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The Chatty Awards nominations are here!!!

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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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Miss Fisher Con, Chatting With Sherri, reviews…

I had a lot of fun Chatting with¬† Jennifer Aldrich of Adventuresses’ Club of the Americas from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries! We talked about the Miss Fisher Con, her exciting trip to Melbourne to take be a part of Miss Fisher; Crypt of Tears and her thoughts on the spin-off. Listen in;

I also wrote a blog about the spin-off called Ms. Fisher Modern Mysteries;

Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries invades the US!!! My review of the new series some thoughts on the project; https://wp.me/p2MXCg-82

And we had these super guests;

I welcomed back the charming John Alsedek of Suspense, we talked about classic movies, classic radio and inspiration. It was such a fun interview, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11305519

 

 

I had so much fun chatting  with author Sarah Read, we had a good time talking about books, reading, writing and inspiration, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11295017

 

 

 

I was so excited to chat with respected and very prolific voice actor Joe Ochman!  We talked about all the shows he has done, how he got into the business, the difference between voice acting and regular acting. And the fun he is having doing fan conventions, listen in;    http://tobtr.com/11295027

 

I have known Award winning composer, producer; David Raiklen, for a while but the first time I got to meet up with him face to face was this year at Comic Con.  I was so excited he decided to join me on my show, we talked about how he got into composing, composing for film and what it was like being mentored by Oscar winner John Williams and Pulitzer Prize winner Mel Powel. Fascinating chat, listen in;  http://tobtr.com/11288515

I had such a great time chatting with the multi-talented Julie Sharpe! We talked about her show, touring, the dancers in the show, her husband Anthony Sharpe and what he has coming up and they’re up coming exciting travels, listen in ;¬†

 

 

I was happy to welcome back author; Mitzi Szereto, we talked about her new anthology and how her other books are doing including the really popular Teddy books; http://tobtr.com/11275175

 

 

 

I was super excited to chat with the talented award-winning artist Jeff Sturgeon! We talked art, how he got into illustration and fan conventions.  We had so much fun, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11275381  

Also here is the preview link for his Kickstarter campaign for the anthology The Last Cities of Earth. please take a look at the story, graphics the authors involved and our VERY cool rewards. We launch this Friday May 3rd at noon, help us make this thing happen !

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/182358062/2089733445…

Coming up on Chatting With Sherri;

 

Chatting With Sherri chats with author; Alex Shvartsman on 5/02/19 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11308251

 

 

 

Sherri’s Playhouse;

Coming soon, part two of Mabel of the Anzacs, adapted by Mary for the radio theater from her new novel,¬†¬†Mabel of the Anzacs! The confrontation you have been waiting for! Two women – one, a fiery teenager, the other a cantankerous octogenarian – find their mutual antipathy blossoms into an unlikely friendship. Together the two women forge a close bond that will change their lives forever. It’s a friendship for the ages!

Our cast interview for Mabel of the Anzacs, Part 2 was on last night!¬† We had so much fun.¬† No spoilers to Sunday’s show but definitely¬†worth listening to; http://tobtr.com/11288533

 

Cards on the Table (Hercule Poirot, #15)Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

This is another one of those times when the episodes with David Suchet are so strong in my mind, that I think I have read the book, but I didn’t. I was reading a biography of Agatha Christie and when they were speaking of certain plot points in Cards On The Table, I realized that, A. they changed the plot for the TV show and B. I never read it.

I really enjoyed it on several levels. First it was fun to meet the four sleuths in their introductions. The four sleuths in the novel, whom I have enjoyed for many years but it was interesting to read the way she described them for the very first time. And the characters of the four suspects which were pretty much the same, except that they weren’t…I am being circumspect because I don’t want to give too much away, but there are more killings in this book then in the TV show and one of the killings was done in a way I really didn’t expect at all.

Excellent book, I really highly recommend it. It is a lot of fun to watch the other sleuths as opposed to Poirot. As he uses misdirection and psychology to catch the killer.

The Mousetrap and Other PlaysThe Mousetrap and Other Plays by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had only read one of the Agatha Christie plays that she had adapted¬†for the stage and that was because I was in it; Murder on the Nile. I was so excited to be in the play and I had the script of just that play, so I had no idea how many of her plays she herself had adapted. The first thing I noticed when I read it, and I was stunned by it, is that she took out Hercule Poirot. She replaced him with Canon Pennyfather from the novel; At Bertram’s Hotel. Because the Cannon was a rather dithering old man very different from the one in the play I was very startled by this, but they were her characters so I figured she could do what she wanted. This play is not in this edition that is why I felt I could talk about it a bit more since I am not giving away anything in the plot so no spoilers here.

This is book is a masterclass on adaption, she gets all the important information in these plays but it is subtly changed to be more suitable for stage. And there are changes, a lot of them, so hold on to your hats if you read the novels.

The three plays I liked best were;  (which is the book; Five Little Pigs.) All the plays in this collection are excellent but these are the plays and novels that touched me most.

The Hollow has the least changes, and my favorites are still Midge and Edward, I am sorry but the rest are really hard for me to really relate to, I just love these two. They are adorable. The detective in it is Inspector Colquohoun with the help of Sergeant Penny who take over the duties of the famous Belgian sleuth they replaced. The mystery is well done, but it is changed so it will take place in one or two rooms. Excellent construction and she somehow gets all the really tense bits in despite the very confined area because of it being on the stage.

The second one is Go Back To Murder, The daughter of Caroline and Amyas is Carla, like the novel not Lucy like the film. It follows the line of the novel except in the play she aided by Justin Fogg (who I find utterly adorable), son of the lawyer who led Caroline Crale’s defense. This play is pretty much the same, but I just love the relationship between Justin and Carla, it is lovely to watch it develop. It is part of Christie’s brilliance I believe that she can create a believable relationship so quickly. They are at odds in the beginning and totally a unit by the end of the play. Again the staging is fascinating, all of Christie’s ideas to use the lighting in order to show the different locations and how the actors should look in the past and in the future. Brilliantly crafted, I can see why she enjoyed writing plays so much, she was really wonderful at it.

And last but not least is Towards Zero, she actually takes out my favorite character, I was disappointed by that but it is a really wonderful play. Again it is pretty much the same plot this time with the same detective, Inspector Battle, the same as the book really but I really just enjoyed the artistry of the transfer to stage she used. Still catching the killer once again in a confined area of the stage. Rather brilliantly managed.

If you’re a playwright and novelist this is the book for you, to learn to adapt your work. If you’re an actor or just appreciate a wonderful play its fascinating. If your Christie fan it is worth it, just to see the changes and the things she does not change. A little bit for everyone!

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