10 posts tagged interesting factoid

Wine and chocolate

I wanted a sensual experience for Tori. This is a slow awakening (hah!) of her senses and her appetites. You don’t just throw someone in the deep water to swim, and you don’t start with whips and chains the first time someone calls you Master. The Chocolate I did a little research (not a lot) about pairing chocolate with wine. As I grew into adulthood, I became a dark chocolate lover. Milk chocolate is great, of course, but there’s something special about the bitter-sweet depths ...

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Film Terms

As fictional as this book is, I do want to keep some things true to life. There’s only so much disbelief a reader is expected to put on hold. Frankly, I want to use that quota in other ways, not when discussing something simple like incorrect film jargon in a pre-production meeting. Line Producer – the dude or lady who is in charge of a film’s budget. They’re basically the film’s lead accountant and they make sure all the bills are paid. Production Designer – these men and ...

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How SIR came to be (and why it ends on a cliffhanger). . .

I knew going into publishing Sir essentially what the main criticisms would be. Not to brag (but), I've been a professional writer -- not for books, but tomato/tomato -- long enough that I have a decent grasp of where my weaknesses lie and, with enough time, I can emotionally distance myself from my work product to have a general idea of what it's weaknesses are. So I KNEW, when pressing the button to publish Sir, that people were going to think that it started slow with too much ...

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The Finewhile Diner. . .

I love diners. Particularly small-town, roadside diners. Diners that still look like they did when they were built in the heyday of highway travel, at a time before interstates were a thing. Diners are going by the wayside, which makes me sad. Half the ones I’ve been to in the past decade since I moved to L.A. cook frozen food that they bought in bulk and call it “homemade”. (Maybe it says that on the box, but it sure as hell ain’t homemade!) Anyway, bad food, and bad diner food, ...

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How did the picnic on the pier get set up? Answer: Meet Jack.

The picnic on the pier… How did it get set up and taken down? In my head canon, Nate has a minion. That minion’s name is Jack and in polite company, Jack is called Nate’s personal assistant. Jack is a (no pun intended) jack-of-all-trades who grew up in the California foster system and got into UCLA's film school on talent and scholarship. Once he graduated, he needed a job, and applied to an anonymous ad on a Hollywood job search website for a personal assistant. Come to find ...

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Drunk Brunch

I got an editor note back for Chapter 16 suggesting that I change “drunk brunch” to “hangover brunch”. And even though I’ve been friends with my editor for nearly 10 years, I guess I never mentioned drunk brunch to her. . . Oopsie. I don’t know if it’s a Louisiana thing or a my-friends-from-college-in-Louisiana thing, but every Sunday (and some Saturdays) during college when we all lived in dorms, we would meet around 11 AM in the LSU Student Union for drunk brunch. Somet...

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What Does Brady Look Like?

I was doing one of my last sets of rewrites and I realized… I never described Brady! *gasp!* How could this happen?!?! I describe what brand of chapstick Tori wears but I don’t describe her ex??? What is wrong with me? So I went man-shopping again. (What a burden, amirite?) I went with Charlie Hunnam. I know, I know. He’s too cute to be a douche like Brady. But we only know he’s a douche because of what Tori went through. He has to be cute and charming enough to have ...

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What does Tori look like?

Tori, Tori, Tori… I actually have a friend who’s named Tori… she actually gets mentioned a few times in these posts. She’s an impressive lady and has achieved a lot in a pretty short time in her life, which is awesome. She’s beautiful, talented, charismatic and successful? How is that fair??   Anyway, finding a model to live up to the real-life Tori AND who looks like the Tori-in-my-head was…challenging…a struggle… a real bitch-and-a-half. Tori-in-my-head is ...

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Actors and Directors and Producers, Oh MY!

A Tiny Insight into the Film (and Television) Industry Producing/Directing/Acting This is something I didn’t know until I actually was in the industry. In simple terms: Actors are the “talent” (they’re literally called that *eye roll*). They’re the faces that make the story real. I guess that’s why they make bank (sometimes, depending, not the bit parts). Directors direct the movie. It’s their vision how the script comes alive. Their job is to make sure that there’s ...

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You can’t really lose your scholarship over a $30 fee bill… can you?

The Thirty Dollar Fee Bill This actually happened to one of my best friends in college when we were at LSU. She was in a similar situation to Tori – full scholarship plus living and housing stipends. That semester, she went to the doctor at the LSU Health Center, which led to a fee of a fairly small amount. It may have been more than $30, but it wasn’t more than, let’s say $300. In the grand scheme of things, it was a tiny amount of money. Her parents agreed to pay it. I remember ...

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