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Sunday, April 28, 2013

"Adrenalin Junkie"

Some days when I need to burn off some steam, I hit the gym and work out like crazy. There are other times, when I need to unwind and I would grab the novel I'm reading that's sitting at my bedside. This week instead of grabbing that novel, I reached for the remote control and found a TV series that I immediately got hooked on. Strike Back, is a British action and military television series, based on a novel of the same name by novelist and former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Chris Ryan. The series follows the actions of Section 20, a secretive branch of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), who operate several high risk, priority missions throughout the globe (www.en.wikipedia.org).

On Thursday, I watched the first episode of season 1 and I couldn't resist watching the second episode. Between Friday night and the wee hours of Sunday morning, I had finished watching all ten episodes. I was immediately drawn to the plots, the locations, the explosives, and watching the actors actors who play the lead roles: Sullivan Stapleton who plays Damien Scott, ex-Delta Force Commando and Philip Winchester who plays Sgt. Michael Stonebrigde get out of some very tight spots. These two guys are so different, Damien - cocky, has a woman in every port and Michael - very level headed and strategic oriented...yet they make a great team, globetrotting through dangerous territories fighting terroism.

I chuckle as I'm writing this because if I'm not careful, I won't get much done today if I reach for the remote control and click on the second season. We'll see :-)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

"Getting My Groove On"

This week was a rough one for me...multiple meetings, lots of writing and folks pulling me in every direction. So when I got a chance to party my butt off on Saturday, I did just that at Martini's Restaurant & Lounge in Fort Washington in celebration of two of my author friend's birthdays. This was a surprise birthday party and boy was she surprised. It felt good to be a part of that feeling.

Now the party begins, the DJ rocked the house, the dance floor was packed, and the drinks were flowing. The DJ played something for everyone: rap, reggae, Go-Go, etc. Folks were sweating and just having a great time. I had to be pulled off the dance floor when it was time to leave and to my dance partner, well what can I say - Thanks for a good time!

Well, my weekend was fun and so it's back to reality this Sunday night as I prep for another week of work with all its demands. At least there will be moments when I smile reminiscing about Saturday night!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

"CityLit Festival"

Today I along wih a member of my writers' critique group attended the 10th Annual CityLit Festival in Baltimore. This was a celebration of the literary arts in Baltimore and we had a lot of fun. First, we browsed rows of authors and their works and then attended a discussion panel with Ariel S. Winter, Art Taylor and Brian Lindenmuth on the "Mysterious Adaptation: Noir From Novels to the Movies." This was very interesting as they talked about the elements of what makes for a good adapation. Some of the adapations they mentioned were:

1. The Postman Always Ring Twice.
2. L.A. Confidential.

When this discussion group ended, it was time for Allegra Bennett to talk about "How to Become A Bestselling Self-Publishied Digital and Print Author." She gave great information and tips on how to do just that. Her book will be coming out on May 15, 2013 - look out for it!

It was a great day and I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that my novel, Gotta Let It Go, is now part of the Enoch Pratt Library catalog- WOW!! Indeed it was a great day :-)

Here are some pics from the event!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

"The Undershepherd"

I missed the premier of the Undershepherd when it aired on Easter Sunday but luckily for me I had set the DVR to record it. So after a long week, I finally got a chance to watch this much talked about movie by Russ Parr, radio persnality of 93.9FM tonight. I must say that it held my attention from start to finish - the storyline was good and the actors really delivered.

I thought the movie provided a good snapshot of what happens in some but not all churches where pastors do wrong regularly (stealing money, having affairs, thinking they are God, etc). It's also amazing how money can make even a man of the cloth stoop to the lowest of low. This leads me to ask the question, do you know what goes on behind those church doors?

Kudos to Russ for doing a great job and Isaiah Washington played the role of LC with such menace that I was even scared - lol. Great cast and definitely a must see movie - two thumbs up!