Living Write

Get Ready for the Perfect LBD

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“One is never overdressed or underdressed in a Little Black Dress.”

-Karl Lagerfeld

 

Get ready for an LBD adventure with my new novel series, Little Black Dress, set for release in March, 2018. Check back here soon for pre-order links!

Every woman’s secret weapon is her little black dress, but for fashion model-turned covert agent, Evan Tyler, her weaponized wardrobe makes her absolutely deadly.

Infiltrating the Paris couture scene, Tyler and her team level their sights on Anton Hrevic, a rising star designer who, along with his muse-models, seems intent on espionage and world manipulation. Wearing the high-tech and top secret Little Black Dress, Tyler uses both her God-given and government-granted assets to learn the truth behind Hrevic’s celebrity parties and uncover secrets that could unravel the global economy.

Little Black Dress would appeal to anyone who enjoys the pluck and style of Audrey Hepburn with a James Bond twist.

Living Write

Three Ways to Make Your Little Black Dress Better

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You finally have that perfect Little Black Dress. It fits like a glove, flatters your figure, and goes everywhere. When you put it on, you feel like Audrey Hepburn. You want to put your hair up and fly to Paris. You want to pair it with a chunky, sparkly necklace or leopard print heels. How can it get any better? Here are my suggestions.

  • First, the Basics: Take care of yourself. While black is slimming, and any size is beautiful, healthy always looks best. Eat to fuel yourself. Move your body. Get the sleep you need. Feed your mind.

  • Wear it everywhere. School, work, church, dinner, business meetings, museums, the park. And remember that every time you wear it is special. A Little Black Dress shouldn’t be reserved for a special occasion. It creates the occasions.

  • Use your imagination. Because an LBD is a fashion staple, it becomes a clean canvas, ready for your creativity. Add a scarf, a necklace, a belt. Experiment with fun shoes and handbags. Play with earrings. Change your hairstyle. One of the best things about a Little Black Dress is you can become anyone while wearing one. The question is, who do you want to be today?

Get ready for an LBD adventure with my new novel series, Little Black Dress, set for release in March, 2018. Check back here soon for pre-order links!

Every woman’s secret weapon is her little black dress, but for fashion model-turned covert agent, Evan Tyler, her weaponized wardrobe makes her absolutely deadly.

Infiltrating the Paris couture scene, Tyler and her team level their sights on Anton Hrevic, a rising star designer who, along with his muse-models, seems intent on espionage and world manipulation. Wearing the high-tech and top secret Little Black Dress, Tyler uses both her God-given and government-granted assets to learn the truth behind Hrevic’s celebrity parties and uncover secrets that could unravel the global economy.

Little Black Dress would appeal to anyone who enjoys the pluck and style of Audrey Hepburn with a James Bond twist.

Living Write

Twenty Facts About Me

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Day two of the June blogging challenge sounded easy. Just needed to make a list of twenty facts about myself. Hmmm… this took a little longer to put together than I expected.

1. One of my favorite things to do is teach Bible class to little kids. I especially like teaching the stories that are a little gross or scary. The expressions on the kids’ faces are priceless.

2. I have lived my whole life in Texas, with the exception of a couple of summers spent in Idaho, when my dad staked mining claims in the early 1970’s.texas

3. I have seen every episode of Gilligan’s Island. Even the TV specials where they got rescued and re-stranded.

4. My favorite aisle at the grocery store is the one with the coffee, chocolate syrup, and peanut butter. The combination of those smells delights me.

5. I read Little Women a dozen times in the third grade. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a writer.

6. I have the original script to Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope memorized. I’m a complete geek.

7. I enjoy travel. I have a long list of places I’d like to see before I die.

8. I like to study history and geography. I am also a nerd.

9. I adore pirates, spies, Vikings, detectives, and space cowboys– real and fictional.pirates

10. I hate killing off characters in the stories I write. I will agonize and mourn for them for days. I know; it’s a problem.

11. I like birds, but only in pictures. They always poop on me. And no, I don’t believe that’s good luck.

12. I enjoy watching old movies, especially ones with Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn, or both.

13. I dream in color. Always. Once I even had a dream in cartoon. Really.

14. My favorite authors are Ian Fleming, Rex Stout, and Agatha Christie.

15. I love holding babies.

16. I have an irrational fear of clowns, sharks, and alligators, and a rational fear of spiders, snakes, and scorpions. (I have been stung by scorpions twice.)

17. I am allergic to strawberries. Not the throat-closing-can’t-breathe kind of allergy, but the hives-from-my-nose-to-my-knees kind.

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18. I was 38 years old when I finally got my ears pierced.

19. When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would always respond with “Carol Burnett.” I still do.

20. I can carry entire conversations with movie quotes and song lyrics.

Anything else you’d like to know? Just ask.

Cinema Toast

Who Do You Think You Are?

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The casting of movies always intrigues me. Brilliant casting makes a story come alive. Poor casting often goes unnoticed, but leaves the audience with a sense of unease. We know something isn’t right, but we can’t quite figure out what the problem is.

Casting is even more important when the film is an adaptation from a popular book like The Hunger Games. Finding actors that completely embody the characters is a tough job, but when it’s right, the players breathe magic onto the screen.

When I think of well-cast movies, I immediately recall 1974’s The Great Gatsby with Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern and Sam Waterston. I know there are several versions of this tale, but for me, this is the cast that really tells the story. I can imagine Redford as the rags-to-riches hero, ever hopeful that if he keeps to his plan, things will work out. Mia Farrow is the flighty Daisy, with skin-deep beauty masking a shallow soul. Sam Waterston is the on-screen audience that sees the tragedy unfolding and feels helpless to affect it. He is the rest of us and he speaks to our consciences perfectly.

My favorite film of all time is 1963’s Charade starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Besides the two leads, this film features a well-constructed ensemble that includes Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy. Grant’s bad boy/ good guy persona keeps Hepburn’s damsel-in-distress in suspense every bit as much as the murderous villains that are chasing her through the streets of Paris.

Casting agents have a huge task. They must find the biggest stars available that fit the assigned roles, balancing a film budget that requires unknowns and extras to round out the story.

Yesterday in my twitter feed, Larry Blamire, writer, director and star of 2001’s The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, tweeted a spoof article announcing a remake of his cult-classic, starring Richard Gere, Nicole Kidman and Liam Neeson. I laughed at his quotes and at all the tweets that followed. His idea of a “darker vision” of his own homage to B-Movies was hysterical. (follow him on twitter: @larryblamire)

Who would star in your favorite story? If they remade your best-loved movie or adapted your most beloved book, who would you want to see in the lead role?

In my high school days (when I weighed 100 pounds and sported a perpetual perm), people constantly told me that I looked like Mary Steenburgen. Honestly, I wish I still did. It was much better than when Doug, the boy who sat in front of me in the third grade, told me that I looked like Barbra Streisand because I had a big nose. Doug, if you’re out there, I finally grew into my nose.

If Hollywood made your life into a movie, who would portray you? Has anyone ever told you that you resembled a movie star? Would they be perfect for the part of you?

That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema. Thanks for reading!

PS: For a link to Blamire’s “article”– https://twitter.com/#!/larryblamire/status/184329865535815681/photo/1