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Last month was really wonderful!

Writing deadlines take priority this month, I have kind of let them slide but they are now barreling down on me.

Speaking of my writing, my e-books are all on sale for the month of August! https://www.amazon.com/Sherri-Rabinowitz/e/B004YTKO86/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks Get them while they last!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casting for Sherri’s Playhouse and  new play being worked on… We have several plays coming up; a farce, A time travel story, The newest parts of Mabel of  The Anzacs, the second part o Joe Kronus…And here is my short tiny play called Dowry to enjoy while we work on the others ; http://tobtr.com/11422435 

 

 

I had a really fun chat with author Dr. Winfried Sedhoff about his book The Friendship Key.  It was interesting discussing how important friendship is and how it is imperative to our psyche to touch another soul; http://tobtr.com/11446951

 

 

 

I had so much fun chatting with the delightfully entertaining artist Jeff Sturgeon and producer/writer Steven L Sears about art, writing and a great new project, listen in ; http://tobtr.com/11448821

 

 

 

 

I spoke to author Scot Noel about his book, stories and his magazine DreamForge Magazine, we also talk about science, space exploration and positive science fiction; http://tobtr.com/11461113

 

 

 

Coming up;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back photographer; Ian L Sitren   8/20/19 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11455871

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Brenda E. Cortez  on 8/22/19 at 1pm pacific time;  https://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/08/22/chatting-with-sherri

 

 

 

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Reviews;

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I re-read this for the first time in a long time. I read the original about a year after it came out, and I loved it and gave to other family members. We were all hooked.

I love the movies very much and they are very faithful but it is texture and depth you can never really transfer to film. It is hard to convey the inner world of the characters. I found in reading it again that you can see how confused Harry is, how innocent and yet how brave with more understanding the books. Also their being quite British, the characters rarely show how they truly feel on the outside, you can see it in their eyes, because they are all wonderful actors, so you feel the depth and pain as you look into their eyes. But in a book, you feel it in your gut, it tears your heart out.

I lost my parents since I first read this book, I am not a child, and I was lucky to have my parents for a good majority of my life so I can’t compare to Harry’s pain. He never really knew his parents at all and slowly he gets to know them through others who did, through out the series that knowledge builds. He loves them even more deeply in the later books, but in this book, all he has ever known is their loss. And the ugly untrue rantings of a jealous sister and her cruel idiotic husband. These two people (“The worst muggles in the world!”) abused this baby for 10 years. He hadn’t known love since his parents died, so it is a miracle that he is full of love, kindness, and thoughtfulness. His parents are a part him despite his cruel upbringing from his horrid Aunt and Uncle. And the abuse he suffered from a spoiled, arrogant, egotistical bully of a cousin.

I love so many the characters first and foremost Harry, Ron and Hermione. I am the most like Hermione Granger I think, but because I am book worm and was always different. Still am. I remember only a few years ago a colleague from work and I went out to lunch. We had time so we went shopping and I picked out a necklace, she tilted her head and said, “It is like you, different.” Left handed compliments…sigh, they are something I learned to read early, so out of the three of them, I think I understand Hermione best.

But my favorite has always been Hagrid. He was just a sweet teddy bear, and I have always adored that kind of character. Sweet, kind, a gentle giant, full of a quiet hard earned wisdom, (though he was not book smart, he was life smart) I just adore him.

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An exciting time!

Sherri’s Playhouse presents a very short tiny play called Dowry! It was originally for an under 10 minute play writing contest. But it was so personal and special I decided to do it on Sherri’s Playhouse. It is a very short re-imagining of the founding of my family in the US. It was a very personal project and I am very interested in chatting with my cast about bringing the stories of my Grandma to life; http://tobtr.com/11417347  Then I presented it on  Sherri’s Playhouse a very short tiny play called Dowry ; http://tobtr.com/11422435

 

My poem in Flapper Press;

Broken — by Sherri Rabinowitz

Broken like a bird with a broken wing

Even a missing feather

The poor little thing can’t fly

I feel broken

Alone

Unloved

Not able to fly

I am the bird with the broken wing

Broken Alone

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Latest shows from Chatting With Sherri;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back award nominated author, RM Alexander.  We had a chatted  about her new path, and new pen name, listen in ;  http://tobtr.com/11417381

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; A L Walker. We chatted about her about writing, inspiration and publishing; http://tobtr.com/11404693

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri with Best-Selling author, Writers of the Future judge;  Dean Wesley Smith, and author, Writers of the Future winner,  Preston Dennett.  We had a lovely chat about how they met and persevered when all was against them, listen in ; http://tobtr.com/11425341

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back; Anthony J Sharpe best known for his part of Cec in Miss Fisher mysteries. We talked about the movies he has been very busy traveling around the world to make them.  And we chat about the movie too; Meanwhile check out his page Instagram .j.sharpe.official He is having a special Miss Fisher Pic Day!

Chatting With Sherri Welcomes back talented actor Nathan Page.  We talked about family, ecology, gardens and acting.  We chatted about his new movies, one was the new Daniel Radcliffe movie and the Miss Fisher film.  No plot points were given but a lot of color especially about Morocco which sounds intriguing;  http://tobtr.com/11425351
Chatting With Sherri welcomes back Elizabeth Gracen! We chatted about her Flapper Press and how well it’s doing. And her  documentaries and the theater she has recently done, listen in ;  http://tobtr.com/11425355
Chatting With Sherri chats with Egyptologist Dr. Colleen Darnell! This is a fun chat about one of my pet subjects, Egyptology.  We had a great time and talked about several very fasinating subjects including how Agatha Christie handled ancient Egypt in one of her novels, listen in ; http://tobtr.com/11425371
Reviews;

Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot, #17)Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I re-read this book recently and I realized how complicated it was. Much more so then any of the televised versions of the book. The characters are not paper cut outs, there is depth here and she has to give a complete picture of what happens to the people who survive this fatal voyage.

I think that is the part I focused on this time, the survivors. What becomes of them. And in a time just before war what might happen to them. It seems such a happy pleasant ending for these survivors, but there are storm clouds brewing and she projects it into the book but very cleverly through characters you might not believe. Not because they are liars or don’t know what they are talking about but because they go on and on about it. I can see that today. The world is so crazy right now, people are worried and they are passionate about it and I don’t blame them. But I have friends, who I truly respect, but they only talk about the problems, when I quietly asked, “What can we do about it?” They reply, “we need to fight it.” I agree, but it is straining to hear them go on and not have one idea in their head on how to fix it. So she uses that to project, so its there, yet you’re not taking it seriously. Its ingenious, really.

Also this time, I really looked at the first victim more closely, she is basically a good person but she had been given everything on a platter all her life and everyone scrambles to jump to do what she says. It has made her grow arrogant and rather full of herself. She has no idea what down to earth means, she has never been exposed to it.

I also believe reading between the lines, that she has always been something of beau snatcher. Her ex-friend, now arch enemy basically states she would do what she did and that it had always been a part of the plan. An intricate part of the plan, if she does not steal her fiancee then the plan would not work.

Also poor Rosalie, she has this tough life with her mother, then she falls for an unavailable man. I mean really, it takes Poirot to point out to him that he loves her. I hope that one works out for her, but I am not sure, he does not seem to be able to think for himself. I always hope for lovers.

Anyway, these are my theories and ideas about the plot. On my I don’t know how many re-reads. I hope it gives you some pause to say, hmmm, I didn’t think of that. 🙂

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An exciting week!

Special offer for new Patreons; come and mingle with the cast of one of our radio plays, you get to chat with the actors and ask questions.!

 

Publications;

 

We’re On Our Way: Short story by Sherri Rabinowitz
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
kind of cool my short story went up in two categories!
#79 in 15-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads
#40 in 15-Minute Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads

 

 

Last time on Chatting With Sherri;

I was so happy to chat with E.D.Brown the creator and star of SIDETRACKED!  We had a lot of fun chatting about acting and creating a film like this and how much it all means to her; http://tobtr.com/11350907 

 

 

 

I was so delighted to chat with the charming Brice Bexter, we talked about his small but pivotal role in the  Miss Fisher movie and working on Good Omens!  We also chatted about all the new independent films he has made and training at The actors Studio ; http://tobtr.com/11350923

 

 

 

It is always a joy to chat with my friend the  award winning author; Lee Murray!  We talked about her adventures at cons, winning great literary honors and her newest books; http://tobtr.com/11366689

 

 

 

 

I had a such a good time talking to rock singer and songwriter ; Ray Dafrico we talked about his music, how he created his music and what he is up to now; http://tobtr.com/11366697

 

 

 

 

 

I had such a good time talking to Mary D Brooks and Steven L Sears about; Xena: Their Courage Changed Our World! Not only are they dear friends but they are two of the most supportive people I know. We talked about how special Xena fandom is, how much good it has done and how it has touched thousands of lives in many different ways ; http://tobtr.com/11366725

A new project I am proudly taking part in; http://xena25years.ausxip.com/chapter-index/

 

Next time on Chatting With Sherri;

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Joe Spraga on 6/18/19 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11380975

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Jacqueline M. Dodd an attorney who advocates for children on 6/20/19 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11380987

 

 

 

Poetry;

Spirit of a Dandelion Petal

— Sherri Rabinowitz

Such a pretty flower,

It looks like any other,

But when one blows gently,

It flies apart, sensationally!

You want to cry,

It is a tragedy, but no, as you see the petals part,

you give an amazed start!

Because each petal is itself,

an individual,

whole and complete,

a dream like spirit that

flies its own path.

Each petal is an angel of beauty,

Fluttering in its own very short flight,

to freedom.

To check out my poetry and more; https://www.flapperpress.com/blog/writing-submissions-may-2019?fbclid=IwAR0aX1lOMAdPkzeoPN__4oye7gFl0WzibZPR9xmmfvls37bNIwEAv_xNP7A

 

Review;

Absent in the SpringAbsent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very good book, very gripping. I am not sure why this book is under the category of romance, they are gripping, searing personal dramas. Agatha ripped the facade that this woman erected around herself, it is done slowly, plotted very naturally. It so gripping I could not stop reading it, even though it is very disturbing. The desert in the story reminds me of a police integration room with the spotlight centered on the suspect. Except there is no suspect, just a human being stripped bare to find her own inner core. This does not really give any plot points away, it is just my reaction to it, (other then effect of the desert on her,) you need read it to find out what she finds out and how she reacts to it. It certainly made me cry and react. I wonder it if it will do the same to you?

Dorothy L. Sayers: The Complete StoriesDorothy L. Sayers: The Complete Stories by Dorothy L. Sayers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed re-reading this delightful collection.

Of course is The Lord Peter Wimsey stories that I had never read before the first time I read it and the wonderful stories of married life of Harriet and Peter. As always Peter solves all the various puzzles with aplomb.

I had never even heard of the Montague Egg stories. They are adorable. Egg is a traveling wine and spirits salesman who runs into all sorts of mysteries mysteries as he makes his sales calls. “The salesman who will use his brains will spare himself a world of pains,” and with this book he solves very puzzling mysteries.

I’m not really that big a fan of the last group of stories of stand alones, they’re much darker than the Wimseys and the Eggs and they are not my cup of tea but they are very well written of course.

I really like Sayers style, the puzzles are always fun and the humor is full of wit and fun. Great read!

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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 !

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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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Mabel is tops, my childrens books and great interviews!!!

 

Our radio play from last year, Mabel of the ANZACS by Mary Dee is once again tops in entertainment on Blogtalk! Isn’t that cool! Anticipation for part two maybe? We are now hard at work on Mabel of the Anzacs, Part 2.

 

If you are interested in taking a part in one of our shows, please send me a note please.

 

 

We had an interesting time on”Children’s Book Authors Visit Madame Perry’s Salon” due technical difficulties the host could not get in, so I was connecting with her via text and sub hosted, not expected but fun.  And I made two new friends.  We chatted about our children’s books and just dealing with being a published author;

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed new writer; Andrew Dykstal, we had a great talking about inspiration, working through as a writer, how to find your way and his experience winning the Writers of The Future contest; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/04/02/chatting-with-sherri

 

 

 

I was so excited to chat with writer; Buzz Dixon and we had super time!  We talked about movies and TV, his experience in the industry, what inspired to enter into which is really cool story.  It was so much fun I almost forgot we had a time limit, listen in ; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/04/04/chatting-with-sherri-chats-with-the-very-talented-buzz-dixon

Coming up;

 

Tomorrow on Chatting With Sherri we welcome back the multi-talented Julie Sharpe 4/06/19 7 pm pt;

 

 

Next week;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back author; Mitzi Szereto on 4/9/19 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11275175

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes award-winning artist Jeff Sturgeon on 4/11/19  at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11275381

 

 

 

 

Unfinished PortraitUnfinished Portrait by Mary Westmacott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was such a difficult story to read because I knew it was based on Agatha Christie herself, her own life and feelings. And how Archie Christie truly hurt her so deeply in the end, at the worst time he could possible do it. Also how he just seemed to be blind to anything but his own thoughts and feelings. It really tore at my heart.

There is a strange connection between “Unfinished Portrait”, a Harley Quin short story called; “Man from The Sea” and “Towards Zero. ” I read them one after another. They all have a suicide attempt that is stopped, in two of the stories the place for it is exactly the same and in two of the stories, the same philosophy against suicide is the same. Has anyone else pondered this? I never read it in an article or a book about Christie.

I thought it very interesting too, that she incorporated her own nightmare of the gun man, and the interesting twist she gave it. I will not add any spoilers to this review but if you want to know how Agatha Christie felt about what happened to her in 1926, this is the book to read.

 

 

If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)If You Ask Me by Betty White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such a delightful book, full of warmth and wit. It is like hearing Betty talking to you, replying to your questions in person. Lovely.

 

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