Lots of Black folks, myself included, have been worried about Quentin Tarantino’s treatment of slavery-era America in his upcoming film Django Unchained. Unlike with his previous releases, I was unable to get my hands on the screenplay when it was available online so I had no idea what to expect.
Well, the first trailer for the film premiered last week, attached to the release of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi action horror flick Prometheus. And after watching it, and rewatching it, and rewatching it again, I gotta say … I’m looking forward to Django Unchained.
Posted in Cool Story Bro, Movies, Random Cool, Video
Tagged Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained, James Brown, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Cash, Leonardo DiCaprio, Prometheus, quentin tarantino, Ridley Scott, Roots
Every day, someone tweets or emails or otherwise messages me to let me know that they’ve read my novel GUESTLIST. It’s an amazing feeling, to know that something I’ve written has affected another human being in so strongly a way that they must reach out to me to let me know their opinion.
I’ve heard it all – people love Juliet and Swann, others hate Ava with the intensity of a thousand white suns. For some, it presents a New York City that is authentic and wholly familiar; for others, it’s like visiting the city for the first time and experiencing a world they’ve never before encountered. I’ve had people tell me my characters have motivated them, and I’ve had people question whether certain characters are based on them. I’ve had people dream about my characters. Hell, I’ve even had someone tell me they think Ava is the good guy of the whole damn thing!
The point I’m trying to make is, everyone who’s read GUESTLIST has a strong opinion of the novel. That’s a good thing. I want people to talk about it, to love it or hate it.
Posted in Books, Cool Story Bro, New York City, Writers, writing
Tagged Amazon, Ava Rice, Barnes and Noble, Book, Byron Lord, eBook, GoodReads, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Juliet Feliz, Kindle, Library Thing, Marcel Swann, Napoleon Fey, New York City, novel, Shelfari
Yesterday, I was reading a few articles at K.M. Weiland’s Wordplay when I came across this post that said the protagonist and antagonist of one’s novel should share similar traits. The examples cited gave credence to Weiland’s argument, and ranged from the parallels between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader to the common goal of every character in Dashiell Hammett’s classic The Maltese Falcon.
This made me wonder if Juliet and Ava, the protagonist and antagonist, respectively, of my novel GUESTLIST, have more in common than I initially realized. Looking at the same three comparison points Weiland used in her post, here’s what I came up with.
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Tagged Ava Rice, Byron Lord, Darth Vader, Dashiell Hammett, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Juliet Feliz, K.M. Weiland, Luke Skywalker, Napoleon Fey, star wars, The Maltese Falcon, Themes, writing
Welp, I guess it’s time to go back to the well. One of my favorite contemporary authors, Lauren Weisberger, recently landed a deal to write Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, a sequel to her bestselling 2003 novel, The Devil Wears Prada.
Check out some info from the press release:
Eight years after saying goodbye to Runway, and escaping the clutches of Miranda Priestly, it seems as though Andrea “Andy” Sachs has the perfect life. The lowly assistant is herself now tabloid fodder. She edits The Plunge, the hottest bridal magazine on newsstands, and works side-by-side with Emily, her old Runway colleague and new BFF. Andy is madly in love with Max, a dashing scion of a storied media company, and planning to tie the knot. But Andy is still haunted by her days atRunway, and the specter of Miranda Priestly. Andy can hardly know that all her efforts to build a bright new life will lead her directly to the one she fled — and into the path of Miranda.
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Tagged Andy Sachs, Anne Hathaway, Lauren Weisberger, Miranda Priestly, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, Simon & Schuster, The Devil Wears Prada
Welp, it’s June. Which means I am once again attempting to go an entire month without having an alcoholic beverage. Sweet Baby Jesus, help me.
Many people ask why I would subject myself to such needless torture and self-abuse. The reasons are many, but here are my main three:
- My body needs a break. I’m not a young whippersnapper running wild in the streets of Miami-Dade County any more. I’m a grown ass man trying to make a living, and be taken seriously, as a writer. I can’t do the shit I used to do and still expect above average results. So, that means cutting out the alcohol, eating properly, and getting more rest.
- My bank account needs a break. I spent way too much fucking money on alcohol alone last month. If I’d invested just half of that money into my business, I’d be able to do some things I now must wait to do. Enough is fucking enough, man. I joke about being poor but the reality is, I’m a profligate spendthrift. I need to chill the fuck out, son.
- I’ll have more time. As mentioned earlier, by cutting out drinking, even for just a month, I’ll have more time to do things I need to do, namely write and cook. If I’m not putting in full eight hour shifts in someone’s bar, then I can spend those eight hours writing the sequel to Gueslist. (Ha! Fooled you. That ain’t happening. The sequel, I mean.) If I’m not out in the street, drunk and hungry, I won’t be tempted to spend an average of $20 per meal every day. I’ll be in my kitchen, making everything from steak and potatoes to PB&Js, and at a fraction of the cost.
Yes. I am trying once again. In fact, I already posted today’s photo on Instagram, so I’m ahead of the game.
The list of challenges is above. Again, shout out to FatMumSlim, whomever she is, for coming up with these creative challenges.
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Tagged #JunePhotoADay, #PhotoADayJune, FatMumSlim, Instagram, Jay Fingers, June Photo Challenge, Photo Challenge