Drawing Inspiration From The Silver Screen?

I read an interesting article in Forbes today titled Four Movies Every Entrepreneur Needs To Watch.

Cool picks, couple of my faves made the cut. Definitely check them out. Chris Myers has some interesting perspectives to share and I have a few of my own selections to add to the list.

The Pursuit Of Happyness

Chris Gardner. If his story doesn’t make you want to grab life by the horns and charge, I don’t know what will. The guy had no resources, a young son whose livelihood depended on his success but man, did he have the will to win. Entrepreneurs often face seemingly insurmountable obstacles and the successful ones never let themselves get burdened with a defeatist mentality. Frustration may reign temporarily but at the end of the day, they’ll do what they need to grow and prosper.

Take away? Never let a lack of resources hold you back from accomplishing your goals. Stay true to your dreams and push forward until you reach them.


I bet Hubby will like this one. =)

An interesting pick from me but in this case, it totally fits the list. Billy Beane, GM of the Oakland A’s, figured out there were certain stats that were better indicators of offensive success and it turned out those stats were cheaper to buy on the open market than more commonly tracked stats, like speed. By re-evaluating the way the industry identified and paid for talent and fundamentally changing their win strategy, the Oakland A’s made it to the playoffs in 2002 and 2003 with a fraction of their competitors’ payrolls.

The end result? Management transformed their way of thinking and strategizing, yielding huge returns for the team for years to come.

Iron Man

Okay, this one is a no-brainer and not just because I have a tiny celebrity crush on RDJ. Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist…hello!!! He’d been kidnapped and forced to make a weapon of mass destruction. Instead, using a box of scraps and his engineering brilliance, he created a powered suit of armor used to escape his captors. Yup, Tony Stark, probably the sexiest entrepreneur to strut the Earth, transformed himself into a superhero whose cutting-edge technology ultimately saved the world.

Message? A new take on an existing product can make a business explode with possibilities (no pun intended).


Why Write Romance? Is It An Escape Or A Revival?

Relationships are hard.  That’s a shocking revelation, right?  They take work and dedication and tremendous amounts of patience, every day.  There’s never a break.  Most times, I’m happy to say things with Hubby click.  But on occasion, the edges fray a little and bickering ensues.  Chalk that one up to two stubborn Type As, lack of sleep and a gaggle of loud and whiny kids incessantly haunting us to play Super Mario 3-D World.  ARGH!!!!

Suffice to say, we’ve moved well-beyond the honeymoon.

Makes me think of a scene from Just Married.  Ashton Kutcher’s character Tom and his newlywed wife are on the brink of divorce after a horrific honeymoon in Europe.  He’s thumbing through a photo album with his dad, noting how happy his parents were in the pictures.  His dad reminds him that nobody photographs the difficult days and challenges. You can’t see the issues or aggravation that bridge you from one happy moment to the next.  But they’re always lurking in the background.  Some days are easy and calm and on other days it takes a heck of a lot more to get through, and you do it with a forced smile and clenched fists.  You put the effort in to catapult you to the next happy moment because it’s SO WORTH IT.


That’s one of the reasons why I love to write romance.  Although the relationships are greatly abbreviated in a book, there are still ups and downs (normally much more dramatic than real life since I have to appeal to a reader audience and who the hell really wants to read about my day to day?).  But THE most fun part is always crafting the realization of why a couple chooses to be together, highlighting the forces that drive them to one another no matter what the obstacles, and the reasons why they are absolutely perfect as a unit.

I’ve been happily married for almost 14 years and I love that our story is already written, edited and published.  It provides me with all the inspiration I need to breathe life into my fictional world.



Dancing Is…Prohibited? No Way! We’ve Got BACON!

Okay, so I don’t have any humorous rhetoric for you this beautiful and somewhat spring-like Monday but I do have an entertaining video to share.  The content totally fits my own sunny mood as I prepare an outline of the final scenes for Nothing Ventured.  Not that this is such a literary way of expressing excitement, but what the hell?  YIPPEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Glad to get the out of my system.  Now on to the video!

Hubby and I love to watch Jimmy Fallon but unfortunately, most nights we are snoozing long before The Tonight Show begins.  We usually navigate to YouTube for highlights, which is where I found this little treat. I tried really hard to stay awake but finally succumbed to a fitful slumber on the couch.  Of course it was over by the time I dragged myself to bed.

Aside from the fact that Footloose was a God-awful movie, I LOVE the song and Kevin Bacon’s entrance is hysterical.  I’m in such a good mood these days and felt like bopping around today.  Enjoy!


Look Out Hollywood! This Book’s Got Silver Screen Potential!


Someone recently asked me if i could see Unlikely Venture made into a movie at some point.  I suppose that would naturally come after it lands on the NYT bestseller list, right?

I’m sure it comes as no shock to anyone (especially fellow writers) that I most certainly think it has silver screen potential.  Heck, I’ve already picked out some of the actors and actresses (which you can see on my Facebook page).  =)

The story is so real to me…I’ve done research on all the settings in the book, I’ve conjured up images of the characters down to their most minute physical details.  Certain songs apply to scenes throughout the book and when I hear them on my iPod, I can see the characters interacting in my head.  I know their facial expressions and their mannerisms.  They are as real as I am.  When I’m out, if I see someone who resembles one of the images in my mind, I do a double-take and I wonder if they are any bit like my beloved characters.  

I sound obsessed, don’t I?

Maybe I am.  Okay, I definitely am.

But I believe it’s actually a good thing.  It makes for a richer story.  Like I’ve said, if I wrote books without really knowing my subject matter, they would fall flat.  They would be shallow and single-dimensional – a collossal waste of my time and effort.

So even though I am impatient and ready to jump into my next plot, I’ve got to handle the preliminaries.  The longer I take to get to know the elements of my story, the better it will be for all of you!  


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