Thursday, December 28, 2006

Casino Royale at last!

We finally got to see the new James Bond film, and yep, it got the thumbs up from us, too. Very entertaining and exciting, despite a few quibbles. Our friend tells me the book ends a little differently, and I think I would have preferred the book's ending, because most of our problems with the story concerned the ending.

It might also have helped if I knew more than the very basics of poker. Big blind, little blind, what the...? It reminded me of the Dr. Seuss A-B-C book: "Big B, little B, what begins with B?" Also, for such a sophisticated place, what was with that dealer's vest? It seemed a little...tacky?

However, Daniel Craig's certainly believable as a death-dealing secret agent, I must say! And there was an unexpected surprise with M. that was brief, but definitely fun and interesting.

In other news, I'm starting to get back into the swing of things, work-wise, in a non-writing-a-book way. Sorting through emails that have piled up, doing some work for our local RWA chapter, and starting to check handouts and prepare for a two-part, full-day workshop I'm doing in January. The morning part is Romance 101 -- the basics about romance writing, including terms we tend to bandy about that can be confusing for new writers. In the afternoon, I'm doing a little something called "Goose your Muse", on motivation and inspiration. That should be fun, and I hope people come away excited and hopeful about writing in general.

Because as jobs go? And despite all the complaining and whining? It's one heck of a great gig!

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