NaNoWriMo 2020

NaNo-2020-Writer-Badge-1Here I go! Cuz, why not. NaNoWriMo started today and so did my gay holiday romance “Shopping on Christmas Eve.” Only 50,000 words to go until December 1.

December 2011: the big holiday is right around the corner and the merchants of Chandler Ridge Mall are pulling out all the stops to make this year’s shopping season a roaring success. But Anton, proprietor of Well Read, is struggling to get in the Yule groove; keeping a used bookstore afloat is a tall order in the age of Amazon. He not so secretly puts part of the blame on Second Chance Tunes, the CD/record store just across the aisle, and its brash manager Mitch. Clearly they’re siphoning away some business from Well Read. There’s just one problem with that attitude: although he sort of hates himself for it, Anton finds himself irresistibly drawn to Mitch. When a freak blizzard forces the sudden evacuation of the mall on Christmas Eve, both guys are accidentally locked inside. Stuck alone together in the empty mall overnight, can they weather the storm and perhaps even find a way to make a love connection?

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3 things about Stephanie Rothman’s THE VELVET VAMPIRE

The Velvet Vampire [1971]

1. She’s still waiting for that drink.
2. “She’s a desert freak. I’m a Susie freak!”
3. Helpful mob armed with crucifixes.

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3 things about Todd Phillips’s JOKER

Joker [2019]

1. Climbing inside the refrigerator.
2. Oversized white briefs.
3. So now we know: Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered after a screening of Zorro, the Gay Blade.

A film so bereft of originality, insight, and surprise it almost made me wish I was watching Fight Club. Almost.

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3 things about Luchina Fisher’s MAMA GLORIA

Mama Gloria [2020]

1. A parade of high heels in broad daylight.
2. Reuniting with her former prom date.
3. Under-the-table surgeries at Cook County Hospital.

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3 things about Denis Villeneuve’s BLADE RUNNER 2049

Blade Runner 2049 [2017]

1. Giant videoscreen shopping kiosk.
2. Dead eye retina scan.
3. Hologram Liberace.

3 other things.

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3 things about Roberto Rossellini’s EUROPA ’51

Europa ’51 [1952]

1. A blood clot.
2. “Why are you going out of your way for me?”
3. Behind a barred window, looking down upon them.

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A playlist for reading.

I created a Spotify playlist for Barry Gifford’s Roy stories, filled with many tunes he references directly in the stories as well as others from the period that vibe well with his words. Check it out!

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3 things about Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER

Blade Runner [1982]

1. He takes his noodles with him.
2. Accumulated dust and debris on the “roof” of Bryant’s office.
3. Climbing up the bookcase and through the floor.

3 other things.

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3 things about Ken Finkleman’s AIRPLANE II: THE SEQUEL

Airplane II: The Sequel [1982]

1. Theme from The Love Boat.
2. “I’m sorry, I don’t do impressions; my training is in psychiatry.”
3. Loud elevator.

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3 things about Joseph Newman’s THIS ISLAND EARTH

This Island Earth [1955]

1. Catalog with pages made of metal.
2. Pulsing neon green.
3. Cat lapping up milk while perched on a lead slab.

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