Bienvenue, 2013!

After a brief hiatus, I am back on the air for 2013. Thanks, everyone, for checking in and keeping connected while I mused about new directions and favorite paths.


So, then, for 2013… any suggestions for romantic flicks to be included here?

I’ve got some saved up for sharing, but any and all titles are welcome and encouraged!

There are also some brand new things I want to try out here, including sharing the work of favorite romantic authors. We’ll see how it plays out.


Christmas movies, 2012

I’ve been watching Christmas movies on Netflix — meaning bad, bad LMN/Made for TV movies that are, generally, terrible.

An alternative?

Go here for a list of funny, smart Christmas movies, some with things that blow up:

or visit Wikipedia for an exhaustive list of Christmas and Christmas-including films… yes.

Heat up the hot chocolate and pop the popcorn!

6 Sentence Sunday: 10.28.12

This week, my 6 Sentence Sunday clip is from the in-progress manuscript.

Here’s the thing.

            To understand how I got here, where I was at this exact moment, in a dank and smelly basement, two levels beneath Manhattan’s chaotic streets, face to face with a serial killer who was looking to bash my brains out and steal my soul, you’d have to know where I came from.

            You’d also have to know where Jonah and Henri came from, too, since it was in fact our, um, collaboration that got me into this damned situation.

            Now that I thought about it, it was all Jonah and Henri’s fault.

            And the next time I saw them, I’d be sure and tell them so.

            Whether I was alive or dead.

Let me know what you think.


Pity by William Blake (1795)

I am constantly amazed by Blake’s work as a poet and as an artist. Seeing them in person is, for me, a kind of spiritual experience.

Blake worked in watercolors and ink. He brought a mystical kind of vision to his work, but he was also inspired by Shakespeare, Milton and other great poets.

He was an illustrator as well as a painter, illustrating anthologies of his own work. He was a poet who wrote in what some call pre-Romantic style, but it is clear that in his own time was thought mad or ignored, while today he is acknowledged to be a seminal figure in arts and letters of the late 18th/early 19th century. You’re probably familair with this poem, and this is Blake’s original illustration of it.

Kabuki Costumes

In June I attended an exhibition at the Yves St. Laurent institute that featured costumes from Kabuki performances plus the various properties that surrounded them.

It was a small exhibit, with only about twenty costumes, but it was well-curated and highly interested. Kabuki costumes are similar to everyday clothing worn by Japanese audience members but, like Western theatrical costumes make allowances for the needs of performance. The movement of the actors, the theatricality of the event, and the mass appeal of the genre all contribute to the final costumes.

The included robes in the exhibition were striking.

Kabuki was linked to the world of geisha, of popular entertainment, of the city streets. The onnagata or female performers were the greatest celebrities of the art, and continue to epitomize the height of the traditional theatre form.