We Are Family – I Got All My Sisters With Me! 

I would like to take a moment and welcome the newest addition to the Nonsense & Books family, my BFF Celia!

Celia is soon to be featured as a guest blogger, bringing you amazing and wonderful book reviews (because obviously, I have dropped the ball on posting my reviews … whoops), and possibly more. Who knows, really? 

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Here’s a little bit about Celia written by me:
She’s known me (and thusly her life has been blessed) for 19 long years! She has two cats names Gus and Elphaba. She speaks fluent sarcasm (maybe put that in your pocket for when you’re reading her reviews), is an avid theater aficionado and music lover, like myself, and is slightly obsessed with the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

Direct from an email between Celia and myself on her favorite novels and novel genres:

Ok, I’m making 2 lists because they don’t really compare to another.

 I can’t put favorite romance (i.e. trashy and/or not so trashy) in with my favorite read again classics! 

At least I can’t and it’s my list!! 😀

Celia’s Classic Fav’s:

  • LOTR Trilogy- Tolkien
  • Pride and Prejudice- Austen
  • Fahrenheit 451- Ray Bradbury

Celia’s Romance Fav’s:

  • Morning Glory- Lavyrle Spencer
  • Lily: A Love Story- Cindy Bonner (YA)
  • Black Horse- Veronica Blake

(YELLING!!) DON’T JUDGE ME…..

Stay tuned for Celia’s first post, coming soon to this blog near you!

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Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues

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Happy Throwback Thursday, lovlies!

You know when it’s Thursday, we’re one step closer to Friday and that’s one step closer to sweat pants and Netflix and that, my friends, is HEAVEN!

This Thursday I’m throwing it all the way back to 1924 with this little ditty that I just discovered this week.

Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues is a “vaudeville style blues song ” as Wikipedia puts it, sung by Ida Cox.

I actually had never heard of Ida Cox until this Monday when her name was mentioned in the book I’m currently reading. Me, being me, I had to go to Spotify and see what she sounded like so I knew what they were talking about. Obviously!

In any case, I hope you enjoy this edition of Throwback Thursday with Ida Cox singing Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues.

Melodies, Music & Inspiration

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What music do you listen to when you write?

When you’re struggling to write?

When you’re craving, begging, and pleading for inspiration to strike, what’s playing on your Pandora? Your Spotify? Your iTunes?

What’s the one song that has given you the single greatest surge of text?

 

This Is Your Life | Are You Who You Want To Be?

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Dear Switchfoot,

Your song is stuck in my head and it’s obnoxious and it’s forcing reflective moments upon myself.

I do not enjoy unwanted reflective moments with myself.

Sincerely,

Nikki

Am I who I thought I would be at this age?

Uh, no.

But at the same time, I don’t think I had a specific expectation for 27.

30? Sure, I had an idea of where I want to be when I’m 30. I’m not really there yet.

27 … not so much. It’s that interim age where I’m on my way to who and what I want to be, so I’m going to say that means I can cut myself a little bit of slack. But still, this provokes the reflective question, who do I want to be?

Honestly, I’ve never been good with five-year-plans and things of the like. I’m not driven by ambition or money (maybe I’d be better off if I was). I have high in the sky hopes of being a film producer or working in the film industry in one capacity or another as a career, but I have little to no inkling of how to make those dreams come to fruition.

In conclusion, no Switchfoot, I am not who I want to be, but I am on my way. Hopefully. Thank you for bringing about unwanted moments of deep thoughts and life reflection!

The Way I See It |2016 Oscars & Diversity

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The Academy Award nominations were announced last week and since then there’s been a lot of talk about the lack of diversity among the nominees for the second year in a row.

Before I dive into this hot button topic, I’d like to present to you my credentials. I’m a cinephile (film zealot freak) and I’m bi-racial (half black).

Now that that’s settled, here are the facts: 

Nominations were announced on January 14. That same day the Academy President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, released a statement about the lack of diversity among it’s nominees saying, “Of course I am disappointed, but [it is] not to take away the greatness (of the films nominated). This has been a great year in film, it really has across the board. You are never going to know what is going to appear on the sheet of paper until you see it.

Jada Pinket Smith (who’s husband, Will Smith was “snubbed” for a nomination for his role in Concussion) quickly took to her twitter account to say that people of color are welcome to present the awards but aren’t recognized enough for their artistic accomplishments. She then suggested that people of color boycott this years ceremony.

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The Way I See It

I don’t think it’s fair to lay blame solely on the Academy. The fact that there has been a lack of diversity among the nominees for Oscars two years in a row is merely an symptom of a bigger problem.

When we’re looking at the breadth of work which actors should be recognized for their excellence in film, the majority of them are white. This is a numbers game, folks, and African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians, don’t have the numbers. Not in Hollywood.

Think of it this way. For Best Actor alone, there were 5 minorities on the long-list of possible nominees. Those were, Will Smith for Concussion, Géza Röhrig for Son of Saul, Michael B. Jordan for Creed, Samuel L. Jackson for The Hateful Eight, Abraham Attah for Beasts of No Nation and an argument for Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation could be made as well. While that may seem like more than enough to chose from, there were another 30-35 white actors on the list. The odds are not in their favor.

Also, let us not forget that being nominated and winning awards is all about the campaign. How much money can the people behind you and your film throw at the people making the decisions? To say that the Academy Awards is based purely off merit, achievement and the sparkly, sweet sweat from an actors brow is a crock. If that were the case, Leo would have won a long time ago and Jennifer Lawerence would not have (no disrespect to JLaw but, seriously?!).

While giving his two cents on the lack of diversity, George Clooney said via Variety, “If you think back 10 years ago, the Academy was doing a better job. Think about how many more African Americans were nominated. I would also make the argument, I don’t think it’s a problem of who you’re picking as much as it is: How many options are available to minorities in film, particularly in quality films?”

Say what you want about George Clooney, but he gets it and he’s right. And while Jada’s heart is in the right place, it’s easy to argue that girlfriend’s just mad because her husband was snubbed.

In the end, if you want to talk about diversity at the Oscars, then you need to have a conversation first about diversity in film and what caliber of roles are available to minorities. Unfortunately, all the Tyler Perry films in the world aren’t going to help the lack of diversity at the Oscars.

Oh, the times, they are a changin’…

Seth Rogen For The Win

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W magazine’s Casting Call series is quickly becoming my new favorite thing!

First, they dropped the video recreating two famous scenes from Gone With The Wind with the roles reversed (which was awesome and chuck FULL of celebs) and now Cher’s monologue from Clueless read by hollywood hunks.

Apologies to Jake Gyllenhaal and Bradley Cooper, but Seth Rogen knows what’s up.

If you missed the other video, check it out below!

Ps: I’m totally buggin’!!!

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Sick At Home & Dying

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Ok, fine! I’m not really dying.. but I am sick at home and feeling not so great. One might say I feel like death. One might say.

Incidentally, I’ve been sick since Christmas. SINCE CHRISTMAS!! Went to the doctor, got some antibiotics, felt better for a week, and BAM. I’m right back where I started only worse!

Back to the doctor, yesterday, only to find out that it’s a bacterial infection that can last, oh, uhm, 10 – 100 days!

How many ways can one person say FML?!

RIP – Alan Rickman

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I was kind of in a state of shock yesterday. Between losing David Bowie and now Alan Rickman I feel like the world is a much more unhappy and less beautiful place. Having lost someone extremely close to my to cancer, I know how devastating the loss is. My thoughts and prayers are with their families.

Gone But Never Forgotten

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It’s Friday – Get Some!

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Happy Friday everyone!

My day without sugar didn’t go so well. I made it all through work, but when I left the damn Starbucks in the lobby was calling my name and well… you can guess what happened. So that was a major fail. But fear not for me! I will try again and be VICTORIOUS!

Maybe.

Possibly.

Who knows.

Any who, it’s FRIDAY and  it’s PAYDAY! And that means Happy Hour after work with the other cool kids and then it’s Ladies Night at the pottery studio! Oh yeah, I roll big and hit the pottery studio. Jealous?!

In all seriousness, the pottery place is AMAZING! Especially Ladies Night. There’s Wine and Dessert and painting pottery with my girls. It’s going to be a good day. Now if I can only make it through the next 6 hours…

Enjoy your Friday and long weekend my lovelies and get yours!

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