He Ain’t Heavy, He’s Mr. Coffee…

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Today was almost a disaster… I prepared the morning coffee for brewing… measured the precious grounds, poured in the cold water, pressed the button…

And. Nothing. Happened.

Well, it seemed like something was going to happen. I heard the familiar ‘click’ that always occurs as the machine prepares to brew… then suddenly it started the beeping… the set of four beeps that always concludes the entire cycle and signals that, yes, indeed, your cup of ambrosia awaits… Only there was no ambrosia, just a click and four beeps… I doubled checked that I had put water in the back, that it was plugged in correctly, but it was no use… no perkage…

Lucky for me, I have a back-up… A nice cheapy coffeemaker I got at the local drug story the LAST time the previous machine gave out. Old Reliable still hangs in there, brewing up a decent 10 cups in a few minutes, and saving the world from the ogre that would be me without at least one little cup. And when another more flashy coffeepot is purchased, Old Reliable will be cleaned up and returned to his clear protective bag until the next time he has to pop out and save the day.

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So I got these two massive fairy tale books… Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen… and I’ve been reading some to the kid at night for bedtime stories… And I’m struck even more by the lack of imagination in Hollywood… There are a ton of cool stories in here that would make amazing movies, animated or not, and yet what do we see coming out? Live-action remakes of animated films and reboots of successful films from our childhood. What. The. Hell. I mean, okay, most of you reading this are “book people”… You read tons of books, and short stories, and graphic novels, so you understand the sheer volume of literature available for anyone with even marginal ability to transfer the written word to a visual medium… Take Disney, for example… They’ve got all these Live-Action adaptations of their own animated films on the slate over the next few years… Meanwhile, has anyone thought of making THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES? I  mean, hello! Male lead character, twelve princesses, so huge marketing angle (Collect all 12!) And what about SNOW-WHITE and ROSE-RED? And I’m not just talking about fuzzy warm ones… I mean, wouldn’t RUMPLESTILSKIN make an amazing horror movie? That little dude was creepy with a capital ‘CREEP’… Or maybe, instead of simply adapting them again, why not make the story as it was meant to be? THE LITTLE MERMAID was a brutal fairy tale…

***SPOILER ALERT***

If you haven’t read the original fairy tale, skip to the end…

The little mermaid has her tongue cut out to make her mute, and when she’s turned into a person, every step she takes feels like she’s stepping on swords, every movement pains her because, to make her legs, she’s kind of been torn up the middle… She looks fine, but the entire story she is suffering terribly.

Then… she doesn’t get the guy… He marries someone else, and she dies and turns into sea foam, with the implication at the end that she goes to Heaven because of the suffering she endured for love.

Like I said…brutal…and no Flounder in sight.

*** END SPOILERS ***

And don’t even get me started on HANSEL AND GRETEL… The sheer horror possibilities of that little morsel of a story are mind-boggling.

Eh, Hollywood… poised to implode, as many things are… I guess the key is to be ready, with your ideas and your ability to take the lead, because talent, like life, always finds a way… You have to be ready to adapt and have a back up plan… and an Old Reliable coffeemaker 😉

 

 

Days of Future Past… Or something like that ;)

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Greetings all!!! And welcome to the inaugural post of the newly revamped site. This is going to be a regular thing, so mark you’re calendars, grab your snacks, and settle in for some “tawk”…

 

So today is my son’s 6th birthday… Boy, the time flies, doesn’t it?! Seems like yesterday I was holding him the first time, putting on his first little outfit, giving him his first toy… Now, he’s wearing superhero shorts and my tee shirts (no lie, he’s wearing my tee shirts… they are a bit big, but a small actually fits him pretty well), and I’m pretty sure soon he will have enough die-cast cars to hold his own Barrett-Jackson Car Auction in the backyard… I just have to convince him that no matter how pretty the color is, the Maclaren is more valuable than that BMW SUV… We’re working on that 😉

The day got me thinking about what I played with when I was that age… I posted it on my Author Page over on Facebook, as the question for the day… What was your favorite toy when you were 6 years old? my favorite was Peaches & Cream Barbie. peaches_and_cream_barbie_by_kittenwithawhip89-d52pqi4

She was my only Barbie at the time, and I played with her constantly, putting her in the few little outfits I had, or simply helping her dance in the magnificent dress she was wearing. It had that classic Ginger Rogers/ Fred Astaire look to it. Eventually, my cousin broke her, and poor headless, noseless Barbie was chucked in the garbage… I kept the dress and shoes, though, and, though many other Barbie’s and similar dolls wore that dress, it was never quite the same. Hopefully someday I can get her back again… You can find classic models from the 80s on eBay, but even the re-issue would satisfy me… I just want to hold her again, touch that part of childhood once more… I’m looking forward to seeing what others have to comment, what memorable playthings they recall.

Something else memorable that I recall from then… the music!!! I remember dancing that Barbie around to some classic 80’s tunes… Tears for Fears, Mister Mister, Culture Club, Lionel Richie, and, of course, Michael Jackson. We listen to the music our parents do when we are that young, and I remember sitting in the living room in front of the console stereo looking through my mom’s LPs… Those covers are seared in my brain, and often when I’m browsing through albums at flea markets and thrift stores, I’m looking for those images, and the music therein. I must admit, they are most frequently viewed on YouTube, and I have many of them on iTunes as well. I think it’s a common touchstone for many of us, recalling our childhood in that area… the world was full of turmoil and tension, and yet I never recall feeling scared about it… Perhaps the effect that the joyous, fun-loving, carefree vibe of that music had on my psyche… I wish that music could do that for kids today… With so much divisiveness and rage in this world, they need that lightness… I mean, admit it… It’s hard to feel hateful when you’re listening to Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” or “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears.

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One of my favorite shows is Psych, and if you haven’t watched it, you’re totally missing out. In some ways, this comedy has had a very real influence on my writing… Like many of my generation, who grew up with the multi-layer humor of the Muppets and came of age under the wing of Joss Whedon’s Buffyverse wordage, the style and substance of a show like Psych is bread and butter… In a general sense, we are a generation of “geeks”, living in the now, yet still attached to the music, films, cartoons, playthings, video games and overall vibe of our youth. The show demonstrated that… as you follow the adventures of the main characters, Shawn and Gus, you are treated to a banquet of 80s nostalgia, from Airwolf jackets to Cosby Show references to actual appearance by 80s icons such as Curt Smith (of Tears for Fears), Karate Kid Ralph Macchio, and at least half of the Brat Pack, I think. it got a bit week in the later seasons… sometimes the greatest achievement in a show is knowing when to end it… But those early seasons were amazing, and I so enjoy watching them late night in reruns… And now, suddenly, I’m craving pineapple… Hmmm…

As you may have noticed, I am a long-winded writer LOL… I don’t know as all my posts will be this long, but this was fun and I hate to have it end… but it’s time to say that’s all for now. Until next time…

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…

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Hello all! Yeah, I know… another long gap between posts… that is going to change, though… Starting tomorrow you’ll be seeing more frequent posts about a variety of topics, as well as shares of cool and interesting stuff that I find. This is my author site, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be about writing… so if you’re the least bit curious about what I like, what I don’t like, what interest me, then you’ll want to follow my site and blog, and stay tuned in to my Facebook Author Page. The inaugural post of this revamped site will be this Friday, and it’s going to be fun so be sure to check it out!

🙂

Gabriella