director steve mcqueen

The idea of a visual artist turning movie director would normally give me pause. I’d assume the artist would be able to deliver on visuals but would fall short on storytelling. Not so with Steve McQueen.  I think I’m in love with him, and I already love his bff Michael Fassbender.  306064_477366495649790_983207191_n

I watched Shame a few months ago and was expecting…I didn’t know what. But I was mesmerized by the story and Fassbender’s moving performance.  Shame was advertised as a film about a sex addict, true, but it seems to me it’s much more about the human experience and the ways in which we try to avoid pain by anesthetizing ourselves with things like booze, porn, food, TV, work, video games, the Internet, shopping, etc. Sometimes we become addicts. The hero of Shame just happens to have an addiction we don’t hear about too often.

I so admired McQueen for not glossing over the main character’s problems or making things easy for the audience. Fassbender should have been nominated for Oscar, or maybe he was and I can’t remember.

Just this past week I finally got around to watching McQueen’s first movie Hunger.  I think many directors often push our buttons with violence, but few, like McQueen, truly probe human behavior in all its complexities.

Hunger is a powerful portrayal of the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike and Bobby Sands willingness to die for a cause through starvation.  The artist in McQueen comes through with every striking visual image. He holds the camera on certain images and we simply watch and take it in–often there’s no dialogue; the storyteller, lies in McQueen’s ability to show both sides of life in prison.  He makes you understand that the prisoners and guards are all in their own versions of hell; albeit we know who has it harder.

Both Shame and Hunger are raw and brutal and yet  life affirming.

I just learned that McQueen is coming out with a new film, Twelve Years A Slave, based on true events.  Fassbender will star along with another hottie, Chiwetel Ejiofor. 547407_484036831649423_1939351228_n

Hunger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw7WJLZmVF4

Shame http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh2w0iym0Gk

 

my writing group featured in O Magazine

A few years ago, my writing group, The Finish Party, was featured in O Magazine.

The article describes the formation of the group and how we come together to eat, share, laugh, cry, eat some more, travel, and–oh yeah, discuss each other’s writing.  We’ve been together over nine years now and feel more like family.

I’m tremendously blessed to have each of these wonderful, amazing women in my life.

The Finish Party in O Magazine

proofs!

I received the proofs for shake down the stars this week. The copyeditor, who was ruthless and very helpful, has already gone through it with me.

Now I’m allowed fifty corrections and no more.  Even though I’ve gone over the book several times, it’s still difficult not to want to rewrite the entire thing. Ah well…

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how to visit a french bakery

how to visit a french bakery

I should be writing right now, but instead here I am sharing this post.  It’s so cute and whimsical.

Actually, in the novel I’m working on, the main character owns a bakery, so maybe I AM working right now.  🙂

I’ve always dreamed of going to Paris.  One day I’ll get there!

p.s.  Ever been to Paris? Want to go to Paris?  Check out my interview with Jacqueline Luckett.  Her description of Paris is manifique!