Thursday, April 7, 2016

Who Wants Butterbeer?!

 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has officially opened at Universal Studios Hollywood! 

    Out of all of the circulating videos introducing us Californians to the magic, this is the one I felt was most worthy of sharing, not only for its beauty (trust me, as a previous Disneyland cast member who has seen Fantasmic dozens of times - Disney ain't got nothin' on this), but also for all of us haunters and nerds alike who can't get enough soundtracks in our collection, here's John Williams himself, welcoming everyone to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: 

    For those of us waiting for the crowds to die down over the next few months to a year, before we can attend, or even for those who may not make it out this way to visit, we can still enjoy this delectable "Adult Butterbeer" recipe via Pottery Barn in the meantime!


Funnies: Faceswap

My best friend, and co-producer on Avery Parrish Thieves, Lily, posted this yesterday. Literally laughed out loud. 


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Goodies and Gifts

    While recently browsing through my favorite Etsy artists, I gladly visited Dame Darcy's shop. Over the years this artist has been one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to the rare, yet intriguing genre of southern gothic. She is a talented, witchy, and a one of a kind artist who performs, illustrates, and sells incredible handmade goodies!

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When I saw her 2016 Witch Calendar, I had to indulge...

    I was so excited when I purchased this gem, I decided to send a short heartfelt message to the Dame herself, just to say hi and remind her that her art is just as amazing as ever. I also thanked her for allowing my film crew and I to use her version of Down in Willow Garden, "Mercury Wine," in the credits of our film Avery Parrish Thieves. For more of her tracks, indulge here!

     Soon I received a response that made my heart leap! Dame Darcy was flattered and in turn shared both Avery Parrish Thieves and Séance on her social media sites, along with personally complimenting my work. As if I wasn't already feeling so flattered and happy, I became even more so when I received the witch calendar... along with an adorable gift...

There's nothing more rewarding than making great friends through great art. Cheers to all who agree, in the mean time, when it comes to Dame Darcy: Like, Follow, Read

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Rod Serling; A Man of Meaning


     Been watching some of my favorite The Twilight Zone episodes lately, and it got me thinking about Rod Serling and all of his genius. I found this interesting Mike Wallace interview with Serling on censorship, content, and commercial vs. quality. Throughout, you can really tell this is a man with dignity, a man with passion, and a man who believes in the use of entertainment to teach, question, and progress. Quite fascinating how Wallace questions Serling about superficial intentions as a television writer, where Serling keeps having to remind him it's about quality.

"I don't want to fight anymore. I don't want to have to battle sponsors and agencies, I don't want to have to push for something that I want and have to settle for second best. I don't want to have to compromise all the time. Which in essence is what the television writer does if he wants to put on controversial things... I stay in television because I think it's very possible to perform a function of providing adult, meaningful, exciting, challenging drama without dealing in controversy, necessarily."

Friday, February 5, 2016

Missing My Trouble

    A few days before this last Halloween, we had to put my precious kitty cat Trouble to sleep. Not sure why I waited so long to post about it, but I've just been missing her so much today, so I figured why not? I posted about the passing of her sister Smudge a few years ago, and now both have gone to kitty heaven.

   Trouble was an exceptionally sweet and loving cat, but choosy - she was attached to my mother, mostly, and viewed me as a sibling figure. She would warm up to me, but it would always take some caution and time - I'm energetic and have a pretty loud laugh, not what most cats prefer. But even she found it in her heart to love me back, despite her disdain for my giggling.

   In shape, she was the opposite of her sister, tiny and compact, and it probably earned her the name Trouble (given to her by her previous owners) as she very often found her way into small spaces. She also spent all the years that Smudge was alive, taking care of her. They had an odd George and Lenny complex, if you will: Smudge being larger and not all there mentally, and Trouble being sharp, and small. When Smudge had to be put down, Trouble was sad, but soon blossomed into a whole new kitty, relieved for her sister, who had had many health and mental difficulties at the time. The last few years, Trouble was able to bond with us more and leave an imprint on our hearts, as all lovely pets do.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Actual Gallows Hill

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       Not too long ago (probably back in 2012 or so) I saw an interesting documentary that I'm no longer able to find. It was about Salem, and the search for the actual location where the infamous 19 men and women were hanged during the witch trials. The host and researcher behind the documentary was a descendant of one of the accused (I want to say of Elizabeth Howe). In the end she discovered the exact location - this exact location - as "the one":

     Also found this while I was searching for the documentary (can't even remember the title), unrelated to Gallows Hill, but still interesting insight on the trials. Here, author Stacey Schiff adds explains, "It's a Story of Women":

"No one ever suffered afflictions without being able to name a witch."

And for fun, here she is on Stephen Colbert:

Stacy Schiff Explains How The Salem Witch... by nvx90sports

Check out her recent book (one I'll be adding to my list): The Witches: Salem, 1692 

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