Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Pulling the Curtain Back

Long time no see! Here's a peek at what's been going on in Wylie's World:

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with fellow writers Leah Braemel, Christine D'Abo & Amy Ruttan and though there was chatting, we got an awful lot accomplished.

Personally, I was able to write 'The End' on Jump Zone, and though I've got a few segues to fill in, I can basically call Draft One done. Now the REAL work begins... getting it in some sort of condition suitable to pitch/sell!

And while I have my writing friends on the brain, I must give a shout out to Leah Braemel on her recent release of Private Property. I haven't read it yet but did get a chance to read the second book of her series (Personal Protection - coming soon!!) and must say that I look VERY forward to reading more about the fine men of Hauberk Security. Leah writes at a pretty high heat level which only serve to enhance her richly drawn characters and solid plotlines. During our weekend retreat, she shared some of the upcoming story lines and we're in for a treat :)
And Amy... well, she's cranking them out so fast I can't keep up!!! Not as a writer or reader - LOL!! The first book of Amy's Enchantress series, The Fey, is available now from Linden Bay and she also has a new release with Ellora's Cave, Hard Candy. As soon as i can catch my breath (how long until my kids are in college? ha ha) I'll be diving into these.

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The kids were sick so I spent a few afternoons with them watching movies.

George of the Jungle: Brendan Fraser has the most gorgeous lips I've ever seen on a man. Lush, ripe, made for kissing. Yes, sick as that sounds, while he was entertaining my children with chest pounding, jungle calls and vine-swinging antics, I was staring at his mouth. Wow.
And he was pretty cut back then, too. Double wow.

Penelope: A movie about a girl cursed with a pig's nose. I didn't go into it with much hope of liking and suprised myself by LOVING! It's a great story about acceptance -- and an added bonus -- James McAvoy was in it, which I didn't even realize until his sad-eyed moppy haired character appeared on screen. *Squee!*

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During my little hiatus I enjoyed the whole award-show experience. And I did watch the all... got to hear every f-bomb Mickey Rourke dropped during his many acceptance speeches.
I was happy for him... a great come back and all, but was a bit relieved when he lost to Sean Penn at the Oscars. As acidic and opinionated as Mr. Penn can be, he truly deserved the award, if not for this particular role, then for the cummulative career roles.
I thought this was one of the best Academy Awards shows I've seen (even with the cheesy song and dance bit in the middle). Hugh Jackman did an awesome job as host, everyone looked stunning in their black ties and gowns, and there were solid, first-class performances to celebrate. I'll sum it up with a few math equations:

The Brange = Royalty

Steve Martin + Tina Fey = LMAO

Ben Stiller doing Joaquin Phoenix > Joaquin Phoenix

Rob Pattinson channeling Edward Cullen while presenting = wee squee!

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Random thoughts:

Does anyone else think POSH looks totally and ridiculously out of proportion? Why do they let her NEAR fashion?
Ghost Town with Ricky Gervais. See it.
Can Conan keep Jay's loyal fans happy? Hmmm...
George Cloony is short.
Today's date is interesting - 03/03/09 Don't you think?


Amy Ruttan said...

Breathe woman! ;)

I particularly enjoyed your mini victory arm raise when you typed the end.

AND I have to say I want to read Jump Zone so bad.

It was the best weekend ever. My last chance for fun for a long time. LOL.

Amy Ruttan said...

Oh and just 'jiggle it a little'.

Wylie Kinson said...

Amy -- that's the trouble, I can't breathe... I'm still stuffed up!!
Ah that Doogie... he kills me.

Amy Ruttan said...

I'm still laughing about the Broadway Stars talking about recession. With the Phantom flipping out on everyone. Too funny.

OH and as for the list, I have another and he can replace JRM, The guy who played Sully on Dr. Quinn. I lurve him.

Rene said...

I thought "Penelope" looked cute. It's going to be on Starz soon so I'll tape it for my girls. I loved "George of the Jungle." Brendan Fraser was so funny and what a physique.

Congrats on getting your draft done. Big accomplishment.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the draft! George Clooney is short, but he'll always be fine to me. And I'll NEVER get all the fuss over Posh. I was disappointed Mickey Rourke didn't win the O, but honestly I didn't see either performance. I'm just disappointed in the short "hiatus" Sean Penn took from his wife. Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

P.S. Lost does rock big time.

Thomma Lyn said...

George Clooney is short? Wow. Seriously, I never would have guessed! :)

Huge congrats to Amy on her releases! And it sounds like you, Amy, Leah, and Christine had a great time together.

YIPPEE on "The End" on Jump Zone. Good luck with the revisions. Please holler if you need my eyeballs! :-D I'm more than happy to help!

J.K. Coi said...

Congrats on finishing Jump Zone, that's awesome! Sounds like you guys had a great time on your weekend working retreat, and if I hadn't been so sick all weekend, I'd have been jealous!

Wylie Kinson said...

Hiya JK - thanks, and congrats back at you. Hope you feel better soon!

TL - yes, short. George is a wee man. But he's amazing to look at none-the-less. And yes, I'll need your eyeballs VERY soon (I hope!)

Wylie Kinson said...

Kristy - Yes on Sean Penn's little hiatus. Can you imagine someone as dwarfy-looking as him stepping out on the GORGEOUSNESS of Robin? I shake my head...

LOST is my constant :)

Wylie Kinson said...

Hi Rene -- yes, do tape Penelope. It's cute and has a lovely message. And congrats back for your recent ms accomplishments!

M. said...

Hi Wylie!Long time no see. My kids liked George of the Jungle too. I've never really noticed his mouth, but I've always thought he's actually underrated as an actor. He's really very good.

Wylie Kinson said...

I know... it was a good break :)
And how weird that I was just over at your place checking out your Countdown review.
You srsly never noticed Brendan's mouth. You need to rewatch! LOL
And I agree - he's def underrated (she says, after being thoroughly impressed with him in Gods and Monsters)

Julia Smith said...

Brendan Fraser - check.
James McAvoy - check.
Hugh Jackman's fabulous Oscars - check.
'Ghost Town' - also recommended to me by my sister.
Your weekend with everyone - wish I could tag along...
"The End" on your first draft - woo hoo!

Wylie Kinson said...

Hello Ms Julia... you have GREAT taste, but you know that, doncha ;)