The View from the Trailer Park – Those Lips, Those Eyes. ‘Wonder Woman’

Great review. I just saw the movie yesterday. It is a great and long overdue movie.

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Written by: Daniel McDonald

In 1980, a little known, little seen film about a Summer Stock Theater Company in 1951, starring Frank Langella, (DRACULA) Thomas Hulce ,(ANIMAL HOUSE, AMADEUS) and Glynis O’Conner (ODE TO BILLY JOE- what the hell happened to her?) with an interesting title that has stuck with me as clear as a bell for 37 years THOSE LIPS, THOSE EYES opened to better than average press. I saw the little romantic comedy, enjoyed it for what it was, and pretty much forgot about the film, but for some odd reason, not that damn title.

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Come To The Broad Side: Rapid Fire Reading This Saturday At Balticon 51


Saturday, May 27, 6 PM — Renaissance, Kent (6th Floor)

Award-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. She’s published six novels, a book on writing, and three collections. In 2014 she co-founded eSpec Books ( (

Roxanne Bland grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange and wonderful new worlds through her local public library and bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated. (

Lauren Harris is a fantasy author, audiobook narrator, and assistant editor of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show Magazine. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with three naughty cats and a pet librarian. (

A. L. Kaplan’s work has been included in several anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, Star Touched, comes out this fall. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art and loves wolves. (

Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books and Orbit Books. Scourge: A Darkhurst Novel, is the first in a new epic fantasy series for Solaris (coming July 2017). (

Cara McKinnon is the author of the Fay of Skye fantasy romance series. She has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and lives in Western Maryland with her husband and kids. Find her online at

Award-winning author Christie Meierz writes space opera and science fiction romance set in a dystopic Earth empire. Her most recent work, Farryn’s War, explores how empaths would live together and what can happen when empaths and normal humans collide. (

Jennifer R. Povey writes everything from heroic fantasy to stories for Analog. Her current project is the Lost Guardians, an urban fantasy series. Fallen Dusk, the first book in the series, was released last spring. She also rides horses. (

Roberta Rogow writes historical mysteries, in which she tends to twist the history, and filk songs that refer to anything she feels like singing about. Roberta is a retired children’s librarian living in New Jersey. Learn more at (

D. H. Timpko is the author of The Firma Twins and the Purple Staff of Death, a middle grade science fiction novel. She is finishing the second Firma twins novel, The Firma Twins and the Flute of Enchantment. (

Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her credits include a multi-award nominated novel, numerous short stories and two popular art books. Her video interviews and short subjects are regular features of  Learn more at (

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Looking for something do do Memorial Day weekend? Come to Balticon May 26-29, 2017 and say hi.  There are tons of great activities. Here is my schedule.

When Where What
2:00 PM Mt. Washington Reading Outside Your Genre for SF/F Writers
6:00 PM Kent Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
7:00 PM St. George Writing Flash Fiction
11:00 AM St George Reading: I’ll be reading from my novel, STAR TOUCHED
1:00 PM Mt. Washington I’ve Done My Research and You’re Going to Suffer for It
8 PM Homeland Writing SF/F from Societal Trauma
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I don’t normally write about traveling, but at the end of March and beginning of April I had the pleasure of taking my first trip to Europe. I got to spent nine wonderful days in Paris, France. I won’t bore you with all the details and everything I did, but here are some the highlights.

First, I want to say that I felt safer walking the streets of Paris at all hours than I ever have in any US city. Sure I kept a lookout for pick pockets, but that’s not the same.

20170327_200400The Eiffel tower was neat. I had a great view from my hotel room. In the evening, they make it sparkle for a few minutes each hour.

There are enough museums in Paris to keep you busy for weeks, so I had to pick and choose. In college I studied art and architecture, but seeing them in a book or a slide is nothing like standing in the midst of these creations.

The Orsay Museum had some of my favorite painters: Monet, Renoir, and Degas, along with other great impressionist.


Orangerie Museum built two rooms just for Monet’s last waterlily paintings. Each has four HUGE paintings. He was nearly blind when he made them. While notable, I still like some of his earlier paintings better.

Speaking of Monet, for me a trip to France had to include a visit to his house and gardens in Giverny. 20170401_101611I just may need to get my paints out again.20170401_103253

Walking through the Louvre I got to see lots of cool sculptures and paintings. The scale of some of them surprised me. Theodore Gericault’s The Raft of the Medusa felt like I could step onto the raft. (16 feet wide x 12 feet tall) If that wasn’t stunning enough, directly opposite it in this narrow hall was Delacroix’s Death of Sardanapalus. (Also 16 feet wide x 12 feet tall)

My photos came out so distorted because there was no room to back up for the picture. BTW, the Mona Lisa is just as dull in person as it is in pictures. Rembrandt’s portraits were much more impressive.




Notre-Dame Cathedral was spectacular and sad at the same time. Most of the paintings are fine, but some are peeling from the walls. Others are so covered with dirt and soot that I didn’t realize the paintings were there until I got right up to the wall. Soot can be removed. Sadly, the peeling sections are probably too far gone to repair.20170328_174614

Sainte Chapelle’s stained glass was stunning but it was the floor tiles that caught my eye. Who knew there were so many wolf/canine motifs?

Want to see something different and a little creepy? Visit the Catacombs. Yes, those are real human bones.20170330_123926

From eating wonderful food, seeing the sites, and sitting on the banks of the Seine working on a story, I had a fantastic time.20170330_171708

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Share Your Writing!

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Hello to everyone! I want to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help.  All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This include poetry and non-fiction.

If this event is successful, I will do this about once a month.  To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books.

I hope this idea is successful, and I hope many people share information on their books!


Please follow the following links to find my novel:


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Even the darkest night

Is only a few steps away

From dawn’s light

And the warmth of the sun

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“Look at all them owls in that tree,” said Lowell. His jowls wobbled as he wiped sweat from his face with an already soaked and disgusting orange sleeve.

Harvey wrinkled his nose. The putrid scent blowing down the hill wasn’t much worse than Lowell’s odor. If he didn’t still need the despicable little man, Harvey would have strangled him on sight.

“They’re vultures,” said Harvey. “Owls ain’t up in daytime and don’t flock like that.”

“Well they stink. I don’t wanna go this way.”

“It’s this or rot in prison.”

Lowell continued to whine. “You said you had a way out, a secret way.”

“I do,” said Harvey, as he trudged to the top of the ridge and gazed at the vultures.

Lowell joined him a moment later, gasping from the exertion, eyes closed. It was a full two minutes before Lowell opened his eyes and saw the partially decomposed bodies strewn under the tree. Their telltale orange jumpsuits marked them as prisoners. His meaty hands grasped Harvey’s arm.

“Those are guys who supposedly escaped.” Lowell’s voice rose in pitch. “They’re dead! We’re gonna die!”

“No, Lowell,” said Harvey. “WE ain’t gonna die.”

Dozens of beady black eyes watched as Harvey cut Lowell’s throat and pushed him against the tree. Blood coated the bark, which began to glow.

“Hurting little girls ain’t good, Lowell. Judge went too easy for what you did to my sister.”

Harvey watch Lowell’s eyes widen as the birds descended then stepped through the portal.

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