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My Characters Are Not Me

“Listen to what I said here,” I said to my husband and then read a sentence from my work-in-progress. After I had finished reading, I said, “Well, I didn’t say it, my character did.”

Don said, “Wait. You wrote it. So doesn’t that mean that’s what you said?”

“No, not really. My characters are not me.”

This answer might seem a little strange. But it’s true.

Now of course every character was created from my experiences, my thought process, my head. But they didn’t have the same childhood or experiences I had. My characters react and say things differently than I would. Otherwise, all my characters would all be the same—they would be me—and that would be very boring …

It’s kind of like an actor who plays a role. The difference is: I make it up as I go. I become every character, instead of every character being me.

And oh my goodness – I can’t believe the mouths on some of these people!

Love and Laughter,

Dorlana

Can’t wait to watch: The Great Gatsby

I can’t recall the last time I was so super excited about a movie. There are so many reasons why I want to see The Great Gatsby that I’m going to list them … in no particular order.

“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”

“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.”

“Is this absolutely where you live, my dearest one?”

“But there was Jordon beside me, who, unlike Daisy, was too wise ever to carry well-forgotten dreams from age to age.”

“I shook hands with him; it seemed silly not to, for I felt suddenly as though I were talking to a child.”

  •  I  have a writer crush on Frances - If you’ve read my bio, you know I also have a writer crush on F. Scott Fitzgerald. I don’t obsess too much these days, but there was a time when I was reading biographies about him and his wife Zelda, watching  movies about his life, and I also happened to find an old copy  his last, and unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon of it at my library. I love it because it had his notes about the  unfinished chapters and the letter to his editor at the back of the book – so awesome.
  • It is a Baz Luhrmann film - He directed the 1996’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched this movie. It is one of my all time favorites. It is unique and bright and brilliant.
  • It stars Leonardo DiCaprio – who also starred in Romeo and Juliet and the reason I’ve been a fan of his ever since. I think he’s such an emotional actor, and I don’t think they could have found a better Gatsby.
  • It is set in the 1920s – I love anything to do with the 1920s.  One of the reasons I loved the novel was because of Fitzgerald’s account of the era. I love the fact that it was a contemporary novel when he wrote it; therefore it wasn’t from research but from experience.
  • The costumes – From what I’ve watched on the trailer, they are going to be spectacular, which brings me to the last, but not least, reason I can’t wait to watch it …
  • The trailer – If the trailer is any indication of how this entire movie will be, I know my eyes will be glued to the screen the entire time. So excited. And speaking of the trailer, here it is:

Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.

Snow White: 15 years later

Check out this fun video from the Carol Burnett Show :

Friday Free Kindle eBook: The Princes of Tangleforest

Hi Friends,

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Rapunzel and sprinkled with the question: What if the school’s misfits discovered a way to use mind control in order to become the popular group?

Today’s free Kindle eBook is, The Princes of Tanlgeforest.

The Princes of Tangleforest by Dorlana Vann

The Princes of Tangleforest by Dorlana Vann

Skater and reformed geek, Tanner Dobbs, soon learns that his new school, Tangleforest High, is ruled by the Princes. This group of brains used the techniques of Neuro Linguistic Programming to “persuade” the student body that intellectuals are cool, with an added bonus suggestion: “The Princes are the smartest and therefore the most popular.”
Julia Webster used to be part of the Princes’ crowd until they became obsessed and increasingly dangerous to themselves. Now she finds herself an outcast from her former “nerd” friends as well as the students who had ostracized her since elementary school. She’s worried when new kid, Tanner, is invited to join the Princes. She figures Tanner hides his smarts in order to fit in and worries that the popular status the Princes offer, even though geeky, might entice him.
When Tanner catches a glimpse of his golden-haired neighbor, Poppi, he thinks perhaps the Tangleforest community isn’t so terribly bad. But after climbing up to her window, he discovers she is locked in her bedroom by her wicked witch of a grandmother. Unfortunately, his only chance of saving the princess may be to become a nerd prince.
The Princes of Tangleforest: Contemporary Young Adult, Rapunzel inspired, suitable for 12 and over
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