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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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New Season of Sherri’s Playhouse begins!!!

We have started to rehearse the new season of Sherri’s Playhouse which is always exciting the first play up is; 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.

 

A fun and touching episode with Chris York last week on my Mom’s Birthday made the tops on Blogtalk, that means so much to me.  Thank you all for tuning in to me and Chris talk about his great Dad, Bewitched star Dick York and my Mom.

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back Chris York, we had such a super time today! We talked about his dad, his dad’s friends and a really super and uplifting chat; http://tobtr.com/11245935

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed Rebel physician and author of wtf* is wrong with our health? (*what the food) ; Roberto Tostado. We talked about how eating  is a lifestyle and not just a diet and how he started writing as a kid; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/03/12/chatting-with-sherri

 

 

I welcomed back the always delightful Adrienne Wilkinson! We talked about our childhood adventures, and how we were as kids.  We chatted about her new movie and the Xena retreat and so much  more…  http://tobtr.com/11220635

 

 

I welcomed back two very talented and fun people, Brittney Powell and Tom Konkle! We had so much fun chatting, Brittney and Tom are doing so much, they are both making movies, promoting Trouble Is My Business and poor Brittney was sick. And they won awards for the movie too, it’s a really exciting so tune in; http://tobtr.com/11220629

 

Coming soon;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back delightful author Lynne Constantine 3/26/19 at 1 pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11251179

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back the multi-talented Julie Sharpe 4/06/19 7 pm pt;  http://tobtr.com/11256149

 

 

 

 

New book review;

 

Towards Zero (Superintendent Battle, #5)Towards Zero by Agatha Christie 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t believe that I owned this book and I have never read it before. I loved it! It had me looping back and forth between every character in the house. But I never guessed the killer. I think it was a fascinating study in psychology by the great Agatha Christie. The clues were there, the little slips but they seemed so normal that I did not pick them up.

Also I really enjoyed the two romances in the book that were not central to murder, I was happy that Mary had some romance, finally.

Also the man at the beginning of the book who you can’t really figure out what his part in it is till it is revealed. I think he is my favorite character for many reasons that I can’t reveal or it will give it away. But I really, really like him.

Also I find it interesting that Agatha Christie’s view on suicide that she had in The Harley Quin’s short story “The Man From The Sea,” is repeated here. And it really touched me both times, quite beautiful.

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A lot happening!

I  appeared at Condor this weekend, I played Joe Kronus for an audience on Sunday, it was amazing to see their reaction to my play in person.  They liked it, it was so exciting! And they wanted the site to listen to it again!!!

 

 

I have started to cast the new season of Sherri’s Playhouse which is always exciting and challenging, if you are interested in taking part please send me a note please.

 

 

I am also excited to announce that I have a new sponsor for Chatting With Sherri; The Writers & Illustrators of the future provides “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.”

 

 

Coming soon to Chatting With Sherri;

 

 

I am so happy to welcome back the always charming; Adrienne Wilkinson 3/14 19 at 7pm pt ; http://tobtr.com/11220635

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back; Brittney Powell and Tom Konkle on 3/16/19 at 7pm pt;  http://tobtr.com/11220629

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great chats with;

I had a lovely time chatting with author; Jeff Crawford!  We talked about writing, sequels and how we adjusted to the times ; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/03/05/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-author-jeff-crawford

 

I had a nice chat with author; Martin L. Shoemaker, we talk about writing, books and breaking into writing and find your niche.  Listen in ;  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/03/02/chatting-with-sherri 

 

 

I had a great time chatting with my friend award-nominated author; Robin Alexander we chatted about writing, reading, good books, wonderful authors and the influences that brought about her wonderful series;  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/28/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-award-nominated-author-robin-alexander

I had such a wonderful chat award-winning film-maker; Tom Konkle! We talked about his journey bringing his dream to life.  The importance of black and white films, the wonders of film making and what an interesting journey going to film festivals; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/26/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-award-winning-film-maker-tom-konkle

Great Month of Guests for CWS and casting for Sherri’s Playhouse! https://www.patreon.com/posts/great-month-of-25069527?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare

 

 

The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple, #2)The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is something special about this introduction of Agatha Christie’s second great sleuth; Miss Marple. Introduced through a series of short stories that allows you to truly get to know her. Her intelligence, compassion and humor. Her sweet expression belied by her sharp blue eyes as she sits quietly knitting almost forgotten by the others in the room. Even when she says she really had no idea what the solution was, she really did. Some people don’t enjoy reading short stories but I always have. It helps you to learn all the different sides of characters. And it teaches you just what an art the creating of a short story truly is and Agatha Christie was genius at it.

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Incredible guests this month, and Condor!

I will be appearing at Condor this weekend, if you’re in San Diego stop by and say hi 🙂  CONDOR CON: FEB 22-24 2019; THE LONGEST RUNNING FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION IN SAN DIEGO; https://www.condorcon.org/speaker/sherri-rabinowitiz/

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back award-winning film-maker; Tom Konkle on 2/26/19 at 1pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/26/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-award-winning-film-maker-tom-konkle

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back award-winning author; Lee Murray today, we had so much fun, talking about old movies, writing, her newest novel and helping others, listen in;  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/19/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-award-winning-author-lee-murray

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back author and playwright; Gregg Oppenheimer, we chatted about the play performing for the Actor Fund on Desi’s birthday March 2nd!  It’s a wonderful play for a great cause we also talked about the show, his dad, writing and how he feels about directing it, listen in;   

 

Chatting With Sherri we welcome back TV director TJ Scott, we chatted about all his many different works, the man never stops!  He has three photography books and he directed, Star Trek Discovery, Directing and Executive Producing Departure with Christopher Plummer (one of my all time favorite actors,)  he directed, Frontier starring Jason Momoa and Vwars!  He is fun and interesting, and except for my cold I had a great time;   

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed author and playwright, Mary D. Brooks,  we caught up about Mabel of the Anzacs radio play part two and her upcoming novella “Enemy at the Gate,” “Xena: Their Courage Changed Our World” and her upcoming book “Blood Ties.” ; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/03/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-with-author-and-playwright-mary-d-brooks

 

 

We welcomed back the amazing Emmy Winning Producer/Writer/Author Brooks Wachtel! We chatted about his new book, his wonderful current book and his film career.  He told me about the way he started in the business, his wonderful work that won him an Emmy for animation. ;    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/05/we-welcome-back-the-amazing-emmy-winning-producerwriterauthor-brooks-wachtel

 

 

 

 

 I had a such a great time chatting with Australia actress/presenter; Kate Lister!  We just chatted away about what she had been up to and about my move to a new flat; http://tobtr.com/11156965

 

 

Great Guests in my Birthday Month https://www.patreon.com/posts/great-guests-in-24565105?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare

 

The end of the series; Time Passes by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; The family has a party to celebrate the end of the case, and there is a whole lot to celebrate! https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432/chapters/41682197

 

Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot, #25)Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Five Little Pigs is one of my favorite stories. I first saw the David Suchet version on TV, and just fell in love with it because though it takes place in the 1930’s, the action of the piece takes place in one of my favorite eras the 1920’s. It is a fascinating look at how people see a catastrophic event differently.

There are differences of course between the book and the show. The name of daughter is different and several other little things, especially the way it ends but essentially it is the same story. I find how she has the same story again and again and again, 5 times really, and each is different because each person who tells it is different and see is in their own way.

I also find it fascinating how an open and closed case changes when you listen to the personal versions because you see things that of course the lawyers would never have even have thought to ask of each witness. And several incredibly important facts are not apart of the trial.

I won’t tell any more because I don’t want to give away the plot. But I can see why this was one of Agatha Christie’s favorites. Such a complex and intricate plot. Brilliant.

Partners in Crime (Tommy and Tuppence #2)Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I do not have an accurate count of how many times I have read this wonderful romp. It is my go to book for a troubled heart. I really defy anyone who is down in the mouth, to read one of the short stories in this and not to be touched or smiling at the antics of Tuppence and Tommy. One of my favorites.

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New shows for the 7th season!!!

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author and playwright, Mary D. Brooks on 2/2/19 at 6pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/03/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-with-author-and-playwright-mary-d-brooks

 

 

We welcome back the amazing Emmy Winning Producer/Writer/Author Brooks Wachtel on 2/5/19 at 1pm; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/05/we-welcome-back-the-amazing-emmy-winning-producerwriterauthor-brooks-wachtel

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back TV director TJ Scott on 2/8/19 at 6pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/09/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-tv-director-tj-scott

 

 I had a such a great time chatting with Australia actress/presenter; Kate Lister!  We just chatted away about what she had been up to and about my move to a new flat; http://tobtr.com/11156965

 

 

 

 

Time Passes by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; The trap is about to be sprung and never in a prettier setting, and some unexpected romance. https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432/chapters/41442197 Just the epilogue to go!

 

A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5)A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have always loved Miss Marple, her sweetness and kindness radiates from her, but her intelligence and need to find the truth drives her. Have you ever wished that a detective was real, sometimes when there is a horrible crime I hope for a little old lady who really knows what makes the world tick.

This story takes place in a small village that is full of retired people and young relatives and workers staying there too. In the local rag an announcement send all the neighbors running agog to see if what is announced, is true. A murder.

So read about the small village and how Miss Marple and Inspector Craddock solve this baffling who done it.

Agatha Christie as always so many layers that it is like trying to figure out how to re-weave a sweater. Give a go!

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New shows of Chatting With Sherri’s new 7th Season!

Ri by Anja Gruber

 A long, long time ago I wrote a fan fiction story for Star Trek and I created a character called Ri Ratan,  I sent the story to my friend Anja and asked her to do some pictures for it and for Ri she drew me.  Ri became my pen name and the rest is history. (Above is the original sketch.) 

Tomorrow on Chatting With Sherri Welcomes back Australian Actress; Kate Lister  at 6pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11156965

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back multi-talented; Steven L Sears, we had so much fun chatting about his work, writing and new projects he has coming up.  It was a lot of fun, listen in;    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/01/10/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-multi- 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri chatted with award-winning writer; Wulf Moon, we had a great talk about his journey of writing and finally winning his award from The Writers of The Future.  It is a very touching interview;

 Chatting With Sherri welcomed back part of an amazing writing team; Vicky Wood Knerly, we had so much fun talking about her writing, books and how they work together.  And some of the great stuff that is coming up, tune in;
Update on Time Passes;  The Major is brought into family party and gets a surprise of his own;   https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432/chapters/41081156

Come, Tell Me How You LiveCome, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such a fun book, I read it quickly. I love learning how the archaeology worked back then and the way they explored Syria and how much fun and adventure they had.

Now to start with the tough stuff; If you read books written long ago, one thing you have to learn is to accept that they will be filled with prejudices of the time. I don’t think that Agatha was really prejudiced, she truly loved Syria and the people there, but her way of expressing herself was of that time. If you read her novels you see how they change, they become more understanding, the way she describes people becomes more modern and less prejudiced. I believe that was because of her travels and her love of learning about new people and new things. It is a lesson I learned from traveling with my parents and then on my own, if you travel open-hearted with a sense of adventure, you learn about other people and cultures and you become a more rounded person.

I see a lot of evidence of it in Agatha Christie’s writings. And I really enjoyed seeing the way Syria was way back then before the “IS” got a hold of it, and destroyed it. (which breaks my heart, I kept looking up the sites that Max was working on, to see if they were still there, most had been destroyed or mostly destroyed. His life’s work and the work of four generations of archaeologists destroyed. History does not just belong to one culture, it belongs to everyone, it is part of the historical record of the human species. To destroy it is just utterly heartless. A crime against humanity.

Now to the fun part; I loved her humor, how she made fun of herself and everyone else. The glimpse of the marriage between her and Max. The beauty of the places she went to, the marigolds, the wonderful clothes of the Kurd women, the sweetness of the people, the crazy scrapes the workers got into. The great descriptions of the archaeology at the time. (I have a lesser degree in archaeology and it was one of the reasons I really, really wanted to read this book, that plus my love of Agatha and my curiosity about Max.) The way the finds were split between the expositions and the people of the country they were in. Pretty fair really. (Not like the old days in the 1800’s where people just took stuff for their universities and museums without the permission of the country or the people. ) It is a fascinating read and I highly recommend it.

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I would like to thank all my remarkable guests, amazing playwrights and extraordinary actors.

Thank you to all of you wonderful listeners of my shows Chatting With Sherri and Sherri’s Playhouse.  It has been a remarkable year, with remarkable guests and exciting plays with extraordinary actors. We had such an amazing amount of downloads that it blew all our minds. Thank you all!There are co-winners of The Chatty this year, Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries producers Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger and Mary D Brooks! Chris York , Julie Sharpe & Anthony J Sharpe, Gregg Oppenheimer & Steven L Sears did extraordinarily well;

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back multi-talented; Steven L Sears on 1/10/19 at 1pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/01/10/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-multi-talented-steven-l-sears

 

 

A story of a little girl’s adventure; https://www.flapperpress.com/blog/hiding

 

 

 

 

The Ghost Girls; A story of such brave women, though they were dying they fought for the safety of others;   

Time Passes by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries;  Phryne and Jack finds something important in the storage locker, and Prudence is called in to help out.  https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432/chapters/40707221

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