It is a sad day indeed. I just learned that Etta James has released her final album. It doesn't really come as a surprise. She's not been in good health for years and the last year has taken a toll on her I understand from various press releases. I regret that I never sent her a copy of my novel in which she "appears" as an important figure for the development of the character Rachel. Heck, discovering her music was huge for ME! Maybe I will send a copy now anyway--and bookmark the page where the character Rachel exclaims: "I love me some Etta James!" Me too. Always will. Sending you well wishes and peace and love, Ms. James. Thank you for your musical legacy. NOTE TO READERS: Oh, and go buy the album. It's called "The Dreamer."
Today, I adopted a word: lubency. It means willingness or pleasure. You can help Save the Words too by visiting this awesome website--and maybe get a great laugh out of the experience too! And it's free.
Cloudscome at Sandy Cove has got me obsessing about ethnic Legos again. She's posted a great photo of a brown Lego minifig who is NOT a basketball player. With a little digging Ifound a couple more today which I hope I'll be able to add to my collection soon. Meet these two ethnic Lego minifigs from the Star Wars set: a Bespin Guard and Lando Calrissian. Pretty cool, eh? Hat tip to Minifigs.net.
I just got a HD Flip Camera--the tiny little video camera that's about the size of a credit card and plugs in to the computer with a built-in USB connection. It's so easy to use and easy to upload the video. Then I got hipped to 12seconds.tv; it's like twitter on video. So I made a film today. I think I'll make one of me dancing around the Christmas tree next.
A Chilly L.A. Morning Routine on 12seconds.tv
I love writing with my fountain pens--alas, on the plane, it's not possible to use them because the air pressure makes them leak. BUT I found this delicious alternative a couple years ago: the Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen. It's so smooth on the page--Moleskine and otherwise. And the medium nib is still pretty fine. I buy the pens with blue, purple, black and sometimes turquoise (I think you can also get pink ink). At abut $3.50 a piece, they are kind of pricey, but they last a good long while --and you can also order them in discounted variety packs.