Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’


November 26, 2009

Before the Thanksgiving festivities of the Bowles’ home got hub-bubbing with five grandchildren under the age of 10, 3 more Bowles sisters (LAB’s the youngest of 4), all of their hubbies, a redheaded mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bowles, a cat named Minka (that’s got a mean pyscho feline stare) and best friends visiting from other states (that includes me), I finished reading Megan McCafferty’s FOURTH COMINGS from my air mattress at the foot of Leigh Anne’s bed.  And I immediately want to get the next (and final) book in the Jessica Darling series, PERFECT FIFTHS.

The Marcus and Jessica love story is in my top ten of ficitional romances probably because it feels far from fictional.  My own experiences in love could be a novel, and Megan’s that good; she knows the power of forbidden love in teenagerdom.  See her recent dissection of TWILIGHT.


FOURTH COMINGS takes place over a week that starts with Marcus proposing to Jesica and ends with Jessica’s rejection of his hand. It’s final pages are a letter from Marcus to Jessica.  Megan has never done this before — the previous novels are written in Jessica’s first person, diary entry form.  But everything is different now.  Marcus and Jessica’s relationship has taken a hairpin turn in it’s destiny and for the first time since they unsuspectingly connected to each other they are separate.  Jessica is letting go of Marcus for the first time ever.  In response, Megan finally gives us Marcus’ voice, a glimpse into his perspective. It’s a brilliant cliffhanger and a genius transition into the 5th book, which is written in third person.

His final words to Jessica are achingly beautiful because of their honesty and pain. After a story of how the Asian calligraphy tattoo he got when he was a druggie didn’t say ‘forever’ as he thought but translates to ‘whatever,’ Marcus says:

“My proposal to you could not have been more sincere. But it seems that my life is imitating badly executed skin art, turning my intentions for FOREVER into something else altogether. And so I’ll let you go, and let it be.

Whatever, Marcus”

From my air mattress, I saw Marcus and Jessica are grappling with the very un-Disney reality that sometimes just because you love someone and they love you, it’s not enough.  For all the unforgettable sparks Marcus and Jessica have provided us fans, this truth is just as worthy of our admiration.  It’s akin to Megan NOT letting them get together at the end of book one.  I love Marcus and Jessica so much because they are real.  And them parting is heartbreaking but it is real.

The next book takes place three years later for the duration of one day.  A meaningful day.  It’s the day Jessica and Marcus run into each other at an airport having not seen, heard from, or spoken to each other since Jessica’s answering of his proposal.

I want to read it immediately but I’m also scared to.  It’s a precious commodity: the last available NEW Jessica Darling material on the planet… for now.


LDI Gets Grateful

November 16, 2009

lily.turkeyWe released our Thanksgiving video e-cards on LilyDidIt a few weeks ago, but now that we’re more reasonably within the gravy days, I’m waving my arms about it.

My favorite card is TURKEY TALK.  I wrote and directed it and even ruined one take because I busted out laughing while rolling.  Something about Milissa (aka Lily) in those glasses and the red plaid  so earnestly and expertly listening to the turkey calls and giving that performance was like a tickle monster to my soul.

Big thanks again to Milissa for shooting these vids with her A-game precision only a few days after surgery.

LilyDidIt Releases Thanksgiving vCards

November 18, 2008

LilyDidIt is celebrating the holiday of gratitude and gravy-tude (ha! okay, not so funny but i tried.).  We’ve premiered THREE new videos today for all those needing to get their Happy Turkey Day wishes in cyberspace.  

My favorite is Turkey Talk, and I’ll tell you why after you watch it:

I loved Milissa’s (playing ‘Lily’) performance so much because it’s simple, funny and dedicated.  I think the plaid dress feels like autumn and even hints at the upcoming fun of Christmas and NYE.  The glasses are Laurel’s and were a perfect prop to prompt the ‘like a anthropology professor’ performance.  

Finally, I love this Thanksgiving card because I remember the fun I had filming it.  By the time we were filming this video, we had made it through 3/4 of the day, and the entire crerw got the giggles… including me… as you can see from this outtake:

HallowThankHoliNewYear’s Day

October 19, 2008

Today I celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, Holidays and New Year’s in twelve hours with the LilyDidIt cast and crew!  We put 13 new video eCards in the can and are all set for the next four months at LilyDidIt.  

We had some new faces on the crew – Gabe, Gary, my Mom, Allie – plus the usual team that we love working with on set.  Like all LDI shoots, we laughed so hard during production as well as worked so fast that that day flew.  Let me say THANK YOU to our amazing cast and fantastic crew who made such a successful day possible.

My favorite two parts of the shoot were:

  1. Being unable to contain my own riots of laughter while Milissa (aka Lily) performed “Turkey Talk.”  I ruined at least two takes.  Not professional but super fun.
  2. The crew participating in an impromptu photo shoot in front of the blazing fire.  Everyone had to wear our NYE Hat-Prop and strike a pose.  

I’ll be editing this round of vids solo on Dominique’s editing system, which is just a great excuse for chillin’ at her beautiful house and taking breaks to watch The Hills with her.

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