Coming Attractions

Good afternoon. Gigi the parti poodle here and I must tell you it was bath week again. I dread the event. And this time after I finally managed to shake my fur enough and get dry my owner sprayed some blueberry scented grooming/conditioning spray on my hair and made me smell nice. To be honest I rather liked that part. At least the Maltese got sprayed first…

And I got a haircut yes, I did.

Stop intro bombing my introductions!

But I did! I got a haircut and I look handsome. I am a handsome Maltese.

If you say so. Both of us Canus lupis familiaris hope you are having a happy holiday season and without further ado, here is my novelist.

This week I thought I’d update you on what is going on with my books. In about two weeks I’m going to be offering the Kindle version of Chicane FREE for five days. If you’re not familiar with my story it is a short novel set in Colorado in December. The protagonist is a young troubled former race car driver who must face his demons as he is forced to take a harrowing journey from Nederland to Bolder during a brutal blizzard. It’s a fast suspenseful read and I will keep you updated on the dates you can download the book this holiday season.

Also, my third book in the Musicology series entitled Musicology: Volume Three, Twist! will be releasing on or around January 11th, 2021. Here’s a little bit about the third installment in the satirical series:

As Musicology’s season narrows down to the final seven contestants, producer Devon Daniels enlists the kids in a bizarre charity event. Max becomes desperate to keep his favorites in the competition. But Ruby has other plans and enlists the help of an old friend who spins the show in an unexpected direction. As the weeks wear on the kids begin to go stir crazy living in the mansion and one of the judges finds a way to take advantage of the situation.

That said, I was given a project this morning I thought I would share with you. It may be one you’ve already done, and it is not an earth shatteringly new idea but as it is the holiday season it is a good one to do. The project is to simply list ten things your grateful for, so I thought I’d share my list:

TEN THINGS I’M GRATEFUL FOR

  1. Gigi and Tucker
  2. Having the ability to write stories
  3. Amazon Publishing
  4. Being introverted
  5. Having a Blog
  6. Not being afflicted with Covid-19
  7. My personality type is exceedingly rare
  8. A college education
  9. Parents who taught me to be frugal
  10. Living in the Great Northwest

I hope you get the time this week to write your own list and continue to enjoy the holidays!

My Books

You can check out my books Chicane and the first two books in my Musicology book series Musicology: Volume One, Baby! and Musicology: Volume Two, Kid! on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback editions. You can also check out Musicology’s web site at www.musicologyrocks.com and vote for who you think will will Musicology!!!

STREAM OF THE WEEK: SECRETARY (2002)-Peacock

Okay, this one’s kind of sexy but it’s a lot of fun and one of my favorites from the 2000s. It is based on the short story from Mary Gaitskill’s short story collection Bad Behavior. Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a young woman recently released from a mental facility for cutting herself. Needing a job and unable to break her bad habit she finds she has an unusual talent for typing and after passing her test she applies for a job as a secretary at the law office of impeccable Mr. Grey (James Spader). Mr. Grey has a difficult time keeping secretaries as he is an unusual perfectionist who likes to raise orchids. But upon finding out about Lee’s proclivity for cutting herself their professional relationship takes an enlighteningly odd turn. The actors have fantastic chemistry, and it is well worth the watch.

SMART MOVIES FOR SMART KIDS: THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY(1980)-Amazon Prime

This is an utterly charming film for adults and older kids alike. Comically set up to run like a National Geographic film the story focuses around a bushman named Xi (N!xau) who lives a simple life with his tribe in the Kalahari desert. One day a Coke bottle is thrown out of an airplane by its pilot and lands in the middle of the tribe’s land. At first the bottle is thought to be quite useful to them. But then fighting ensues over the ownership of the bottle and when one of the children is hurt Xi decides the best thing to do is to return the bottle to the gods. On his journey to carry out the task Xi runs into a biologist, a journalist/schoolteacher, and some very zany revolutionaries. A must-see modern classic.

SCREENWRITINGU FREE CLASS FRIDAY: STRATEGIES FOR GETTING A MANAGER

You can sign up for the class here which is at 12:00 noon PST on Friday December 4th. This is a teleconference.

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