Holiday Party Convo and Classic Movie Junkie

Did I say last week that the holiday season had begun?

XmasOkay. What I meant to say was, the pre-season had begun. The holiday season doesn’t really get cooking for me until the day of my writers’ group holiday party. That day came and went too quickly yesterday as about twenty of us gathered at the home of one of our esteemed members to share good food, good fun, and good talk.  Only in the company of fiction writers do I hear snippets of conversations like:

“… but, in reality, she was a Celtic princess…”

“…dead within days after she slipped poison into his….”

“…abducted by aliens…”

Fun, huh? (And I didn’t even mention the sexy snippets. 🙂 )

So, what unofficially kicks off your holidays?

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Classic Movie Junkie

Here’s what’s on my watch list this week.

Sunday Dec 8

2:00 pm  Scrooge (1970)  Holiday Classic. TCM. No synopsis needed. Albert Finney, Alec Guinness.

Why? It ain’t December if you don’t watch The Christmas Carol, right?  This one is a nice rendition for a cozy Sunday afternoon.

Tuesday  Dec 10

6:00 pm   Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Drama/Comedy. TCM.  An older white couple’s liberal principles are tested when their daughter announces her engagement to a black doctor. Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katherine Houghton.

Why? This movie is touching, thought-provoking and funny, but my reasons are more sentimental. This was the last time Hepburn and Tracy appeared together in a film. Tracy’s performance earned a posthumous Oscar nomination.

Friday  Dec 13

1:00 am  Chinatown (1974) TCM.  Neo-noir/mystery. A private eye in 1930s Los Angeles stumbles into a web of murder and deceit when he’s hired by the wife of a cheating spouse who isn’t what she pretends to be.  Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston.

Why?  In this hardboiled period piece, Jack Nicholson not only measures up to the gold standard set by Bogart as Philip Marlowe, he sets his own platinum standard as Jake Gittes. Faye Dunaway also scores as the femme fatale with a devastating secret. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards.

Saturday Dec 14

10:45 am   The Cowboys (1972)  Western.  AMC.  An aging rancher is forced to hire a group of schoolboys when his own men desert him before a 400-mile cattle drive. John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern.

Why?  A great boys-to-men story and a sentimental favorite of mine from among the last ten films made by John Wayne. Entertaining performances by Roscoe Lee Browne and Bruce Dern, too.

This week’s Amazon Prime Pick:  Chinatown
I could expound at great length on why I adore this film, but for today I’ll  just say,

“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”

Have a great week!

(Times listed are EST. Check here for your U.S. time zone Turner Classic Movie monthly schedule. Or here for AMC.)

October News & Stuff … Thelma and Louise go to Jersey

Autumn in PA
Autumn in PA

Autumn is in full bloom, and it’s been a busy month–although you wouldn’t know it by the dearth of activity on this page. And so what have I been up to?

EDITS ANYONE?
The first week of the month started off with an email from my editor that included the line edits for the first book in my new 1920s romantic mystery series from Carina Press. (Title to be announced in an upcoming post!)

Do you want to know what it’s like going through the editing process on a manuscript for the first time in (I-ain’t-gonna-say-how-many) years?

Challenging, fun, and gratifying. Then again, I’ve always enjoyed tinkering more than writing, and I love “having written” better than both.

THELMA AND LOUISE GO TO JERSEY…
Writing is a solitary pursuit but every so often we put on our grown-up clothes, jump into our cars and (a laThelma and Louise) motor off—no, no, not a cliff!—down the scenic Pennsylvania turnpike to be with others of Our Own Kind.

Last week, writing buddy Heather Heyford and I did just that. I wore the big sunglasses and she rode shotgun (without the ammo). We met up with seven others from our RWA group (including roomie, Ava Quinn) as well as a whole passel of  other romance writers, agents, and editors who gathered in New Jersey for workshops, networking, pitching, lunching, cocktails, book signings and just plain fun.

The weekend flew by and, too soon, we were motoring back to Pennsylvania with fond memories and bags full of conference swag to resume our mild-mannered lives.

And so what were you up to in October?

Coming soon in November …  “Guess That Title” and … Ava Quinn passes Delynn Royer the coveted Sunshine Award 🙂

 

Welcome to Follow Fest!

Follow Fest

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Always late to the party.  Yep, that’s me.

I heard about this at the last minute–a blog hop called FOLLOW FEST, a “cyber meet and greet” for authors.  Isn’t that cool? 🙂  Many thanks to MELISSA MAYGROVE for hostessing and to AVA QUINN over at TONGUE IN CHEEK for putting me onto it.

Be sure to CLICK HERE to check out other authors who are participating!

And now time to move on and answer some get-acquainted questions:

Name:  Delynn Royer

Fiction or nonfiction?  Fiction.

What genres do you write?  Historical romance and romantic mystery.

Are you published?  I’m published in historical romance and I have a new romantic mystery set in 1920s Manhattan coming out in 2014 from Carina Press.

Do you do anything in addition to writing?  

Chi-poodle

Chi-poodle

 If you ask my husband, he’ll say “no” since I spend so much time on the computer, but actually I do.  I work fulltime. I also enjoy yoga, old movies, reading, and spending time with family, friends, and The Chi-poodle. (And not always in that order. I really do love that dog a LOT.)  In fact, here’s a pic of The Chi-poodle on her first day home from her hip surgery last spring. She received a lot of love that day and has since cheered up and is happily running around on all fours.

 Where can people connect with you?  Right here at www.delynnroyer.com and my author pages are at AMAZON and at SMASHWORDS.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
I first published in romantic fiction in the 90s when I was a busy young mom. After that, I set aside my pen for many years to concentrate on my day job and raising two wonderful sons.  I’m now thrilled to be writing again and re-connecting with the writing community!