My favorite films on the Home Page are books too so you can watch or read them (or both) since your idea of a fun Friday night is . . . yes, of course, curling up with a good book or period drama like Poldark or Turn: Washington’s Spies if I’m not mistaken.
And your best vacation ever, like mine, would be escaping to another time like Christopher Reeves did in Somewhere in Time, only he should have checked his pockets more thoroughly.
That would have saved us all some heartache if you know what I mean.
If you haven’t seen Somewhere in Time, put it on your list. Its time travel element makes it a top-notch piece.
What’s your favorite period drama or time travel book/film? Click here and share. Quick. I can’t wait for another dose of . . . )
Sorry. That sounded more like an addict than an author. And I’m not addicted. Really, I’m not. Seriously, though, part of why I write is to give you fun Friday escapes so reading or watching your favorites could help me do even better.
And after Perseverance, Book #3 of the Triangular Trade Trilogy, is finished, I’m planning a time travel story.
At least 7 fascinating tidbits about Janine and her very first fun Friday escape ever
What excites you, makes you happy, or even represents who you are?
Your eleven-year-old golden retriever you still call a puppy? An antique dresser you found while ‘tiquing with your friend on Friday after work. It just needs a little TLC, right? You’re skill at DIY projects like refinishing makes you and the furniture shine because it’s so fulfilling, right?
Well, when I was eight ball gowns did that for me.
In ‘76 when I saw a Hallmark Hall of Fame special called Beauty and the Beast, which aired on Friday, December 3 (the first fun Friday I remember clearly), I was enchanted.
(See the original movie below. Beginning at counter number 17:25 is the scene I never forgot.)
Now resistance is futile, especially where Regency or Victorian dresses are concerned. I truly enjoy studying them, and I wonder what it would have been like to live in those times. (I wouldn’t mind visiting them either, visiting being the key word.)
I’ve even made myself a couple period appropriate costumes, though they aren’t the quality any reinactor would want. They’re just for me.
Speaking of reinacting, I those people in that picture you just saw are not my author friends, family or publisher.
They’re talking about me, though. Let’s see what they’re saying.”One night, she stayed up all night sewing a gown just so she could be Jack Sparrow’s sidekick, Elizabeth Swann, for a fun Friday Disney Day at school.”
“Poor dear: does she know how bizarre that is?”
“Maybe she’s a witch.”
“I heard her interest in historical fashion grew as she did, and turned into a magnificent obsession with happily ever after.”
“Indeed. And thanks to weekly library visits and a steady supply of Doris Day movies (whatever those are), her compulsion for beauty and a happy ending became addiction.”
“It was so bad one Halloween she sacrificed her chance to be a princess bride so she could watch The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan, another Hallmark special, of course.”
“Was it a Friday night too?”
“No, but on that fateful Wednesday evening, she discovered time travel and a new kind of love story.”
“Time travel! I knew she was a witch.”
“Perhaps. She watches films, whatever they are, and enjoys Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice or a number of other classics like Jane Eyre and Redeeming Love. Can you imagine?”
“It is 1795, dear. How could I possibly imagine such things?”
Hello again. It’s Janine. I’m back, and I have one more favorite. It’s Amazing Grace, both the movie and the hymn. They always brings me to tears, but that’s understandable. They’re tears of joy over God’s overwhelming blessings.
Living in North Carolina is another gift from Him.
Having spent the first thirty-eight years of life in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles, I’m amazed by four distinct seasons and trees.
Trees? Yes, really! Well, God created them; and they point us upward to Him so we can recognize His greatness and begin to learn about Him and His plan.
Speaking of plan, I always wanted to be a teacher. So I taught high school English from 1990 until 2017. I was a school counselor too, but that’s another story. Now I write, among other things.
Social media and pets? (Have any of you read a book on how to do either of them?)
Let’s just say I really like pinterest, and my family and friends are compelling encouraging me to do better on facebook, now that I’ve finished reading the book about it.
My knight in shining armor, Tom, and our grown children are trying to get me connected with the 21st Century.
And finally because “it is a truth universally acknowledged that” dogs have masters and cats have servants, Tom and I work to gratify the needs of our two lap cats.
If you’ve read this far in my About Janine section, you are a true blessing! Thanks for listening and please know, I’m very interested in you and your story. Contact me soon.
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