Saturday, December 1, 2007

NaNoWriMo Winner

I won! I won!!

I have more than 50,000 words - and the book is still going strong!


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Project Coming Up

Hi all,

I have been elected the Financial Officer of a new film/production company a bunch of us are in the process of forming and I am keyed up! We have a script that we've approved, we will begin casting, tentatively the weekend after next weekend and will be filming by mid-November.

An exciting time as I will also be writing 50,000 words of a new book, continuing my involvement in the writer's group and Sisters In Crime (as a Programming Committee and Board member), celebrating a very special birthday (of my Grandma's), attending two conventions (one out of town), as well as holding down the old full-time day-job.

It's times like these I wish I was addicted to caffeine...

Friday, October 12, 2007


I signed up to NANOWRIMO - National Novel Writing Month - for the first time ever.

The idea is, you write 50,000 words in one month.

You don't "win" anything except you get a novel out of it.

It costs nothing to sign up, which always appeals to me.

The "official" month is November but you can choose any month you want and do it on your own. I want to do it with the world so I'm raring to go in 19 days and six hours!!

Check out their website to see what all the fuss is about - or to sign up too!

P.S. Actually, I'm raring to go in 12+ days. Evidently you are allowed to plan and outline and begin doing background work on characters and the book one week before the start date - but you still can't write anything until Nov. 1.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Strangest Line of the Day

This is from the "How-exactly-does-the-world-see-me?" category.

I'm sitting in my writer's group when one of the authors turns to me and says, "You would love this book. It's all about a ventriloquist who tortures his family."

I stared at her for a moment, wondering if I resemble the sort of person that would revel in a book about a ventriloquist who tortures his family.

Now, I do admit, it does sound intriguing, but that's beside the point....

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Mr. Bean's Holiday

My sister, Dad and I finally went to see Mr. Bean at the theater today.
I loved it! I adore Rowan Atkinson.

One of my favorite parts occurred when he was hitchhiking - and the little putt-putt scooter came on the scene. I kept laughing out loud even though I knew he'd be doing something different each time they cut back to Bean.

And throughout the movie - he is in France and nobody was speaking English - he kept saying, "Gracias." Pretty much the only words he spoke, "Gracias."

And the kid, Max Baldry impressed me. What is he, 11 years old?

Now I'm thinking of another great scene, where they're trying to drum up some money and they do the little dance/lip sync routine on the street. Brilliant.

And where did the Bean Bear get to? I didn't see it at all. What the heck is that?

Oh, do I hope they don't wait another 10 years for another Bean movie!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


It's National Talk Like A Pirate Day, me mateys!!

I didn't get much of a chance to sport me pirate-speak at the office today since nobody called me, the scurvy dogs.

Last year I was on a cruise in the Caribbean - this year I seem to be like any other landlubber. Arrrrr!

I did listen to my 'Pirates' CD in honor of this most noble holiday.

Oh this is higly important.

My pirate name is:

Iron Jenny Cash

A pirate's life isn't easy; it takes a tough person. That's okay with you, though, since you a tough person. You're musical, and you've got a certain style if not flair. You'll do just fine. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from
part of the network

My ships name for today is, The Cursed Cannon of the Sea

It has a certain ring to it, don't ye think?!

I'm shovin' off now to see what havoc I can wreak on the land and seas today!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Upcoming Project

Hi all,

Last week marked the beginning of a project I will be involved in. The idea was discussed again today and I glee-fully found out that I will be acting in it aside from working as much of the behind-the-scenes jobs as I can!

I will let you know more details as they become available so keep a look out.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

My Movie Weekend

So, Saturday I went to see "Harry Potter 5" and then watched "X-Men 3" at home, as I posted in my previous blog.

Well, on Sunday, I went to see "Transformers," went to the store and bought some DVD's, went for a walk with my Dad, and then watched "Jurassic Park 2" that happened to be on television.

It was a movie weekend galore!

Oh, did I love "Transformers!" It was funny, action-packed and a teensy bit corny in some places - totally a Jenny-movie.

Not so much a fan of "Jurassic Park 2." I like Jeff Goldblum and have seen most of the first "Jurassic Park" movie. This entry seemed especially cruel to the animals. I don't like that, it takes me out of the story and then I can't enjoy the action.

Though I was fond of Jeff Goldblum's line and delivery of, "Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that's how it always starts. Then later there's running and screaming."

And you know what was kind of strange? I mean as far as brain functions go. I sat watching this movie, wondering why Jeff Goldblum's character seemed different. Later they mentioned how he was injured last time and that's when it hit me, he's actually running around here. That difference struck my subconscious mind so much that it seeped over into my awareness.

Isn't it weird how things hit you?

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Movie Day

I went to see Harry Potter 5 today. I liked it. There was one scene in particular that I wanted to see from the moment I read it in the book a couple of years ago. I don't want to give anything away but it concerned the Weasley boys on brooms. And the scene did not disappoint.

When I got home, I couldn't resist flipping through the third installment of the movie and grabbing the 5th book to settle an argument my sister and I had had in the car. (I was right - but to be fair and give credit where credit is due - she was also partially right.)

On a side note, she is convinced that Luna Lovegood could chop her up and stick her in the freezer without even thinking about it.

I then went for an hour walk and am now watching X-Men 3 that a co-worker kindly lent me.

It's a good movie day!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Shear Madness

My family and I just got back from the highly enjoyable Shear Madness at the Chicago Theater.

Brian Sills and Benjamin Reigel stole the show as hair dresser Tony Whitcomb and Chicago cop Nick Pulaski, respectively.

It's a murder mystery comedy set in a hair salon and packed with up-to-the-minute jokes as well as some old chestnuts they had to dust off. It includes audience participation (we get to play detective! In fact, my Mom was singled out and was met with some barbs by the suspect she was accusing - I won't give anything away but we laughed so hard tears sprung forth.)

I highly recommend everyone see this fantastic play.

The current cast
Buy tickets in Chicago

Go see it and enjoy!

Friday, June 1, 2007

John Manning is fantastic

John Manning is an amazing photographer.

Check out his website at

I highly recommend him. He's done work in Chicago, L.A., New York, Italy...
I've gotten so many compliments from people in the business on my headshot. Many professionals ask who my photographer is.

So when it was time to update my shots, I knew exactly who I was going to. He is based in Chicago but as I said, he travels a lot.

Now I have the perfectionist-nightmare of picking the perfect headshot from the many choices but fortunately, he will help in that task. (He is far more of an expert than I am.)

I will post the shot to my website, which is to come soon.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

First Entry

I’ve started this blog to track my progress in my creative and business endeavors, mainly acting and writing.

For Acting: I am currently in the process of begging my sister to download pics she took of me to attach to my headshot and resume to send to a Chicago Background Casting Agent. I had my share of background artist jobs in Hollywood and never took the plunge here in my native town of Chicago. It just seemed weird. Here, I work in an office. In Hollywood, I worked on sets. It made sense somehow. Hardworking town vs. La-La Land…

Anyway, I’ve altered my look somewhat – cut and styled my hair – and have an appointment to update my headshots on Friday. But I didn’t want to dilly-dally about signing up with the agency until I get the new headshots. I’m thinking I might as well wait at this point.

I’m going for the color headshots. I’m excited about that. And a little terrified as color is less forgiving than what you could get away with in black and white.

For Writing: I am in the process of working on three books. (I had written a contemporary mystery set in Hawaii, the first novel I wrote as an adult, but have set that one aside for so long I don’t know that I’ll ever get back to it.)

My second book is a sci-fi novel that starts revolving around a woman and ends up focusing on about 17 characters. (I’m not exaggerating.) It is set in three different sections.

My third book is a contemporary mystery set in a fictitious town in Iowa. This is the one I am either re-editing or shopping around, depending on what inspiration I'm subject to that month.

My fourth book, that I started writing in March, is in the beginning stages. I am not finished with the rough draft though I have it mapped out in my head and even on paper – which I rarely do with my books. This one is paranormal and is set in Chicago and Hell.

I’m also a member of the Sisters In Crime National and Chicago Chapters. In fact, I am currently on the Programming Committee for the Chicago Chapter and about to be trained for the Treasurer position. I’m excited.