Monday, November 24, 2008
That's My Girl/ Oh, My Edward/ Finding the Holiday in Me/ Writing is a Childlike Joy
This past week was a blur and one that was exciting and brought about change, cinematic wonder, and hope.
I have talked about "Twilight", but I must reiterate that I adore the film. I have now seen it THREE times. I think that it is a perfect manifestation of the novel. I am THRILLED that they have green-lit the sequel, "New Moon". The beauty of creation of all sorts of genres continues to entice and intrigue me. I read the "Twilight" series this summer and it has become a part of my fabric of delights... along with "The West Wing", "Friends", "Harry Potter", "Clue", "Roger Rabbit", Sandi Patty, Gavin Creel, "Wicked", and Dr. Pepper. :-)
I am consistently in awe of the way these creations meander into my life and make it enjoyable, provide a safe harbour in which I can venture and explore the caverns of creativity and uncharted worlds.
When a film version is made out of a novel, I rejoice. I know that the two will NOT be the same, nor should they be, but I look forward to seeing my love of the written word co-mingling with my love of all things film.
The change portion of my sentence refers to the wedding that I attended and in which I performed this weekend. My Mama (yes, Mama -- that is what I call her...) got remarried. As I have chronicled my grief over the death of my Dad, etc. I shall simply say it was an event that caught me by surprise in the sense I was all aflutter seeing her enter the room. I was breathless and began to cry. My Mama was exquisite, she was the most beautiful I have ever seen her and she was joyous... she was almost glowing.
And I felt my Dad there for an instance, looking in and saying:
"That's my girl and now she is happy again... It is time for her to move on and start anew."
I seem to always perform at my family (and others) functions. That only makes sense as I am a singer and performer, but it seems that I am the official musical spokesperson for the BEAM (and now Darling -- Yes, that is my Mom's new name...) clan. I sing at funerals, weddings, whatever you need. Ha ha... I think that the next few events I attend I merely want to be a spectator. That would be nice.
JANET LEE DARLING
It just seems to fit and I applaud my hot little Mama and wish her every happiness. It is certainly her time to bask in the mountaintop array of joyous and never-ending sunlight. I love you Janet Lee Darling: Mom, devoted confidante, friend, and one of my favourites. :-)
The hope portion of my opening statement refers to the upcoming holidays and my desire to make them enjoyable and fresh. I plan to watch lots of Thanksgiving themed episodes of "Friends", "The West Wing", "Gilmore Girls", and the Thanksgiving Garfield which I feel is a classic. I adore singing Christmas tunes as well and the time to sing those tunes has commenced.
Also, I am FINALLY (I have decided that capitalizing the letters makes for a bold and dramatic statement -- It is as if I just discovered the CAPS LOCK or SHIFT key. :-) ) making headway on my fantasy novel, "Jarryd and Noki" and writing about this world in which I am a lone visitor and feel as though I am a vessel into the psyches of these characters is a new childlike toy to me. I feel as though I am in my own little writing sandbox. If others taste a fraction of the felicity to which my heart dances when I am writing and in the throngs of delicious creation, then I will be overwhelmed.
I have included a picture from the wedding and shall include more, pictures from the Twilight event extravaganza (I am seeing it this week again!!!), a picture of my nieces, my brother, and I being silly for the camera after the wedding and post-Twilight, one of my nieces and I at the ceremony, and some other photographs of the irresistible Robert Pattinson who IS Edward. I just want to meet him and hug him and say, "Job well done, job well done!"
Drinking in these tasty treats of my life,