Trying to Keep Up

I haven’t lost complete track of Richard Armitage but darn near. As some of you know, I started a business, and it’s taken almost everything out of me. It is working, but it’s like being pregnant, giving birth and then dealing with an infant. All things that take the stuffing out of someone in her childbearing years let alone someone like me who is long past that. Yep, that’s my concession that I’m not a spring chick.

The rest of my story is that I have one child I’m still homeschooling, take care of two houses (one’s mine, the other one’s a church house), and I got something dropped in my lap a few months ago which has me driving 1,500 miles a month. Unreal. I don’t even know how I’m doing all of this, but the good news is that it’s paying all of those horrendous medical bills. I do not want to go into my old age owing six figures, and thankfully, I won’t!

And thank God! my youngest child, who is in high school, is independent or there would be real trouble. She directs her days more or less. I oversee the subject matter she studies and do lecture on some subjects, but other than that, the child tells me what’s happening. Most of that is her reading constantly — about four books a week and titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird or Ethan Frome or A Member of the Wedding, and some popular fiction thrown in like Looking for Alaska, which she hated. She said, “I don’t get why everyone [read that as her peers] thinks John Green’s writing is so great. This is my third book by him, and the first two I kept thinking that maybe the next book would wow me. That hasn’t happened. Honestly, Mom, To Kill a Mockingbird is soooooo much better than anything John Green has written it’s not funny.” I replied, “You know what’s happened don’t you?” She looked at me, and I continued, “You’ve been spoiled by good writing.” From there we went onto a very productive discussion of what we both like to see in writing.

So where am I going with this? Lately, discussing writing has stirred up such a longing to write again. Not that the desire ever went away, but it’s more intense these days because time’s winged chariot is kicking my ass, and I want to say something before I’m completely crushed. When I feel this way, I become wistful about this place, because writing this blog freed me up to write other things which I needed to get out or self combust. And I still have so much I want to say. Not sure how I’m going to pull it off, but I need to finish something here.

Other than that, picture me something like this (below) as I go about my day. I’m almost constantly with people. I love people, think they’re fascinating, and I never want to be completely cut off from them. Yeah, you can feel that “but” coming. I’ve got to get in a dark room and coalesce my thoughts instead of forever reacting to others — or feeling like I am.

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Candid photo snagged from RichardArmitageNet.com

It Coulda Been Me…

Don’t let June 21st come and go with that thought. Enter the giveaway for two tickets to see The Crucible.

Thankfully I have already gotten some entries this morning. Thank you for those! But a reminder that the rest of you still have over seven hours to send an entry.

So that there is no confusion about whether I received entries, I will send a confirmation to each of you who enter.

And for those thinking about it, you are going to feel like this if you could have entered and chose not to:

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Richard Armitage and Fraser Kelly on the set of Urban and the Shed Crew

Behind the scenes photo courtesy of Amanda Kelly on Twitter, and is she Fraser’s mother? That what it says on her Twitter profile, but I don’t know ’cause I’ve been out of the loop. Someone educate me quickly! :D

Ahh, Just What I Wanted

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Maybe I’m wrong to say this, but the new role for Richard Armitage as Chop in a story based on Bernard Hare’s non-fiction book, Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew, is the kind of role I’ve been wanting to see Richard Armitage portray for a long time. A long, long time. A book about the human condition, and a true story at that. From the site about the book:

Twelve-year old Urban Grimshaw is Britains’ most runaway child, he’s even been on TV’s Crimewatch. His mother is a junkie and his father might as well be dead. He can’t read or write, and he doesn’t go to school. His average day is spent sitting round a bonfire with his mates smoking drugs and stealing cars. When he meets his mother’s new friend Chop’, a 37 year old, disillusioned, ex-social worker also living on society’s margins, on one of Leeds’ roughest estates the two become firm friends.

But even ‘Chop’ with his own penchant for drink, drugs and hard living is shocked by the state of Urban’s life. After much soul searching, he resolves to clean up his own act and do his utmost to save the kid. But as their friendship deepens, Urban introduces him to the Shed Crew – the anarchic gang of kids between the ages of ten and fourteen; joy-riding, thieving runaways, no strangers to drugs or sex and it’s only then that we see exactly how long the road to civilization really is.

When ex-social worker Bernard Hare turned his startling experiences with a group of young delinquents into a novel it was described as one of the year’s most compelling and best selling books. “Urban and the Shed Crew” is a stunning piece of ethnography described by ‘The Guardian’ as “moving but never sanctimonious, another City of God, this time for Britain rather than Brazil.”

Check out the website here.

Now we get to see something besides the heartthrob, and I’m feeling great about it. Maybe I shouldn’t say that either. But isn’t Richard Armitage talented, or is he only or mostly good as an object? I’ve thought all along that it’s the former, and how interesting that this role is about a bunch of kids who are encased in an existence created by the mean streets of the drug culture and trying somehow to get out. Maybe I’m reading too much into that. I very well could be, but I find the possible analogy to Richard and Hollywood fascinating.

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Rich,

I know I said don’t give us what we want, but in this case, thank you for granting one of my, er, desires.

I’m so looking forward to this and without the great noise of squeeeing. Oh, I’m sure there will be some sequeeing, but hopefully it won’t be the din that your other roles have created. Yep, I’m calling it noise ’cause after a while, well, it’s a distraction. Oh, I admit I’ve been part of the distraction. I admit. I admit. I admit! Yes, I’m guilty of that big time, but it was never the main reason I’m here no matter what anyone thinks. I believe you can act and not merely pose.

I’m sure my comments won’t win me any friends, but I don’t really care. I’m to the point where I want to see you in something that really shows your chops again (okay, someone had to say it. :D). I hope this is it!

Take care,
A crazy fan who is feeling almost vindicated (yeah, I’m sure that crack won’t win any friends either Sue me. LOL!)

P.S. Gone to read the book!

Thanks to RichardArmitageNet.Com for the news.