A Daily Prompt Dinner Party And Then Some

Today’s Prompt is fun, so I thought I go for it:

You get to plan a dinner party for 4-8 of your favorite writers/artists/musicians/other notable figures, whether dead or alive. Who do you seat next to whom in order to inspire the most fun evening?

I can picture them well together – the band Thirty Seconds To Mars (Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo), Joss Whedon, and the guy who knows them all, Robert Downey Jr. Somehow this sounds like a fun, but slightly dangerous evening, as neither of them are what you would consider “normal”, all have the attitude of not caring about people’s opinion, and are imensively creative. A group of dedicated, creative geniuses, that have inspired me to dream, to dare, to write and to not care about what others think. I can not imagine that there will be much sitting still, therefore assigning someone a particular place to sit would be a waste of time. We would end up on the porch, outside, all over the house, engaged in conversation, rather than stationary. None of these people are the subtle, stationary type.

Of course the dinner would have to be made by a hired gourmet vegan chef (Jared is vegan). While my husband is an exellent cook, don’t ask him to cook vegan, so hiring someone in has to be it. Plus it leaves us more time to connect with this group of incredible people.

Here is what fellow bloggers thought about this particular prompt:

http://abozdar.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/hanging-out-with-the-cool-crow-dude/

http://guthonestfaith.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/the-living-dead/

http://abozdar.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/tryst/

http://alanewart.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/musical-musing-dead-alive/

http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/declining-dinner/

How would you answer this weeks prompt?

S Is For Starstruck

While I admire many people in the creative arts, there are only two at the moment in who’s presence I would turn into a starstruck fan girl, should I ever had the good fortune to meet them. Mainly because I admire them further then just the creative endevour of their many accomplishments, but also as people, with a depth, and character qualities that I think of as high in value.

One of these people is probably not surprisingly Joss Whedon. As a creative artist, he has accomplished much, sometimes despite of what others might have thought. Perserverance has brought forth some of the most highly acclaimed television shows and movies. But beyond that, he has shown a care for others, specifically for women’s equality causes, which has earned him my admiration. Let me share as an example his “Equality Now” speech with you:

 

The second person I want to write about is Jared Leto. While his music through Thirty Seconds of Mars is widely acclaimed, and I am surely a fan of his songs as well as his acting skills, it is his thoughtfulness for his family and his dedication to both venues he chooses to express himself in, that inspires me the most. His documentary “Artifact” showing a deeper look into the music industry and how artists struggle to get fairly compensated for their art – fighting at times both ends, the labels who are obviously into making profit, and those who illegally download and share the hard work of the artists.

Here is the trailer:

It is currently available through itunes and Amazon, watch it, even more so if you are thinking about working with or in the music industry.

 

 

 

Book Review “Reading Joss Whedon” – A Syracuse University Press Publication

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“Reading Joss Whedon”
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Authors: Rhonda V. Wilcox, Tanya R. Cochran, Cynthea Masson, David Lavery
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Release Date: March 31st, 2014

A detailed, expressive book that explores the details of the career of an icon – and my personal hero – Joss Whedon. This work reads like a mixture of an analysis as well as an ode to one of the most successful movie and TV producers/writers/directors of our time. It is hard to ignore him, or his success and for any fan of this talented man, it is hard to ignore this work – instead you should embrace it as an opportunity to revisit the many aspects of Whedon’s work, which are examined in their fullest glory. From film students to writers, tv enthusiasts and Marvel geeks, the deep examination of his range provides interesting conversations, thoughts and viewpoints, is a must for fans of Joss Whedon. Revisiting the individual shows he has created, it presents a study of motive, background, history and related anecdotes of each, which will bring for some readers a new depth to the connection of the creative genius of Whedon. A highly entertaining collection, this book is a must have for all those whom are a dedicated fan.