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Women of the Silent Film Era: Alice Guy Blaché https://www.flapperpress.com/post/women-of-the-silent-film-era-alice-guy-blach%C3%A9

 

  This is more of a fan gush, then a review, can’t help it, I love the show; An Exploration of Miss Fisher and The Crypt of Tears; https://wp.me/p2MXCg-aG

Latest reprises of radio plays;

Sherri’s Playhouse reprise; Never Again  available still in archive; http://tobtr.com/11741657

Sherri’s Playhouse reprises; A Heavenly Hand available still in archive;    http://tobtr.com/11735638

Next time on Chatting With Sherri;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Sci Fi Bulletin editor/publisher; Paul Simpson; June 2, 2002 at 1pm pt;   http://tobtr.com/11746015

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes charming and talented actor; Joshua Charles Dawe; on 6/4/20 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11746016

 

 

 

Last time on Chatting With Sherri;

Chatting With Sherri welcomed author Quinn Barrett we chatted about her meditation book, and how anyone can meditate; http://tobtr.com/11742038

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed award winning author; Katie Livingston; we talked about biographies and self help books and winning for her first short story in the Writers of the Future Award!   http://tobtr.com/11742040

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed author Leah Ning, we talked about books, writing and winning for her short story in the Writers of the Future Award;        http://tobtr.com/11729268

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed author; T Novan  we talked about writing novels, fan fiction, the importance of Xena in our lives and our beloved Mary Dee;   http://tobtr.com/11692147

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed author Paul Wheaton about his book; Building A Better World In Your Backyard, Instead Of Being Angry At Bad Guys ;    http://tobtr.com/11735639

 

 

 

Origin (Robert Langdon, #5)Origin by Dan Brown

This was a really great book but it was also a very troubling book. It was a fun adventure with places I have never even thought about visiting and artists I have never heard of, that part of it was so much fun! I really loved the characters in this book and Robert Langdon’s relationships with them. I love art but like Robert I have been a fan of few modern artists, there are some, because I feel I understand them, but to be truly honest some I will never understand. He introduced to me places I have never been, like Spain, and literature I had never even heard of, as always it was a page turner and it was exciting. And that part of it was so much fun!

The way I feel about Religion and Science is very close to Robert’s that they care deeply about the world around us but they are just going about it differently. I am open to AI, and I found Winston very charming and an interesting character. I am not going to spoil it, but I found parts of the book very disturbing, and I stayed up nights since I read it worrying over it. I am that type of person and I really appreciate Dan Brown opening the conversation and bringing up these very, very important issues especially at this time. I think this is his best book and yet as I said before I felt it is very disturbing at the same time.

More Than Love: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie WoodMore Than Love: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie Wood by Natasha Gregson Wagner

I have loved Natalie Wood since I was a small child. I saw her on talk shows in the 70’s with Robert Wagner who I also adore, or by herself. She was always funny, intelligent and adorable. She was my favorite actress as kid (I wanted to be an actress, not many brunettes for a brunette who wanted to be an actress to look up to, she was also extremely talented.) My favorite movies are Cash McCall and Love With a Proper Stranger. She was also great in comedy and I adored her in Sex and The Single Girl and Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice. In other words I am a fan.

When Natalie was going to be in Anastasia in LA at the Music Center I was so excited, I squealed when we got the postcard advertising it. (I still have it somewhere.) I lived at home, I was going to college and working but I knew I did not have enough money to go to the play and pay my bills, My Dad promised to get them for the whole family when they came on the market.

Of course that was not to be. I was so stunned when I heard what happened, and heart broken. It is hard to explain, I never met her, or even got a glimpse of her in person.

When all the speculation started with her sister Lana I was shocked, it was obvious she didn’t like Robert Wagner in her book, (which I did read) but she never accused him of anything like she did later. When she accuse him, I was very angry. I am a life long murder mystery fan and what she and the ship’s captain said happened, had way too many holes in it, it made no sense.

I was so excited to read Natasha Gregson Wagner book, I saw the advertisement for it after I saw her HBO special, Natalie Wood, What Remains Behind. I loved all the stuff about Natalie’s life in the documentary, her career and family life. It was beautiful. At the end, I was nodding my head and agreeing with her and the people she was interviewing, they knew best, everyone else in blogs and podcasts are just speculating. The biggest thing for me was that Christopher Walken and Robert Wagner didn’t really like each other and were not friends, why would Christopher back him up, if it was a lie, so I knew that all this fodder was just trumped up stuff, to make money. So sad. And unfair.

So I bought the book, it was very good, it is very hard to write the dark side of your life, the hard stuff for you to grapple with and to do it for the public, wow! I think Nastasha did a great job and she obviously researched her Mom’s life very thoroughly. She is so lucky to have so much, I treasure the pieces I have my parents, I don’t have as much as she does but the bits and pieces are precious. I felt so bad as I read how she had desperately wanted to keep her parents home, that she was scared something would happen to them and then when it did, her life just spiraled.

I also noticed as I read all the things that Lana had wrong, dates that things happened, the bust of James Dean disappearing, (obliviously not true, it was right there in storage,) even what Natalie was wearing on that last Thanksgiving. Also Natasha explaining her attitude to two tiny kids who just lost their Mom, her sister was cold and cruel. It made me realize her book was not true at all.

I love the happy ending for Natalie’s kids though, they deserve it. And I really hope people stop talking about her passing and focus on what great actress she was, maybe even have a Natalie Wood Film Festival. That would be so cool.

Thank you Natasha, from one daughter to another.


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Interviews, reprise of the plays, reviews and my writing…

I’m so excited, Mary Pickford was such a great woman! Thank you
flapperpress https://flapperpress.com/post/women-of-the-silent-film-era-mary-pickford

 

Tops in Entertainment in the Blogtalk Network for my show with the Miss Fisher and The Crypt of Tears production team! We talked about creating the movie, how importnat the fans are and how exciting to work in Morocco, listen in;  http://tobtr.com/11703438  (photos by Ben King)

 

Also top on blogtalk was my chat with Streamed Shakespeare’s Emily McKnight we talked about Shakespeare, people’s need for entertainment and the joys and challenges of performing from home, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11720101

 

Reprises during lockdown from Sherri’s Playhouse;

Sherri’s Playhouse reprises radio play; Cat’s Pajamas!  This is the Roaring Twenties, it was a time of Speak- Easys, Bath Tub Gin and Smugglers and Mobsters. It was also a time that women were moving up in the world, they now have the vote, they have the right to go to college and get a job. This is also the time of the modern women, as well as dancing, smoking, short skirts and sexual exploration. So join Orchid as she brings us into this exciting world that opened the path for our world today! http://tobtr.com/11726808

 

 

Sherri’s Playhouse Reprises ZOE’S PROMISE; A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF EVA AND ZOE! A prequel of A Widgie Knight, Zoe’s Promise is the fun and zany story of Zoe creating the setting of  romantic promise that she made to Eva when they first met after they survived WW2 and the Nazis.  Happily settled in Australia Zoe is now able to keep the promise that she made to Eva at the displaced people camp in Egypt. Join us for the fun and zaniness!  http://tobtr.com/11729203

 

Sherri’s Playhouse reprises;Sherlock Holmes and The Terror By Night Train! Join Holmes, Watson, Irene Adler, along with famous detective C Augusta Dupin and a cast of memorable characters in this original play from writer William Goodwin, director Everett Robert and producer Sherri Rabinowitz ; http://tobtr.com/11723736

Coming this week; 

Coming on 5/17/20 at 7pm pacific time; this week; Sherri’s Playhouse reprises Murder At Home!

Last time on Chatting With Sherri;

Chatting With Sherri welcomed author Sulari Gentill we chatted about writing, publishing and how she is dealing with the lockdown; http://tobtr.com/11716349

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back writer, actor & filmmaker; Elizabeth Gracen, we talked about her magazine Flapper Press, GenZ and how she and her family are dealing with the lockdown;   http://tobtr.com/11705532

 

Chatting With Sherri Welcomed Back author Jessica Brawner, we had a great time catching up, talking about the fact we can’t go to the cons because of lockdowns and how difficult it is to release a book right now.  She did a live virtual event on Facebook that was great, and we chatted about writing while your mind is wondering about the pandemic and the lockdown; http://tobtr.com/11713396

Chatting With Sherri welcomed publishers Barbra and Bryant Dillon, we chatted about their publishing work, writing and what they like to read themselves; http://tobtr.com/11708331

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Theresa Derwin, writing, finding time to work, how deal with all the crazy things outside and how she is helping her family and yet finding time to write at the same time ; http://tobtr.com/11708220

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed WOTF Emily Goodwin, we chatted about how the lockdown stopped their big week to celebrate the winners of the contest, but they still had thier event virtually and they decided to launch a special free writing seminar to help anyone who wanted to write get started, listen in ; http://tobtr.com/11724053

 

 

I had such a great time welcoming  back the delightful and enchanting; Anthony J and Julie Sharpe! We talked about how busy Anthony had been he did Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears and had a cameo, he did Robert the Bruce and  Hunters Moon! Not only has Anthony and Julie been busy at home with projects to make their home beautiful but they are both full of plans after the pandemic, Julie will begin her tour of Princes of The Night and Anthony has a bunch of projects he is working on, but mean while he started a really cool project called  Perfect Chaos, which is webseries that each contributor builds on like the old theater game of add on, I have seen the first four eps on YouTube and it is super!  Check out his project on  YouTube ; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCso4R_3u406CkoqACmu_rjQ  and listen into their show here;   http://tobtr.com/11726030

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed author Karen Viggers  we chatted about writing, her path to becoming a writer, as vet her worries for the animals of the world and how she is dealing with the lockdown; http://tobtr.com/11705528

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed the delightful and funk John Alsedek  of Suspense! We chatted about his library of  wonderful radio plays both adaptions and original works with first class actors in amazing stories.  We also chatted about the pandemic, reading books, watching movies and our crushes from our childhood, listen in;   http://tobtr.com/11726035

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back  eminent Egyptologist Dr. Colleen Darnell, is an American Egyptologist, teaching Egyptian art history at the Naugatuck Valley Community College. Her areas of expertise include Late Period uses of the Underworld Books, ancient Egyptian military history, the literature of New Kingdom Egypt, and Egyptian revival history. We talked her latest discoveries with her husband Egyptologist John Darnell, her love vintage (especially 1920’s) and how to start your own collection, Agatha Christie (I can’t help myself,) and their new Youtube channel; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3PrBNQ3sqbHKXYgZX7aN4Q :  and listen to our chat here; http://tobtr.com/11729264

Coming up on Chatting With Sherri;

 

Chatting With Sherri author Leah Ning on 5/14/20 at 1pm pt;        http://tobtr.com/11729268

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; T Novan 5/19/20 1pm   http://tobtr.com/11692147

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Paul Wheaton about his book; Building A Better World In Your Backyard, Instead Of Being Angry At Bad Guys on 5/21/20 at 1pm pt;    http://tobtr.com/11735639

 

 

 

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Fan Fiction story; Generations; next chapter, Jack is exhausted; https://archiveofourown.org/works/20606039/chapters/58061095

 

 

Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey, #12)Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers


I am not sure how many times I have read this book but it never gets old. It is the first book to introduce me to Oxford in such glorious detail. I have been hungry for more info ever since, that was a long time ago. I didn’t get to visit Oxford when I went to the UK, I had little time but I wish I did.

It also finally gives me the ending I wanted between Peter and Harriet, yes there was a tangle of a mystery that they had to solve and it was a mind bender of chore. But the romance really was tested in this one, and I enjoyed both the emotion and the intellect involved in it.

In fact I think it is fascinating that we are still facing this question of how a woman should be in the 21st century. It is such a strange thing, no one questions if a man can be both heart and mind, even though it is just as much a battle (sometimes more so) for a man as it is for a woman. It poses some questions that still ring true today.

As usual Dorothy Sayers pulls your brain apart in several different directions and throws in languages that most people don’t know like Latin and Greek. At least I understood the French. The world has changed I remember the first time I went to the library to get the translations and now I just plug them into Google.

Sayers challenges you but she gives you the pleasure of a good hunt, with some lovely romance thrown in. Very much worth it, especially with the world as it is right now.



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Sherri’s Playhouse, Chatting With Sherri and Reviews

Happy Sixth Anniversary to my all my actors, playwrights and listeners for Sherri’s Playhouse!!!!!! Thank you everyone!!!!

Here are some of the shows from Sherri’s Playhouse, I thought during this time of isolation you might like a little free entertainment.
Let me know if you would like some more;

Cat’s Pajamas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjTbxYwWv1A&t=23s


A Widgie Knight;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiFvgFyXnqQ&t=5s&fbclid=IwAR3RkHA52UXvPu43I8wOfUXh4gKRTJ5S-b5PaaoylV_zjEOEiEAPA816-qE

Murder At Home;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_qZayUQtYY&t=7s



 

 

 

Tomorrow on Chatting With Sherri we welcome the production team of Miss Fisher and The Crypt Of Tears 4/05/20 at 7pm pacific time;     http://tobtr.com/11703438 

 

 

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I am so happy to have welcomed back the talented & charming; Adrienne Wilkinson! Adrienne  is a wonderfully talented actress best known as Xena’s daughter Eve/Livia on Xena Warrior Princess.   Adrienne and I chatted  about her new adventures, her hobbies and new projects; including her new movies; DREAMCATCHER, BURNING DOG  https://www.burningdogfilm.com

Her charity raffle:  http://adriennewilkinson.com/charitydinner/book/ 

 CAMEO:   www.cameo.com/yoadriennew    

 RAVE VIP:  for video fan meet & greets and for  coaching/consulting:  https://www.ravevip.com/profile/adriennewilkinson

  Her radio show; SUSPENSE  –   https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/suspense-radio-drama/id1114362951

The MOB; 3 full seasons, hundreds of actors interviewed for her little web series;  

season 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6JHkveVqz8&list=PLEl3IlNX50tPhFe53ugd-BnwmRGFGiTyh

Season 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfAYw42Q3lQ&list=PLEl3IlNX50tOBEAs6iXwrAY_B7sud7TcO

season 3:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEl3IlNX50tP1etq10rUf0CAruQ–Cpoa

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri chatted with talented artist Echo Chernik  we talked about her art, how the artistic community is handling the health crisis and about being charge of Illustrations for the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Award;  http://tobtr.com/11703436

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back actor/writer/director; Eric Erickson, we talked about being a creative stuck at home during the lockdown of the health crisis, his new films including truth and creativity in diversity ;  http://tobtr.com/11695943

 

 

I was so excited to welcome back the diverse and talented actor,Travis McMahon, we talked about slipping his hat back on as Bert in Miss Fisher and The Crypt of Tears, his new film Rams and how he feels about current lockdown, the health crisis and trying his hand at writing a script ;    http://tobtr.com/11698016

 

We chatted with award winning artist Bruce Brenneise about his work, the health crisis and how he is keeping in touch with his fellow artists and how he felt being a winner in Writers And Illustrators of the Future helped his career;   http://tobtr.com/11698052

 

 

 

I had a great time chatting with screenwriter and author; Paul Coyle, we talked about writing spec scripts, getting start as teleplay writer for TV and his work for shows like Crazy Like A Fox and Xena. Now he is an author with a new book about his career is coming out very soon; http://tobtr.com/11692148

 

I had a lovely chat with author Stacy Tudor about writing, creativity and how important it is do what makes you happy and become as creative as you can ; http://tobtr.com/11688019

 

 

 

 

Treasure Chest by Rithebard – Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020), Miss Fisher’s Murder… http://archiveofourown.org/works/23406160 via @ao3org

(Picture is from trailer) This is about the movie with a quirk, it has Ivy in it from my fan fic series. The idea came to me and I just had to scribble it down.

Warning spoilers! Warning spoilers! Warning spoilers!

 

Chatting With Sherri chats with the cast of; Joe Kronus; Capture The Kaiser!!!! It’s a Sequel of the hit radio-play which takes off where part one ended. Does Terrence get his revenge? Does Joe save the day? listen to the cast chat about on March 15, 2020 at 7pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11688016

 

Murder and Mendelssohn (Phryne Fisher, #20)Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood

I really enjoyed this adventure, it was fun getting to see Phryne take on a Sherlock Holmes type and really showing him that he had it all wrong. We meet her dear friend from the war who she comforts and is there for when he needs her. We get to find about her spy days and meet some of the spooks of her past. Of course, the framework is the choir, which of course Phryne joins to figure out who was the killer. And it was lovely to have so much of Jack Robinson in it, her favorite detective and her dear friend in the books. (In this book more then others that I have read he is closer to the Jack Robinson of the TV series. Especially when it comes to food.)

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The Chatty winners have been announced!

I would like to thank all my remarkable guests in 2019,  authors, playwrights, actors, directors, artists, photographers and so many more, I am so grateful that you gave me a little of your time and allowed my wonderful audience to learn about a side of you they may have never known.

Ok, drum roll…It is my honor to announce that the winners of the 2019 Chatty Awards for downloads is a tie. The winners are all amazing, talented and generous people and I am so proud to have interviewed them several times.

Nathan Page
Picture by (c) sam mcadam-cooper

So without further ado the winners are a tie; Nathan Page and the team of Steven L. Sears and Mary D Brooks! Congratulations!

 

 

 

Second place; Anthony J Sharpe and Dr. Colleen Darnell are also in a tie too this year! This is a first, we never had two ties in the same category before so I am very excited about it and so are they.

 

In third place is actor Brice Bexter on his first interview! Super exciting!

 

 

 

 

Honorable mention, (not eligible because I wrote it) is my radio play The Dowry from Sherri’s Playhouse!

 

 

The winner of live listens Adrienne Wilkinson!

 

 

Thank you all, I so appreciate you coming onto my show for our chat!!!

Tops on Blogtalk are Nathan Page and Shaene Siders this week!

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Sandra Shaw Homer on 1/16/20 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11648877

 

 

 

Next week; Chatting With Sherri welcomes back; Actor/Rock Photographer; Michael Strider on 1/14/20 at 7pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11645501

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back award winning author; Lee Murray and I chatted about our plans for the year and all the good work she does as a mentor, and her new book!  http://tobtr.com/11639005

 

 

 

For our first show of the new year on Chatting With Sherri we welcome award-winning science fiction writer Shaene Siders we talked about her new animated shows, how hard it is to wait for the wonderful shows to come out and discipline of  writing for animation; http://tobtr.com/11627035

 

 

I was excited to go to my first ever film festival in Palm Springs.  I saw the new film; Miss Fisher and The Crypt of Tears, I will not give any spoilers but it is a really fun film, both fans of the tv shows and film festival attendees who have never seen it, loved it, it got a standing ovation the first night! Super! I went the second night it was fun, the movie was wonderful and Q and A after was both funny and full of information. Thank you everyone at Every Cloud for such a great movie and a special thank you to the talented stars of the film; Essie Davis and Nathan Page for making my first film festival and my first Miss Fisher event spectacular!

This season of Sherri’s Playhouse continues with the casting of Joe Kronus Two, I am super excited to see this come to life, it is a special radio play to me.  We still have some parts available if anyone is interested, please contact me! Rehearsals are set to start in a couple of weeks!

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The Chatty Awards nominations are here!!!

Authors who would like to take part in my Book Fair this year please send me a message to let me know. I will need pictures of your books and sell links as well a very short description of each book. No more then three books per author please. Thanks 🙂

Chatting With Sherri is in the top four in popular in entertainment on Blogtalk😊💞

The Chatty Awards nominations are here!!!

Live listens nominations;

Mary D Brooks and Steven L Sears 
Steven L Sears
T J Scott
Anthony SharpeJohn Alsedek of Suspense
Sherri’s Playhouse presents; Never Again  

Sherri’s Playhouse presents Mabel of the Anzacs by Mary D. Brooks

Nathan Page   
Tom Konkle
Robert Trebor
Adrienne Wilkinson

Downloads nominations;

Nathan Page

John Alsedek  of Suspense

Anthony Sharpe

Dr. Colleen Darnell

Brice Bexter

Elizabeth Gracen

Tom Konkle

Brooks Wachtel

Eric Paul Erickson

 

Last time;

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back author; Wulf Moon, we had a great time, talking about writing, inspiration and helping other writers on their way to being published;  http://tobtr.com/11509969

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes actor/writer/director;Eric Paul Erickson, we had a super fun time talking about writing, acting and directing his first film, his first film child.  We talked about how he got into show business, his inspirations and other fun things, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11512967

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Brad R Torgersen, we chatted about writing and how he started writing and how this book came about; http://tobtr.com/11515703

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Award-winning Japanese-American filmmaker, Anita Sugimura Holsapple who was a military brat, who decided to do a documentary to show what PTSD does to our veterans and their families, we talked about her important and very touching film.  Please listen to this important chat; http://tobtr.com/11528223

Chatting With Sherri we welcome back award nominated author and playwright; Robin Alexander, we talked about the new direction she was going into in her writing and the radio play she created for Sherri’s Playhouse; tobtr.com/11528227

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back podcaster;  Jennifer Aldrich; author, performer, and fan of all things in the Phryne Fisher-verse, she has a new podcast about the fans of Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and what they do and how they really feel about the show, and how it creates friendships. We also talk about her trip to Melbourne to take part in the filming of the movie, how she feels about the Ms Fisher Modern Mysteries and the movie that is due out next year; http://tobtr.com/11537413

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Rachel Anne Cox and I had so much fun, talking about books, and writing and Miss Fisher, (We are both fans) we chatted about her new book and what inspired it; http://tobtr.com/11541745
Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Brian Trent we had a great chat about writing, his new book and writing; http://tobtr.com/11541475

 

 

Next Time…

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Hugo nominated editor; Bryan Thomas Schmidt  on 10/22/19 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11544389

 

 

Movie Review;

Downtown Abbey movie https://rismovieblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/downtown-abbey-movie/   

Fan Fiction; 

Generations by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries; https://archiveofourown.org/works/20606039 Chapter 4,Countess Fisher, Guy and Isabelle arrive.

Book Reviews; 

Out on a LimbOut on a Limb by Shirley MacLaine
It’s funny, I have read this book so many times that my copy is dogeared, not by folding down the edge ( I was taught never to do that,) but by being read over and over. I still find it fascinating. I had no idea that some of the people were composites, I always wondered what happened to David. He sort of disappeared in the mountains in the end. I just hoped he made it home alright, I found out later that he was actually several people, so I guess he did.

I know the focus of the book was Shirley and Gerry, (I later found out who he was too, and it was two different men. (at different times.) ) but I found the interaction with Bella Abzug and David much more compelling. And because I was very interested in my own spiritual search when I was in my early twenties, it was my go to book about trance channeling, and other pursuit of spiritual understanding. I was actually in college at the time and my adviser found me reading it a bit worrying, but since I was completely devoted to my education, she put it down to youthful pursuits. Hehehehe.

Well it has been years and I found the romance part a bit difficult to get through. I would have to push myself to read it. Not because of any judgmental feelings but I just wasn’t that interested in that part. (I have had my own life experiences now, so I am not as transfixed as I was when I was a much more innocent 23 year old.) I found some the theories still hold up. And others do not. I still find both David and Bella much more important relationships for Shirley and something that I still learn from. I think that my need to read the book was because of what she had in those friendships and how they were guides (David) and supportive (Bella) to her pursuits and needs. And that is why I gave the book 5 stars. It is the most beautiful part and the part that stands the test of time.

Southern Attraction- The College YearsSouthern Attraction- The College Years by Tracy Kauffman
Southern Attraction-The College Years continues the journey with Heather Brandon and her amazing boyfriend Jake as they go off to college. Heather struggles with insecurities of her past while trying to find a peaceful life. She had dealt with enough heartache to last a lifetime, including losing her parents, and surviving a tornado that ripped apart her new home. She wants Jake to settle down so they can enjoy their life together. Now all she wants to do is live a life of happiness and not worry about the man she loves.

I received the book from the author for an honest review.

The story is very good, the relationship between Jake and Heather showed that you can overcome the obstacles when you believe in each other. PTSD is very real, important and the sufferer’s torment about past happenings, very traumatic. It is also an honest portrayal. It is with knowledge about both the people who suffer from it and those who live with the people who suffer from it and what they go through. It is an important issue that needs to be understood by the public.

I do have to admit that this was a hard book for me to read, the characters were so distant. I know that angst is compelling but there should be some relief, some comic moments. Humor is always a good way for people to survive torment. It is why there is always humor in a thriller, the audience can only take so much. It would make so much easier for the reader.

I do recommend the book, it is a well done depiction of people who love each other, finding their way.

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This month is the Anniversary for both my radio concepts!

This month is the Anniversary for Sherri’s Playhouse and Chatting With Sherri also we’re casting for new plays… We have several plays coming up; 2 time-travel stories, The newest parts of Mabel of  The Anzacs! And so much more  … 

 Sherri Playhouse; 

Chatting With Sherri chatted with the cast of Kitten, we had a lot of fun with the cast of this farce, chatting about comedy versus drama.  Listen in; http://tobtr.com/11484467

We presented my play Kitten on Sherri’s Playhouse on Sunday, it is a farce and bit of fluffy fun to cheer up your day;   http://tobtr.com/11499709  It is a short radio play, 12 mins, you can listen to it while eat breakfast or go to the store. Wonderful music of; Cat In The Act and Groovy Tune by singer/song writer; Ray Dafrico add a special kick to the radio play. I hope you will listen in.

I would like to Congratulate to Mr. Nathan Page, his interview has reached over three million downloads in just two months!😊 📷 by (c) Sam Mcadam Cooper.

I would also  like to Congratulate to Mr. Anthony J Share, his interview has reached over One million downloads!

 

 

Last time on Chatting With Sherri;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes illustrator and author Todd Lockwood! We chatted about writing and art and the movies and books that inspired us, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11502007

 

 

Chatting With Sherri  welcomes back Author/Playwright/Director; Gregg Oppenheimer! We chatted about I Love Lucy, his new play tour, and other really cool things coming up for his radio play turned theatrical smash! Listen in ;   http://tobtr.com/11484465

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back Emmy Winning Producer,Writer and Author Brooks Wachtel!  The always interesting and educational Brooks we chatted about films, books, tv, his teaching so much more, listen in to this charming, highly intelligent man;     http://tobtr.com/11484469

 

  

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back award-winning film-maker; Tom Konkle! We had a great time, talking movies and what inspires him. Plus all his new work that has just come out, it is a fun lively chat, listen in ; http://tobtr.com/11475429

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcome authors and writer of the future winners; Eric and Darci Stone. We had a good time talking about writing and how they inspire each other, listen in ;    http://tobtr.com/11475431

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back photographer; Ian L Sitren! We had fun chatting about how he was able to really be a part of an air show, and the excitement of combining his love photography with his love of flight! Listen in; http://tobtr.com/11455871

 

 

Fan Fiction;

Ok, I have written a crossover story, from Phryne finding out about her half sister to the first show of the spin off.  Bonus material; this is in my head cannon so it will include Ivy and Jane and Freddy; the whole family I created, https://archiveofourown.org/works/20606039/chapters/48925718 this has the first two chapters.  It of course starts with Jack, Phryne, Ivy and Jane.

Movie Trailer;

Miss Fisher Movie Trailer is here!!!! https://rismovieblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/18/miss-fisher-movie-trailer-is-here/ via @wordpressdotcom

 

Book Review; 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
I have to admit this has always been my favorite of the series. I think because of two of the new characters and what they mean to Harry. I also love how Hermione has grown up and she really is becoming her own person. Of course like any preteen she makes major mistakes like taking too many classes, but that just makes you love her more and relate to her more. Poor Harry really goes through the ringer and I appreciate J.K Rowling allows this young man to be competent but make mistakes and be downright confused. I love how he reacts in a certain part when Hermione takes him on a certain trip, (sometimes it is really hard to avoid spoilers.) Ron has always been us to me. He says what the audience would say and reacts the way we do too. It’s hard not to love them. This is the story that you see a glimpse of the adults they will become. I adore Lupin, he is very real to me. Like my best teachers, the ones that always made me think.

Anything else I say would give the game away, but it is my favorite and an exquisite story.

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Articles, plays, The Chatty run up and interviews; a rather busy week

I have a new article in Flapper Press published by the wonderful generous Elizabeth Gracen about my parents romance;   https://www.flapperpress.com/blog/a-stolen-letter-led-to-a-lifetime-together

Sherri’s Playhouse is really busy right now;

 

Our new play this week is called Never Again! I am so excited to have this adaption of RM Alexander‘s short story from her amazing book series!!

Failure isn’t an option…

Ken Shepherd’s witness is murdered, leaving him to want more than just to arrest the criminals and walk away. A career change to the Witness Security Program gives the opportunity to help people who made bad decisions find a second chance. But will high expectations lead to happiness or is death lurking around the corner?

Chatting With Sherri welcomed the Cast of Sherri’s Playhouse’s production of the radio play Never Again, we had a blast, it was a party, listen in; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2018/11/12/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-the-cast-of-never-again

Sherri’s Playhouse presents; Never Again on 11/14/2018 at 7pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2018/11/15/sherris-playhouse-presents-never-again

 

What’s happening on Sherri’s Playhouse! https://www.patreon.com/posts/whats-happening-22620331?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare

It’s Chatty Award time, we have had an amazing amount of downloads from a diverse bunch of listeners.  I am so excited!!! It is completely due to my great guests, here are the people who are in the running;

Hudson Leick
Chris York 
Steven Sears 
Chris Lemmon 
Mary Brooks  
Gregg Oppenheimer
A Thief’s Tale 
Miss Fisher producers 
Chris York and Adam-Michael James
Anthony and Julie Sharpe 
Travis Mcmahon
Ruby Rees 
Brooks Wachtel
Zoes Promise 
Also I have had some great stats for shows that are not eligible for the Chatty but definitely deserves a special mention;
Nathan Page  (This is a two-year old show but people love to listen to the always entertaining Mr. Page.)
The plays I wrote are not eligible for obvious reasons but they are doing super!
Mishpucha 
Joe Kronus

What do you think? 

We are coming to the end of the year so if you have a favorite interview to listen to, please listen to it, recommend it on Itunes and tell your friends to listen to it too so you can add to the download count;   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back Julie Sharpe, we had a super time, we always do, she is charming funny and totally original.  We had a blast, listen in; 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back photographer; Ian L. Sitren, who is utterly charming, sincere and funny.  We had a great time, listen in; 

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back author and playwright; Gregg Oppenheimer. We had a lot of fun talking about his Dad, how the play went and how it was to have his first play seen and then heard by so many people, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11026153

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed award-winning writer, Shaene M. Siders, listen to this talented, highly intelligent and witty talk about the things she loves;   http://tobtr.com/11045125

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back John Alsedek  of  Suspense; John and I had a great time, talking classic radio drama, the work ethic of an independent editor, working the shows with the writers and how the classic radio shows influenced him, listen in;   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2018/11/01/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-john-alsedek-and-dana-perry-haye-of-suspense

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed award-winning author Eileen Mueller for the first time, we had a great time talking literature, writing  and how it is such a small world in New Zealand, how I should come there, listen in;

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed award-winning author David Hair, we had a lovely time as he sat overlooking a glorious garden in New Zealand and chatting about writing, traveling and the importance of history, fascinating, listen in ;

 

Support Sherri Rabinowitz on @patreon. https://patreon.com/rithebard?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=creatorshare2

 

What J.K. Rowling’s universe means to me;   https://rismovieblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/what-j-k-rowlings-universe-means-to-me/

 

 

 

 

Miss Fisher movie is being shot as we speak!!! https://rismovieblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/07/miss-fisher-movie-is-being-shot-as-we-speak/ 

 

Time Passes by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432 

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Casting, Chatting and Reviews….

Casting for radio actors for Sherri’s Playhouse, I have three plays coming up and could use some heavy lifting.  No pay but a lot of exposure and you get to meet people from all over via our rehearsals.  We rehearse on Skype and perform on my Blogtalk platform. It is a lot of fun and we get to act in some truly amazing plays.  We do the radio plays live, it’s a high wire act like live TV back in the day, so if you want to do something completely different, get in touch with me.

 

 

This has been an incredible couple of weeks for Chatting With Sherri;

Tomorrow on Chatting With Sherri welcomes Young and The Restless star Kate Linder on 6/14/2018 12:00 pm pt;

 

 

 

I had a super time with Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox the producers of one my favorite shows;  Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries! We chatted about how they met, how they created the show and what is happening with the transitions from TV to feature film.  It was a fun and informative chat; http://tobtr.com/10808201 

 

I had such a great time with award-winning writer & actress Lena Pousette on Chatting With Sherri!  We talked about writing, acting, movies we admire, styles we admire and her latest project Wild C.A.T., listen in; 

 

 

 Photographer Ian L Sitren is such a fun guest, I always have fun time chatting with him.  We talked about all the different kinds of photography he does and what inspires him.  It was a blast, listen in; 

 

 I loved chatting with filmmaker and actress  Leslee Scallon, we talked about her very successful passion project Dances With Film. She talked about how it was conceived and what great films are included in this years film festival! Listen in; 

 

Fine artist; Sasha T. was a great guest with a fascinating project, he is going to send his artwork into space, and you can take part in it, listen in to find out; 

 

 

 

I had a great time with NY Times Bestseller and 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner; Jonathan Maberry! We talked about stories, reading, writing and personal appearances.  How he writes and what his methods are, he is a very successful author listen in and learn all about his methods;

Your Tweets earned  5,594  impressions over the last week are; Brittney Powell and Tom Konkle about Trouble Is My Business, Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox the producer of Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries, photographer Ian L Sitren and  Steven L Sears and Kevin J Anderson about their joint venture STALAG-X!

Find out how you can win a free audio book!

I had some great reviews for Entering My Second Half!  Check them out here;  https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R29TW93ZP0KLJN/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07BQKGZHC  and  https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R32GPW67H5PHQ7/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?7BQKGZHC

You can still take part in my giveaway for the audio-book of  Entering My Second Half; Just comment about your future here and win a free copy of the audio book!! You can also purchase  the e-book or the paperback at the link below; Sherri Rabinowitz (Author), Kristine M. Bowen (Narrator); My adventures with some rather famous people and fun adventures; 

We did our broadcast of Daisy Wheel by Everett Robert last weekend. Daisy Wheel is a touching play about outsiders trying to make a life for themselves, despite being made to feel separate from everyone else;   http://tobtr.com/10811185  

 

Death at the Opera (Mrs. Bradley, #5)Death at the Opera by Gladys Mitchell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This books is so different, I had no idea who the murderer was, it was a complete turn around from the TV show starring Diana Rigg. I really enjoyed it. I don’t want to give anything away so I will just say its an excellent read and Gladys Mitchell deserved every accolade she had received.

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Mentoring, Hamlet, Patreon, interviews and other scattered subjects this week!

I have taken up with an idea about mentoring a few writers.  Just to get my toes wet. My mentoring is for a targeted period on a retainer for 10-15 hours specific targeted help. Non refundable.
If you like the support you can re-sign up. And as part of that deal you get a free interview on Chatting with Sherri for your new book with all the advertising that goes with that. Afterwards we can discuss how you did and how you can use the knowledge toward your own platform. Sound me a note if your interested at; https://www.facebook.com/RithebardWebsite/
I am giving one more month for the sale for my book’s anniversary, to celebrate; you can buy the e-book of the book for just one dollar;  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015T985JO/EnteringMySecondHalf/?tag=authorpage03-20 
 I also thought you would enjoy this short article I wrote, MY JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB: LOVELY JANEITES: WHAT WOULD JANE DO? http://t.co/splrpNbAHr
We are doing Hamlet, it is a very short version so don’t worry but it is an amazing thing to produce Shakespeare.  One thing I really find interesting is how many phrases and words come from this play.  If you think Hamlet is not your cup of tea listen to the words, you will be amazed how many times you hear his words in our modern language and people just don’t realize it. If you would like to take part in our next production please drop us a line;https://www.facebook.com/Sherris-Playhouse-1415103118746094/  
Just to get you in the mood for our radio theater here is;  My radio play Cat’s Pajamas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjTbxYwWv1A was tops on Twitter in the last week 🙂
This week on Chatting With Sherri we welcome back Highlander Star, author and film maker; Elizabeth Gracen! http://tobtr.com/10318049
Also this week on Chatting With Sherri we welcome author Michael Okon on 10/12/2017  at 11ampt  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2017/10/12/chatting-with-sherri
 
 On Chatting With Sherri we welcomed back playwright and actor; Everett Robert! We talked to Everett about theater, writing, Shakespeare and the new shows coming up on Sherri’s Playhouse; .
Chatting With Sherri welcomed back photographer Chris Loomis!  We chatted about inspiration, cartoons, creativity and his work with models and celebrities.  It was a lot of fun; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2017/10/04/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-photographer-chris-loomis
Tops in Entertainment Ian L Sitren last week 🙂


 Ian L. Sitren, Tanya Lemani and Cat’s Pajama’s tops on Twitter with 3,428 impressions over the last week

 
 
 

Love Comes In All Forms by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries http://archiveofourown.org/works/5836417

The bomber has been stalking Wardlow while the family was settling down at Jack’s sisters place.

 

Privateers by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysterieshttp://archiveofourown.org/works/12267027

For once if this story does not continue it is not my fault!

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Interview with the wonderful Kerry Greenwood!

I am so excited to present my interview with one of my favorite writers; Kerry Greenwood! I have spent hours both reading and watching her creation; Miss Phryne Fisher in the books and the tv series; Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries.  So it was cool to ask her some questions that have been on my mind about my favorite characters and how they came to be…

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1. Thank you for taking part in my Author Q and A, to start could you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

I was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray. I have a degree in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st of April 1982, a day which I find both soothing and significant.

I have written a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D’Arcy, and has worked as a folk-singer, a factory hand, a director, a producer, a translator, a costume-maker, a cook, and also qualified as a solicitor to her great amusement. I embroider very well, cannot knit, and has flown planes and leapt out of them (with parachute) in an attempt to cure her fear of heights. I can detect second-hand bookshops through walls.

My first book Cocaine Blues, a murder mystery set in the 1920s, was published by McPhee/Gribble in 1989 and, much to the author’s astonishment, was a success. The elegant and irrepressible sleuth, Phryne Fisher, has since returned (almost annually)

2. I love both your books and the TV series that was based on your books, was there one thing that just inspired it? Was there a light bulb moment for you, for Phryne?

I was sitting on a tram on my way home from seeing a publisher who didn’t want what I’d offered and want a crime move instead. I said it must be historical and on my way home Phryne just came to me. It was as if she got on the tram with her beautiful hair cut and fabulous fashion sense and her gun, and sat next me.

3. Phryne is such a great role model for girls for empowerment and self determination, when you created her did you have that in mind or was it just a happy outcome?

It was always my intention. I am a feminist and everything I wrote comes from that intrinsic fact.

 

 

4. DI Jack Robinson is really a lovely man in the novels but he is so different in the series, Nathan Page’s performance as Jack Robinson is very compelling and exciting were you a part of the process for the changes in his character?

Yes always. He had to be handsome for TV and I had no objection. He also had to play a more major role in Phryne’s investigations because that’s how TV series works. I was also happy about.

51845.Essie Davis is amazing as Phryne Fisher, it was the first thing that attracted me to series because she gives such a fun and dynamic performance. When you first saw Essie on film what was your reaction ?

 

I had been trawling through hundreds of   audition on video. And they were all wrong. And then suddenly there was Essie – and it didn’t a bit that she had long hair and did not look like Phryne but she sounded like her and was immediately perfect.  The exact same thing happened when I saw Nathan and Ashleigh. They were perfect for Jack and Dot.

 

6. What was it about 1920’s that inspired you to place your novels during that time?

It was when women started to do all sorts of things they’d not done before – partly because the world was changing and partly because they were fewer men after World War I. Women were lawyers, doctors, they could drive cars, ride motorcycles and fly aeroplanes. It was a fascinating time.

7. How do you feel about the fan response to the TV series?
Overjoyed and a bit humbled as I never expected it to happen or to have such a great reaction. And of course it’s brought more people to my books.

8. You were recently at the launch for the coloring book, was it fun? How do you feel about your characters in a coloring book?

The launch was fun especially as Essie and Nathan were both there. We had a lovely day. And I love colouring books so who would’t
want to colour in Phryne’s clothiers.

9. There is a lot of talk about the next project in view is a movie, are you excited?

Of course, I jump up and down a lot.

 

 

 

 

10. Do you have a new novel coming out or any other events that your fans should know about?

Yes. Another Corinna is on the way. And have recently published three volumes of erotica called Herotica and Mytherotica from Ancient to outer space.  These are currently on eBooks but my other publisher Clan Destine Press is about to do paperback as well.    http://www.clandestinepress.com.au/content/herotica-mytherotica-and-adventures-kerry-greenwood

https://www.amazon.com/Kerry-Greenwood/e/B004MLDPYQ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1471578765&sr=1-2-ent

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XLZVOCO/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

 

Photo Credits for this Interview;

Kerry Greenwood’s  Photo by Clan Destine Press Website

Photo’s from Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries from Every Cloud Productions Website.

 

 

 

 

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