Friday, May 26, 2006

Killer Pesto

I am just bookmarking a recipe I want to try. There was a restaurant in Ketchikan, Alaska called Polar Treats that made the best turkey pesto wraps, and I've been thinking I want to try to make them myself now that I don't live there. If I get motivated to go back to the grocery store this weekend, I think I'll try this pesto with them.

Kit Wylde's Romantic Notions.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Changing Themes?

I was thinking about songs fitting into cultural ideals. When I was a child (or younger) there were a lot of country and folk-style songs with the general theme of one lover that went off to the big time and left the one they wanted at home alone waiting for them.

There was Dan Seals rodeo song “Everything that Glitters Isn’t Gold”. I have it on my WMP because it is one of my favorite songs. I’ve hard a version of that sung by a Hawaiian artist and I love it but I can’t recall the name of the guy. If anyone knows who it is... tell me... please!

Every body said you’d make it big someday,
And I guess that we were only in your way.
But someday I’m sure, you’re gonna know the cost.
Cause for everything you win there is something lost.

But oh sometimes I think about you,
and the way you used to ride out
with your rhinestones and your sequins and the sunlight on your hair
and though the crowd may always love you
as for me I’ve come to know everything that glitters isn’t gold.


Then there is “Please Come To Boston” by Joan Baez and tons of others.

Please come to LA and live forever
California life alone is just to heard to bear
I’ve got a house that looks out over the ocean
And some stars that fell from the sky
Are living up on the hill
Please come to LA, but I said no...
You come home to me.

I said ramblin’ boy why don’t you settle down
LA ain’t your kind of town
There ain’t no gold and there ain’t nobody like me
I’m the number one fan of the man from Tennessee.


And there was another song by Don Williams about if Hollywood doesn’t want you , I still do. Probably many more.

But now...

The songs with a similar theme, have a different focus. Now we are listening to songs about how leaving home isn’t such a bad thing. There aren't regrets. You can still love your roots, and don’t have to change, but the big time is a good thing to strive for. You earn a lot of money for one thing.

There is the song by Sugarland's "Baby Girl" song...

Dear Mom and Dad,
I’ll send money. I’m so rich that it ain’t funny.
Well it oughta be more than enough to get you through.
Please don’t worry 'cause I’m all right,
See, I’m stayin’ here at the Ritz tonight
Whaddya know, we made our dreams come true.
An' there are fancy cars an' diamond rings,
But you know that they don't mean a thing.
Well, they all add up to nothin' compared to you.
Well, remember me in ribbons an' curls.
I still love you more than anything in the world:
Love, your baby girl.


Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl”

Cause a Mississippi girl don't change her ways
Just cause everybody knows her name
Ain't big headed from a little bit of fame
I still like wearing my old ball cap
Ride my kids around piggy back
They might know me all around the world
But y'all I'm still a Mississippi girl


This is just a sampling, and I am not so sure it is a true trend. But it got me thinking about themes in music and how they change over time. Kind of funny that the Dixie Chicks say country music is "redneck" (and they mean it is an offense) when I see it as progressive. A couple decades ago "Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy" would have shocked the price stickers off Minnie Pearl's hat at the Grand Ole Opry.

And even when someone is at least supposed to be moving back to the "country" it doesn't work out... "There is No Arizona" by Jamie O'Neil.

Each day the sun sinks into the West
Her heart sinks lower in her chest
Her friends keep asking when she's going
Finally she tells them, don't you know

There is no Arizona
No Painted Desert, no Sedona
If there was a Grand Canyon
She could fill it up with the lies hes told her
But they don't exist, those dreams he sold her,
She'll wake up to find there is no Arizona

He promised her a new and better life...
Out in Arizona.


Anyway... have my thoughts changed over time too? I think so. I think I used to view other places are some how bigger, better. It's not why I moved out of small town Alaska though. I really don't feel that way anymore. I just wanted a change. Besides, I left the small town for the "big city" and where are my diamonds? Sometimes I miss the small town, but I don't feel as if I lost my roots. I figure I'm in the right spot because when I wake up each morning... here is where I am.

Would you want to live in the country or city? Are you in the right spot?

As I'm wrapping up I realize that...

The book I finished yesterday was Beth Ciotta's latest Medallion release Lasso the Moon. This is the story of Paris Garret who made the promise early in life to lasso the moon, and become a big star. Does it fit my theme? No! Not really because our spunky heroine leaves the big time (San Francisco in 1877) for the Arizona Territory to sing in the back of beyond in an opera house.

Despite the lyrics in the Jamie O'Neil song above... for Paris there is an Arizona. She meets one hunky lawman named Joshua Grant. This story made me laugh. They are both loveable. It is great.

This is one book I'll have to keep because I see on the author's website that more installments will come about Paris's sexy brothers ... they are all named after towns too. The one due in 2008 is called The Fall of Rome. This will be so far out I just might need a refresher.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Book Talk

In Enemy Hands by Michelle Perry is a thrilling romantic suspense. I think this book would make a great movie because it is full of action sequences and is also a great love story. The chemistry between Dante and Nadia was there from the start. I really liked the humorous dialogue between these two. After Dante delivered Nadia into "enemy hands", I kept rooting for their safety but also that they'd reach that happily-ever-after and absolutely loved the final scenes that show this happening. I was also got a bit of an adrenaline rush from reading some of the scenes in this story. I won't include any spoilers about those scenes as that would take away the surprises Michelle Perry included in her story. But I'd like to! Hard not to talk about a book without talking about those! I'll tease you though... there is a scene that reminds of something out of Point Break and it isn't surfing.

It is my story that has surfing in it (Lord of the Night in Relic). If you check out Michelle's website you'll know that she is a Vin Diesel fan. I am too, to a certain degree. I like action flicks. In the follow up to Starlit Destiny (working title is Starlit Dreams) I have one scene that I didn't intentionally model after XXX, yet I got images of Vin Diesel when I was writing it. It has to do with the avalanche that he outruns when the bad guys are chasing him. In my story the heroine returns to the planet affectionately called Absolute Zero and considering the circumstances an avalanche made sense as plot element.

I read and write very visually. A lot of my first drafts are almost scripts because I've got the images strong in my head and I just write down the basics and then go back and fill in the meat. When I read I really like books that help me create vivid pictures. If you're a writer... do movies come to mind when you write? If you're a reader... do movies come to mind when you read?

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