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Divas on Writing: Creative Roadblocks – Write Divas | Write Divas

Creative Roadblocks: What keeps you from writing?

As I look back on the past year, I am reminded that I didn’t write that novel I’d planned to get on paper. I wrote plenty for this site, and while I can count that as practicing my craft in a sense, it did not get me any closer to my goal to write a novel. So why didn’t I write what I’d planned? Well, I’m a bit of a master procrastinator when it comes to my creative muse. If she takes a hold of me, I can’t do anything else but write her genius. When she’s merely in the room tossing out ideas in my general direction, my attention span takes on a SQUIRREL! quality I haven’t had since I was a toddler. It’s as if my psyche is purposely sabotaging me with creative roadblocks. So what ingenious, or not so ingenious, ways have I worked at not reaching my goal?

To read more of my article, visit Write Divas >> Divas on Writing: Creative Roadblocks – Write Divas | Write Divas.

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Giant Bubble Explosions

I know it’s been a while. My only excuse is that life and work got super busy. But enough about me.

I came across this cool video about giant bubbles and what they look like when they pop while using slow motion capture. I just  might have to do this with the kids… soon… before it gets too cold around here.



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Beastie Librarians

M&D 2013 Sabotage from Mike and Duane Show on Vimeo.

What happens when you combine librarians and the Beasties Boys? Awesomeness!

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Surprisingly Insightful Ashton Kutcher


I’ve never given Ashton Kutcher much notice. Sure he’s good-looking and has done time on the covers of the tabloids, but he always came across as superficial to me. I freely admit that I figured Kutcher to be a shallow pretty-boy… probably a product of the characters he’s played in the past. But this video has given me a different view of Ashton… or should I start calling him Chris? His acceptance speech was surprisingly insightful and reminds me that you can’t just a book by its cover.

Ashton’s advice is wise and something every generation should listen to. (I’m simplifying here because it’s all in the video.)

  1. Opportunity looks a lot like hard work,
  2. The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, thoughtful, and generous.
  3. Build a life — don’t live one, build one.

Nicely done, Christopher Ashton Kutcher.


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Overstock.com Undercut Amazon Books 10%


So, if there’s a book you’ve been wanting to buy but have been waiting for the price to drop, check out Overstock.com. They are undercutting Amazon’s book prices by 10%  for a good deal this week only as a thank-you to their loyal customers for a good year so far! Check out this article for more information.  I’m off to buy some books!

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Movie: Red 2

Much to my delight, Red 2 opened a day early at my local theater. So I dragged my daughter to go with me as my hubby and son were off camping for the week. And when I say dragged, I also mean to say drugged as well since she just had her wisdom teeth removed on Tuesday. She’s doing surprisingly well and was all too willing to go. Probably due to cabin fever. But I digress.

Red (the first one) is one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s got Karl Urban in it for crying out loud! So I knew going in that the sequel had some pretty big shoes to fill.

My favorite conversation is in the trailer in this post, but it’s one of the most enjoyable conversations in the film:

[Marvin] If there’s one thing I love, it’s women and covert ops.
[Frank] That’s two things.
[Han] No, grasshopper. It is not.

So, did Red 2 deliver? Yes and no. I thought the story was good and the action was great. But a lot of the charm from the first movie seemed to have dimmed. Does that mean Red 2 isn’t worth seeing? Not at all. It’s a fun movie that entertains.

What I did like:

  1. Byung Hun Lee. Hands down, his performance in this movie was wonderful. As Han Cho Bai, the world’s greatest assassin, he’s a formidable force to be reckoned with. But secretly I think he likes to tangle with Frank Moses (Willis) too much to actually kill him.
  2. Before seeing Red I merely liked Helen Mirren, but after seeing her in these movies as Victoria, I have become a real fan of her as an actress. She is one stylishly cool cucumber.
  3. John Malkovich. His character, Marvin, is a lot saner in this movie, but Malkovich’s facial expressions are too much fun.
  4. Brian Cox as Ivan, the romantic ex-cold war KGB agent and, I suspect, the only person on the planet who can call Victoria “Bunny” without getting a bullet between the eyes.
  5. Action, action and more action.

What I didn’t like:

  1. While I get the need for growth, at times I felt as if Frank (Willis) was a little too whiny in this movie in regards to his girlfriend, Sarah (Parker). He wasn’t as strong or confident this time around and I think the film suffered because of it.
  2. There were times when this film felt as though it were trying too hard.
  3. Repeated gags from the first movie. While there were some really nice vignettes and sequences, many of the things that hearkened back to the first movie felt forced. For example, the scene where Katja (Zeta-Jones) sends the car spinning toward Moses to slide into while she changes seats was reminiscent of the first movie when Moses steps out of the spinning police cruiser in New Orleans to shoot Cooper (Urban). But the scene had too much of a CGI feel to is and it lost its appeal.
  4. The new players in this film never quite feel a part of the story because they lacked careful development. Katja (Zeta-Jones) was too over the top, and we never get a real sense of just how dangerous or crazy Bailey (Hopkins) is or why he was locked up for so long rather than simply eliminated.
  5. Marvin was almost too sane in this movie. His craziness and spot on paranoia were a big part of this character’s appeal. It was all but nonexistent in this movie.

I certainly don’t want to leave Bruce Willis or Mary-Louise Parker out in the cold here. Their performances were nice reprisals of the original characters, but I felt the scripted feel of the relationship woes held them back.

Am I guilty of comparing this movie with the first one? Of course. It’s a sequel. It’s the same characters I grew to love the first time around, so it’s inherent that I’ll compare it. That being said, Red 2 is certainly entertaining, but if you’re expecting something as good as the first movie, don’t hold your breath.


Best Wedding Toast Evah!

Best wedding toast evah! This is really good. The line for the recording studios and agents starts over there…

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Someone Likes Me!


My first interview! Well, okay, it’s not my first by it is my first non-job application interview where it’s just me and I’m not one of a group of interviewees. So, if you’d like to get to know more about me professionally, give it a read. Shay Goodman of Write Divas conducted the interview.


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Book Domino Chain World Record

Nice use of books to kick of this library’s summer reading program. I like the way they think. Ha-ha!

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Movie: Pacific Rim

I am so not waiting for my daughter to get back from her rafting trip this weekend to see this movie. Now I just have to talk the hubby and son into seeing it tonight because I wanted to see this one the minute I saw the previews in the theater! I don’t think it will be too hard, and I’m pretty sure my husband thanks his lucky stars that he married me when I say, “Let’s go see a movie.” I have a deep love for action movies. Did I mention that can’t stand chick flicks? I think it’s because my thrill-seeking days are over–no more bungee jumping for me. I can’t even live vicariously through my children, who are too afraid to sit in the front seat of a roller coaster. Where did I go wrong? Maybe that’s why I seem to like action movies more the older I get.

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