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My newest book is "Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism." Come with me, please, on the publishing journey!
Blessings, all -- Linda
Newsletter Dated: 1/13/2008 6:48:15 PM
Subject: Here's to Success in 2008!
Half-way through the 1st month of this new year. How is it that time flies faster as we get older? Really . . . I don’t think this is just an idea. It happens! Today is my eldest son’s 29th birthday; there’s absotively no way I can be old enough to have a kid that age – so how is it that he is that old?! Fact is, he is – and so am I.
It’s now 2008, and my book, “Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism,” is coming to fruition. Finally. Many of you may not know I started work on this book in 1993. So if you writers, or any artists of any type, ever believe you should give up on something that hasn’t happened yet, and you think it’s taken too long . . . ya da ya da ya da, we’ve all had the thoughts . . . don’t—give—up! If it’s important and continues to sincerely live in your heart, go for it. It’s real, it’s meant to be, and it will be.
I thought I’d start out this year with a few Robert Taylor tidbits, links to information or articles on him, and features about YOU. So many of you are brilliant in your chosen field – otherwise, we wouldn’t know of each other, right?! (Yes, you can all laugh now).
Here’s an interesting quote: "Live as if everything you do will eventually be known." -- Hugh Prather
Fits well in the newsletter of a biographer and self-professed literary voyeur. Biographies – be they long, in the form of books; short, as in a blurb on a website; or even writings of an introspective author . . . bios come together because a writer, and/or his/her readers, wants to know about a certain person. Since all our lives aren’t literally chronicled – not every second of every day – a biographer must search out all those bits and pieces that made up a life that, as it was being lived, was simply a day-to-day existence.
Example: “The Love Life of Robert Taylor,” tells of Taylor’s girlfriends, what sort of female was his “type,” and how, subconsciously, he selected his lady friends. Certainly, at the time, Robert Taylor had no clue anyone would ever consider this newsworthy!
Check out Court Jones and his art. I found his work while doing a blind search on Robert Taylor information. Jones is a talented, creative artist. His bio says he “considers himself constantly walking the line between caricature illustration and fine art.” He manages to really capture the essence of a face – something of a visual biography. Visit his website, look at his art, and you’ll see what I mean: http://www.courtjones.com/
Don’t miss the page which houses Mr. Court’s wonderful rendition of Robert Taylor:
Taylor In The Movies
Want a firsthand view of what makes Robert Taylor so fascinating? Watch him on film. Watch how he walks, shoves his hand into his pocket, half-smiles. Don’t miss the sardonic lift of his eyebrow, or his understated comic delivery. And definitely . . . make note of how he relates to women. Watch him make love to each one – without ever raising the film’s MPAA rating beyond G.
Here’s the TCM Robert Taylor film schedule for the rest of January:
10 PM EST, Friday, 1/18: Johnny Eager on TCM
*** my personal favorite – what a complicated, brilliant characterization!
8 PM EST, Thurs., 1/24: Camille on TCM
1:30 AM EST, Fri., 1/25: Waterloo Bridge on TCM
12 PM EST, Tues., 1/29: Personal Property on TCM
If you happen to watch any of these, drop me a note and let me know what you think.
Author of the Month – Doug Boren
When I became acquainted with Doug years ago, I began reading his work and chatting via e-mail. I discovered that in addition to being an extraordinary storyteller – he puts the visual into the written word, Doug's an extraordinary human being. The 'net has a strange ability to introduce us to many, all over the world. Some come and go, and some click, seemingly through psyche . . . and via the odd interplay that happens in e-mail and online, friends are made.
As a writer, Doug puts his readers in the story, making them feel what the characters feel, live where the characters live, and emote as the characters emote. Some writers are technical geniuses but have no soul. You will be touched by Doug’s soul. Here are his websites:
Another wonderful internet introduction – Natalie Brown. Natalie and I met over the ‘net before we met in person. She found me via MySpace, after reading my latest novel, “Weekends In New England.” We corresponded and decided to meet in person since, happily, we live in the same town! When Natalie and her manager, Jeremy, walked into the coffee shop where I awaited them, I instantly felt drawn to her sweet, enveloping personality. I’d done my homework long before the visit, so I was aware that Natalie’s vocal talent was a lovely combination of soulful timbre and earthiness. She wows her listeners with a R&B sound that mixes perfectly with pop tunes, ballads . . . even holiday songs. She’s been compared to the likes of Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston – range, range, range!
Press commentary states, “There's little chance that you'll hear Natalie Brown sing or speak and not be moved by the refreshing texture in her voice. This emotive Contemporary R&B/Soulful Pop - Singer/Songwriter with a soulful and powerful 4.5 octave range translates her life experiences into songs that inspire, entertain, empower, and provoke.”
Get a hold of Natalie’s music NOW – it won’t be long, I promise, before she’s an international sensation. After all, she was born in Canada, now lives in the United States, and already travels the world. She’s consistently remained in the top 10 on the ‘net's most recognized charts and has a loyal fan following. If she changes her hairstyle – she hears about it! Get on the Natalie bandwagon now, folks!
WOW . . . check out this photo!
And her MySpace page tells it all: http://www.myspace.com/nataliebrown
Next Month’s Features, so far, include:
Authors: Dan Bessie & Jeanne Johnson (they come as a pair!) http://bluelupinpress.com/
Actress: Glorinda Marie http://www.glorinda.com/
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!
I’m getting ready to have a backlist sale! Check the next newsletter for details.
That's it for now. Would love to hear from you! Until Next Time -- a great book, by the way, & I wrote it!
: > . . . remember:
“History is the essence of innumerable biographies!” ~ Thomas Carlyle