of others, I’ve read the books and while I know they’ve taken serious liberties with the movie, for once, I might be able to look past that little issue. Bring on the gunslinger.the dark tower

Tulip Fever – If you like old school forbidden love, this one’s for you. Oh and little actor named Christoph Waltz is in it.

Detroit – A little history that plays like a thriller starring Finn from Star Wars – go.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard –  Okay, this might be terrible, or the humor might work. Since it stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, I’m willing to give it a try.

Okay, so that’s my list. What’s on yours? Or if you have a chance to see any of these gems, let me know what you thought. I’ll be in the pool if you need me…

 

 

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When You’re Stuck In A Rut

Hello, long lost readers. *waves* It’s been awhile and for that, I’m sorry. While the leaves changed colors and we pulled our cute boots out of the closet this author got caught in a rut. Some people may call it writer’s block or maybe they feel their muse isn’t in the mood to work, but whatever the case, I couldn’t seem to put the right words on the page. So, you know what I did? I gave myself some time off. After all, isn’t that one of the perks to being my own boss? I can take the time I need to get back to a place that will allow me to write a book people may actually want to read because isn’t that the whole point?

That may seem like the opposite of productive, but you know what? It worked. I let myself off the hook. I Christmas shopped, got coffee with a friend, and watched cheesy Hallmark movies while I wrapped gifts. At first, it was hard. Writer me wants to write, NEEDcat-spaS to write every day. When I don’t, it’s like the entire day has been a waste. I had to remind myself that I’ve put out four books in two years, more than I ever thought possible, so why not take a break? Why not regroup so I don’t just write to write, I write a story I can by proud of?

My writing hiatus, just like a vacation from a desk job, had an end date. The deal I made with myself was that as soon as the kids went back to school, I went back to work. I’m proud to say that I stuck to it and in the last two weeks since we’ve all returned to the real world, I’ve signed a contract for a YA and started a new book. The point of all of this is to remind other writers out there that it’s okay to take some time off. It’s okay to take a break and find inspiration out in the real world. Let yourself off the hook and then come back with a vengeance.

Then, together we’ll shout, “Look out 2017, we’re coming for you!”

2014 In Review

The year is almost over and it’s been both full and exciting. During the first part of 2014 I received my first publishing contract with Soul Mate Publishing and another for a short story with Mélange Books. Watching my dreams begin to come true was amazing enough, but getting two offers was mind blowing.

The spring also brought with it a move for my family. We were whisked away from our friends in Alabama and carried across the southeast to Texas. We’ve lived here once before in a different city where we made lifelong friends, and fortunately, we love our new place just as much. The people are friendly and I’ve been able to join ARWA where I’ve met all sorts of talented writers. Hopefully, I’ll continue to get to know them and some of their wisdom will rub off on me.

The fall was busy as it always seems to be. Our oldest started Kindergarten and lost his first teeth. As you can imagine new traditions began and chaos ensued. In October, my Christmas short story was published as part of an anthology. To help promote the release I took part in my first FB launch party. Lots of learning still to do, but it was fun and I was able to meet several other writers. If you’re ever given the chance, take part in an anthology. It offers a wide variety and allows you to work closely with other authors. And you can always learn from your fellow writers.

Toward the end of November, my family lost one of its members to cancer. It was a difficult time for us all, but thanks to the support of good friends and a wonderful close-knit family, we were able to deal with our loss and be together during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The holidays are wrapping up, but as I bid farewell to 2014, I will remember it fondly and take what I have learned into the New Year. May you all embrace 2015 and seek out your dreams.

Praise the Lord! TV’s Back

I am an entertainment junkie, a pop culture connoisseur of sorts, and nothing makes me happier than the start of fall TV. After putting up with a mind-numbing cycle of bad summer shows, it’s a relief when the good stuff comes back. Granted, this summer did have one surprise to which I am now completely addicted, Outlander – we all know that’s not the norm. I have no doubts that after this week’s mid-season finale I’ll be forlorn about its hiatus until January. Whatever will I do in the meantime you ask? I’ll be burning up my DVR, that’s what.

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Last night kicked off the season with the return of The Good Wife. It’s never been better. Few shows are at the top of their game after five seasons. The addition of Matthew Goode is an added bonus. Then there’s tonight, Monday. NBC and FOX are going to go to battle.

NBC has The Voice (new coaches Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani will make their debut) and The Blacklist. I love me some James Spader. Over on FOX is the premiere of Gotham. This might be FOX’s biggest show of the season. Lord knows they’ve put some serious time and money into promoting it. Let’s hope it’s worth the hype. Following Gotham, FOX’s big hit Sleepy Hollow returns. It’ll be interesting to see how FOX stacks up against NBC.

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Now, I’m not going to do a day-by-day breakdown of the best shows to watch, but check back in to see what’s rocking my DVR this fall. I’d also love to hear what shows you’re most excited about. Happy watching!

Spring Weather

I find myself both fascinated and terrified of Mother Nature. Am I the only one who feels this way? Last night I was sleeping soundly, no doubt drooling into my comfy pillow, but at 1:30 the severe weather siren directly behind my house blared to life. I shot straight up and flung the covers back because to me, the siren is the signal to turn on the news.

Sure enough, the local guys were all in a tizzy pointing out areas of ‘rotation’ and while during the daylight hours I would be staring at the sky in wonder of its severity, in the blind darkness I’m not so much fascinated as I am a bundle of nerves on high alert waiting to hear the sound of the inevitable freight train.

I love Spring with its flowers and sunshine, but tornadoes are for the birds. Mother Nature to you I say, you can keep your funnel clouds and just send me a light rain.

Sincerely,
Your friend who likes sleep – but not in a bathtub with my children