“Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower or a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten.” – Rupert Giles, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I Robot... You Jane” Sometimes, I miss my maternal grandparents' house in Chicagoland as much as I miss my grandparents. My Grandma Mary … Continue reading The Spot
The Ides of March by Lisa E. Pugh with apologies to Dr. Seuss The citizens of Rome liked Julius a lot. But the Senators at the Capitol did not. Those men loathed Julius, right down to his sandals: His power, his ego, his ambitions and scandals. His tongue was too clever, his manner too slick. … Continue reading In honor of the day….
In a section of town that the artists admit are "industrial areas of where you should not walk alone in the dark..." you get something fun and fantastic as this (found on the Montreal Swing Riot Facebook page and originally posted by Daniil Nikulin & Maria Filippova with Peter & Pavli - Lindy Hoppers.) https://www.facebook.com/daniilandmaria/videos/1074342082731967/
Here is an amazing pair of dancers! Fayard and Harold Nicholas who performed as the Nicholas Brothers. They even taught dance to Michael and Janet Jackson (and I think it shows!) among others. Both Fred Astaire and Mikhail Baryshnikov praised them for their work, Astaire calling this clip "The greatest dance number ever filmed." This … Continue reading The Nicholas Brothers
For the past few years, the Montreal Swing Riot provided classes and performances during the Montreal Jazz Festival. They also had a series of competitions including an event that "pits a battle of styles". Here is one example from 2015. How did I find out about this group? An article about the Riot's competition of … Continue reading Wish we could all enjoy our differences like this!
The Hearts Through History writers group is having their 16th Annual Romance Through the Ages Contest. Awesome opportunity for feedback on your writing from peers. CASH prizes and finalists will have manuscripts read by industry professionals! #amwritingromance #amediting Entries Feb 1st – March 31st https://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/rtta-contest/
This contest is open to unpublished as well as published authors. Submit the first 7500 words (max) of your unpublished manuscript in one of nine categories. (The published author category is open for any genre and for any manuscript not contracted as of April 1, 2018.) You don't have to be in or from VA … Continue reading Virginia Romance Writers are Having their Fool for Love Contest!
The sequel to "Unexpected Danger" is underway. Doesn't have a title yet, but I'd say 2/3rds at least is written. I'm adding a bit more emotional depth here and there, and it's going to be interesting to see the evolution. A lot of my posts here are the result of research I'm doing for this … Continue reading Working Hard
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