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Friday, December 7, 2012
12:00 AM | Posted by Maureen | | Edit Post
…and be like Bruce Campbell.
My all-time favorite B movie actor. I took this from IMDB, about Bruce… “As a child, Bruce watched Lost in Space on TV, and ran around dressed as Zorro.”
Is it any wonder I adore this guy?
B movies. They are something that it takes a great talent to do right. A good B movie will make you smile, groan, and grab bits of paper for lines that you don’t want to forget! You’ll want to watch these movies with people you love, to point out classic faux pas, or brilliant bits of mayhem. You make drinking games out of them. And get drunk when you watch them, gleefully. You know they won’t any awards but they will live forever on late night TV.
Actors in these movies will be seen over and over and over again. And sometimes they will rise to the rare A movie. And sometimes fall to a C movie. And they’re on television a lot. Mostly as guests.
But the best? Well, they know who they are and what works for them.
Hence, Bruce Campbell!
Hero of the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness movies.
Played Autolycus, King of Thieves on Hercules and Xena, Warrior Princess.
Portrayed Brisco County Jr. and Jack of All Trades on TV. And more. So much more. Including the marvelous Sam Axe on Burn Notice.
But let’s face it, the reason I look on Bruce as a hero is that he is my role model. I don’t want to be the Tom Cruise of writing. But I’d love to be on par with Bruce. He isn’t a big movie star. But he stays busy. He has a voice/character that is very recognizable, very well-known. As a character. As a voice. He started small, in home made movies. He moved upward, slowly. Steadily.
I recently read his two books and found both of them made me smile all over the place. It was like listening to him tell me a story, while we sat in a hot tub, drinking mojitos. A story all about Bruce. All about his path to B movie fame. And the hard work it took. The constant work. The willingness to throw himself with conviction and a sharp sense of humor at anything that came his way. Because that is what he does.
Now, I’ve had a pissy year and fought my demons all over the place. Especially when it involved my ability to move forward as an author.
But stuff happens and people come into your life when you need them. In the course of a month, three things woke me up. I met another self-published author who is intent on seeing me take the next steps. (The 2nd one this year. Self-pubbed author that is.) I read Bruce’s books. And the Bosun helped me stumble on a key fear that held me motionless.
I do know to pay attention to what life presents to me. And this time I don’t want to die to get the point. (Again.) Today is my b-day. And all of the bits and pieces of the last year, including of the last month, is bobbing about in my head. Reaching the float point, nearing the ready to launch point…
It’s a good place to feel again.
So, in the immortal words of Bruce Campbell, as Ash in Army of Darkness… Gimme some sugar, baby.
So, pirates. It’s my birthday. And I’m not shy…wish me success as I am prepare to tackle the edits for…the first dozen of my Caribbean Spell series. To self-publish, the first in March/April of 2013 and another every two/three months. (I haven’t done the full scheduling yet.) And the novella I have prepared before Christmas. And just because I’m the bartender and no one gets any rum today until I get a birthday hug. Hugs.
And celebrate a new sale for me! Decadent Publishing has agreed to take the plunge off a cliff with me and publish Lorelei’s Song, a steampunk/horror/erotic romance. With tentacles. And we’ll do the Cthulhu Hulu off into the sunset!