Matt Damon’s The Great Wall Tanks

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With a budget of $150 million and only grossing $21 this past weekend, I think it’s safe to say that Matt Damon’s new film is a bust.

I like Matt Damon, always have.  The only thing is, we have completely different tastes in movies.  I don’t even have to know what the subject matter is of one of his movies.  If he chose it, 99.99 percent of the time, it will be of a subject matter that does not interest me.

We don’t like the same types of movies.

On the other hand, when I hear that Leonardo Dicaprio is doing a movie, almost 99.99 percent of the time, it’s of a subject matter that interests me.  We have similar taste.  I cannot say that about a lot of actors, but I can say it about Leo.

A Review for Halle Berry’s Kidnapped

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Though Kidnapped, starring Halle Berry will not be released until March 2017, the reviews are in and they are not good.

The review below was published by the Guardian in August 2016.

The Oscar-winner’s latest thriller suggests that mass destruction is the best way of finding your kidnapped child while avoiding the help of police

Halle Berry won an Oscar once. That’s worth bearing in mind when you watch the trailer for her new, twice-delayed movie Kidnap. This is an Oscar-winner you’re watching. Just look at the prestige dripping from this thing.

Here is Halle Berry, playing a game of brum-brum in her car with her son, whom she loves. I mean, she evidently doesn’t love him enough to keep her eyes on the road, but that’s beside the point. The film’s called Kidnap, after all, not Vehicular Homicide Due to Parental Negligence.

Berry has taken her son to the world’s least realistic park. If it were realistic, then all the parents would be exhaustedly slumped in a corner, looking at their phones, while their kids smack each other with discarded condoms and get attacked by wasps.

After momentarily turning her back, Halle Berry realises that her son is missing. This is just a wild hunch here, and forgive me if I’m wrong, but I think he might have been kidnapped.

Yep, there he is, being kidnapped. Fortunately, this is the year 2016 and Halle Berry has a clear view of the kidnapper, so all she needs to do is call the police with the licence-plate number and model of his car and they’ll be able to track it with helicopters.

She can’t do that, though, because her phone fell out of her handbag during all the panic. Still, at least she looks like a sensible woman. I see no real reason why she can’t just methodically utilise the services of the local law-enforcement agency to find her son in a manner that doesn’t exploit the very real horror of child abduction for cheap kicks.

So, now that she knows who’s producing this film, Halle Berry reacts accordingly by chasing the car, pulling this face a lot and screaming like she’s the last one standing in a slasher movie.

Now for the trailer’s most overtly terrible scene. Finally seeing sense, Halle Berry goes to the police station to report her missing child. An officer tells her to wait and file a report, and that’s when Berry sees all the posters for missing children. She has an epiphany. “That’s what all these people did,” she whispers in a piece of real dialogue that someone actually wrote. “They waited.” Yeah, that’s right, all you idiots with abducted kids. That’s why you never got your child back. It’s because you took the time to file a police report instead of haphazardly driving around town crashing into things and screaming. If only you were as much of a badass as Halle Berry, perhaps you’d have found your kid by now.

So Berry leaps into her car and attempts to hunt down the kidnapper. She also causes a number of spectacular car crashes along the way. Probably fatal ones, too. It’s safe to assume that Halle Berry is now responsible for the deaths of dozens of innocent people, but that probably doesn’t matter. After all, what are the police going to do? Their jobs?

The trailer ends with Berry staring down her son’s kidnapper and growling: “You took the wrong kid.” Not “abducting children is wrong, so please stop doing it”. Not “the police will be here in a minute”. “You took the wrong kid.” This is basically a film about a terrifying vigilante who kills innocent people and then chides her son’s abductor for not performing due diligence during the research phase of his kidnapping. Let that be a lesson to any aspiring child abductors out there: you should only kidnap the children of anyone who looks like they don’t love their kid as much as Halle Berry. Not that it matters, of course, because as soon as she’s reunited with her son, she’s getting sent to prison for murder. I hope this film makes no money and ends someone’s career.

What is it with Hollywood wanting to make all of these films about kidnapping.  OMG! At least put a spin on it and have someone other than a child being kidnapped.

Eat Pray Love Author now a Lesbian?

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The woman who inspired hundreds of women to drain their savings account, travel the world and marry the first Brazilian importer they met is now a lesbian.

Elizabeth Gilbert, the 46-year-old author who wrote “Eat, Pray, Love,” announced that she is in love with her female best friend who is terminally ill.

“In the moment I first learned of Rayya’s diagnosis, a trap door opened at the bottom of my heart (a trap door I didn’t even know was there) and my entire existence fell straight through that door,” Gilbert wrote in a lengthy Facebook post Wednesday.

“From that moment forward, everything became about HER. I cancelled everything in my life that could be cancelled, and I went straight to her side, where I have been ever since.”

“Something happened to my heart and mind in the days and weeks following Rayya’s diagnosis. Death — or the prospect of death — has a way of clearing away everything that is not real, and in that space of stark and utter realness, I was faced with this truth: I do not merely love Rayya; I am in love with Rayya.”

“Here is where we stand now: Rayya and I are together. I love her, and she loves me. I’m walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as her friend, but as her partner. I am exactly where I need to be — the only place I can be.” (RELATED: Elizabeth Gilbert, Author Of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ Is Getting Divorced)

In July, Gilbert announced she was getting divorced from her husband of 12 years — the one she met at the end of her book.

“For those of you who are doing the math here, and who are wondering if this situation is why my marriage came to an end this spring, the simple answer is yes. (Please understand that I cannot say anything more about it than that. I trust you are all sensitive enough to understand how difficult this has been. As David Foster Wallace once wrote: ‘The truth will set you free.

 

The Number One Reason People Don’t Achieve Their Goals

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A lot of people will say that people don’t succeed because they didn’t work hard enough, they didn’t believe in themselves, they lacked self-esteem, they didn’t want it bad enough and the lists goes on, but in the end, even though some of these reasons may be valid, at the end of the day, the number one reason people don’t achieve their goals is because they gave up too soon.

The Number One Reason Literary Agents Reject Most Submissions

 

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While in the throes of my search for a literary agent, I had an unexpected and very enlightening conversation via online with a powerhouse literary agent. I was informed that despite the general consensus that a great query letter is the key to landing a literary agent, it’s just not the case. Though an effective query letter is important, it’s the worst way to secure representation, so says this unnamed literary agent.

As it was explained to me, the number one reason that new authors are rejected is because they are NEW AUTHORS. And the reason is simple. New authors are a hard sale to publishers and an even harder sale to readers. In other words, most new authors don’t sell well and for that reason, most agents will reject them despite how fabulous their query letter is.

Just remember this the next time your manuscript is passed on. Your query letter may have been written beautifully, you may have followed the submissions directions to the letter, done your research and targeted the perfect agent, and yet still, rejection after rejection and all because of you are a new author with no credits.

p.s. – This agent is currently reviewing my manuscript.

 

 

When to Throw in the Towel

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Anyone pursuing a worthy goal of launching a successful business, becoming a successful author, actor, musician, etc. for a significant length of time, will eventually ask the question “Should I throw in the towel?”

For many years, I searched for the answer to that question and was never satisfied with the standard “never give up” answer. Maybe it was my instinct, intuition, what have you, that made me aware of the fact that there is seldom just one cookie-cutter answer that satisfies everyone.  Because we’re all different, we’re complex creatures with many areas of gray.  While never giving up might work for one person, it could be a disaster for someone else.

So, what is the answer to this complex question?

How do we know when to quit and when to forge ahead?

The answer has more to do with the word “want” and not “should,” but before I spell it out for you in black and white, let me ask you this?

Do you like to watch movies?

Do you like to read books?

Do you like to watch sports?

Assuming you answered yes to one of the above questions, what if I were to say to you that you are only allowed to continue watching sports, or reading books, or watching movies if you acknowledge that you are not going to be compensated for it?

What would you say?

Would you refuse to continue watching sports, or reading books or watching movies if you were not going to be paid; or

Would you continue doing these things even if you were not paid to do so?

My guess is, if you enjoy watching movies, you will continue to do so even if you are not being paid to do so; and

I also suspect that if you enjoy watching sports, you will continue to do so even if you are not being paid to do so; and

If you enjoy reading books, you will continue to do so even if you are not being paid to do so.

So, back to the question at hand.

How do you know when to throw in the towel?

When you no longer enjoy pursuing your goal?

As long as you enjoy the journey, you’re entitled to pursue it forever, because whatever we love to do, we keep doing it, whether we’re earning anything from it or not.

You don’t quit because of a lack of success, you only quick because of a lack of fulfillment or joy.

 

Need to Change your Luck, Try This

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Are you struggling on the road to success, in search of a dream, doing everything you can to make it happen, yet success continues to elude you?

Maybe you just need a little luck adjustment to take you to the next level because we all know a little luck can be the difference between mediocre success and huge success.

Lucky and unlucky things happen to all of us. Some people believe that we create our own luck and that’s true, to a point. We have the ability to position ourselves for luck to happen. So, if you want to be lucky playing the lottery, you have to purchase a ticket. If you want to be lucky enough to receive a job offer, you have to apply. However, doing a certain thing does not guarantee luck, it just opens the door so that luck can happen. Every day, we position ourselves for luck to happen, but luck doesn’t always come. So the question is: How do we increase our odds so that after we position ourselves for luck to happen, that luck will actually happen.

I’m sure that question could be answered a number of different ways, however, here’s a few ideas to try.

Change your luck in three easy steps.

(1) Secrecy: Ever hear the saying that ‘silence is golden?’ Sure you have and it’s true. If at all possible, keep your ambitions to yourself for as long as you can. Not only will this practice, motivate you even more to succeed, but also, it will keep other people from wishing against you. Though disturbing, it is also true. You may be wishing to succeed and the person next to you is also wishing that you don’t. Don’t talk about what you’re going to do, DO IT!

(2) Create a daily luck ritual: Develop a daily ritual to enhance your luck. This ritual can be almost anything. It can be as simple as wishing for good luck to happen to you on a daily basis. It could be a special prayer that you recite every day. It could even be a simple sentence that you write every day.

(3) Daily action: Every day, do one thing that moves you in the direction of your goal, no matter how small. If you’ve just started a new business, every day read a page of a magazine or an article about launching a new business or make a phone call or research a client. The important thing is to do something that will position you for that luck to happen.

Though these are simple practices, the proof will be in the luck. And you will never know if these tools will work unless you try them on to see if they fit.

Good luck!

Intuition Vs. Wishful Thinking/Fear

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Ever wonder how to tell the difference between intuition and wishful thinking/fear?

I used to think about it all the time. I would predict an outcome of something and I would wonder if it was my intuition speaking to me or was it just fear or wishful thinking. I would research it on google and every answer always proposed that you ask yourself a series of questions to figure out if it were intuition vs. fear/wishful thinking. After pondering about this matter over and over and examining my own life’s experience, I came up with an almost 100% certain way (almost) to make the distinction, by asking yourself only ONE question.

Are you ready for this ONE question?

Here’s how it goes. Let’s say you’ve just been offered two different jobs (Job Offer A and Job Offer B) and you’re not sure which one would be in your best interest?

You ask yourself:

How shocked would I be if I accepted Job Offer A (on a scale of 1 to 10) and it bombed? What is that number?

Then ask yourself, how shocked would I be if I accepted Job Offer B and it bombed? What is that number?

The amount of shock is key to knowing which job offer is best, based on your gut?

The offer that would shock you the most, the offer with the highest number, IS NOT YOUR INTUITION.

If you surmise that Job Offer A would shock you the most if it bombed, this means the right job for you is Job Offer B.

The same goes for an expectant mother. If having a girl would shock you the most, then you’re probably going to have a boy.

If you experiment with this, I would love to know your thoughts.

Contact me at: londontracy44@yahoo.com.

 

 

Did You Hear the Latest about TMobile?

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Did you hear the latest?

TMobile charges a $50 restocking fee on their phones!

Say what?

That’s right.

You heard it from me.  I am a TMobile customer and was planning to upgrade my boyfriend’s phone for Christmas.  I was shocked to learn that if I wanted to return it, it would be at a price of $50.

I DON’T THINK SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t know about you, but if I have to pay a $50 restocking fee, that’s as good as a no-refund policy. They might as well just state: No refunds.

Here’s what interesting about all of this.  I can purchase the same phone from Amazon.com, have 45 days to return it for a full refund – No restocking fee.

Although I have no problem with the service or TMobile, I don’t dare purchase products directly from them.  Whatever products TMobile is selling in their stores or their website, Amazon.com is selling the same product at a discounted price with a full refund policy.  That’s right – No restocking fee.

Why would you shop anywhere else?

RESTOCKING FEES SUCK ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!