Christmas and Stuff

So now is the time of year when a lot of people's thoughts turn to that old (and cherished) chestnut, A Christmas Carol.

I've seen the original American film version (done in 1938), with Reginald Owen as Scrooge (it was supposed to go to Lionel Barrymore, who used to do an annual radio version of the book, but he was scratched because of an injury), the classic British film version (about 1951 or so), with Alastair Sim as Scrooge, and an American TV version with George C. Scott as Scrooge. All are excellent.

I'm embarassed to admit that I haven't actually read the Dickens' novel, but I hope to be rectifying that some time soon.

The Radio Broadcast

However, a friend of my husband and I has a radio show (it's an all-volunteer station in the area), and he invited us to be part of his annual Christmas deliverance of A Christmas Carol (like Lionel Barrymore's)...and, yes, your not-so-humble, er, writer here did indeed partake of it, playing three roles, that of a girl in mourning, Fred's wife (Fred is the nephew of Scrooge), and a servant girl.

Our friend took the part of Scrooge, since it's his show...and he did a marvelous job of it.

Who, Me Nervous?

We're not talking a national broadcasting station, but our friend's show is heard in the northwestern counties of NJ and some eastern counties of PA (think: Easton). Anyhoo, I read through the script (which changes every year), thinking about the people whom I had to portray...their stations in life...and the fact that I had to do all three with a British accent.

The first one was a little hard, as the young girl is in mourning, and gives a sort of intense speech. I had the most verbiage with this role. The next one, I decided to give a sort of dour but sprightliness to my accent, while the last one, I was trying to give a sort of Cockney ring to it (this is right after Scrooge changes).


All eight or so of us were standing around the mics, as the studio is pretty small, and fitting all those chairs in made our friend feel a bit claustrophobic. One of our friend's friends, who typed up the script, gave me a big thumb's up after reading through the first role.

And then everyone was complimenting me on my readings! :-) Let me tell you: IT WAS A BLAST!! I had so much fun, I talked about it for a long time afterwards. Of course, my husband complimented me as well, and as he always fancied himself the actor type, it took my breath away.

Oh, it was fun, fun, FUN!! I wanna do it again! I don't know if I'll be able to next year, depending on the work situation, but I hope I'll be able to take off that Friday before Christmas.

Love and kisses,

~Nancy Beck


What Am I Reading Now?

I wanted to get away a bit from the reviews with a post about my current reading habits. I did finish one book which I originally purchased earlier in the year, but I'll leave that (obviously!) for another post.

I also have the Amazon Associates/Blogger thingie (don't you just love all these technical terms? ;-)) turned on, so please excuse any unabashed shilling that comes along.

Book Number One Being Read

I started and stopped with The Sum of All Men (The Runelords, Book One:) by David Farland. The reason I stopped was his writing style, which is quite strange. (I'm quite strange, so I know what I'm talking about. ;-)) It's a bit choppy and hard to get used to. I might get back to it some day, just so I can write a review of it.

And the Second Book?

I was surprised when I put this one down: Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, Book 1) by Lois McMaster Bujold. For some reason, it just wasn't grabbing me; no problems with the writing style or anything. I'm going to go back to it after the holidays.

What?!! A Third One?

Yeah, yeah, so sue me. (You won't get much of anything, but if you want to pay off all the credit card debt, be my guest.) This one I received as part of a promotion (thank you, Pocket Books), as I asked to be included on a list of people who were willing to review books on blogs. Bitter Night: A Horngate Witches Book, by Diana Pharaoh Francis should have been a natural for me, as I've enjoyed her other series (still have one more to read in the Crosspointe series). But this one is a departure for her. It's an urban fantasy, complete with bitchin' females, in leather, a soulmate, yadda, yadda, yadda. It sounds like the now-standard cliche of urban fantasy, but I still want to see what Ms. Francis brings to that subgenre. I'm going to be getting back to that after the one I'm currently reading full tilt.

Ah, Finally! So What's This One?

This is one I've been wanting to read for a while. I've had it on my Wish List for years, and I finally ordered it: The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers. Bizarre, interesting, gross in parts...hard to put down, though. ("Unputdownable," according to the Patterson commercial for his latest book.) This is something like I'm coming around to doing in my next idea for a novel (which I hope to turn into a series)...plus it's a time travel story! Oh, me like time travel stories mucho!

That's all for now (and isn't that enough?). I'll be posting more reviews sometime soon, including ones for the further books in the Temeraire series, and other books.

Love and kisses,

~Nancy Beck