The Kids Are All Right – Coming Soon!

Reviews from Sundance so far have been very favorable about this new movie. Darn, couldn’t get a screener from the production company yet so I can review it myself! I can’t wait to see it!

A couple, Nic and Jules (Annette Benning and Julianne Moore), live with their teenage children, Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson), in a cozy craftsman bungalow in Los Angeles. As Joni prepares for college, her younger brother pesters her for a big favor—help him find their biological father. Against her better judgment, she makes a call to the sperm bank; the bank, in turn, calls Paul (Mark Ruffalo) and asks him if he’s willing to meet his daughter. He agrees, and a complicated new chapter begins for the family.

Director Lisa Cholodenko returns to Sundance (Laurel Canyon played at the 2003 Festival, and High Art won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1998 Festival) with this vibrant, astute, and richly drawn portrait of a modern family. Once again, Cholodenko demonstrates her uncanny ability to reach beneath the gloss of Southern California to illuminate the emotional and transformative power of human vulnerability and, in doing so, establishes herself as one of America’s most formidable auteurs.

Love This Documentary Trailer

“A Family is a Family is a Family” airs on HBO Sunday Jan. 31, 7 pm

Virginia Woolf Really Said This?

“Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them.”

I am writing not one but two novels right now, hoping to perhaps make money, but I LOVE writing them!

Reading and Writing

I’ve been re-reading and editing the book I began writing FOUR YEARS AGO! I can’t believe there has been such a lapse. Before taking a break, I actually wrote 400 pages, and I loved writing it, but planning to have a baby, trying to conceive and then giving birth, caring for a newborn and now raising a two-year old took precedence.

Of course little Stephen is still my first priority, but with being laid off from my job 10 months ago and freelance jobs paying so little, I began to think that perhaps finishing the novel will not only be enjoyable but profitable. I had shown the first 220 pages to an agent who immediately wanted to represent me, which I think was a good sign. Another agent at ICM to whom I told part of the story was also eager to read it. So, with that encouragement, I am back on track.

They say a writer must write everyday, and now that I am blogging and freelancing as a journalist I am doing that, and I think it actually helps my novel writing. It’s like exercise, or practice. Do it everyday and you get stronger and better.

So we’ll see how it affects my blog posts. Ready, set, write!

Help Me Win a HP Mini 110 with Windows 7!

So I won some toilet paper by blogging, and how I am raising the bar.  I would love to win a HP Mini 110 which could make my life, and my blog, so much better. 

Olympian Dara Torres not only puts me to shame once again by being over 40 and an incredible athlete and mom at the same time, but now I come to find she is a mommy blogger and has mastered the craft with her HP Mini.  There’s a YouTube video of her talking about it (check it out below) and she’s referring to things like Shake, Snap, and Pin, which sound to me like things my son does to the dog when I turn my head for one second but are actually things she does, and I could do, with the right hardware.

My old clunker takes so long to upload and crashes so often that blogging is more like slogging, and I dream about the likes of an HP mini, with its long-life battery, ample-sized HD screen and Windows® 7 features that would make posting on my blog so much easier. Not only that, but it would make editing and sending my family in DC photos of my little wonder boy so much easier so that I don’t procrastinate about downloading and uploading because I have to deal with my aging machine crashing and ultimately giving up the ghost.

What else you ask? It’s got VGA video, combo headphone/mic jack, 3 USB 2.0, SD card reader, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. Everything a cyber geek could want in a netbook, and at an affordable price.

By the way, its not all about me. If you write a comment about this post you could get chose to win one of three (3) HP Mini 110-1100 by Studio Tord Boontje PCs that will be randomly given away! So do it!

Thanks for reading!

Winners will be announced Friday, January 29, 2010. For more ways to win, visit

Santa Cruz Court Set to Hear Unusual Custody Suit

CBS 47 Fresno Sun, 17 Jan 2010 06:48 AM PST
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) A Santa Cruz court is slated to hear a custody dispute between former lesbian partners in which the biological mother has become romantically involved with the sperm donor father of her 10-month-old twins.

Kim T. Smith of Santa Cruz has sued for joint custody of the twins, saying she and former partner Maggie Quale agreed to raise the boys together.

Qaule and the boy’s biological father, 28-year-old Shawn Wallace, now live together and argue they should be able to fully parent the children.

Quale and Smith never registered as domestic partners with the state. But the two women are listed as the boys’ parents on their birth certificates, and the twins carry the hyphenated last name Quale-Smith.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 29.

The Old Gay Gal Just Ain’t What She Use To Be

Went to the Her HRC soirée in Hollywood last night and had a great time meeting lots of nice women, like Kim Hoke, an up-and-coming stand-up comedienne, and her personal trainer girlfriend Tanya, and the lovely Christina Buie (see pic below). We’re already Facebook friends this morning!

Thing is, I never go out anymore. Since I became a mom, it’s a major undertaking to go out. Last night we couldn’t get a sitter, so my girlfriend stayed home with Stephen and I went with my friend Jame. Just as well, because by the time I pay a sitter, pay for valet, pay for the cover charge and a couple drinks, we’re up to $100.

So I joked with my new friends how I haven’t danced in five years and I have a drink about once every six months. Last night was my night to do both. Got home before midnight (the time I used to just be heading out) and I was so buzzed from one strong drink that I had bed spins.

Ugh! I couldn’t sleep all night, and it didn’t help that Stephen woke up around 1:30 am and I had to put him back to bed, and then I lay awake until 4 am and then just gave up trying to get any shut-eye.

It’s one o’clock in the afternoon, and I am still HUNGOVER from one vodka and cranberry.

Luckily I had the nanny today, because it’s been raining non-stop since yesterday and I just don’t know how playful I could be with Stephen today when I feel like a college kid who just pulled an all-nighter with back-to-back Midnight Madness parties. Did I really used to do that? Every weekend? And I survived???

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