That Thing in the Pool: Childhood Memory #MFRWAuthor Blog Challenge

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It’s Week 21 of the MFRW Author 52-week Blog Challenge, and the prompt is “A childhood memory.”

I have a few vivid memories, the ones that had some meaning to my life, and it took me a while to pick one.

When I was in sixth grade, we moved to Miami, Florida and lived there for nine months, including most of the summer. As you can imagine the heat was unbearable, esp. since our little bungalow wasn’t air-conditioned. But some friends had a pool, so we spent as much time as possible there.

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One afternoon I was in the pool by myself, floating at the deep end. The adults were playing cards at a table near the shallow end. Suddenly I heard a splash from the other end of the pool, and looked over. Now, my eyesight has never been good–I’m quite near-sighted–so all I could see was a round yellow blob bouncing up and down. I was bored and curious, so I decided to see what that thing in the pool was.

As I got closer, I realized it was the baby!

At that point I rushed over and pulled her out. Thankfully, I was in time. She was sputtering and coughing, but still breathing. I remember climbing out of the pool carrying the little one and indignantly informing the adults of what had happened. They were supposed to be watching her!

After that, her folks took the little one, who was not yet two, for swimming lessons, and she took to the water like a little mermaid. I’m glad she had no traumatic memories of nearly drowning in the pool

But not every pool accident has a happy ending, and now that summer is icumen in, it’s time for all of us to be reminded of pool safety, esp. where the little ones are involved.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.


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Period Dramas and Romance Movies #MFRWAuthor #amblogging

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This week’s MFRW 52 Week Blog Challenge asks the question what are your favorite movies inspired by books.

Pride & Prejudice TV coverWell, of course, I have to start with my beloved Jane Austen books, movies and TV mini-series: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion and Emma. While I love the P&P movie, my favorite is the 5-hour BBC mini-series with Colin Firth as Darcy. In my mind, no one will ever surpass his performance. To me, he is the definitive Darcy.

I recently reviewed the book and movie of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In short, I thought this was the rare case of the movie being better than the book.

The movie version of Persuasion, with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds, is my favorite film version of that marvelous book. It was Austen’s last published book before she died and the most emotional. Root and Hinds conveyed so much with facial expressions that I was moved to tears. If you haven’t seen it, it’s just lovely.

I also enjoyed the film versions of Emma, with Gwyneth Paltrow in the title role, and Sense and Sensibility, starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslett as the Dashwood sisters. I liked the score of S&S so well, I listen to it while writing my Regency romances.

last of the mohicansAnother favorite is the movie of The Last of the Mohicans, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Though it deviated a bit from the book, which I also enjoyed, I loved the film version of the story. I listened to the score while writing my French & Indian War story, Rogue’s Hostage.

Lest you think I read and watch nothing but period dramas, I also enjoyed both book and movie of Me Before You. I found it a delightful, quirky story with an inevitable sad but hopeful ending.

Linda at HPWAnd I can’t forget the Harry Potter books and movies. I read all the books and watched all the movies except the very last one. I recently made a trip to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios, Hollywood, and loved it. I turned into a big kid, as you can see by the picture of me in my Ravenclaw robe, wand in hand. I’m ready for Halloween now.

There are lots more movies based on books that I enjoyed, from Gone With the Wind and The Killer Angels/Gettysburg to The Hunger Games, but I won’t natter on endlessly.

What are your favorite movies based on books?


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