Updated: May 28, 2019
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“ A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one .” George R. R. Martin
Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th, 2019, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
If you're an author, writer, or aspiring author, (like me!), this is the place to be. The workshop is, as it's name states, a workshop only. This is not a conference or trade show. If you wish to attend, you must log onto the SCBWI site and register. If you can't make this workshop, search the site for other workshops and event dates.
The writing process is so singularly individual that surrounding yourself with other writers can be helpful and motivating. No matter the stage of your writing career, there are benefits to tapping into the wisdom and success of those who can teach you and critique your work.
I, myself, am not able to attend the June workshop but am very excited about attending one in the near future.
“ For a quart of Ale is a dish for a king.” William Shakespeare
Bell's Brewery, located in Kalamazoo, MI, known for releasing beer and series of flavors from which they have drawn inspiration from the arts, from music and literature, and from the Great Lakes, has announced the upcoming release of it's Leaves of Grass series. The series will kick off in late May, 2019, with the first beer being Song of Myself IPA, and the timing of the release of the first beer coincides with Walt Whitman's 200th birthday.
In a press release, it states that Larry Bell, President and Founder of Bell's Brewery, declares Leaves of Grass, one of Walt Whitman's literary classics, first published in 1855, is one of the brewery's president's literary favorites and that each new beer in the series will be named after and inspired by one of Whitman's poems. The seven new beers in the series will be released about every two months after the release of the first. Each specialty beer will be limited and will conclude in May of 2020.
What a unique way to keep your brand fresh and trending by constantly finding new sources of inspiration. I'm not a beer drinker but with Walt Whitman's work as inspiration for the beers, I certainly have to try them. Isn't that the point? To draw inspiration that inspires others. It is! And Larry Bell has done it. #bellsbeer #waltwhitman #leavesofgrass
As a Disney Fan, I'm Happy to Make a Newly Released Disney Film LIT News
Disney has released their latest live action film, Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie. Mena Massoud, (the character Tarek Kassar in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan), stars as Aladdin. Naomi Scott, (the character Kimberly Hart in the 2017 film Power Rangers), stars as Princess Jasmine. Will Smith, (widely known as the hero in the superhero movie Hancock, and as J in Men In Black), stars as the Genie. Marwan Kenzari, (the character Malik in The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise), stars as the villain Jafar. This is a cast of beautiful faces, (Kenzari a fantastic villain but also fantastically distracting :0)! The music in this film stays true to its predecessor, the 1992 animated version, delighting viewers with musical favorites, but adds new song selections to the live action version. Princess Jasmine, (Naomi Scott), gets her own solo in this film, singing the song Speechless, a song with a powerful message sung by a powerful voice. There seems to be a lot of comparisons and talk about whether or not Will Smith can live up to Robin Williams as Genie, and whether or not Jasmine's song Speechless can live up to Elsa's song, Let it Go, in Frozen. First, a voice in an animated movie can't be properly compared to a live role in a live action film. Second, Will Smith, nor any other actor who may have played the role, should not be expected to be the same. There is one Robin Williams. Only one. No one else can be him. We have to trust that Disney casting knows what they're doing. In all of their films. Will Smith was an awesome Genie with all of the natural character, charisma, and excellence that he always brings to a role. I watched the movie expecting only to see Will Smith as a beautiful blue genie, not as a mimic of Robin Williams, and he delivered. I'm quite sure that Robin Williams himself would be pleased. In addressing the comparison of Speechless to Let it Go, the same applies. This would not be comparing apples to apples. The singers are different people with distinctly different voices. These are different films portraying very different stories in a very different set of characters. It is my opinion that Naomi Scott sings the song with exceptional talent, heartfelt soul, and convinces the audience of the character's feeling and belief of the message. In contrasting the two songs, the comparable similarities are that they are both female characters delivering an empowering message to other females on intellect, independence and strength. #Girlpower. I love Disney and everything that they do. Typically, Disney does not disappoint. As a director of a Disney film, Guy Ritchie has not disappointed either. On that note, Aladdin was in no way disappointing and I will be happy to watch this film again and again. I can't wait for it to be released on DVD so I can own it and am anxiously anticipating the arrival of more live action releases in the near future. I am a little girl all grown up still fantasizing that I am a Disney princess, riding magic carpets, pumpkin carriages, catching and releasing floating lanterns, escaping towers, and singing to a field full of protective animal followers. Is it just me? I'll bet not. I'll bet I'm in a theater surrounded by Disney princesses young and old.