Sunday, January 27, 2013

Film Roots

When we were growing up my mom liked to go to movies regularly and we went to one every month it seemed and sometimes had to turn in soda bottles to have enough for everyone. Our sister's admission was free, as I don't recall them charging for babies or toddlers. At the time our parents were newly divorced or in the process of divorcing. We subsisted on a very limited income, but always went to the movies as a five some (Mom and her 4 kids). Most often we paid with a few dollar bills and fistfuls of change as several of us would hold mom’s purse open and dig to the bottom for more as one of us would bounce our baby sister Ellen on our hip.
We always (ALWAYS) came in at the end or middle of the movie and then had to sit and wait for the movie to start back for the next showing and watch it all over again as the endings never really made sense until you saw the whole movie. I have to say, knowing the ending never spoiled the surprise, because it was still a fresh story and confusing until we saw the whole film.
We did that 99% of the time and I remember thinking it was crazy when movie theater’s started making the audience line up for a show. How could that be? We always got in whenever we darn well showed up and watched the movie sometimes twice. Or maybe they just felt sorry for the lady with a purse full of coins who brought her baby and three pre-teens. Maybe they understood the challenges of corralling this bunch and how it's possible that a mother could get some peace and quiet in a dark theater where her kids sat glued to the flashing images on a giant screen.
Or maybe they just let Mom in rather than make her sit in the lobby for an hour or more with us? Because we'd likely chase each other around the lobby if we weren't watching a movie. Most often we had to walk to the theater and our sister transported in a borrowed Pantry Pride shopping cart that we conveniently kept at our house. Mom didn't drive and we gave up on strollers as we couldn't carry many groceries in it and sometimes one of us would catch a ride in the cart.
And don’t get me started on Mom’s movie magazines! She bought a Silver Screen or Rona Barrett’s Hollywood every week. EVERY WEEK. This was her outlet and we all passed the magazines around and became quite the experts on the lives of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Charlton Heston, Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Rex Harrison, Elvis Presley and more. I was lousy at every subject in school, but I knew who the major entertainers of day were romancing.
So it seems that eventually our family's fascination with Hollywood would lead to someone going West and it turned out to be our daughters Blair and Marquel. So far they haven't appeared in any magazines, but their work has appeared in film festivals and on TV.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Thanks for sharing the Marquel book trailer

To the editors and writers at, thanks for the announcement of our Marquel Booktrailer that was produced by GreenSkin Productions in Los Angeles in August of 2012.
The trailer is the work of my daughters, Blair Skinner (1/2 of GreenSkin Productions along with Amy K. Green) and Marquel Skinner who stars in the trailer with Eric Roberts.

See some of the stories in my blog that share this labor of love.
Again, thanks!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Just finished the script for Marquel & the 2nd novel St. Blair

Gosh it's been awhile since I've posted anything.

So in a quick few minutes, I'll post the highlights and try to write more in the coming week.

I completed the 2nd novel "St. Blair: Children of the Night" in November. It's a young adult paranormal with our youngest daughter's name. I'm in the process of polishing it up for a literary agent's review.

I also just finished the first full draft of the "Marquel" film script which Amy K. Green and I are adapting from my novel of the same name. Marquel is also the first name of our oldest daughter, who  can be seen in the promo for a new series on Investigative Discovery Channel REDRUM. See .  We only have 2 daughters.

Anyway, it's technically a 2nd draft of the film script, given Amy did a full version and I utilized her script to put my touches on it and do a rewrite. Amy is Blair's roommate and also the co-creator of GreenSkin Productions, a company Blair and Amy started.

GreenSkin has produced a comedy pilot Pleasant Pastures, the booktrailer for my novel, "Marquel" and they are currently working on a webseries Standup Girls. See and
Blair is also working as a production assistant for the new show 1600 Penn on NBC and may have a few surprises coming, but I'm sworn to secrecy.

More to come...