Archive | February 2012

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How about a little Razzle Dazzle from Marilyn today?

Marilyn Monroe in Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend.

Recently Charlize Theron, Grace Kelly, and numerous other noted sex symbols including Marilyn Monroe were utilized in a commerical for a famous fragrance.  We’re thinking of doing an entire marketing campaign around our novel, What She Knew. 

Tag line:  What She Knew: Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend, and then some famous jeweler can endorse it. 

Tell us your thoughts or opinion about this concept.  We love hearing from you.

 

SMASH – and the plot thickens

SMASH is now three episodes in. So, what have we learned other than the music rocks?

1) Financial backing will be slim pickings.
2) Ivy is madly in love.
3) Karen has the best parents and sweetest boyfriend.
4) Tom’s assistant is an evil little imp.
5) And, Julia isn’t over ‘it’.

But, do we really care? No! All the above is great, but what we care about is seeing Marilyn. Oh, yes, and the music. Much more music please.

We still say that Karen makes the better Marilyn. The Marilyn that’s on the journey is just not Ivy. She makes a great later in life Marilyn.

So, what do you think? How do you feel about the ‘behind the scenes drama?’ Do you, like us, want more Marilyn?

SMASH – before episode 3 airs

Tonight’s gonna be a good, good night! At least, we sure do hope so! It’s the third episode of SMASH and we’re anxious to watch it. Perhaps this episode will explain some things that were left undone. For example, we were disappointed that they chose Ivy Lynn as Marilyn and not Karen. We loved her voice and enjoyed her passionate yet innocent presence.

So far we’ve only gleaned surface bits and pieces of the lives of the main characters and not much more. It’s not enough to really draw us or our emotions into any one of the characters except for Karen, who, unfortunately didn’t get the part of Marilyn.

What questions do you want to have answered? Where would you like to see the show go? What are your thoughts on this series? We think there is a ton of potential and we’d love to see how Stephen Spielberg will develop this terrific concept. Will this show be the SMASH they’ve hyped it up to be? We certainly hope so.

In the beginning…..3

Author. What comes to mind when you hear that word? When you are an author and someone asks you “What do you do?” – what response to you get?

We have been told that being authors must be glamorous and exciting. We must be able to go anywhere, have doors opened for us, and have diet drinks pressed upon us. For some reason, just saying the words ‘I am an author’ makes the recipient’s eyes open wide and an expectent awe fills the air. We know, it happens every day to us.

BOOM!! (That’s reality smashing your author-vision.) Being an author is SO NOT what most people think. We believe there are many professions suffering under this illusion: actors, directors, singers, etc all have the ‘glam tag’ attached to them. Reality check: being an author is work. It’s painful, depressing, and frustrating – and that’s a good day. Oh, no, we’re not talking about the researching and writing, that’s the fun part. It’s after the book is complete that’s rough.

We happen to be in the frustrating part right now. Even though we finished the book before last August, we are far from the real finished product. You see, now the hard part begins. We have been with a publisher since last August and were supposed to have the book out by Black Friday. Ahem. It is now nearly three months later and we are just now to the final draft for approval. Our agent, bless her heart, keeps telling us “It’s going to be great! Don’t worry.”

So we do what authors do best, write. We write on the sequel, we write our blog, we tweet -although that isn’t writing exactly and we research our writing. We subscribe and write to various people about the subjects that interest us and our characters lives, we try to interact with other authors who have been down this road and hit bumps and potholes that would swallow a compact car whole.

On a happy note, we got our “What She Knew” pens yesterday and they look FABULOUS!!!

Marilyn Monroe – the role in SMASH goes to Ivy Lynn

While the character of Ivy Lynn is a strong Marilyn type in her later years, it was our understanding that the whole purpose of the musical was to show the transformation from Norma Jean to Marilyn Monroe. We don’t see how the show will pull that off with Ivy Lynn’s character as opposed to Karen Cartwright. Karen has the innocence and freshness to make a much more believable Marilyn as a young woman starting out in the terrifying business of a star.

We would love to see how Ivy Lynn can go back to her age of innocence after sleeping with the director of the musical. Is that still the way women have to get to the top – literally – of the ladder? We personally believe that the morals and sweetness of Karen Cartwright is much more likeable than a woman who will do anything to get the cherished role.

While Angelica Houston’s character is concerned that she may be too perfect, Derek Wells seems to think that they have made the right choice.

The music and dance numbers are really exciting and the portrayal of Marilyn’s life looks to be honoring to her as well as understanding. We can’t wait to see how creative SMASH will get as the episodes go on.

What do you think? Does anyone else out there wish they had gone with the talented yet more emotionally raw Karen Cartwright?