How To Change Hollywood

I’ve been reading a great screenwriting blog hosted by John August, writer of Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, and Go, among others. Recently he sent his assistant Matt to a Writers Guild Foundation event in Beverly Hills featuring Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman who wrote Star Trek.  Matt took notes and wrote a lovely little…

These Exciting Days

Here’s a little update on what’s happening in my home these days. WRITING I’ve been writing! I just completed the first draft on a screenplay that I’ve been writing for a producer in San Diego. Woot! I’m gonna get notes tonight and then I’ll start revisions. It feels good to complete the first draft of…

Writing!

I’ve been writing!  And I just completed the first draft on a screenplay that I’ve been writing for a producer in San Diego.  Woot!  I’m gonna get notes tonight and then I’ll start revisions.  It feels good to complete the first draft of another screenplay.  It feels like having climbed to the top of one…

Fall Down Go Boom: 5 Ways to Reduce Acute Inflammation Naturally

…need anti-inflammatory. Today I was out for a quick run (20 minutes, 2 miles) and about 1/4 of the way, I hit a crack and went flying, tumbling and rolling across the pavement.  I was okay.  My hip hurt a little and my shoulder was scratched up, but I finished my run and felt fine….

Cafe Beaujolais

Ryan and I had dinner recently at Cafe Beaujolais in Eagle Rock.  It was delightful. This place used to have a reputation for rude waiters and slow service.  But it seems to have improved in the past few months.  Indeed, the current Yelp! reviews attest to its popularity: “…on a Friday evening, in a sleepy little…

FOOD BLOGS

I have a blogroll of food blogs (and healthy living) that I check daily.  I love the ideas and encouragement as well as challenges that that I get from the women (and men) that host these blogs.  Here’s the list: GNOWFGLINS™ The Nourishing Gourmet Keeper of the Home (Vancouverites will love the hints from this…

HOMEMADE NUTELLA

Homemade Nutella (aka Chocolate Hazelnut Spread) 3 cups raw hazelnuts 3 tbsp cocoa powder 3 tsp stevia (or to taste) 1 tbsp oil (maybe more) Roast the hazelnuts for 10 minutes at 350’F on a clean cookie sheet.  Allow to cool. Remove paper-thin shells (just whatever comes off easily).  If you leave them on, the…

Use Your Blinking Indicator!

Today a white minivan took off a piece of my skin all because the driver thought that using his indicator is optional. I was doing my daily exercise – today, a quick bike ride – and I was going straight through an intersection when the second car in line, a white minivan, suddenly turned right…

I’m On A Train, Y’all

Today I took the amtrak down to the San Diego area for a business meetin’.   I got up at the crack o’ dawn, 6 AM so that my loving husband could drive me down to Union Station to catch the 7:20 to San Diego.  The 7:20 to San Diego.  That sounds neat. We rode…

Scripted Digital Series at About.com

In 2007, I wrote several episodes for a series of “How To” videos for About.com, produced by Jonathan Stewart. I wrote about entertaining, food, men’s fashion, and even dating advice. Here they are! How To Make Breakfast In Bed How To Make A Long Island Iced Tea How To Make A Romantic Picnic How To…