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Happy Halloween: Listen to this LIVE adaptation of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

October 31st, 2017 Comments off

Our friends, Keri Dearborn and Michael Lawshe just released their annual Halloween show, Ghosts of the Internet.

This year it is a live recording of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, adapted by Keri Dearborn.

If you listen, you might hear 2 familiar voices among the cast (wink, wink)

Listen to Ghosts of the Internet 11: Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Read the original story

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Some light reading over dinner – Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

January 4th, 2017 Comments off

Some light reading over dinner - Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

Some light reading over dinner

I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series and was very happy to find the latest installment on the New Books Shelf in the library this evening. We had walked up to pick up some books we had on hold and then to stop at Farm Table — a new nearby restaurant — for dinner. We both spent the dinner reading and sharing our favorite sections of our books. Very fun!

If you like light mystery novels set in England, check out this series. It is quite fun!

Find other books by Rhys Bowen

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TV Worth Watching: Zen

April 29th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas

TV Worth Watching: Zen

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Let’s see…mystery series? Check! Italian characters? Check! Shot on location in Italy? Check. BBC Production? Check! (LAUGH) Zen hits all my markers of TV Worth Watching. Based on a series of novels by British author, Michael Dibdin, they are taut, exciting and deep mysteries. As with most of the shows I highlight, the acting is top notch as are the writing and the production. Another thing that often happens with series like this and Commissario Montalbano is that I end up reading the novels on which the productions are based. As with most adaptations, there is usually a lot more depth and character development in the novels and this leads to an even deeper enjoyment of the television productions.

From Masterpiece on PBS.org…

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What does an honest cop do when his bosses are on the side of the lawbreakers? Outwitting prosecutors, politicians, mobsters and run-of-the-mill kidnappers and killers, Detective Aurelio Zen brings justice to modern-day Italy, whether the authorities want it or not, on Zen, a trio of spellbinding cases based on the bestselling novels of by British crime writer Michael Dibdin, airing on Masterpiece July 17-31, 2011.

Rufus Sewell (Middlemarch) stars as Zen, a Roman police detective hailing from Venice, where “Zen” is a local shortening of the name Zeno. Separated from his wife and living with his mother, he is too frazzled by his job to think about romance. That is, until he meets Tania Moretti (Caterina Murino), his chief’s new secretary.

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Previously on TV Worth Watching…

Video: Douglas’ Cool Friends: Writer Lisa Seidman reads from her mystery novel, “Killer Ratings”

February 22nd, 2013 Comments off

I like to put my New Media skills to use to help out my cool friends, so I made a point to capture this reading by our friend, Lisa Seidman. She recently published her first mystery novel, “Killer Ratings” and held a reading at Book ‘Em Mysteries in South Pasadena.

From Killer Ratings…

“Los Angeles is no stranger to glamour, celebrity . . . and murder. When Susan Kaplan moves to L.A. to become a TV writer, she’s thrilled to be hired as a writers’ assistant on the well-regarded but low-rated TV series Babbitt & Brooks. The last thing she expects, however, is that she’d find herself working for the beautiful yet seriously neurotic Rebecca Saunders, the show’s less-than-competent associate producer who may or may not have gotten the job by sleeping with Babbitt & Brooks’ demanding creator and executive producer, Ray Goldfarb.

And Susan definitely doesn’t expect to find murdered Rebecca’s body in her office at the studio early one morning. When the police learn that Rebecca torpedoed Susan’s writing career shortly before her death, Susan becomes their number one suspect. Determined to prove her innocence and find the murderer, Susan discovers that all her colleagues have secrets they would kill to protect. From producers to writers to stars, it seems that the hopes and dreams of nearly everyone associated with the show were being threatened by Rebecca.”

About Lisa Seidman…

Lisa Seidman began her television career writing for the primetime serials Falcon Crest, Dallas, and Knots Landing as well as Cagney & Lacy, Murder, She Wrote, and Scarecrow and Mrs. King.  For five years Lisa was the headwriter on the phenomenally successful, award-winning Russian primetime serial, Poor Anastasia, as well as Sins of the Fathers, Talisman of Love and the Russian adaptation of Betty La Fea (Ugly Betty in the U.S.).  She received an Emmy nomination for her work on Guiding Light as well Writers Guild nominations for Guiding Light and Sunset Beach.  After a year writing for One Life to Live she returned to Moscow as the headwriter of One Night of Love, which was nominated for an International Emmy Award.

For more information on Lisa and her writing, visit http://lisaseidman.com

Buy Lisa’s Book from Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle Format

Music: “Constance” by Kevin MacLeod, http://incompetech.com, Creative Commons License

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2012 Gift Guide: Killer Ratings by Lisa Seidman

November 16th, 2012 Comments off

 

I am a big fan of mysteries, so when our friend Lisa Seidman came out with her first book (Killer Ratings) I knew I had to take a look. I am just starting to read it now, but I wanted to share it with you. Lisa is a longtime television writer and a great one at that, so I expect the best from Killer Ratings and look forward to new episodes in the series.

You can buy the book directly from the Amazon Kindle store, for the Nook Reader at Barnes and Noble and via Apple’s iBooks store. From the Amazon Kindle store you can download a free sample or give the book as a gift to your favorite mystery lover.

Remember, you can read Kindle books on any computer or smartphone using the free Kindle Reader software or just your web browser.

You can find out more about Lisa Seidman at her personal web site. Look for updates on the Killer Ratings web site and also Like Killer Ratings on the Facebook page.

Here is some more information about Killer Ratings…

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Killer Ratings by Lisa Seidman

Los Angeles is no stranger to glamour, celebrity . . . and murder. When Susan Kaplan moves to L.A. to become a TV writer, she’s thrilled to be hired as a writers’ assistant on the well-regarded but low-rated TV series Babbitt & Brooks. The last thing she expects, however, is that she’d find herself working for the beautiful yet seriously neurotic Rebecca Saunders, the show’s less-than-competent associate producer who may or may not have gotten the job by sleeping with Babbitt & Brooks’ demanding creator and executive producer, Ray Goldfarb.

And Susan definitely doesn’t expect to find murdered Rebecca’s body in her office at the studio early one morning. When the police learn that Rebecca torpedoed Susan’s writing career shortly before her death, Susan becomes their number one suspect. Determined to prove her innocence and find the murderer, Susan discovers that all her colleagues have secrets they would kill to protect.

From producers to writers to stars, it seems that the hopes and dreams of nearly everyone associated with the show were being threatened by Rebecca.

Despite the danger to her own life, Susan remains determined to find Rebecca’s killer and in the process unmasks the dirty little secrets behind the making of a primetime television series. She learns that real life behind the camera is far more dramatic than the fictional one in front of it.

Lisa Seidman draws on her thirty years of experience as a successful television writer to take the reader behind the scenes and show how the struggle to achieve high ratings truly can lead to murder.


What people are saying about Killer Ratings…

“A delightful expose of what goes on behind the glamor, the perfect smiles and the adoring fans. Lisa Seidman’s KILLER RATINGS tells it all. Be prepared to be entertained, thrilled and chilled as Susan realizes her dream to work in a TV production company. It is a dream that soon becomes a nightmare.” – Novelist Claire McNab

“Lisa Seidman weaves together vivid characters, delightful mystery, and the wry wit of a true TV insider to create a delicious tale of reckless ambition and literal and figurative backstabbing that will not only entertain you, but change your relationship with your television forever.” Sheryl J. Anderson, Killer Heels

“Fascinating. Fast-paced. Fun. Emmy winning scriptwriter Lisa Seidman’s debut mystery goes backstage at a TV production company where pride, passion, and peril lead to Killer Ratings. A Killer Mystery.” Carolyn Hart, author of the Death on Demand series

“Take an edgy TV production team, add a sprinkling of fierce ambition and finish off with a large handful of paranoia and you have the perfect setting for murder. TV writer Lisa Seidman, who’s been on that set, skillfully does it all in Killer Ratings. Annette Meyers, author of the Death on Demand series

“In Killer Ratings, Lisa Seidman, a television writer herself, provides a thrill ride through the ambition-ridden and ego saturated world of TV production, where there is more death and drama behind the camera than in front of it.” Sue Ann Jaffarian, author of the Odelia Grey mysteries and the Ghost of Granny Apples mysteries.

More 2012 Gift Guide Items:

  1. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
  2. Bulb Planting Tools
  3. Blue Snowball Microphone
  4. Seagate Backup Plus 500 GB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive
  5. Logitech C920 HD Web Cam
  6. We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
  7. Sunset Western Garden Book – New Edition for 2012
  8. The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings
  9. Garden Mysteries by Anthony Eglin
  10. The Creative Habit/The Collaborative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  11. Moleskeine Journals
  12. Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening (3rd Edition): Month by Month
  13. Podcasting for Dummies/Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies
  14. Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet
  15. Radical Careering by Sally Hogshead
  16. The $64 Tomato
  17. Blue Yeti Microphone
  18. BioLite CampStove/HomeStove
  19. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  20. The Curious Gardener
  21. Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
  22. GoPro HD HERO 3
  23. Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart
  24. The Starfish and the Spider by Orj Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom
  25. Microphone Boom Arms
  26. The Information by James Gleick
  27. Handy Farm Devices And How To Make Them (1909)
  28. Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness: The Science, Design, and Engineering of Contagious Ideas
  29. Apple iPhone 5
  30. Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod

 


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